This silly idea for a zombie sewing machine came about before I fell asleep one night. Though it was much rustier, evil looking, gorey and sharp in my head than this necklace is. I'll have to try again...
As I was taking the pictures it made me wonder what other zombified objects I could find on etsy and it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. There are lots of zombie humans, zombie cartoon characters and zombie animals but not as many zombie "things"
Of course I only went through about 85 pages but I'm kinda surprised at you etsy
The I Heart Brains BFF Necklace Set giveaway was all wrapped up this afternoon. The prize winner, Candice, has been emailed and the info you've all provided has been tallied and read through
I learned a lot from reading your responses. Almost all of you want and dislike the same things. I will for sure be doing plus sizes and looking into the t-shirts you prefer. Though I have to start small with only a couple designs and likely one type of t-shirt, I'll try to build up the variety if the sales are there :)
Thank You to all of you who filled out a survey, I really appreciate the help and Congrats to Candice!
It's giveaway time! This one was put together by the "likers" of Beat Black's facebook fan page. First the call was put out to find which item you'd like to win most:
Number 1 (I Heart Brains Zombie Best Friends Necklace Set) got the most votes with Number 3 (Femme Fatale Grenade Necklace) coming in a close second.
Then 22 of you voted to decide how the winner would be determined while I realized just how much the facebook poll feature blows:
Thank you to all you voters who took the time to help shape this giveaway <3
From August 25th - August 31st you can fill out the survey about t-shirts below for a chance to win brains in any colour! ($40 value)
one entry per person. all others will be deleted
Why a survey about t-shirts?
This survey was made so that I could learn a few things about you and your t-shirt preferences. Over a year ago I bought what I needed to make my own handmade tees. Even with the support I've been getting it was a little overwhelming to start. I hoping to find out what you think makes a good screen printed t-shirt... or even what you think makes a bad one so I can apply it and make something stellar to sell at an affordable price
All About Tees Survey
the giveaway and survey are now closed. The winner will be announced next week along with a coupon code for 15% off
All About Tee's
The winner will be contacted by email and posted on the facebook fan page. If no response is given within 2 weeks the prize will be given to the next winner.
This past weekend I opened my first envelope from Gore Noir Magazine. Inside was their 5th issue, a zombie themed one featuring all sorts of undead goodies. Some months ago I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Taylor Haggard for this issue and she even put together a "Kitschy Kannibals" photoshoot with some of Beat Black's polymer clay jewelry.
This is one meaty magazine that I couldn't wait to dive into. Being a fan of the Walking Dead graphic novel and now TV show I couldn't wait to see what Norman Reedus had to say in his interview . The Zombie Boy spread is gorgeous and Greg Nicotero who has done special effects for Walking Dead and movies like Inglourious Basterds, Evil Dead II, the Kill Bills (and many many more) was something I was looking forward to most of all.
This zombie issue #5 is available to own here with the next issue making its appearance in stores as well as online. I've just published the media section on this site and added this one to the top!
It's been 11 days since the giveaway was first announced and we now have 2 winners. There were 197 entries for a total of $19.70 from third parties for your email address'... i joke of course ^_^
Congratulations go out to the new owners of the brainy bff set giveaway! An email has already been sent to each winner with the details so if you see your name below be sure to check your inbox. The first pick by random.org was:
And the second winner of a set of brains goes to:
If you missed the giveaway there will be more, smaller ones in the future so be sure to stay in touch. Interested in making a purchase? A coupon code for 15% off has been set up til the end of July. It's 'JULY2012' and can be entered during check out from the Beat Black etsy page
Thank You to all who entered!! If you've got an idea for what you'd like the polymer clay prize to be in a future giveaway, be sure to let me know. All input is valued and you may see your pick in the next giveaway
I've been very lucky to have as much support from many of you as I've had over the years. I really wanted to say thank you and just give something away so I've chosen the most viewed necklace from my shop.
From now until Tuesday the 24th you can enter to win a set of I Heart Brains Best Friend Necklaces from Beat Blacks etsy shop. It's super simple, just enter your info in the form below (not the comment section) and click submit. Only one entry per person please, all extras will be deleted. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here on the 20th.
Since it t blows to have a giveaway with hundreds of entries and only one winner, if the numbers get too high I'll be sure to add more prizes to the pot. The number of entries and potential additional prizes will all be updated on my facebook business page
The Giveaway is now closed. The 2 winners will be announced later this week and emailed with the details of their prizes
bonne chance!! and if you have any questions or anything I welcome all your emails at email@example.com
A couple years ago I made a few curdle worms from polymer clay but only listed two of them. The third sat half finished and unseen by most.
