My piece for the ABS August monthly challenge is taking a little longer than I hoped. In the mean time here’s a wish list of lovelies based on the inspiration painting colours. Red and purple – what’s not to love?
My wishlist for the August ABS monthly challenge.
My aunt asked me what my web address is, to which I replied “Just google Fulgorine”. Then I thought I’d better check if that would actually work! Yes, it did work, but it also had the message “Did you mean fulgoridae”. Since I had no idea what that was, I had a look and discovered they are a group of insects, and they come in some nifty colours.
I can almost see this chap as a bead (polymer clay of course, not the actual bug). I just need to figure out how to make a cane with that gradient effect…
This is my wishlist of beads for the Art Bead Scene July challenge.
I made this polymer clay box as a birthday gift. It is designed to fit a deck of cards. I used the mother of pearl tutorial I mentioned in an earlier post (links at the bottom), and the new Fimo gemstone colour “Jade Green” for the extruded filigree. I don’t usually use clay directly out the packet but i wanted to see what the “fascinating double effect” was (it seems to be a combination of transparent and sparkly).
I made the interior of the box a bit of a contrast, by using fully saturated blue and a blue/green/yellow kaleidoscope cane for the underside of the lid.
I made the interior panels separately on pieces of card and then wrapped clay around the outside, but it was a bit of a challenge trying to attach the pieces together and keep the corners square. Previously when I have made smaller boxes I have used a cardboard box as a mold and baked the polymer clay over that – I think that way worked better.
Have a look at this polymer clay pietra dura box by Fiona Abel-Smith to put my humble efforts into perspective!
For the ABS January monthly challenge I have made a pair of earrings. How could I resist those peacock colours? (Actually the earrings made themselves, I was just there at the time.)
I like that they are an abstract interpretation of the peacocks – incorporating the colours, the pattern of the eyes, and the flow of the tail feathers. The focal beads are polymer clay, handmade by me, accented by long bugle beads and a mix of glass seed beads. The ear-wires are bronze coloured niobium.
See my previous entries for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenges.
I have just been given a link to some wonderful mandalas made using flower petals and found objects. I’m feeling inspired to dig out the flower canes and try some myself using polymer clay. I found a lovely mandala tutorial a while ago, but I still haven’t tried it yet – there just isn’t enough play time in a day!
Here are a two of my favourite in situ images.
Or should this post be titled “Where did April go?” or “Things I didn’t make”?
I was very excited to discover the Virtual Paintout this month. The idea is that every month a new location is selected and you “walk” around the area using Google street view and find inspiration to paint. April’s destination was Gdansk in Poland. What a wonderful idea – it had never occurred to me before to use Google maps to be an armchair tourist! I started off a bit like a car-chasing-dog who has suddenly caught a bus – I didn’t know how to take it all in and I started clicking randomly all over the map (with not much success). Then I decided to pick a hotel and travel from there. I found a delightful house with a door intriguingly ajar. It looked so invitingly cool inside and baking hot outside. Here is the location if you’d like to have a look around for yourself.
It’s been years since I did any drawing and I found it required a surprising amount of concentration, but I did enjoy myself (although next time perhaps I’ll choose something quicker to work with than coloured pencil and I’ll select an image which actually includes the focal point!).
“BUT WHERE’S THE POLYMER CLAY?” I hear you cry. Disappointingly nearly all of it is still in my head. I did manage to start on some texture stamps, but not any of the exciting things I had planned to make using them.
Then there are the architecturally inspired beads from the Royal Road I haven’t started yet…
I had a wonderful idea for the Art Bead Scene Challenge, but alas, on Saturday the 28th I discovered the deadline was the 25th!
Still, watch this space, some of these ideas may make an appearance eventually – one of the major culprits for my missing the challenge times is a bead that has been sitting in my “in progress” bucket for YEARS which suddenly demanded to be finished, and has grown up into something quite interesting. Sometimes these things have their own timescales.
Amazingly I HAVE managed to keep up with the 52 earrings challenge.
Unfortunately the Polymer Pamper Play weekend had to come to an end, and a teething baby (5 new teeth at the same time!) and a half moved into house (i.e. a tip) have prevented my from experimenting with all the new techniques I learned as much as I’d like.
Here’s what I made during the weekend…
Combining Ana’s subtle mokume gane technique (you can see it in the inside of the Bento pendant) and Melanie’s finishing tips, and a nifty tutorial for an air filled circular bead I made this pendant.
No doubt there will me more good things to come inspired by this weekend!
*Edit: The Jade Doughnut pendant above is now available in my Zibbet shop.
I am enjoying the blog hop for the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party, and in addition to all the beady inspiration, I discovered a fun game of Pay it Forward inspired by the movie of the same name. (It’s a lovely movie in case you haven’t seen it). The idea is that someone does something nice for you and in return you do good deeds for three NEW people, so the circle widens.
Here’s how to play along:
- I’ll make something handmade for the first 3 people who comment to this post. What I make will be a surprise and will arrive to you when you least expect it. Doesn’t everyone love a surprise?
- I have 365 days to make and deliver it to you. But there’s a little catch, to get a handmade gift from me, you have to play too! This means you take the pledge to send something handmade to 3 of your blog readers. It doesn’t have to be a quilt, just something handmade! Easy right?
- In case it wasn’t obvious in #2, you have to have a blog.
- Once you comment here, you have to post about Pay it Forward on your blog and keep it going!
So wherever you are, please comment (I’m not afraid of international postage) and please join in to share your handmade loveliness 🙂 Make sure you give me your email address if there isn’t a way to contact you through your blog.