Friday, 26 April 2013

WCC 17/52 - Ollie

Now this one REALLY is completely different. No metal clay in sight!!
Last weekend I went on a workshop at the British Museum to make a mosaic. It was only a short three hour session, and I've never made anything like this before. It was a bit rushed to fit it all in, but in the end we all got finished!
The workshop was to coincide with the Pompeii exhibition on at the museum, so we started off with a talk about Roman Mosaics, then we were given a few design ideas, or told we could do our own design. Well mine had to be a critter didn't it!! I'm in the process of making some more of my owl earrings so an owl seemed an obvious choice for me. Then we chose some tiles for our design, were shown how to cut the tiles, and were off. We had about an hour and a half to get the hang of cutting tiles and put our mosaics together. Phew, so there was no hanging around. This piece is about 20cm square.
There wasn't any time to grout our pieces, but as it happened I had some white mosaic grout at home so I added it yesterday. You can see it makes it look totally different to how it looked at the end of the workshop in the photo below.

Maybe white was not the best colour to use, but that was all I had! Still it was great fun and I enjoyed it all. There's definitely a LOT of room for improvement but I do feel inspired to give it another go.
You might wonder why I just happened to have some mosaic grout at home!! Well, for quite a few years now I have planned to try micro mosaics, but of course have never actually got around to it. Now I think I just might give it a go... :)
Here is Ollie's poem
Two beady eyes
in orange and black
Vitreous and ceramic
mosaic plaque
Phew... that is the end of my blogging marathon for today. This is the last of EIGHT posts on my Weekly Critter Challenge to bring me right back up to date. Do check out the rest of them :)
Joy x

WCC 16/52 - Cuddles

Meet Cuddles!! Cuddles is my first animal mask. I have made quite a lot of my Colourful Carnival Masks now (and I will be teaching them as a workshop in various place, so contact me if you are interested) but I decided I would now try my hand at a few animal masks. He is made in fine silver and enamel. He has a mottled little pink and black nose :)
Here is his poem - a Haiku
Eyes and ears large
Whisker curling. nose mottled
Cuddles awaits
I have another animal mask on the go so expect to see that one possibly next week ;-)  
This is the seventh of EIGHT posts for today to catch me up on my critter challenge blogging.
Phew!! I am nearly there. I now need to photograph critter 17/52 and I'll be back in a while. Meanwhile you can read all my other posts for today :)
Joy x

WCC 15/52 - Ophio

This is Ophio, a fine silver snake pendant. He is made using Art Clay Silver and he has tiny red enamelled eyes. The whole pendant measures overall about 26mm x 28mm. I am often asked if I make jewellery for men, and I guess Orphio fits that quite well, but he would be just as beautiful on a lady as well :)
Here is his poem.
Slithering, sliding
and hissing too
Wreathing and wriggling
with slippery sinew
This is the sixth of EIGHT posts for today to catch me up - so do check out my others :)
Joy x

WCC 14/52 Waddle

This one is CUTE!! He is called Waddle and he is a tiny baby penguin. He is another little bird bead, and he sits on his own little iceberg. I have to be honest here, Waddle's iceberg is not quite finished so he is not yet wired to it, as he will be a pendant. He measures just 20mm tall and he is fine silver with enamel.
Baby little penguin
Waddling around
On a frosty iceberg
Waiting to be found
I'll post an update photo of Waddle when he is properly finished off :)
This is the fifth of EIGHT posts for today to catch me up - so do check out my others :)
Joy x


WCC 13/52 - Don't Count Your Chickens...

Now for something completely different! This critter coincided with Easter, so of course it had to be something topical. This is a tiny fine silver chicken bead sitting on her silver wire nest. She is a little pendant. I made her using Art Clay Silver fired over a wood clay base to make a hollow bead, and then enamelled her.

I think she is really fun...

...and really little! :)
Here is her poem
Broody little hen
Sitting on her eggs
Soon fluffy little chicks
Will run about her legs
This is the fourth of EIGHT posts for today to catch me up - so do check out my others :)
Joy x

WCC 12/52 - Cataflaged

Another cat critter! (I said there would be more :) ). This time it is a fine silver pendant made using Art Clay Silver. The pendant is reversible and on one side we have the cat which was added using my Enamelled Accents technique. He has lovely green enamel eyes and a pink nose. A hidden cat!

The back is quite simple with a nice texture and a star shaped stone set near the top, and my Joy logo.
Here is the poem
Emerald Eyes
Mischievous glint
Playful gaze
And purring hint
This is the third of EIGHT posts for today to catch me up - so do check out my others :)
Joy x

WCC 11/52 - Shoreline Decoy

Another little Goldie Bronze sculpture. This one is a little shoreline decoy bird. I really like making this style of little bird, and the simplicity of the outline.

The bird measures approx 47mm from tail to beak.

I wrote a Haiku for this one.
Little shoreline bird
Graceful bended silhouette
Sculpted miniature
This is the second of EIGHT posts for today to catch me up - so do check out my others :)
Joy x

WCC 10/52 Fluffy the Kitten

So, here we go with the first of 8 blog posts to catch up my Critter Challenge.
This is Fluffy the Kitten. He is a furry little thing made out of Goldie bronze and he measures just 22mm x 27mm. Fluffy didn't hang around long, I finished him on a Friday and he went off to a new home at my fair on the Saturday!

Here is his poem.
Fluffy the Kitten
Waiting to play
Throw him a toy
and you'll brighten his day
Cats are obviously popular - watch out for more :)
Joy x

Critter Catchup!!!

OK, so I have gotten myself REALLY behind on blogging. Not good :(
I have been making critters and I am now going to blog to catch up on them all. My critter for this week is 17/52 and my last post is 9/52 so watch this space!!
We have 8 blog posts coming in fairly quick succession!!! :)
Joy x
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