There be some New Dragons in the post......
There be some New Dragons in the post......
Having had such fun making dragons earlier in the year, I have now done a commission for a family of four!! They are so nice to make, and each seems to develop its own character as it is created. Adding 2 grown up - or nearly grown up daughters was interesting to do, especially to try and fit into a family tableau. My only concern now is that they have to be shipped abroad, and even with them being made from Premo, I am a little worried about how they will survive through the post . So I have sent Mama B first, well padded with loads of stuffing, will see how she fairs and will then send the rest of the family one by one - a good way of checking out the postal system, and also not putting all my eggs in one basket - Ooooooh Dragons eggs in a basket, now there's a thought......... I'll let you know how the posting goes - keep fingers crossed for me!!
I am stunned, but so elated to have been featured in Polymer Clay Daily, (PCD) and am so thank full for all the comments and feedback people have given on all the different pages and formats. As I said on PCD, I am a little lost for words as a result, but so inspired to go on and do more!
I was then further amazed to see that I was mentioned in the Polymer Arts Magazine Blog, on 26th January, discussing how to decide whether or not to keep working on a piece to further a technique. Wow!!
I have always found the Polymer Clay community to be wonderfully generous in the way people share and detail techniques and ideas, and now I find they are equally kind in providing comments. I have also been very lucky to have been in contact with Sue Heaser since I finished my initial Box Lid, and again, she has been ultra generous in giving suggestions for getting improved results for the initial box shape and structure, so a huge thank you to Sue, and all of you for all the help, inspiration, and comments you have given.
Pietra Dura Bird Box
I have finally finished my latest Pietra Dura (have decided to spell it with the 'a' ending, although Pietre Dure is also correct) box, and kept with the bird theme.
Full details and photos are on the website under Pietra Dura Polymer Clay, on the Polymer Clay listing.
Any comments would be appreciated!
Hi All, hope you are having a good new year so far. Thought I ought to add this to my blog, although it is already on face book and Flickr.
In November last year at the British Polymer Clay Guild's Anniversary Party/AGM, the fantastic polymer clay artist Sue Heaser gave us all a demonstration on the Pietre Dure style of polymer clay art. This involves inlaying multiple pieces of coloured/patterned clay into a background of clay to build up a picture. I have been desperate to have a go ever since and finally managed to find the time. It took about 24 hours to do, and is on a wooden lid box, and I was more than a little devastated when the box cracked in the oven and my piece of work with it. However I have patched up the cracks, and although I may have to keep it as a piece of wall art rather than a useful box, I am still quite pleased with it.
I am now working on a bigger project, having made the box from Polymer Clay as well, and am keeping my fingers crossed that it gets through the oven okay during the multiple baking's I am doing. Will post details if it comes out okay, but may take a couple of weeks more to finish!! Do check out Sue's website for examples of her work www.sueheaser.com
Encased cane Necklace and Earrings 2
Am off to the NEC on Friday to demonstrate for the British Polymer Clay Guild at the big Create and Craft show. Will be wearing my new necklace design to hopefully get some feedback from people, and to test it out to make sure it hangs properly etc.
It's always great to come up with a new design, but the testing needs to be thorough to make sure it will stand up to normal usage, I normally wear a piece for at least full week taking it where ever I go to check that it can stand up to normal wear and tear.
If you see me at the show please come and say hello! (I'll be there Sunday too.)
I am very pleased to announce that as of two weeks ago Gallery 54 , Ross-on-Wye are now stocking some of my jewellery. If you follow the link to their website you will see the stunning collection of paintings they have as well as unique, original and unusual jewellery. Thank you to Sue Williams for asking me to be part of her wonderful gallery.
Also keep a look out for some new necklaces I have been working on, pictures to follow soon.
Well how excited am I ? Not only did I finally come up with a name for the collection - Kal Stone Leaves - but it is advertised in the Beautifully Bespoke section at the back of October's Vogue magazine.
I have been in a mad rush to get everything ready in time but am pleased to say that 50 necklaces are now on The Bead Scene Studio website ready to buy, with 24 others available to do as commissions, and one already having been donated to a charity auction.
Would love to know what people think of them - any comments please?
This is the first time I have used Sterling Silver findings and Swarovski Crystals in my work, and although it adds tremendously to the cost of the piece, I think the final results were worth it.
I have been working on kaleidoscopes again, here is the latest design due to be incorporated into the Autumn collection. Still cant finalise the name, am currently thinking Stones and Leaves Collection (being kaleidoscope bead stones,) but am still not decided.
Just added a couple more berry necklaces, it takes ages to bead up all that fringing on the necklace ones. Still I think it is worth it to get the fuller look, but also feel the plainer 'circlets' have a certain elegance in their simplicity too. Not sure which I like best. What do you think?
Well I think after many mishaps the website may actually now be on-line, well I can see it at least!!
Having never done a blog before I am a little unsure what to write, but will no doubt get the hang of it as I go along. I would love some feedback on the website so far, there are still bits I am working on, but as those of you who know me know, I am limited to the amount of time I can spend at the computer, so please bear with me while I get all the information loaded.
Let me know what you think.
Well, I have nearly finished the website details, just a few extra bits to do, but I think there is enough now to give people the general idea. Nearly had a tutorial to put on, then found my video camera wouldn't download properly to the hard disk!! Will have to do it again using a different camera..... when I get a chance. Still working on the Autumn Collections, but am conscious that time is closing in, has so much of the year already gone?