Wednesday 9 December 2015

History Hop Challenge 

Paleolithic Style


I was very inspired by this hop! Prehistory being my thing and all. 

I have had endless fun rubbing shells and some of my lampwork beads with real red ochre for the authentic look  and sourcing shell and bone beads to add to what will probably be a multi strand necklace. 

The little shells havn't taken up the ochre very well so I have decided to pop them in my tumbler to roughen them up a bit to see if that helps with staining. The glass beads have stained very well. 

I am particularly pleased with the stone like look of my lampwork focal.  When it is put with this round bone bead it makes me think of a human form, so I intend to string it like this some how. 
I have been thinking about hanging the focal  "upside down" because a fair few of the "Goddess" Figures I have seen in museums and such have a hole at their feet. It is believed that they were hung like that so the wearer could hold them in their hand while being worn and thus see them the right way up. 
As you can see it is not finished yet. I hope to finish it soon but practically it may be the new year before I get there. I may need a bead stringing guru to help me work out the construction part of it. All offers and suggestions gratefully received. 

Full list of participants:

Leah Curtis (hostess) - Beady Eyed Bunny
Julia Hay - Pandanimal 
Rachel Mallis - Mint Monarch
Robin Reed - Artistry HCBD 
YeeLen Spirit Designs (will be revealing on Dec. 12th, please check back then!)

Facebook Participants:
Laura Bailey Taskey

Monday 20 October 2014

Net Wars

This evening looking at my favorite forum, Craft Pimp, I came across a Youtube video featuring a potter. So I click and watch, for a few seconds, a master at work.
Then I hear my sons bedroom door open, his strident footsteps coming down the hall.
"Are watching Youtube?" whispers my youngest from beside me.
"Ummm...yes?" Older son is now pounding down the stairs, across the hall and bursts into the kitchen where we sit with laptops on the table.
"What are you doing?" he demands.
"It's a potter" I sheepishly explain. I know what his problem is. It's the same most nights.
"I got disconnected again" He is exasperated. "You know I can't play if you watch youtube"
Our connection here is really slow and there is often 6 of us trying to use it, and you can't please all of the people all of the time. He plays League of Legends, L.O.L. and it seems to be very particular about its bandwidth or something.
I will try to watch the video tomorrow. While he is at college. Sigh!

Sunday 19 October 2014

Painty Part Two

Nat and I had another gelli painting session today.
He wanted to do some snow because he was fed up with leaves. We choose pearl, zinc white and some coarse texture gel for texture and spread it about on the sheet we use for printing.


I also dug out my "Brusho" powder ink in cobalt blue and sprinkled a very little bit of it on the surface after it was inked up. Brusho is a very dense pigment and a little goes a long way. 

Nat smoothed down the paper and pulled the first print. We are planning to use them to do Christmas collage cards with. More of that another day.