Friday 28 August 2009

Busy Having Fun

Things in the kiln firing and in progress. Watch this space....

Photos tomorrow.

Don't forget I am at the Llama Park in Ashdown Forest on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Wednesday 26 August 2009

Fusing Accident

When I was fusing glass last week I managed to put this pair of cabs for earrings too close together so they fused.

The more I look at this the more I can only see one thing.

Sooooo.... anyone want to buy a dichroic glass bra?!!! :-)

Friday 21 August 2009

Fused Colours

The sun came out so I took a quick snap of some of the glass I have been fusing this week. I haven't finished cleaning them all up yet and still have to add the findings but it caught some of the colours quite nicely. Dichroic glass is sooooo hard to get a good photo of.

Thursday 20 August 2009

Hearts Desire

I do love making fiddly little things! This sweet little pendant measures 22mm x 28mm and is reversible. It has just come back from hallmarking so I thought I would take a photo quick in case it sells this weekend at the Shoreham Airshow. If you are coming to the air show don't forget to find me in the craft marquee.
I'll post some dichroic glass I have just fused tomorrow if I can get a nice photo.

Saturday 15 August 2009

Hastings Net Shops

Here in Hastings we are famous for the wooden Net Shops in the Old Town used by the fisherman for storing their nets.

Here is a little prototype I have made using Art Clay Silver. I think it may need to be a bit taller and in reality the planks run the other way but it is more just giving the feel of it rather than an exact likeness (well that is my excuse anyway - ok - I didn't check before I made the first one :)! ). It has a little clapper inside and makes a pleasing tinkling sound when worn. I shall make a couple more and experiment with different sizes and plank directions.

So does it look like a net shop to you?

Thursday 13 August 2009

Craft Fairs

I thought I would just update you on my next craft fairs.

22nd and 23rd August I am at the Shoreham Airshow in the craft marquee. I am very excited about this one. I have not done it before and even if I sell no jewellery at all I know I will have a great time because I love airshows!! Mind you if hubby is outside watching planes all the while I might be stuck in the marquee listening to them but I am sure I'll get my fair share of watching!

The following weekend on Sunday 30th August and Bank Holiday Monday 31st I am at the Llama Park in Ashdown Forest. A lovely place for a day out, cute llamas and they do good cream teas as well.

Do come and say hi - I love meeting people.

Monday 10 August 2009

Finished At Last!!!

Maschera da Clown

Well you will be pleased to know I have finished enamelling the latest mask at last!!
Blimey that has taken me a while from start to finish. I much prefer projects where I can find the time and just keep at it until the end. It is a nice feeling to actually have it all completed. I finished it yesterday but had to wait until this morning to photograph it in some decent light.
Anyway here it is. I was after a clown look I had seen in my lovely book of Venetian Carnival Masks. I think I have captured that so am quite pleased with the outcome.
As it is the second in my series of carnival masks inspired by the Ventian Carnevale I am sticking with the Italian names so this is called "Maschera da Clown". The mask measures 42mm high by 32mm wide.

Tuesday 4 August 2009

The Enamelling Mask Go On!!!!!

OK that was dreadful!
So this week I have a bit more free time and the good news is I have started on the mask again. If you don't know what I am talking about then you need to read some of my earlier blog posts about the latest mask I am making, but above is a picture of it before I started enamelling just to give you an idea (or remind you where we were as this has been a bit drawn out!!). Don't worry about all those reflections they will be gone by the end. It is all going well and I am off back to my workshop in a mo to carry on.
Last week I taught the most lovely person Level One in Art Clay Silver. Keay has lived in Ireland for the last few years but is soon off home to her native New Zealand to live. We had a great week and she did really well. Here is a photo of all the pieces she made. Well done Keay. Have a good journey home.

I am now teaching both Level One and Level Two as well as all my other workshop subjects (or anything else related to Art Clay you can think of possibly : )) on either a two to one or one to one basis from Hastings. If you are interested just email me to see what we can sort out. You can find more details on my website here - Art Clay Courses.

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