Friday, 29 July 2011

Latest Bead Article :)))

The second part of my introduction to caning has been published in the current issue (Issue 32 August/September 2011) of Bead Magazine.  

I made the cover again (blush), if you hadn't guessed, those are my beads in the bottom right!
This part of the article shows you how to make several canes including a groovy rainbow skinner jelly roll cane.
If you buy the mag there is even a couple of pictures of me demonstrating at the Telford Big Bead Show!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Bumbles - Cane Tip of the Month!

I started making bumbles the cane back in May. 

With much of my spare time being taken up with selling my house and buying the new one over the past couple of months, I didn't have a lot of time to work on clay. So I started off making bumbles' stripy body and head and then put him down for a few days. I then made a large bulls eye cane to make up his wings but had to leave it at that - for about 2 months.

The last couple of days I got back to Bumbles,  finished his wings, the cane background and then reduced him.

I can now give you a big cane tip: Do NOT make a cane over several months! The bit of cane you were working on in the beginning, will be much firmer than the bit that you have just worked with and when you reduce your cane, you will find it shifts (reduces) at different rates.

Probably no surprise to many of you but for me, I usually finish my cane within a couple of days so the whole cane has a similar softness/firmness and I haven't encountered this problem before. When I came to reduce Mr Bumbles today, parts of him shifted at different rates and I lost about 40% of the cane to distortion.

I won't be making that costly mistake again! Watch this space for what I do with all that scrap...

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Steampunk Emporium Booklaunch

I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the booklaunch of Jema Hewitt's latest work "Steampunk Emporium: Creating Fantastical Jewelry, Devices and Oddments from Assorted Cogs, Gears and Curios".

The evening's events included readings from the book, some fab stage acts including  the first time travelling comedian and enough tea, cakes and pimms to sink a (steam) ship. One could meet the author, Jema "Emily Ladybird" Hewitt, buy a copy of the book 

and even meet characters from the book 

The book looks amazing and includes tales of adventure as well as fantastical mixed media jewellery projects. There is so much inside to tempt both jewellers and non jewellers. The original jewellery pieces from the book made a guest appearance at the launch.

A top night with top food and entertainment and of course, I got my book signed!

Toodles darling - maybe I haven't quite mastered the Steampunk lingo yet...

Monday, 18 July 2011

Latest project

My latest project and the reason I haven't been able to do much clay lately...
This is the good bit!

Big lounge in need of big improvement!
What there is of a kitchen
I think this is straight from the 50s.
The master bedroom!
My favourite bit :)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

My Demo at Telford Big Bead Show

Whilst I have been very busy lately selling and moving out of my house (sob, I loved that house!), I did manage to fit in a bead demonstration at Bead magazine's Big Bead Show Telford on 25th June.

If you check out this previous post, you can see what I was showing people how to make. 

So here are some snaps from my first ever demo!

That's me showing people how to condition clay.

Clearly I was getting some inspiration from my clay caddy here.

Layering up cane slices to make those pillow beads. 

I was pleased to see I got a mixed turned out!

I thought the demo went pretty well. The audience were really nice and asked lots of questions. I filled out my time slot nicely and after all the questions I had 1 minute to spare. I'm getting a taste for this now...