Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This box is a smaller type of the style we'll be doing, but the range of size is about 1 1/4" wide by 1 1/2" tall and can be made up to about 2" by 2 1/2", depending on personal choice. It's all polymer clay, including the transfer. The image here, which didn't show up that well, is one of my late Mother. The picture was taken years ago, as you can tell by the hairstyle, when she was a bridesmaid. I made the copy from a family photograph (the wedding party), printed it out on the Xerox machine and then transferred it to polymer clay.
It's timely, since the class is very close to my Mom's actual birthday (in early May) and I'd like to kind of acknowledge that. Maybe if there's time before May 10th, I'll make several to give to her other children, grandchildren, and maybe great grandchildren.
Of course, I'll vary the box colours and beads for the others, but I think I'll keep the antique look of the ivory frame around the image...
And it doesn't have to be worn as a neckpiece; these items look equally nice hanging on a wall or in a little niche somewhere. I have a little collection of "Mom stuff" in a spare bedroom and that's where I think this will find a nice home when it's not in use around my neck.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
As for next week's class, (alas it's on a Saturday too,) we'll be honouring Moms just a week before Mother's Day. I've asked the participants to bring in a small (about 1 1/2 inch square) black and white Xerox photo of Mom, which we'll transfer onto clay. Then, we'll incorporate it either as a little treasure or as part of the exterior in the amulet we'll be making. That will be suitable to either wear or hang as a wall piece. I don't have my class sample worked up just yet, but will have one on a post very soon.
If anyone would like more information about the class, you can contact Poco Creations at 204-219-2528 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the class details. There are samples of the project at the store if you are in the neighborhood and can stop by. If the Saturday time slot doesn't work, perhaps we can try for another day and possibly in another location. I know the shop has a lot of classes going on right now! (Ashlyn...contact me)
I didn't have my camera there to snap a picture when I took the sample there, but will take a scan of the prototype when it gets finished tomorrow or Tuesday. Sorry! Too many things going on in this little mind of mine, not the least of which is getting my income tax completed by Thursday of this week. Yikes, the time goes so quickly!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Speaking of scrimshaw, when I was at the Artisan's Market this past weekend, there was a fellow who did this work in old ivory piano keys. His work was marvelous, and the details were incredibly small...of course he used a jeweller's magnifier, something I have been meaning to get for a while. Even though I have new glasses with much greater magnification, I still have a bit of trouble trying to get the perfection needed for really intricate designs. That's not an excuse, I realize, so I'll have to "bone up" on my ivory or sharpen up my needle points.
Looking forward to a fun weekend. Gotta get some striated ivory made tomorrow in preparation.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Well, it takes more than a flood to stop some people, but I hope it doesn't stop the folks out there from coming to either of the shows. The buttons pictured here are part of some of the ones I made for Noreen, a member of the Manitoba Prairie Quilters. She's a member of the group that's organizing their International Quilting Event today. Unfortunately, the folks from North Dakota are still experiencing flooding, and their drive here will have to be a circuitous route, but hopefully it won't prevent them from attending the gathering.
Later on today and all day tomorrow, I'll be at the Fort Whyte Alive Centre, amongst the exhibitors at the Artisan's Market. There,I'll have a wider selection of my art work. It's a varied collection, with books, jewelry, home accent pieces and wall art. It is a little cool outside, but then again, cool is good for the flood conditions.
Now, to get dressed and then off to somewhere...
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Yes, it's almost Friday and that's the day for setting up for this show. Will I be ready?
I have been trying to juggle preparations for this show and also making a ton of buttons for the International Quilt Event that Manitoba Prairie Quilters are hosting which, coincidentally also happens to be taking place this weekend.
And just where is that guy Friday when ya need him? Off in or at some hockey pool or somethin' like that.
No point in belabouring the issue...there's work to be done! Ciao!