Friday, March 29, 2013

The Sharp Jar

I think this is the best way to have sharp objects ready at your finger tips without having the occasional prick or slice.

When the new oven wrack came wrapped in one sided corrugated  cardboard, I was delighted. A chance to make another sharp jar. Simply cut the cardboard in strips and make a roll. Stuff the role in a jar. And there you have it, a safe place to needles knives and all manner of pointy, sharp things.

The new undecorated jar is  in the foreground. The one in the background is decorated with old barrettes that were retired before they were sold. - And who doesn't like to decorate their tools.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Chicken and the Egg

These earrings may be out of balance but that is just how life is.

One of the most wonderful thing about polymer clay is the ability to make just what you want for an occasion. My daughter is studying animal sciences, specializing in chickens. Today is her birthday. A magic day - the third month and the day is three to the power of three.

Happy birthday Sophie. I hope that these arrived in the mail before you see this post.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rounding up Beads

This is half the herd
I found these beads when I was rounding up some items in the studio. I made them a few years and I think that it is time they went out on their own. If you are interested in adopting one or two, have  look at my Etsy site.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pickled Eyelets Revisited

Pinata dyes above, raw and pickled below.
Five days ago I started and experiment with Pinata dyes and eyelets. A reader had suggested it so I thought I would give it a whirl. Not so great. Those dyes are great for other things so don't waste them on metal. Good suggestion thought and worth a try.

I made a bigger batch of the pickled eyelets. Five days seems to be the right length of time. When I left them longer the metal became a little pitted, this time they came out just the way I like them. The vinegar only turned a light green/blue, but colored vinegar was not the intent of the experiment.

Friday, March 22, 2013

FibresWest - First Day

A happy customer and Nell selling fairy shoes in the background.

Hannahmin's hand spun with my shawl pin.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Off We Go to Cloverdale

We are off today to find this place.

Show Barn on the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds, entrance at 62nd Avenue on 176th Street, Cloverdale, BC (the Show Barn is on the East side of the red Agriplex bldg).

 We are setting up today so we will be ready for your arrival on Friday at Fibreswest. In my little life a show that I have never done before is and adventure.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2013 Spring Equinox

All things equal. A real reason to celebrate.

In Praise of the Tarnished

The not so shiny and a start for more not so shiny.

I was going to post about buttons today but something more interesting came up.

I am not a shiny person. I like things a little less than shiny, so when I could only find eyelets that were shiny “gold” I was a little disappointed. Caroline, who owns one of the most interesting “craft” stores in Vancouver, suggested soaking the eyelets in vinegar to dull the shines away.

After a week sitting in a tiny ziplock bag, the eyelets are not nearly so bright and the vinegar was lovely blue green. I am sure that there are other ways of doing this and I would love to know more about it but I have to take care of business at the moment. Later for googling around for more information..

About Caroline’s store. Douglas Trading Post is all about bright shiny and over the top. There is a lot more than you see in the store than on the her website.  If you had to make wild or traditional costumes, this is one of the two shops in Vancouver, you would have to visit.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Nell's Sea Creatures

 Nell's soft creatures.
As I scurry around getting ready to set up for tomorrow have a look at Nell's wonderful embroidery.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fibrous Friday

Shawl Pins - can be used in hair
Barrettes - can be used as scarf clips. Hair is fibre too
This Friday and Saturday I am participating in a market for fibre fanciers in Cloverdale. I have never done this event before but I have been told that there will be fibre bearing animals. I am looking forward to the fuzzy animals more than I should.

I will be there sharing a booth with Nell Burns and her extraordinary embroidery. We figure that it will give us a good chance to chat but I am sure we will be glad to see you if you take the time to drop in to FibresWest.

