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December 2011

Happy Holidays from the Horbergs!

Natalie and Diego 2011 small

Today my main mission was taking a picture of Natalie and Diego in order to send it to family and friends for the Holidays. I asked Diego to put on his "fancy" jacket and he said: But my jacket is only for when I get married! Meaning that he only wears his jacket for parties, including weddings. I told him that taking this picture was going to be even better than getting married so he said: OK Mom.

We went to the garden and Diego started laughing and laughing because I said that he needed to be happy for the picture. It was contagious so Natalie and I started laughing as well. I could hardly hold the camera but fortunately I was able to take these four photos. The whole thing took about 2 minutes but it was sooo much fun!!!

So here is for you my friend and for all our relatives these pictures that I think capture the essence of how we feel right now. This has been a difficult year but also a year for growth and love. We're looking forward to the future. Wishing you and your family all the best from the bottom of our hearts!

The Horbergs :) 

Bill, Elsa, Miro, Natalie and Diego.

(I still have the mission to take a picture that includes Miro as well, but he got a Winter job so today he's working. I will have a new photographic session when he's home with us. Miro is now A LOT taller than his own Dad, very soon he will be 20!!! :)


Natalie's Wish List for Christmas .

Natalie's christmas list 2011

 

I sneaked into my studio for a second to scan this letter. I really wanted to share it with you :) We're going to "mail" it to Santa Claus in a few minutes. Natalie still believes that Santa is real. I sent this letter to Bill at work so he can try to get these presents for her. We already have many special ones but I know that she will be excited if she gets what she wants. Natalie is 100% into reading right now, she's reading more complex books and we're supporting her choices. That makes me so extremely happy. Reading develops an interior world in kids that later on helps them look at life with wiser eyes. And a red dress in childhood is something that every girl will remember years later when she's an adult :)

Happy Holidays!

Elsita :)


My Personal Mission Statement.

In the beginning of this year I read a book that taught me a lot. One of the things that this book recommended was to write a personal mission statement. It had to be something short that expressed the very essence of what you want to do in your life. I agree with Mr. Stephen R. Covey , writing your personal mission statement is a great way to remind yourself where you want to go. Here I'm sharing what I wrote with you. I keep it in a visible place so I can read it often and make sure that I stick to it. 

Foto statement copy

Mision copy

 


Tutorial about My Papercut on Polymer Clay Technique.

 

 

STEP 1:

Trace your design on paper. 

The paper I use is Strathmore Bristol smooth 260 g/m2, 300 series. You can buy the same paper in tiny size if you're not planning to use lots of it. If you're in a hurry just use paper from a cereal box.

Step 2

STEP 2:

Cut out your design using a #11 X-Acto knife or your favorite knife. It has to be very sharp. Use a self healing mat for support.

Step 3

STEP 3:

I recommend that you apply baby powder all over the papercut so it doesn't stick to the polymer clay later on. The baby powder also extends the life of the paper a little bit longer if you want to use it over and over. (I didn't do it in this tutorial so you could see the images more clearly).

 

Step 1

STEP 4:

Prepare a flat sheet of polymer clay with the thickness of your preference. I made mine using a pasta machine on the setting number 2.

STEP 5:

Carefully place the papercut on the polymer clay sheet.

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STEP 6:

Now apply pressure using a roller or any similar tool until the papercut and the polymer clay form an even surface. Here is when the magic of this technique happens. Apply the pressure slowly and gradually.

Step 5

Step 7:

Lift the papercut carefully using a needle to reveal the embossed design.

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STEP 8:

 Here is the magic unveiled. Basically, as you apply pressure the paper gets embedded in the polymer clay and the areas where there was no paper become embossed to the thickness of the paper. The thicker the paper the higher the embossed areas will be and vice versa. 

After removing the papercut I cut around the circle of this cameo using an X-Acto knife. Then I baked the piece at the recommended temperature. The polymer clay used in this project was Sculpey PREMO. In the picture below the piece is already baked.

Embossed

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 You're free to finish the piece as you want. Here are some of the things that you can do:

1. Apply acrylic paint clay on the surface and then clean it up with a rag as I did with this piece.

2. Polish the embossed areas with a rotary tool until smooth and shiny to make them stand from the background.

3. Rub some metallic powder or metallic acrylic paint on the embossed areas using your finger tips.

4. Paint little details in selected areas of the design and then protect them with 2 or 3 coats of varnish.

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I hope that this simple tutorial opens up a door for you to explore the endless possibilities of this technique. I must say that in order to get perfect results you will need a little bit of practice. Be very patient and enjoy the process. To make your first project easier, instead of cutting the paper by hand you could use a paper punch with the design of your preference. I would love to see pictures of any project that you complete with this method. I will share my own new projects with you as soon as they're ready.

Let's have fun!

Elsita :)


The little Fox cameo pin is finished :)

Little fox pin small

Pin 1 copy

Pin 2 copy

Yay! Here is the finished fox pin.  The circumference of this piece measures about 2" (5cm). I made a small edition of 6. One will stay with me and 5 will be available on my Etsy shop. They look so beautiful in person. The unusual color combination works really perfect. I'm wearing mine right now and I love it. 

Something that I learned from my papercut technique on polymer clay is that it has unlimited possibilities. On the other hand you can only use the original papercut about 6 or 7 times because it gets destroyed quickly, but that makes the small editions even more special. You also need to be very careful when lifting the paper from the clay, it's best to use a needle. I can't wait to keep experimenting with this technique. Yay!!


One of kind Cameo Brooch.

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I wanted to make a tiny girl in a tiny world with a tiny friend so I made this pin :) What inspired me to make this little pin was the fact that I found a whole bunch of plastic shrink supplies in my studio. They were hiding from me for all this time. Remember the buttons I made in 2008?

This time instead of buttons I made a tiny girl and her tiny toy friend. I loved seeing them shrink Alice-in-Wonderland-style in my oven. So magic. Now that I got reconnected with shrink plastic I can't wait to create some new characters :)

Have a happy Tuesday!

Elsita :)

(The little fox pin from my previous post is already finished. Yay!! Now I need to take pictures of it :)


Little Fox Cameo Pin in Progress.

Little fox small

This is the center of a new cameo pin that I have been working on whenener I have a second available. I can't wait to show you the finished piece! There will be beads involved in this project, it's impossible for me to resist adding beads to anything right now :)

I made this part of the pin using my little papercut technique. I cut the silhouettes in paper and then I pressed the cut paper on polymer clay. Once the clay was cured and cold I then gave a little white pattina to the surface to inhance the image. The last step was polishing and adding a tiny vintage cristal to the fox.

Something so tiny requires a lot of work, just like little babies. But it is so exciting to see the little thing grow and get a personality. That's what I enjoy the most about these little projects.

See you soon!

Elsita :)