Micaceous Rock and "Yellow Gold Glitter" Premo Polymer Clay Mix, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Polymer Clay Micaceous Rock Composite Goddess Pendants, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Polymer Clay Micaceous Rock Composite Goddess Goddess Pendants, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Polymer Clay Micaceous Rock Composite Goddess Goddess Pendants, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Micaceous Rock and

Micaceous Rock and “Yellow Gold Glitter” Premo Polymer Clay Mix, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Micaceous Polymer Clay Goddess Pendants, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Micaceous Polymer Clay Goddess Pendants, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Appears more glittery and sparkly in person.

Micaceous rock from family land in South Dakota was crushed and added to “Yelllow Gold Glitter” Premo polymer clay — the stronger polymer clay by Sculpey that’s suitable for making thinner beads like this. (Always wear a mask if working with micaceous rock in this manner to avoid permanent lung disease.)

About 2″ long and 1/4 inch thick. Mica powder patterns, a sun or spirals, were stamped into the raw clay before curing. The sun and spiral symbolism can have significance. E.g. http://www.whats-your-sign.com/spiral-meaning.html. Small bead holes are added after curing (now shown), usually after jewelry design is complete. Design may determine hole placement and number.

The finished beads look very much like some of the micaceous earth in South Dakota. The particular rocks used in making this came from family land right by Medicine Mountain, which is sacred land. So these beads have personal significant meaning for me in at least four ways. They are my creative expression, the rock comes from family land, the rock comes from the vicinity of sacred land upon which I attended a ritual, the rock represents time spent with family, and the symbolism is well chosen, of course.

Medicine Mountain Background:www.flickr.com/photos/sari0009/19354330223/in/dateposted-... There are two Medicine Mountains and only one is in South Dakota. The history and backstory for this particular Medicine Mountain is hard to find, hence my link is offered here.

Interesting Factoid: In some areas of South Dakota, the ground glitters like gold due to the earth and rocks’ micaceous (mica-filled) nature and looks magical.

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Magic-Glos with Tiny Clay Sculpture and Inclusions by Karen A. Scofield.

Jewelry Resin (Magic-Glos, Ice Resin) Tiny Sculptures, and Bezels

Magic-Glos

Spelling –Magic-Glos is hyphenated and is spelled with only one “s.”

I’m going to discuss Magic-Glos here more because Ice Resin has books based on it. One such book is “Resin Alchemy: Innovative Techniques for Mixed-Media and Jewelry Artists,” by Susan Lenart Kazmer.

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Magic-Glos Resources

Lis Pavelka’s Magic-Glos Tips: http://www.lisapavelka.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Magic-Glos-Tips-Tricks-15.pdf

Magic-Glos MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet): http://www.artclayworld.com/v/vspfiles/assets/MSDS/magic_glos.pdf

Fire Mountain Gems Magic-Glos Tips and Information: http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/f35h

Corrections to My Magic-Glos Video (Always Learning!)

1. Don’t seal paper or cardstock inclusions with Mod Podge or PVC (white craft) glues if you’re using them with Magic-Glos — reactions between water-activated mediums, inks, and Magic-Glos can occur over time.

2. Bubbles can be  prevented almost all the time. Read resouces given here. Bubbles can be removed by letting cured item sit one hour, drilling a hole into the bubble, cleaning up drilling debris, adding just enough Magic-Glos, and curing again.

Things Magic-Glos Doesn’t Work Well With:

  • PVC glues – your white craft, nearly all decoupage mediums/glues, and school glues are PVC glues — https://thebluebottletree.com/what-is-the-difference-between-mod-podge-and-acrylic-medium
  • Airdry glues — air-dry glues get trapped under things, don’t cure 100%, then release air bubbles into your curing resin. Use two-part epoxy glue instead!
  • Ice Resin, whether or not each resin is cured or wet (insured) — chemical reaction between the two resins causes cloudiness
  • Water-based sealants – any sealants that are not waterproof after drying (water resistant is not waterproof)
  • Alcohol inks
  • Unsealed inkjet prints
  • Anything that may run or bleed if wet
  • Sharpie markers

If in doubt, test first, often weeks ahead to make doubly sure.

Baking Magic-Glos

Don’t. Don’t bake Magic-Glos. Avoid temperatures over 100 degrees F. See MSDS. 

Warning: Baking Magic-Glos with polymer clay will cause the resin to amber (brown). See MSDS sheet (link given above) for further info.

