Friday, March 19, 2010

the path to pure

Very exciting day - my new beads were featured on Polymer Clay Daily, due to the post that Genevieve Williamson ( of  jibby and juna ) did about the use of other craft techniques in polymer.  She kindly mentions my shop and blog in her first paragraph.  I always jump in shock when my work appears on PCD - pleasurable shock , but shock all the same!  Thank you, Cynthia!

Ok, no laughing... I actually think I'm making some progress on using straight polymer - that is, designing in colour in the polymer and resisting the urge to smear paint all over it.  I vowed in an earlier post to use this pendant as a starting point and these striped strata beads are the result.  I can think of many different ways to use this technique, so I intend to have some fun being a pure polymer maker for a bit.

Now, having found a way in, I can relax and play with the colours for a while and see what happens... I'll let you know.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ancient goodness

A big hurrah for customers.  Sometime they ask for things and send you in directions you probably wouldn't have considered.  A truly loyal customer asked me for lentil transfer beads, so I made some!  Just like that!
They are a bit of a pain to make, but I like the way they turned out:  Kind of irregular and ancient parchmenty.  Again, these are hollow so they are very lightweight - the large one is about 2 in. square.

After working with transfers a bit, I would say that the hardest part for me (after the obvious technical glitches) is the choice of the image and the SIZE that it needs to be to work effectively on the finished piece.
More to come on Monday...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Come and gone

March break ( which started for us on the 26th of February) has come and gone and it seems that winter is going with it.  We only really had one snow storm so the cross country ski season ended last weekend - almost a month early for Quebec!  In keeping with this whirlwind arrival of spring (once we get rid of the disgusting gravelly snowbanks) my mind and work is also dashing from here to there and possibly forging ahead and also hitting brick walls.  I have to keep reminding myself of the exhilaration of learning a new medium which carries with it the down side of temporary defeat.  Usually, when your ideas get ahead of your skills...

I titled this post to remind myself to enter more stuff in my sketchbook, because the ideas seem to just multiply and then as quickly disappear until something reminds me.  More orderly exploration is needed - for me, anyway.

Here are a few things I'm working on at the moment:  the exploration of transfers continues - it's a process that is fraught with moments that can wreck your whole piece, but for some reason, I like it.  I don't cover them with paint, either!  I like playing with the images before the transfer process, gives me a sense of (dubious) mastery over the computer.
Things I have painfully learned:  Dark transfers are exceedingly tricky and always work with very warm soft polymer...

In a moment of insanity, I joined the Ring-A-Day pool on Flickr.  There are so many interesting ideas there, I just had to be part of it.  Never mind that it is becoming the ring-a-month pool for me...  I'm going in this kind of massive stone-like direction with this.

And lastly, I'm working on new nested or nestled pendants which are beads which fit together - hoping to list a couple of these on Etsy this week.

I realize that this kind of work starts when I try to put my own beads together and I can see the findings and connections - I hate that!  Soon I'm going to have to buy some copper clay and make my own custom findings.  Yet another thing to master...