Please note that this event it Friday and Saturday only. So don't wake up Sunday morning expecting us to be there waiting for you. I will be at home or the studio doing what I love. Making more polymer clay stuff.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Power of Pencil Planning

 Sometimes when I make a cane I just wing it, but when I take time to plan it out it is always rewarding. I love pencils. Maybe even more that I love clay. They are the original graphics power tool.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spring Inside the Studio

Across the studio from me, Ray just completed another painting. Spring is every where.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring Wonders From the Wet Coast

Days and days of rain here in Vancouver. It is a rain forest after all, but spring is definitely here. There are lots of wonders outside and if you live here the rain just the way it is.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Some New Twists on Inros

At Horizons, our guilds recent polymer clay retreat, I taught a class on making inros. Two of the members of the guild took the inro to a new place. On the left is Ellen Kocher's classy looking number and on the right is Veronica's flowered stones.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cooperator Bunny

This charming little guy is the result of the cooperation of two fantastic artist who we are lucky enough to have as guild members. The bunny was made by Olga and the flower decorations are the work of Veronica.

These two gals are going to share a booth at the Great Canadian Craft Sale, May 11th and 12th. I hope that someone will take pictures both days. I would love to see their booth but I have market commitments elsewhere both days. I need a spy.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fruit, Fish, Flowers and Craft

Granville Island is a wonderful part of Vancouver. Originally an industrially site, it has become a hub for arts, entertainment and trade. I have sold my art at Craft House on the island for years and now I will be selling in the main part of the market for about five days a month.  I am glad to get a chance to sell my wares surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the market .

I am looking forward to starting in April. I will post my dates as soon as I find out
 when they are.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Egg Them On

There is no light inside but it sure looks like there is.
I made this little fellow a couple of years ago but I thought that I would dust it off for an Easter Project. I used translucent clay around an egg and then removed the shell by filling the egg with vinegar and waiting a couple of days until it devolves.

For light eggs you can hang in a tree or palm you might want to have a look at my free tutorial on how to cover eggs. And if you what to know how to blow eggs, I have a tutorial for that too.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shark Free Spacer

Some years ago Dan Cormier came up with the great idea of the Shark that would keep Skinner blends tidy. This works great unless you have taken the fenders off your pasta machine to make it easier to clean.

My friend Lawrence passed on one answer to the problem. You simply put a stack on magnets on the rollers to keep the blend in place. You can add or remove magnets to adjust the width. I am not sure who can up with this idea, perhaps it was Lawrence himself, but it is well worth try. Lawrence was using bigger magnets than I have shown here but this these raw earth magnets were what I had on hand.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

2013 - 03 - 03

The third day of the third month of the year is Doll Festival, Ohinamatsuri. This is the girls festival much like the fifth day of the fifth month is boys day. The may festival became "Children's Festival" and girls featival became more of a commercial opportunity that holiday.

Be that as if may this is a great day to make a doll. It doesn't have to be warm and cuddle. Just has to look great. Polymer clays is great for doll making. here are some of the dolls made by others.

Dolls by: Olga, Gera and Nettonya Ryan

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Like the Birds in the Spring

As we approach the spring equinox it is it seems like a good time to offer my new Birdy Boarder. I have not have a chance to try it out on clay yet but here are some of the possibility for using it on paper of cloth.

Friday, March 1, 2013

100,000 Served

Today the counter on my blog said that I have just passed the 100,000 views. I have to celebrate this little triumph because I don't expect to earn an other decimal point. I want to thank those who follow my blog and I am going to start occasionally featuring them on my blog because I am honoured to have such neat people following my blog.
If you follow this blog and don't want me to mention your name or show your art please contact me and I will not do that. If I feature you and you don't like what I have written speak up.
Here is a heads up to " a thing a day" project that Cathy has been working on. Drop by her blog, Catrinket , to see some of the charming little creatures that she has created.

This reminds me it is about time to garden
Cathy is one of the few blog followers that I have actually met. She came to our guild retreat,  Horizons, with another American friend Shannon. Having these gals come and play  makes out guild international in a way.