Magic-Glos Layers

Doming, Pulling Away, and Self-Leveling Properties and What They Mean to the User — The same properties that allow Magic-Glos to dome causes the resin to pull away from edges/periphery in first layer or two, hence a good dome is built up in layers, each of which are cured before the next is added. The last layers are minimal amounts and it may help to spread the resin nearly to the edge (with a toothpick or small ballpoint stylus) and then let Magic-Glos self-leveling finish the job, finally fully covering evenly and doming. Let it sit 10 minutes to 1/2 hour out of UV light to let it finish self-leveling and to let air bubbles make themselves evident. The self-leveling properties mean that you might think you only added enough, the self-doming is a bit of a delayed reaction, and then suddenly you have Magic-Glos running over the sides. If still uncured, it can be cleaned up with cotton swabs and wet wipes but prevention is better than damage control.  Prevention involves adding thinner, multiple layers that are each cured before the next is added and curing your item while on a pedestal — a bit of polymer clay or poster-tx on a craft mirror a bit larger than your piece but small enough to fit in the UV lamp oven.

If the overfill cured, it can be pried off with your hands and/or chipped off with a craft knife.

Minimum Number Of Layers — usually 2 layers, less is more, meaning it’s better to add thin/incomplete layers than to overfill. Thinner layers allows the air bubble popping method of passing a butane mini torch or windproof lighter over the surface of the Magic-Glos for one and only one second.

Note: You don’t have to use seven layers like I did. I used so many layers because I made mistakes and was fiddling with different effects. You can use three layers or more, and maybe less. It depends on what you doing, of course.

Ice Resin

Ice Resin Faux Opal, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Ice Resin Faux Opal, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

I also did a faux opal with Ice Resin. Fun!

Hand Sculpted Voluptuous Ceramic Goddess Pendants, by Karen A. Scofield

Finally Glazed my First Ceramic Goddess Pendants!

Two of these darlings are in Red Roses Bead Haven, a local bead shop, to test the waters, as it were.

Pictures and a short video. These pendants  represent my first experience with teaching myself how to sculpt and work with ceramics. I previously worked with polymer clay. It’s taken me four months to get to this point because I don’t own my own glazes or kiln. I’m lucky enough that a local art gallery will fire them for me and will let me use donated glazes. However, it’s often three weeks or so between firings, more if the kiln breaks down as it did recently.

One is made of red micaceous (contains mica) clay and didn’t need to be glazed like the rest.

Hand Sculpted Voluptuous Ceramic Goddess Pendants, by Karen A. Scofield

Hand Sculpted Voluptuous Ceramic Goddess Pendants, by Karen A. Scofield

Ceramic Goddess Pendants by SE Wisconsin artist, Karen A. Scofield

Ceramic Goddess Pendants by SE Wisconsin artist, Karen A. Scofield

Ceramic Goddess Pendants by SE Wisconsin artist, Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Ceramic Goddess Pendants by SE Wisconsin artist, Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Art Journal. Why Magic? by Karen A. Scofield.

So I’m Doing Art Journaling Finally

A Few Sample Pages of My First Art Journal

Of course, it all starts with love, four words for love, then it covers reciprocity, examining what kind of power we have in our relationships from personal to public and political. After that, I talk about making reality according to will, because chances are, if we examine love, power, and reciprocity then we’ll want to make changes.

First, I experimented with backgrounds made with acrylic craft paints. There are some neon, glow, and fluorescent colors in there. I added some mica misters (sprays) on top on some pages but not others. Uni Posca paint pens and “Moonlight” Sakura Gelly Roll gel pens were used on all pages so far. These particular gel pens don’t have to be sealed once dried but the Posca paint pens remain water-soluble and do best with several layers of Krylon matte sealant for that reason. The spray sealant also happens to solve the issue of acrylic painted art journal pages tending to stick together.

I’m diving into some art journaling as I wait for my clay pieces to get fired. It’s taking quite some time as the art gallery’s kiln needed new parts and only recently got them. Because of that, they’re behind and still have to fire my pendants. I’m not doing anymore glazing until I know if this works out and what to expect.

Art Journal. Words for Love from Agape to Praxis. Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Art Journal. Words for Love from Agape to Praxis. Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

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Art Journal. Why Magic?

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Art Journal Spread "Words!" by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Art Journal Spread “Words!” by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Aphrodite Over Time. Goddess. Art Journaling. Grimoire is to spell or write. K. Scofield. 2016.

Aphrodite Over Time. Goddess. Art Journaling. Grimoire is to spell or write. K. Scofield. 2016.

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Art Journal. The Great Meta Goddess

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Art Journal. Equality.

