Friday, February 26, 2010
The polymer clay class last night was so much fun, it's great as a teacher to hear your students coo over what they are making. Working on canes pretty much guarantees it though, as when you cut into the center of a newly made cane to see your creation for the first time....well, it's just a giddy moment. To have students running around to show what they just made makes me one happy teacher. I think the clay class will be a regular thing.
I finished the second sample of the corsage bracelet this morning and have been working on getting the class schedule online and into my store. As you may notice you can view my class schedule here and then link to the class you want from there. Everything in sync. It's coming....order and organization.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I'm combining chores at this point so the wonderful beads you see here came from Artbeads and their blogging program, "The Beauty of Spring" is the theme and I was so thrilled because it's my theme right now too. I got to sample the gorgeous new mauve color of Swarovski pearls....that's the one above the word 'pink'. They arrived yesterday and I was so excited to put them together I did the three new colorways last night, though as you can see the turquoise is just a color sample at this point. The mauve also show up in the lime version (for me lime is so spring) along with peach and cream. And the peach are paired up with tahitian and gold in the turquoise version. I just LOVE the turquoise seed beads too....a little more subdued than the standard turquoise these are Marbled Opaque Turquoise/blue, very classy. I just thank the heavens for the online stores because getting seed beads locally is tough and you wouldn't know the #8 size existed if you just shopped locally.
The beads for my flower bracelet project just arrived...so my work for this afternoon is decided...lol! Hopefully I'll have the photos done to show you tomorrow but think Swarovski highlights.
FTC compliance disclosure: As part of Artbeads' blogger program they occasionally send me beads to review. The review is my honest opinion and I'm not paid or otherwise compensated to say glowing things about them.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
So I created some nice new labels....they look a little large on the ring pictured but are just 1 1/2" by 2". There's a mini bio and product story in them along with a checklist for components on the back all printed on glossy stock.
The ring is fresh off the beading mat, a tiger's eye cab on a Delica base with just a hint of animal print. Simple but elegant.
Next week I need to get back to clay smooshing and make something for the Artfire Smooshers "Spring" challenge.....I'm so tempted to be literal on this one! But I have the weekend Art Festival to get through first. I have to say, being in a gallery at a festival is SO much better than setting up a booth! It makes the commission worth it.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I am always freaked out, stressed out and a nervous wreck when I approach galleries and this time was no different but Annabel was a rock. She has her bead work in the gallery and as I arrived early I went in to check it out. As soon as I walked in the door, the manager, Lynne, spotted the freeform peyote collar I was wearing and asked if I made it, which I did, of course.
I snooped Annabel's work, she really does great work in the most impeccable taste and was impressed at how the gallery displays it. I then left the gallery to find Annabel.
Once found Annabel nipped into the gallery to 'check on something' and then we went for lattes so she could review my pricing and we adjusted a few things in a very pleasing upward direction, she loaned me her display tray which was so much better than opening box after box, and we headed into the gallery. The plan was to go to a different gallery but Annabel's 'checking on something' was really her talking up a storm about me, and Lynne decided she wanted my work in her gallery. Apparently my work lived up to it's great review and Lynne took everything I had, and even bumped up a few prices again......I underestimate my work, yeah, that's about right.
So, I'm in my second gallery and right in time for next weekend's Art Festival. Thankyou Annabel. Oh, one piece did not make it into the gallery, my 'Mystere' necklace. When Annabel first saw this piece she had a hard time putting it down and she decided she just had to have it, I'm hoping that's an omen for the sales I'll have at this gallery.
It's also just the push I needed to get away from the polymer (step away from the pasta machine) back into the bead weaving and I designed and got half way through a new piece last night. I will get back to the polymer though, my latest attempts came out amazingly well and I have some designs spinning around in my head that are a fusion of polymer art and bead weaving. I just have to finish cleaning Dad's workshop so I can do the baking and buffing in there, because the liquid clay stinks to high heaven when it's baking.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
She is now stocking some of my project booklets and we are scheduling my classes there. I felt like a rock star as Lori slyly made phone calls and people arrived to see my beadwork which I'd taken to do a show and tell.
Annabel found some things she couldn't leave without and we basically had a good old time.
We then called for coffee and a bite to eat at a new place on State Street. I'd seen them building it a while back and must admit I scoffed when I saw they were calling themselves "Baristas". For anyone who doesn't know a barista is an expert in the brewing and making of coffee drinks and I happen to be one having run a coffee shop in Park City, I do know my coffee. I did not expect to find great espresso in Hurricane....but, oh my!
The diamond studded owner, Steve, is very sure of himself, a total flirt, and a self professed master of coffee, pizza, philly steaks, etc. Written on the walls of the place are testemonials that back him up....and by the time we left ours was up amongst them. THE best espresso I've had since I quit running the coffee shop in Park City, though the milk foam could use a little help, it wasn't piled up like it should be for a capp but floated in a deep layer like it should for a latte...but the crema.....mmmmmmm! Annabel announced it was the best pizza she'd ever had and Steve preened...lol! I will definitely be stopping there every time I'm on that road and I can easily see me making the drive when I'm craving a real espresso.
Steve....you most definitely have the BEST coffee shop in Southern Utah.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
So, as I have just started making polymer clay art beads I thought I'd design some based on her book cover. I made these beads to capture not only the colors of the cover but the theme too. I am quite proud of the result....and happy and relieved she likes them.
Anyway, congratulations Lisa! Now everyone go buy her book, available at Amazon.com
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
It was the first of the bead society's new regular 'Bead-Ins', the socialization of beading.
I'd always been envious when I read Marcia DeCoster's blog, she has a group of beading instructors close by and they frequently get together to bead and socialize. Now, I don't feel quite so envious. Beading can be so solitary and though I used to be very much the hermit, I'm not anymore, I like to be out amongst people.
Things are picking up, the craft store where I teach is changing how it does things, making the instructors more responsible for their classes which means we get more control. The best thing is I'll be able to sell kits for the projects, easier and often cheaper for the students it's also better financially for me, not that I'll be able to retire or anything. Ha! Beading is the thing that is supposed to give me a living until I retire and as I never see me retiring I'll probably be beading till I drop dead over a pile of Swarovskis.
On the bead front, the idea I had, but haven't as yet tried out, to increase the gloss on my beads, has been done by someone else with great success. I stumbled across a bead maker in Australia whose beads had a fabulous shine, I thought she glazed but it didn't look like glaze so I checked. She had done the exact thing I was planning to do, a thin layer of translucent clay over a finished bead, and it works. I wanted to try it over some of my finished beads but was apprehensive....now I feel good about it and my beads will increase in shine today! Yesterday Annabel, one of the beading group, said she had shown her husband my beads online and he said "Oh, she's a lampworker?" YAY! Though I would love to be a lampworker it's not in the budget right now so to have my PC beads look like lampwork is a JOY!
Monday, February 1, 2010
So...I tried a pictorial cane...a portrait. The technique is basically solid and I did end up with a recognizable portrait when I'd finished.....um...six hours later.
It's in the reducing that things didn't go so well. The finished cane measured about two inches diameter and the picture you see is when it was reduced down to one inch. I think it's recognizable as a face but not much more.
This will definitely take more work and I make take a more artistic, less methodical approach next time.
However, let's play a game.....the first one to correctly guess who the cane was supposed to be gets a prize. Don't forget to leave your e-mail so I can contact you if you win.