Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Sorry about the long pause between blog's, I am a bit disheartened with the internet at the moment, my speed is not what it's supposed to be!!!
Well last week a did a little bit of online retail therapy, for a little while now I've been scouring the net to find sites about creating more realistic characters from my clay...
I bought three books in a bundle from http://www.amazon.co.uk/ two were by Maureen Carlson and one by Katherin Dewy. I am enthralled by their work and would love to be anywhere even half way near to the talent of these artists.... but one can dream!!!
My first attempt is from the book by Maureen Carlson on How to Make Clay Characters, I tried Maureen's character Suzette, (I called my little one Tammy). I am still trying to get to grips with the hands.... they are quite tricky, practice makes perfect! i deviated a little from the character in the book, as I only did one ribbon and added a large lollipop for Tammy to hold.
I love the details and the information about actually clothing your characters, which I have found quite hard in the past, I never really thought about designing them as "actual" clothing patterns before, but Maureen's background is in sewing so naturally she thought as a seamstress. Which makes sense really.... this is definately a must have for peeps looking to improve their sculpting skills.
When I get time I'll review the other books!!!
Here's my attempt at Maureen's character.
I've been so enthralled with the book, I've hardly looked at the other two, I will though!!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Recently I have become very interested in the art of cake craft, after watching the "cake boss" on tv endlessly I have found myself browsing flickr and google for other innovative cakes.
Being on facebook and knowing how difficult it is not to "just log on for a second" and end up spending endless hours browsing and chatting when I saw this cake I just thought it was absolutely so apt! What brilliant work....
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
What a washout of a weekend.... I had three days off work..... and guess what it has rained for 2 of them so far! After such a beautiful couple of weeks, it's just typical of my luck that it has been miserable since I have been off.....
But I won't let that phase me!
We went to Dundalk Craft and food fair today (north of Dublin, near the border of Northern Ireland) it was a nice day out, almost 40 min's from where we live, but I wanted to see how others were displaying their crafts, as yet I have never done a craft fair so I was interested to see how they run. We spent most of the money, actually make that ALL of the money we spent was on my 4 year old daughter. She got her face painted and she painted a model, she got a beautiful felted hairband from a girl from Latvia... photo will follow.... her web address is here.
I haven't been to that many craft fairs before, but I definately got some ideas of what not to do.... I would have bought from a lady who sold some beautiful jewellery, but when she asked me where I "bought" the necklace I was wearing I told her I made it myself she was like a rat up a drain pipe... she had some beads in her pieces I had never seen before, and they were very wearable, had she not run away from me as if I had a bad smell I would have bought from her....... very poor selling skills.... i've often bought jewellery from fellow crafters online so I was always going to be a customer! But her reaction to me being a fellow jewellery maker put me off.
I was a bit intimidated by the work that others have put into their stalls and crafts.... I always think that mine is just "not good enough!"
Thought I'd show you my little un wi her face painted from a lady called Jo-Anne from Erin Crafts lovely lady and my daughter ACTUALLY listened to someone which is a first!!
It was indeed a nice day even tho it rained!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I kinda wish I'd made her sitting up a bit more, she looks like she's about to fall over with the laughter!
My little girl who's 4 has taken to naming my toppers now, I think she said this one's name is McKenna, I'd say that's after Barbies friend although, by morning the name could have changed (our poor goldfish don't know whether they are coming or going, one day it's Peppa and George, next it's Marlin and Nemo!!!). The main thing is that she loves the toppers..... next job, find some customers who'd like my toppers too!!!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Anyway as a result I have 2 orders for cake toppers, one for the wedding and another for the lady's friends 40th!! I am delighted, I have made most of the 40th topper tonight and will get to work with the other one when I recieve a picture of the dress and of the groom!
I am over the moon with this, absolutely delighted... I loved making the figures and plan to put my own stamp on them for my orders.... wish me luck.
Monday, April 12, 2010
What's been keeping me occupied this week? I've always admired the craft of modelling, I especially love the cute little figures I've seen online for weddings and cake toppers. I decided to have a go at one for myself.
I needed a bit more information before I got started, so I was googling tutorials to make these for quite a while and had drawn a blank. I came across the site of an extremely talented German lady called Betty (well at least I think that's her name), Betty works not only in polymer clay but in sugarcraft, you should see her frog prince cake!! Wow!! It really is something, so cute, I only took my daughter to see the new Disney frog prince movie recently and loved it... so I absolutely adore Betty's frog prince.
Anyhoo Betty has a brilliant tutorial for making bride and groom wedding cake toppers for sale on her site, so after buying it I had a go.
I wasn't really too fussed that the white got a bit dirty, as I really only wanted to see if I could follow the tutorial. My biggest problem was my fimo... the black was like chewing gum to work with, I'd normally use fimo classic, but could only get soft of late and I hadn't ever used the soft black.... I opened two packs as I thought one might have been an old one the shop had. As a result the groom is not really how I had anticipated. But I am quite pleased with the result. I added earrings to my bride and a tiny tiara made from seed beads and wire.
The tutorial was easy to follow, and very few tools were required, so it's ideal for beginners with no real outlay other than the polymer clay itself. I used the tube that my seed beads come in to shape the mouth.
