Friday, September 9, 2016

Oops to0 Short a Cord

Oops! Someone bought a locket from my husband yesterday and got a cord that is probably too short. If you get in touch with me I will send you another cord. Sorry. Joan

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Totem Going to Seed

This is a picture that I scooped off Carol Simmons Face Book share. I was going to use my own photos but this photo by Syndee Holt  is much superior.

Laurel Swetnam's remind me of a rich and abundant  planet that I will never visit but somehow makes me think feel at home.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Totem Exchange

I am participating in a totem exchange. Over the next few weeks I will post pictures of the work of other artists. Today  it is all about me.
My totems are about flight with a few old beads thrown in to space things out.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cat Faces

I guess there is a reason why I don't use a mold. One of the things about making things is the variations that comes from hand modeling. I like to say that you can buy ten of the same item on my table at the market and they will all be a little different.  I delight in my cat figures, to see how much personality I can fit into one little whistle.I think I might start cataloging cat expressions but that might spoil the fun.

Each leaf whistle is also a little different. The colour variation in the larger leaf ones from mokumegane and the smaller ones are millifiori. And again a butterfly.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Butterflies Again

The summer is one big rush but I still find time to draw in my notebook and follow my latest passion for butterflies. The pink one is an earlier attempt. I am learning.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


One of the great gifts of nature

Monday, June 20, 2016

Butterfly Cold Cuts

I have discovered something about making tiny butterflys with distorting the shape of the wings. I saw Victoria Hughes make lovely little inclusions by cutting simple cooked canes. Something brought to mind again by a friend who uses this technique to make surprisingly real looking miniatures. Finally the light came on. This is the way to keep my smallest butterflies from going wonky.

1. First you make a butterfly. The top and bottom wings are a little different, but I guess you could make them the same.

2. Reduce the cane and cook tiny ones with the wings the right shape ;and in the right position.

3. Cut the cooked canes when they are hot. This makes them much easier to cut. - So I guess these would be hot cuts.

4. You can apply the cooked cane slices to a raw clay back. The wings a rigid but that adds to the realistic look so a butterflies.

5. This one really was a cold cut but when using the butterfly cane at this size it is bit as useful to cook it ahead. In this case the butterfly is part to a whistle.