I loved the idea for it but I couldn't seem to execute it the way I wanted to and still keep it at a low enough purchase price. I ended up having to set the last and most unusual worm down and walk away from it. The thing is, this idea wouldn't go away and still shows itself allover little scraps of paper, to-do lists, receipts, unopened junk mail and bank statements. My place has become infested with little flying curdle worms!
After two years I've decided to re-visit this idea, mostly because of my boyfriend, only this time price won't be a factor. I started fresh and really took my time and treated it like a personal project. Not worrying about deadlines or how to keep costs down makes all the difference. This curdle worm was going to be weird and pointy
...yet pretty at the same time
I baked and re-baked the base of this polymer clay figurine a total of 5 times before I could paint it. Once the paint dried I text messaged this shot around to get some feedback
After it was glazed I still had to take some pictures. My camera and lightbox don't always work well together. It took some time to edit these but photoshop made it work... and tada!
a moth winged curdle worm with gross human like, mole ridden flesh and sharp pointy teeth. inspired by: a mysterious maggot, brian froud, an afi albums cover art, a discounted suit fabric and insects
This is Martinas super adorable mutt, Lola Bean. A while back Martina came to me with an idea for a sugar skull of her corgi chihuahua mix. She sent me this picture as a jump off point and I couldn't wait to start the process.
Every custom is a little different but when making something new there's usually a bit of research that needs to be done. Any picture sent my way helps feed my brain much more than descriptive words can so it was nice to see Lola in the exact angle I needed.
First I had to figure out what a dogs skull really looks like...
...turns out not very dog-like. Lolas ears, her most distinct feature, might not be part of a skull but they were a must in order to have it even slightly resemble her. I still had to gather some more reference photos before I could start, some noses and flowers mostly.
Sketches are usually more for my eyes and not the greatest but Martina was able to pick out what she liked most from the ones I showed her. Luckily she has an imagination and is already familiar with my jewelry or else this might've scared her away.
From there the polymer clay part slowly came together. A quick test of a flower was made and the skulls shape had changed from the sketches but that's always for the best... I must have painted and re-painted the eyes 3 different colours before settling on brown. I'm good at driving myself crazy about the small things.
Just a few more steps and her sugar skull was done and ready to be shipped out. Soon afterwards Martina surprised me with this photo of Lola sporting the new necklace <3 I love it so much it had to be added to the gallery section
Some custom orders require more trial and error than this one did but its always nice to be challenged to make something new... especially after making brains every week ^_^
It's been too many years since I made a sad cupcake but I can still remember where the first one was shipped to. When I feel like designs become outdated I like to take them down from my shop until I can re-make a new fresher one. It took 4 years but I've finally made a new frowny dessert to replace the old ones
I've got a looong ways to go to recreate all the old lollipops, squids, candy, leopard print and worms but they're all on the list of to-dos for this year. Last time I posted pictures of the old vs new I got all sorts of really cool feedback from you guys... Yes, it's completely okay to suck and you do get better with practice!! Here's some proof of that with ones that were reinvented in 2011
Right now I'm working on finishing some more worms, I'll have pictures of a custom sugar skull to post about next, I'm working on brand new polymer clay pieces to introduce later this month and I'll have news about a magazine... It's been a busy April so far :)
For the first time in a while I have someone I'd love to spend Valentines Day with. Only thing is I'm a couple hours away from Toronto this year watching a house instead. Theres plenty of snow out here but for someone who doesn't have a license, theres not much else...
illustration by Francesco Zito - fzito.net
Hopefully thats not the case for you guys and youll be sharing time with someone special. But I didn't write this post to complain... I wrote it as part of an annual (starting last year) Valentine for YOU! You who have shown me such stellar support over the years by sending me the most encouraging messages, viewing my handmade works, sharing my links, purchasing my jewelry/accessories, taking beautiful photos while wearing those pieces!, visiting my booth at craft shows, sharing your ideas, clicking the "like" feature on facebook and being strange.
So from now until the 17th of Feburary take 14% off your purchase from my etsy shop by using the coupon code 'VDAY2012'
I love and appreciate all the support <3 Thank You so very much!!
and have a sweet Valentines day
purchase the ugly cupcake necklace from Crimeberry
Beat Black is a handmade jewelry (and other stuff) business created by myself, Sarah Norton, and run out of my apartment in downtown Toronto.
I've worked with a variety of different mediums over the years but during these last few its been all about polymer clay. I mostly try to use this blog to showcase the craft in a 'behind the scenes' kind of way. I also like to show off other artists original work that inspires as well as listing any giveaways and discounts.