Monday, 19 April 2010

by the light of the silvery owl..

A very quick post to show the PMC owl pendant I made - apologies for the poor pic. This sits very nicely in the hollow of my throat and I luv him! I used my fave Hero Arts owl stamp in the silver clay, and finished by burnishing the owl to get him shiny and left the background in brushed silver. I'm typing this with very cold hands. Honestly, it's warmer outside than it is in our house at prsesent because of the building work going on. Still no pain, no gain.


Sunday, 18 April 2010

long time, no see

I'm sorry its been so long since I posted, but I needed a break, I was putting too much pressure on myself and something (which obviously was blogging) had to give.
I've been super busy and got published again in Creative Cardmaking (Summer Special) last month with this card.

So I'm back in the virtual world. We returned from our holiday in Florida (fab) and then I found my camera has broken (not fab). So any photos I post from here on will probably be poor quality because I'm taking the photos with my iPhone. Which, for all that I love it, hasn't got good picture-taking abilities.

I dabbled in a bit of jewellery making with the PMC silver clay, and I'm quite proud of what I've made. The 'piece de resistance' was this bracelet.

I made moulds from 'love heart' sweets and then pressed discs of silver clay into the moulds. I now wish I'd made them double sided though, but I would have used up a lot of my stock of (expensive) silver clay. I then ate all the rest of the sweeties. LOL.
I used a cutter to make the mini hearts and added swarovskis to finish it and add the essential sparkle. This is not a cheap option for making your own jewellery though!

I was lucky enough to attend a class with Sheena Douglass, who is every bit as entertaining IRL as she is on the telly. We made one of her fab grungeboard cuff bracelets and dabbled with distress inks. Excellent day out!

Yesterday I went to 'Flame Off' with my friend Lisa. Our friend Julie ought to have come too, but she is stuck in Tenerife at present. This was a complete change for me, it was all about making lampwork beads. Even got to have a go at making a glass bead in the flame, but then forgot to collect it once it had cooled down. Duh! If you want to know more, search for 'lampworking' on YouTube. Fascinating to watch people who know what they are doing with it, but I'm resisting the urge to buy the starter kit. I'll just stick to buying the beads I think!

I've got my eye on a set of these beads for my charm necklace/bracelet. Swoon! Just can't decide which colourway - I like them all... Bought a lovely necklace at the show and some matching beads to make earrings, I'll show you that in another post. I bought quite a few charms to add to cards, too.

I'll just leave you with this to finish off. My eldest turned 14 back in February, tricky to come up with a suitable design for a teen boy, but he seemed to like it!
Future posting may be somewhat random, as we're in the middle of building a extension and all my crafting stuff has had to be organised/put away for now. But I'll be back soon, TTFN!