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Art Journal Pages. Karen A. Scofield. 2016. Credit for Law of Magic goes to Isaac Bonewits.

Art Journal Pages. Karen A. Scofield. 2016. Credit for Law of Magic goes to Isaac Bonewits.

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Unfired Earthenware Ceramic Amohora, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Unfired Ceramic Amphora Bead, by Karen A. Scofield

It’s my first one, it’s hollow and the cap,  which will be permanently chained to the vessel pendant, is removal. It will be glazed;  my daughter thinks a light driftwood or ivory color but I’m thinking something blue. Decorative slip decorations were added and slip was painted over them in multiple layers to avoid separation while retaining the dimensional  image. Once it’s completely fired and glazed, the tip of cap which fits inside the vessel will get a coating of silicone to make it stay put when closed but still allow the vessel to be open and closed. …If the silicone works out.

Unfired Earthenware Ceramic Amphora with Removable Cap, by Karen A. Scofield, 2016

Unfired Earthenware Ceramic Amphora with Removable Cap, by Karen A. Scofield, 2016

Unfired Earthenware Ceramic Amphora with Removable Cap, by Karen A. Scofield, 2016

Unfired Earthenware Ceramic Amphora with Removable Cap, by Karen A. Scofield, 2016

Unfired Earthenware Ceramic Amohora, by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Unfired Earthenware Ceramic Amohora, My First, by Karen A. Scofield.. 2016. Will fire to white bisque, will be glazed. First Attempt. 2016.m

 

Glow-in-the-Dark Anthropomorphized Sun Painted by Karen A. Scofield. 2016. Acrylics on Canvas, 18"x18".

My Fifth Painting is A Glow-in-the-Dark Anthropomorphized Sun

It’s sister is in ArtWorks Kenosha for the next open show. They both have leaves and flowers because I’m thinking green, renewable energy, we get all of our energy from the sun. It’s an awesome creative force. Let’s respect that.

This one’s for family and it’s 18″ by 18″ on canvas. Oh yeah, and I love glow-in-the-dark paints. They went over the top surface of the already finished painting as they were transparent enough. In a week, I’ll add an isolation coat and a week or two after that, I’ll add a varnish layer on top.

Glow-in-the-Dark Anthropomorphized Sun Painted by Karen A. Scofield. Noir Iphone Filter. 2016. Acrylics on Canvas, 18"x18".

Glow-in-the-Dark Anthropomorphized Sun Painted by Karen A. Scofield. Noir Iphone Filter. 2016. Acrylics on Canvas, 18″x18″.

Glow-in-the-Dark Anthropomorphized Sun Painted by Karen A. Scofield. 2016. Acrylics on Canvas, 18"x18".

Glow-in-the-Dark Anthropomorphized Sun Painted by Karen A. Scofield. 2016. Acrylics on Canvas, 18″x18″.

Love, Reciprocity, Reality Bubbles, and Culture

Imagination.  Creativity or imagination aren’t merely about art. They go to our very core. Imagination bridges cognition and ethics/virtues and it strengthens science and daily reality. Imagination is also a key virtue even as it’s sometimes held in contempt by some dogmatic world views (how churches sometimes react to works of fiction, for e.g.). It’s frightening that US Americans have ranked dead last, in applying what they learned to real situations, among students from the top twenty world powers or so. The American child’s imagination has been under attack or hasn’t been nurtured enough in the right ways.

How can we treat ourselves or others with courtesy, respect or foresight if we don’t imagine why, if we don’t imagine “why not excellence? Our failures of imagination show in our public behavior towards one another, economic systems, educational system, and politics.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.: — Aristotle.

Imagination, examination, and applying what we know all require numerous meta life skills or habits, habits like examining topics with curiosity.

Consider this topic — the words cult and culture have a common root.

“Origin Expand
1610-20; < Latin cultus habitation, tilling, refinement, worship, equivalent to cul-, variant stem of colere to inhabit, till, worship + -tus suffix of v. action”

We scrutinized cults from the 1960s to the present and understand they’re often led by charismatic leader(s). We’ve developed methods of rating how dangerous they are. We should habitually examine culture as well, what we nurture, and what we fail to nurture.

