Tuesday, 30 June 2009
METAL CLAY BEADS is a really good book covering all types of beads and is a great read. Last few nights I have been reading in bed until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Great stuff. Just click on the picture of the book to go to Amazon's website to read all about it.
Last Saturday was the second special Art Clay workshop that I taught for Region 7 of the Guild of Enamellers. There were 9 people on this one and it was just mad from start to finish. I normally only teach between 1 to 5 people at once (see my website ) but as this was a Guild fun workshop we fitted more in. They made soooo much stuff I had a job to keep up with what everyone was up to! The photo above (sorry not very good) is just a selection of it as we were firing right up to the end and quite a bit went home fresh out of the kiln (cooled down first of course!) or had a quick brushing to be finished later. I think they made 3 or 4 times this amount with people using between 10g to 100g of clay!!! Well done all of you though - you produced some great things.
This weekend I am at the Smallholders Show at Ardingly on Saturday and Sunday. If you are in the area do come and say hello. This is my third year at this show and it is a great day out. From ducks and tortoises to dog shows, crafts and lovely food, you can get it all at this show! As well as selling my handmade jewellery I shall also be demonstrating on both days, showing how to use Art Clay Silver. Last year was a real hoot as my stand was in a howling gale!! It is surprising how difficult it is to find clear plastic texture sheets when they blow away onto a sandy floor and I had to get quite inventive making a little hearth to torch fire in hoping my torch would not blow out!! Made it all the more fun really though :)
Friday, 19 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
I really wanted to do something different with my cupcake beads that I bought from Laura Sparling so I decided to make my own solid silver little cupcake box using Art Clay Silver and use the bead as the little handle on the lid. Cute eh? Perfect for keeping tiny treasures in. What do you think. Is it a bit too OTT on the cupcake side :)
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
The hamster definitely seems to be the most popular yet judging by your comments. So - let me know if I should keep the hamster or not. If you say keep him then I will run a "name the hamster" competition with a nice prize.
Sunday 7th June 11am - 5pm. Entrance £3 adults - children free. In aid of Sussex Air Ambulance. There will be over 100 stalls, showing various crafts, food and drink, and something for all the family.There will be a number of arena events, including Birds of Prey and Dance Groups. There will be a beer tent, hog roast, fish and chips and teas. This is the first year Hailsham Lions have organised this event and providing there is good support from the public it could become an annual event.
The only problem I have when I do fairs that have nice food stalls is stopping my husband spending more on the food than I am earning on the jewellery sales :)
Do come if you are in the area.