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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Even more bracelets are born.

Hi Everyone
I had a poor day work wise yesterday, however, I went out to lunch and fiddled in the garden ! Great. I'm now ready for a packed 4 day week !

Today, I'm running a workshop as a fund raising event at my local school. I mentioned the details in yesterday's blog. The session has been lovely. Lots of amazing women - having a lovely time. Here is a look at what they came up with :

Everyone had great ideas and completed their works of art in a relaxed but focused manner. Can't ask for more (as a tutor). Thank you to everyone.

I have also planned some new metal jewellery designs for later and really need to get down to working. Just enough time for a coffee and a browse through a new magazine (arrived via post this morning). Not sure what else I can do to delay work ? Not sure why I'm delaying because I love what I do ?

Thanks for reading.

Monday, 29 September 2014

How many bracelets do you need ?

Hi Everyone
Ive had a lovely weekend, didn't achieve much but it was relaxing and the weather was lovely.
I'm sharing a little of a new bracelet workshop which will start next week.
I prepared these beads last week and am using them for the basis of the session.

The idea is to look at colour mixing, bead shaping and threading. I'm using a range of very basic techniques and I want to keep the tasks simple. These colours are using left over clay from my last workshop. The colours I'm using in the workshops are colours which have been mixed and toned down with a metallic clay (other than the blues/brown).

The plan is to use up the original clay but with a twist. I'm hoping that almost all colours can mix with each other.
The mixing of two coloured clays is based on a simple cane technique. I want to explore the idea of caning but without too much complex cutting. I will get some photos of the results and share here. I know there will be some lovely surprises.
My next production plans this week are going to concentrate on metal work. Today, I'm hoping to get this going.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Perhaps, next time ?

Hi Everyone
Yesterday turned out to be rather busy - I had plans for all kinds of creative production however, being a 'mum' took over. My production happened much later and as with many of my plans, things changed. I had expected to work on something I'm calling a Starburst polymer cane. I was inspired by this work and I wanted to try and get something similar.

However, this happened instead. My distraction was trying to multi task and prepare some clay for a polymer clay workshop next Tuesday. Before I realised, I'd started making something else. I had a nice time so that's OK - isn't it ?

These photos show what I did. Apologies for the quality of the photos, it was a bit dark and the lights interfered with the images.

The final shot shows how the shapes came together. My plans is to make enough to develop a bracelet. I may need to make more ? Perhaps, next time I can focus on the job !!

Have a great weekend. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Flower beads are here

Hi Everyone
Although, I had lots of commitments yesterday, I did manage to get my moulds made and some experimental beads created.
I used something called Siligum. It's described as a moulding paste. The process involves mixing equal amounts of each of the blue and white substances from two tubs supplied in the pack.

I used these garden plants as the basis for the shapes.

Here are samples of the plants places in the Siligum. The plants stayed in the Siligum for about 5mins (to set the shape).

The plants were removed - not an easy task ! The dried parts of the plants came away and stuck in the mould. I needed to use tweezers to remove all the little bits.
However, when cleaned the moulds were very detailed and easy to use. The Siligum is great stuff for this kind of job.

The moulds produced some lovely shapes and the detail is fantastic.

I wanted to link the two moulds into one bead by placing one inside the other.
I'm not sure what I can call my new flower bead but it's a lovely shape.
My next task is to colour the bead and decide what I can do with it ?

I particularly like the smaller bead and have I ideas to make a bracelet. Not sure about the larger one or the combination bead ? I will keep thinking and testing out some more ideas.

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Bead Moulds

Hi Everyone
Ive got a busy day today - volunteer work this morning and early evening so I'm going to try to get a new little project underway in the space between ( about 3 hours). Ive been thinking (seems like forever) of a way of making some moulded beads inspired by a tutorial I found via Polymer Daily here is a reminder of the original beads (you can find a tutorial in my Pinterest boards)

My plan later is to produce some moulds to work towards making beads which are something similar to the photo. I love these beads and am quite excited about the possibilities. I especially like the colour but may work on some other colours too.
I'm going to use plants from my own garden to make some moulds. Here are the plants. I picked them a few days ago and they are quite dry.

I will take some photos as I try to make the beads and share the process tomorrow - good or bad !

Thanks for reading