  • “Reality leave a lot to the imagination.” — John Lennon
  • Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. … Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” — Albert Einstein.
  • What appears to be external reality is really all in your head.call ordinary everyday reality is a mass hallucination, or, to put it more politely, a shared dream. — Serge Kahili King, in his book, “Urban Shaman.”
  • “We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it’s worth.’ — Terence McKenna, from his Eros and the Eschaton lecture (1994).
  • “I’m not completely sure we aren’t all living in a hallucination now.” — Marc Maron
  • Moral Panics, such as the Satanic Panic of the 70s to 90sare detrimental forms of mass hallucination, as it were, and attack ideas and people. They are later dismantled by academic, scientific, and other fair and thorough examination.
  • “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” — Yoko Ono
    • A line written by Ono many years before, and quoted by Lennon in December 1980, as quoted in All We Are Saying : The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono(2000) by John Lennon, Yōko Ono, David Sheff, p. 16.
  • See “Reality is a Shared Hallucination,” by Howard Bloom.
  • Holographic Universe theories infer in so many words that we live in a dream or mass hallucination we share as “reality.”
    • Are We Living in a Hologram?” — Carol Reid on IFLScience.com.
    • The definition of reality touches on reality as hallucination or something more plastic/malleable than many of us dare entertain. There are more entries about reality on NewScientist here.
    • This link touches on Indra’s Net and Physics in regards to a holographic universe.
    • Indra’s Net is a very old idea that touches on both the holographic universe and the natures of reality. “…any fixed notion of self, even the Universal Self, is an illusion.”
    • “Reality then becomes a “shared hallucination”, meaning that there is a cemented, agreed upon perception of something.  If there was a race of people living on an island who thought that the color green as actually the color pink, are they wrong?  To the majority of the people on this planet, maybe, but to them the notion of “being wrong” about something like that is absurd. They are simply not sharing in the agreed upon perception, or hallucination.  Wars are fought over this kind of difference.” English Prime @ OM. 2000. 

Many more people have said in various ways reality is a consensus “mass hallucination.” Look at human history and the different cultures on earth right now. Trying to nail down reality/culture is like trying to nail jello to the wall.

Contemporary culture  should be open to equally, if not more, exhaustive examination and questioning as what’s levied at cults. This is, of course, also needed in our social circles and political reality bubbles.

In today’s world of exponentially advancing technology and the world wind of change it brings. It’s tempting to look for certainty and power in group and political opinions. Currently, our culture/reality “is” is fed to us through mass produced media, images, politics, advertisements, and entertainment (movies, books, games, art). Think about it. Being spoon fed our reality may share many similarities with cults.

Creating our own art, our own stories, and framing our own debates are antidotes. One author even goes as far as calling art magic we create realities according to will this way. That author wrote “V is fo Vendetta,” and his name is Alan Moore. If you watch movies or read graphic novels then you’ve probably come across his other works.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_for_Vendetta#Cultural_impa

I worry for a culture that seems more interested in ABC (already been chewed) two-sided debates and misleading or fallacious memes. It’s all too frequently not innocuous if it comes from the pundits, the pulpits, or profit worshipping corporations who try to run the show.

Perhaps I should start making art about with and about love.  It’s not only about  valentines day and making marriages work, love allows barriers to the universal consciousness to fall away and many way it is at our core and at the core of the universe. Love makes the Golden Rule (reciprocal ethics) and an array of virtues more possible in practice.  There are different words for love in the Greek language and they are agape (highest form of spiritual love, recognizes the divine in each person), philios (love that recognizes the humanity in each other, e.g. love of ‘Universal Brotherhood/Sisterhood’), eros (intellectual form of love, may or may not overlap with the erotic), and praxis (any action taken in any amount of love, not necessarily sexual, can include moments of silence or prayer, for example).

Reciprocity. It’s proactive in nature.  It’s intrinsically tied to love and imagination. It’s part of reciprocal ethics (“ethics of reciprocity) that’s a cornerstone of functional societies that value equality, empathy, compassion, human dignity and at least some degree of mutual courtesy and respect. Examples: What goes around, comes around. Love thy neighbor. Treat others as you’d like them to treat you. Reciprocity decreases as social and political climates encourage cognitive and social disconnects. As the practice of reciprocity decreases, denigration and dehumanization can increase exponentially. In America, the decrease in reciprocity is very noticeable in how people treat causes, the homeless, neighbors, and people that belong to different political camps or social circles. At least one book that addresses the need for more reciprocity in U.S. American culture is Robert D. Putnam’s “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.”

Imagination is a key virtue — it bridges cognition and ethics, strengthening both. It means we are able to apply what we know to every day situations, reality is something we co-create, and yes, we can imagine why to treat others with courtesy, respect and foresight. Imagination is a key virtue crucial, pivotal to equality and academic excellence and it’s been no accident that both have been under attack for far two long in the US and elsewhere.