Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Luscious Ladies

Nic from Jurien Bay has asked me to posts some pics of the 'Luscious Ladies' we made at last year's Polymer Clay Retreat in Canberra.

We had so much fun making these with WendyMoore. Wendy is such a kind generous person and gave her expertise so willingly. We called our ladies all sorts of names, mine was 'Goddess of the Kitchen".

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A gift for my sister

My sister, Sue is coming to live in Australia. She arrives this week and I am looking forward to having her here. I made a gift for her birthday recently, I dont know what to call it. It has three sides or pages, each showing photos of our mother, grandmother and Sue. I scanned some of Mum's handwriting into the computer and printed it onto a transparency. That is incorporated into the pages and I embellished small charms, buttons and feathers that are relevant to Sue. I'm sure she'll like it.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

More Metal Clay

It's been a whole week since I last updated my blog. I have been busy with another couple of textile panels completed and I've been playing with metal clay again.

As the clay is very expensive to buy, I have to plan my projects carefully i.e. step by step. I had a few learning curves with the jewellery that I made, but I did learn alot for future items. My polymer clay experience is very useful but is so diferent as you have all the time in the world to fiddle. Whereas with the metal clay you have to work quickly as the clay dries out fast.

This pendant is one of the items.

Firstly I made some polymer clay moulds using one of my favourite rubber stamps.

The clay is rolled out and pressed it into the mould. Its then trimmed and left to dry.
Once dry it's sanded smoothed and fired. I use a butane torch.

The earring on the right shows the silver after it has been fired. The earring on the left is after the silver has been brushed with a brass brush and the raised areas burnished.

I liked these little earrings, my daughter Ruth did as well. I gave them to her.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Fabric book

I went to a 'textiley get to gether' at a friends home and showed this little fabric book that I had made to store my ATC's. The book is made from an adapted pattern by Carol Griffin.

There was a lot of interest in this book as I think people are collecting ATC's and then wonder how to display them.