If you want to see any of the fabulous work of the talented crafter Betty you can see it here the website is in German, but click on google translate to view it in English.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
WHY???? I very loudly ask myself????
Well the reason is quite simple, I am obsessed with beads, beading, polymer clay, infact anything remotely related to beads....
I spend hours browsing beads online, browsing forums and blogs online shops for supplies and inspiration, my husband will ask me "what u doing" and I will look at him with "those eyes" his reply "oh that's the beading eyes again".
The result of this obsession is that I have lots of ideas, but very little actual beading time!!! Having a four year old it's difficult to bead before 8.30 pm when she goes to bed.
I'd love to be a full time beader, but sure I'll never be able to make a full time income from it.... although that never stopped me from spending DAYS trawling the internet for my latest beading idea!!
I want a MOBILE library or a van to convert into something like a mobile library, I have an idea I want to create a mobile bead/craft shop, where I can teach beading techniques in a portable studio.... I think it would be ideal for parties etc, I can also sell wares at markets etc in it!!
I must be mad! But I have been thinking about this for ages and I really want to do it!
Pity is I have no money to do such an idea!
Aww I can always dream!
The dress she is wearing is asymetrical, it comes up in a ruffle at one side, so I wanted to try to balance this by creating a design that is asymetrical to the opposite side. So far I have created two designs with this in mind, but I will probably work on a couple more over the next couple of days (got a few holidays this week!) as I'm not entirely sure that this "balancing" will work with the dress.
She's a character my wee neice, like my own wee one, they could almost be sisters, they look so alike!
So here's a look at the pic's of the latest creations!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
- fireline (or similar thread)
- 2 6mm Swarovski crystals
- 10 4mm Swarovski crystals
- 4 2mm silver spacer beads
- 2 eyepins
- 2 earring posts
- size 12 beading needle
- Round nosed pliers
- Chain nosed pliers
- Wire cutters
STEP BY STEP
- First begin by threading your needle with around 50 cm of fireline.
- Thread on one of your size 11 seed beads as a stop bead (sew back through the bead to anchor it)
- Thread on another 4 size 11 seed beads, sew back through the stop bead to create a star shape. (you can sew through them again if you wish to make the structure more secure.)
- Exit your stop bead and thread on 1 size 4mm Swarovski, 1 size 11 seed bead. Sew back down through the swarovski so that the size 11 becomes a "plug to stop the Swarovski moving".
- Sew through the next size 11 in your original star, add another 4mm crystal and size 11 seed bead continue step 5 until you have 5 points in your star.
- Secure your thread by tying a knot (I find one is sufficient) tuck in the ends and trim.
- Pick up one of your eyepins, thread on, 1 2mm silver spacer, 1 6mm Swarovski crystal, 1 2mm Swarovski spacer.
- Make a simple loop (you could make a wrapped loop if you prefer)
- To connect the dangle to the star, open one end of your eyepin, thread it through the top of one of your extending points of the star.
- Open the other end of your eyepin and connect this end to the earwire.
REPEAT THESE STEPS TO MAKE A MATCHING PAIR!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Colour..... hmmm..... I'm always a bit of a "black girl" mainly due to my figure, I tend to stick to muted colours for my own outfits... but I want to actually sell the pieces I make, so black isn't really an ideal selling colour.
A while ago I bought The Beaders Color Pallette by Margie Deeb as I felt that colour was a bit of an issue with me, I wasn't sure how to use it to the best effect....
I hadn't had time to actually look at it properly, but recently I had a bit of "me" time and decided to take a deeper look into the book.
The book begins by explaining how to read the colour pallete, which was invaluable for me, Margie refrences the Delicia bead by number which she has chosen to correspond with the palette, whilst engaging you to choose your own accent beads in whichever material you feel fits in with the palette.
There are some fabulous projects to complete, although I still have to actually make any of them, they are inspirational in themselves as the use of colour and texture has changed my creative thinking process. I was particularly inspired by "This Gorgeous Planet" section I love the colours in the "Celestial Combinations" section, full of beautiful pinks, purples and heather colours.
Near the end of the book there is also basic information on stitches and basic techniques.
You can see more about Margie Deeb Here
What is mojo?? To me mojo is the creative spark, the actual WANT to make something I have lost this mojo thingamigig recently! ... it's funny how life can affect this creativity.
I've been suffering from the most almighty cough and flu since January... my friend who is a nurse was visiting from Scotland. was quite concerned over this, me being me brushed it off.. but it definately made me feel uninterested in my jewellery making.... until today, I finally decided to go to the doctor.... he told me I had a problem with the medication I was taking for my blood pressure and that sometimes this can exasperate flu symptoms....... so finally I know why the hell I am coughing so much! And can actually do something about it.... he signed me off of my day job for a week so now I feel so much better that I have time to recouperate and get better.... I don't know if it's this or having looked at www.mydailybead.blogspot.com that has rejuvinated the lost mojo..... but since looking at it early this evening I have since made 6 pairs of earings 3 pendants and a necklace (photo's will follow soon!).
I hope to feel refreshed after my bit of time off!
Woo hoo, hope it's back for good!!!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This set consist's of clear quartz, swarovski crystals and 6 & 8 mm Swarovski pearls... there's a couple of stardust beads thrown in for extra dazzle. Both are finished with a sterling silver clasp and extender chain.