Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Suzie Q Beads got these Knotty Do It All boards in a couple of months ago, and I have become a big fan. They make knotting so much easier, and the designer has all kinds of slick ways to finish off the ends of things without having to use cones or end caps. Suzie is the exclusive retailer of these boards in Calgary. I mainly use mine for making multi strand necklaces for my pendants, but you can do all sorts of projects with them, including making ladder bracelets. Suzie will have these for sale at the Fraser Valley Bead Show happening in Calgary June 1 - 3.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
I have been asked by some of my students how I come up with colour schemes for my (predominantly mokume gane) work, so I thought I would share my process. I like to develop a theme and then use it a lot in a whole series of jewellery and beads. My starting point was wanting to use Tangerine Tango. I thought it would look good with another Pantone spring colour, Cabaret, and that light piece of clay is Margarita, a pale green even though it looks white in the picture. By the way, I am an enthusiastic user of colour "recipes" by craftsbychris on etsy. She puts out 2 sets of these a year. Another great source for recipes is Polymer Clay Tutor. Anyhow, those 3 colours resulted in the slab below. OK, but not enough contrast.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
stay inside and play with polymer clay! Yes, it is indeed May 5, despite appearances to the contrary. Is there anything sadder than patio furniture covered in a blanket of snow? Fortunately, the morning passed pleasantly because I was teaching a polymer clay class at Suzie Q Beads.