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November 9th, 2011

Making a Large Polymer Clay Face Cane

Generally I approach polymer clay from a sculpting perspective.  A lot of what I make is three dimensional.  But another long tradition in polymer clay is making millefiore canes.  This technique is drawn from Italian glassblowing, where rods of glass are fused together so that cutting across the tube reveals a two dimensional picture.  The same can be done with clay.  I’d made simple canes in the past like spirals, bullseyes, and stripes.  Even though I’d admired complicated canes in magazines, I had shied away from more complex cane-making for way too long for fear that it would be too difficult.  Last night I changed all that by tackling my first real cane.

Before you start, make sure you have:

  • A large clean work area
  • All your tools laid out
  • A reference photo to work from and refer back to
  • Plenty of clay.  If you run out of a color in the middle of the night when the stores and closed and it’s too late to buy more, you’re gonna be screaming at yourself!  (I found this out the hard way)
  •  About two days, and patience :)

My subject?  Boston Terrier, of course!  I started with the eyes.

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October 8th, 2011

Makeup Tutorial Using Maybelline Forest Fury Palette

It’s been a long while since I’ve done a tutorial so I figured I’d carpe diem.  I’m using a Maybelline eyeshadow palette called Forest Fury.  There are very mixed reviews about this palette out there but what can I say, I’m on a palette kick and I’m a sucker for greens!

Today we’ll be creating this look.  Click through to read more!

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August 27th, 2011

My First Franken!


I am very pleased to share my first franken creation with you.  As my polish collection grows, I can’t help but realize there are certain colors I’m lusting for that just don’t seem to exist.  Being of the DIY mindset I figure why not make them myself?  To get acquainted with the world of frankening I turned to a fantastic tutorial by Dr. Frankenpolish.  She calls this franken Angel Tears.

Welcome to my franken lab.

I followed the tutorial pretty faithfully.  Although I didn’t have the same clear red that she did, I used an old L’Oreal Jet Set Shine color called Very Cherry.  Maybe because of that substitution my finished polish came out looking too brown, so I added about 20 drops of a Sally Hansen creme, Cherry Red, to bring the balance back to deep red.

On the nail it is a gorgeous burgundy or blood red jelly, with suspended green shimmer that can be seen in any light.

I’m delighted how this turned out!  All the components mixed together effortlessly.  I’ll give you a mixing hint: if you don’t have BB’s laying around to plop into your frankens, use beads!  I added two small, round, stone beads that are the same size as the BB’s, and they work great as far as I can tell.

Like most jellies, Angel Tears required some patience to build up opacity.  I used 4 thin coats here, but you could maybe use only 3 if you lay it on thickly.  A coat of Seche Vite added crazy shine and helped it to dry.  P.S. I would give this polish the slightly grosser name of Bloody Borealis :)   Now, I’m really tempted to go dump out all my old unwanted polishes and make a franken army!

What do you think – would you try your hand at this franken?


~ Allison ~


December 28th, 2010

Contemplating the Cha Cha

In an effort to mix up my artistic repertoire I’ve become obsessed with making cha cha jewelry.  Nope, I’m not talking about the Cuban dance – although I bet those dancers would look fierce wearing one of these.  What is cha cha?  It refers to a wearable piece with fringes and clusters of charms, beads, and other goodies.  As a designer, it’s so much fun to play with different combinations.  What colors will play off each other?  What kind of textures, colors and materials can I combine harmoniously?  These works of art swing and jangle, everchanging with the wearer’s movements.  I love how they reveal different surprises according to how the charms settle.  Many pieces that I’ve seen in this style tend to be cheery, sweet and whimsical.  But of course, I like to put a dark spin on mine!  Also, if you have leftover orphan beads, cha cha jewelry is a great way to use them up!  Here’s some of my work.

1 – 2: In 2008 I first experimented with a different style for me, resulting in the Radioactive Riot bracelet.  Several of the charms and shaped beads are handmade by me, including the syringe, pills, and star.  I also used a bunch of vintage plastic and glass beads I had lying around.

3 – 8: Drawn back to cha cha a couple of years later, the Death and Bubblegum collection features pops of color topping creepy skeleton maiden cameos.  So far I’ve done Black Lung, Blue Baby, Noxious Green, Barbie Pink, Red Queen, and Snow White Witch.  What color next?  Hmm, maybe a nice gray or purple.  A few of these are still available at

9 – 10: My newest cha cha bracelet is inspired by that classic fairytale, Alice in Wonderland.  However, things seem amiss there lately.  At first glance one sees candy, leaves and flowers.  But what’s that lurking under the petals… venomous spiders?  Arsenic capsules?  Poisonous mushrooms?  Maybe Alice isn’t in Wonderland, anymore.

It’s really simple to make your own cha cha bracelet.  Begin with a bracelet-length chain and clasp – create it yourself or purchase one premade.  Using pliers, attach headpins and beads or charms of your choice.  It can be as minimal or lush as you like.

October 26th, 2010

New YouTube Vid Up: Skull Makeup Tutorial

OK you guys, I finally did it!  I just posted a two-part tutorial on YouTube that walks you through the process of applying full-face skull makeup.  You don’t need any special materials, just basic black and white makeup, patience, and a steady hand.  This is my first ever video makeup tutorial… and video editing… and web video, ever!  Hope it’s helpful!

Click to see Part 1: eye sockets, jawbone, nose cavity

Skull Mask Tutorial

And Part 2 – teeth and finishing details

Skull Makeup Tutorial Part 2

Enjoy, and let me know if you try this out for Halloween!