Thursday, 23 December 2010

Mokume Gane in Polymer Clay

Along with my new found passion for creating kaleidoscope cane, I have been getting into Mokume Gane. There are a few methods out there.

I have been experimenting with Tory Hugh's texture imprint version, and mixinng it up with the Hidden Magic versions, with some fun results

I made some texture sheets, by making patterns out of extruded snakes of polymer on a flat sheet. Then imprinted them onto my skinner blends of clay

Here is the first sheet, it reminds me of surf and sand

With the left over "scraps" I made these hearts, using caning techniques

Then I made swirly beads with the rest. This Mokume Gane sheet went a long way :)

Here are a couple of bookmarks I made in a different MG colour scheme

Fab vibrant colours aren't they? I must be reacting to the white snow surrounding me here LOL. We will be having a white christmas for sure this year :)

Happy Holidays!!! Hearts and Kisses :)

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Polymer Clay Canes

I didn't realise how long it's been since my last entry whoops!

I have been engrossed in learning how to make kaleidoscope canes in polymer clay and have found the process to be a little addictive, to say the least

With all the cane clutter building up in the studio, I tried out making pendants,wall hangings and pens out of patterned clay

Its has been fab fun...enjoy the pics :)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Mentors and Chasing Sheep

I have the dreaded flu bug today, on the hubbys birthday!
Nevermind, my Mum is coming over later laden with cake and gifts to spoil him (and me)with...Yay!!

I had a two hour meeting with my mentor yesterday, which went really well.
Tons of positive feedback about my jewellery, and constructive advice for where to go with it all.

It means there will be a little rebranding, and a lot of offline selling in fairs and such, which will be so much fun.She is lucky I spared her the sneezing snuffling mess I am today LOL.

Her gallery and office, is set in the most gorgeous countryside in the National Forest.I may have caught the chill from getting out of the car, and chasing sheep yesterday while I was there, but they were so gorgeous I couldn't resist them LOL...yes, I think it may have something to do with my snuffles today

Anyway, hope you are all having a lovely day
Bye from us

Thursday, 28 October 2010

My Little Kokeshi Dolls

I may have mentioned that I am having a little trouble finding my mojo again.My mind has drawn a blank recently, which is weird for me

But tonight at least I am smiling again, with a little help from photoshop

I messed around with my graphics tablet this evening, and came up with these adorable little kokeshi dolls. They always cheer me up

These ones are inspired by the digital art seen on Etsy like this one

I hope they bring a little smile to your face too :)

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Useful Dog Tricks Video :)

A vid of the most amazing little precious dog...I have watched this twice now, and it gets sweeter everytime

Friday, 22 October 2010

Tiger Cubs and Pumpkins!

A little clip I came across, of two of the cutest cubs, getting into the Halloween spirit. So cute...

Thursday, 21 October 2010

To My Sister

Sorry everyone, I have to post this here, because I have no other way of messaging my sister

Congratulations on the new baby!!
I really hope the labour was OK, and that you've recovered from it.
I hope the baby is healthy and sleeps well.
I will be sending a little something in the post, that I will be making.I hope you don't throw it away.

Good luck and all the best

Monday, 18 October 2010

Dating My Hubby

Sorry for the lack of updates, I have temporarily lost my artistic mojo!

It's been an unpleasant time of late, dealing with petty family dramas.
I have no idea if my sister has had her baby yet, or whether everything is going well, with these stressful last days before giving birth.

I keep making presents for her, then not sending anything, because she does not want any contact at all.
Then, I learnt that she has been saying malicious lies about my mental health, saying I am unfit to be around people in general, especially children. I tell you, this has been really painful, and I even got advice from a legal firm about slander

Anyway, all this combined with other less dramatic downers, eroded away at my abilities to do anything artistic...which has been weird

My hubby has helped me bounce back though, yay!

We have done some amazing retail therapy together. I hadn't bought new clothes in years, so this was so much fun! I got a new trendy coat, boots, kitten heels, dresses, and tops!!

Then we have been going out lots. Now his work schedule is less hectic, I get to dress up, and go to the theatre,cinema,restaurants and galleries, and shops.

It has felt like dating again...

We've been together nearly 15 years, but this has been so blissful
I highly recommend dating your spouse again, it's very romantic!

As for the artistic side of things...its creeping back, thanks to low maintenance fun with polymer clay

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Flower Power Week

These are the pictures of the latest pendant. Its a bezelled Sediment Jasper gemstone, embellished with a touch of wire sculpture too.

