Friday, 4 April 2014

Postcard #4

What a beautiful colourful card! The Liberate your art postcard swap is surely well under way and there are so many beautiful cards appearing in the facebook page. This lovely card is from Dee Vlasak on Instagram.

The back reads:

Greetings from Santa Cruz, CA.
Hope you have a wonderful, creative day.
"when you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy."

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Silver clay oh what a day!

This weekend I treated myself to a silverclay course at my little craft shop Craftcandy.

After an hour of playing with polymer clay and trying to get the shape I wanted, several attempts at different shapes later, I settled on this little fellow and decided on adding a texture to his back using a stamp.

Then we opened the silver clay! The texture was much like ordinary clay but spongy at the same time. We had to work super quick to get our pieces put together and use water to bind different parts.
Here he is after being fired in the kiln and brushed with a wire brush. To make him super shiny we used a stainless steel tool to burnish.

I'm so pleased with how he turned out. If you haven't guessed what he is, I made a little turtle :).

Monday, 31 March 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Mothering Sunday started with a rush... not only had the clocks gone forward and so losing me an hour's sleep, but as I attended a silver clay course on the Saturday evening, I had to pick up my little monster from my parents before heading to his karate grading.

Having been asked to make a tiara to show off some prom dresses, here is the first in my series.
Using freshwater pearls, mother of pearl hearts, AB coated glass rondelles and a fair bit of wire. I completed this whilst my little Joey was at his karate grading for his first full belt.

My monster completed his grading with a big smile on his face and his new karate license too.

We then went out for dinner at an all you can eat chinese and tried several different dishes which was heaven! Joey even spotted a little doggy at our table too! Amazing shadows from the tablecloth!

I also received a lovely bunch of tulips, a box of celebrations and some Lady Gaga perfume too, one lucky mummy!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Postcard #3

An amazing artistic postcard from Char'i Lawson in Colardo Springs, this time stamped from a special place, National Postal Museum Station in Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Quoted on the back of the card is:
I look at everything with one eye closed, to mix the truth of my mind with the lies of this world. I am not perfect...just another face.

Such a true statement.

Due to it being a facial piece I just had to have a go at picture placement with it too, hope you like it.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Another postcard...

Another arrival from across the pond :) in the Liberate your art postcard swap.

This time from Vicki Ducham. A lovely altered book artist in New York.
I just love the colours in this card, so beautiful!!! Aloha Vicki!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Quick makes...

To get the creative juices flowing, I like to set myself quick makes, so here are a couple of quick makes to get me going:

 Yellow Agate and Copper wire pendant.

 Blue Agate and silver plated copper wire.

Hope you like them. These will be added to my store soon.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Where oh where are these postcards from?

It's started!!!!! The liberate your art postcard swap is well under way and postcards have been arriving thick and fast across the globe. The pictures on the facebook group have been delightful so here is my first postcard, surrounded by what was on my dining table at the time.
Makes for an exotic picture don't you think.

Received from the lovely Sonya Versluys.An amazing lady who has been fighting Lyme Disease and yet still finds time to share her creativity to the world. A real inspiration, and thankyou so much for joining the swap, It's a pleasure to produce art alongside you in this harsh world.

Here is the back of the postcard:

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Because I love Bead Soup so much!!!

I just had to make a second one!
A friend of mine whom joined a mini bead soup with me last year on Facebook, has agreed to do an individual exchange with me, so; inspired by the bright yellows of the soup I put together for Lesley, here is a second soup I put together.

This time using random yellow gemstones from my randoms box, don't they look lush all together! I also added some yellow cultured pearls, tigers eye drums, Red Carnelian Cubes, red ab coated glass rondelles, a large piece of lightly dyed Agate/Quartz(not sure what it is but an interesting shape) from my random box, a handmade 'Hope' wire focal and a hammered handmade clasp.

Can't wait to see what she makes with it all.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Bead Soup explained...

I have 'borrowed' one of Lesley's beautiful photographs of her bead soup so I can explain each set of beads a little better, my phone camera has nothing on this:

BSBP Beads reveal...

Now my partner has received her beads I can share with you our soups.

My soup to Lesley Lane:

Incase you can't read the text here is a list of what I sent:

Blue Quartz Heart, Orange Agate & Drusy, Handmade wire 'hi', Giant Hook clasp, Crackled Quartz puffy coins, Yellow Agate & Drusy rounds 8mm, Blue Jade rounds 6mm, Blue Quartz faceted rondelles, Yellow cultured Pearls, Sparkly goldenrod glass rondelles, Silver bead caps.

Hope you like them Lesley!

Here is what I received from Lesley. She was kind enough to label it all up for me (below).

Lesley may not know this but RED is my favourite colour, so I love it!!!

Lots of gorgeous Czech glass, both metallic in finish, faceted and little mixes, all different styles,
Indian glass,
Two large beads at the bottom, we think are bone,
Mother of pearl chips,
A lovely copper leaf clasp,
Red Agate nuggets,
Candy Jade faceted rounds,
Palm wood rounds,
Gorgeous focal by PERUZI,
and the cutest little red bird.

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