Thursday, 27 August 2009

Caged Beads

Hi All

I been playing and made some more caged beads which I absolutely love. The big one looks like a sea urchin. I hope you like:)

Saturday, 22 August 2009

I'm on the internet LOL

Well I'm guessing you all know I have been writing for Making jewellery magazine, well to my surprise I'm now on their website which is just great.

I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Robert Dancik faux bone weekend

One thing I can say about me is I’m not a great flyer but the opportunity to work with Robert Dancik and his Faux bone was enough to even drag me onto an airplane.

The weekend was arranged by Emma Baird of Art Clay Scotland.

Friday morning Robert started the class by using a singing bowl which imedietley grabs your attention. He began with introductions not your normal introductions like who you are what you do but just a simple what would you like to be known by this weekend and what film you like. As you can see from the picture we were all captivated by him.

Robert went through some of the techniques and how to use faux bone; we all then knuckled down and cracked on with our individual projects. I can remember one particular lady who had never used a piercing saw before and was struggling but Robert reassured her and within a very short time she had created the most beautiful bookmark.

Myself, I made three rings just to get the feel of the material I am very pleased with the result I was also working on Art clay ring with a cold connection. Robert explained about micro connections and even went into how to rivet correctly. The ring has a faux bone disc, which is to be engraved, faux bone is so versatile you can heat it, bend it as well as colour it using alcohol inks or just rub acrylic paints straight into it.

My mind is doing cartwheels faux bone has some wonderful applications and works so well alongside art clay I will definitely be using it again. Robert is a superb teacher and motivator. Everyone that attended the workshop had a wonderful weekend.

Thank you Emma for arranging a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

The PMC Symposium


Well as you know I went to the PMC symposium at the weekend, it was a really great mini conference, I got lots of new techniques and ideas for new designs. Also I met lots of old friends and made lots of new ones its was great to be with like minded people.

The highlight of the weekend for me was when I won the competition. The idea was wear your best jewellery, everyone was given three stickers and if you liked someones jewellery you gave them a sticker. Well I was amazed that I had more then anyone else and won first prize. which was a kilo of copper clay, £100 on books, PMC certification and faux bone with a DVD which has been great. So a big thank you to all those people that placed a sticker on me:) Here is the winning jewellery.
The first two pictures are of the large Bicone ring I made and the next is my long necklace with my hollow bead. I hope you like.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Caged beads

Hi Sorry
For not posting very much but I have been soooo busy what Chicago and bad jet lag and writting tutorials for a couple of mags.

So heres some eye candy these are my new cage beads I was taught this brand new technique in Chicago by a lovely lady called Cindy Pankopf, I lov them:)

Also there was a charm swop at the conference and this is my charm bracelet that I made when I got home, It has some very well know metal clay artist work on it and I love it:)