The weekend is going at a nice lazy pace.The hubby is on the verge of having a major headcold and is trumpeting and sneezing around the house.

I've been indulging in a lot of flower themed fun this week. It started with a bit of watercolour painting, and became a full blown polymer clay explosion of sculpted flowers. See the pics below...

Watercolour Paintings

Polymer Clay Flowers

Hope your week was as fun as mine!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Polymer Clay Art

I came across this book today, a collection of polymer clay artists work. It looks so beautiful and awe inspiring... a lovely coffee table book (or in my case, a studio table book!)

Monday, 27 September 2010

Florabelles - Fairy Lanterns

Do you remember me mentioning my current obsession with Fairy Lanterns?
It came up in this post, about my creative process.

Well, I finally made a couple of these lanterns, sculpted in Fine silver. The faceted gemstones are the twinkly fairy lantern lights, reminiscent of dew drops.

I've named them Florabelles, because of the bell shaped flora and fauna, cupping the gemstones. I intend to make more of these in various gemstones
The slideshow below, shows one Cognac Quartz Florabelle, and another in Green Amethyst

I hope you love them, as much as I do

Thursday, 23 September 2010

The New Deathly Hallows Trailer

Looks amazing!!!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Out and About, and Down in the Mouth!

I've been holed up in the studio today, working on a fairy lantern inspired idea (see last post). It's been tricky, and fiddly to do, and the weather has been overcast all day, to match my mood

The hubby's back at work, and it's been a reminder of how much guilt free fun we had last week. I haven't edited the pics yet, aside from these two.

They are shots taken of the cute artsy studios and shops located in the Ferrer's Gallery, Ashby de la Zouch. Everything was so quaint, and inspiring.

I adored the Blandine Anderson Sculptural ceramics...they were gorgeous

I hope I'll feel better tomorrow :)

Friday, 17 September 2010

My Creative Process

I have been sent emails recently, from the curious, wanting to know how I come up with my creative (and often fantasy inspired) ideas

So this is a little post dedicated to you know who you are!

I've been strolling around in Charnwood Forest, near where I live, now that Autumn is setting in. The beauty and quaintness, of the sleepy villages, set amongst the trees, got my imagination going

I imagined little fairy homes, coming alive with the closing light, and little fairy lanterns being lit (I warned you not to enquire after the way I think, because it is a little off the wall LOL)

I then started sketching some ideas...

which led to me to thinking about the Fairy Lanterns, and what they would look like...

As you can see, the idea is forming of translucent faceted gemstones, that resemble dew drops glistening in the light. The lanterns will be sculpted in silver, with tendrils to encapsulate the stones.

And a new Autumnal fantasy collection is formed!!. I have already started to construct the lanterns, but have taken a break this week from work, as a holiday. I will keep you posted with pics of the bejewelled fairy lanterns as they are made

Hope you enjoyed the journey :)

Thursday, 9 September 2010

My Prince Valiant!

My hardworking, adorable hubby, has passed Part 1 of his PhD in Molecular Genetics!!

This is as well as working fulltime, and being my benefactor and biggest supporter. We have not had the easiest ride this year, and now we are going to get to go out every weekend and have some fun!

Throughout all the trials and tribulations he is steadfast, strong, compassionate and is my rock - so in honour of this milestone I made movie poster stylee digital artwork of his image. He is my Prince Valiant

He'll still have another 18 months or so left on his PhD, but he has broken the back of it, and is really enjoying it. I am crazy proud of him

What I'm Up To...

Here is a sneaky peak at an upcoming project.These are handpainted, textured polymer clay sheets, that I'm going to combine with fine silver

I've handpainted a fair few, inspired by all the autumnal colours of my Virginia Creeper, which is taking over my back garden at present :)

It doesn't look like much now, but they will be turned into wearable art, before you know it!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Play With Me!

I can always tell if I've been a little work obsessed, my furry companions become real little nuisances (in the most adorable way, of course)

This is an example of me trying to do some digital art, after having been playing with various clays. Jasper decided he'd had enough, and entwined himself with the usb connection and lay all over the wacom graphic tablet, refusing to budge

I gave in, and he settled there, after copious amounts of fuss

Sweet furry muses....

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Shipwrecked Pearl Jewellery

The idea behind this bracelet and pendant, is that they are jewellery discovered by mermaids, in shipwrecks lying at the bottom of the ocean

These ornate, decadent pieces of jewellery have been ravaged by the sea, and become encrusted with barnacles, over time.

As you can see, I do let my imagination run free!!!. These pieces are sculpted in fine silver, with freshwater water pearls

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