Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bird nest hollow lentil bead

Thanks to everyone that came to the workshop on Sunday. I really enjoyed teaching it!
Here are a few of the results from the workshop. We could have easily used an extra hour. That's Sandra in the upper left corner. She is one of our newest members and I'm pretty sure she had a great time learning and playing on Sunday. That's Cynthia on the right (her bead is in the centre) The bottom beads were made by Sandy and her young friend Melissa. If anyone else gets their's finished please send me some pics and I'll put them on the blog!
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My finished lentil bead

Here is what I accomplished at the guild meeting on Sunday.  Thanks, Wendy, for the great class.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Our new name tags perhaps?

If you attended our January meeting you know that  Janice spent some time organizing some sign up sheets to help us determine what workshops we will have  this year,  She has collected photos of techniques that look interesting,  If you think that you might want to tackle the technique you can volunteer to teach it.  Then we get to vote on what techniques we want to learn, (that's how I ended up doing the Bird/nest hollow lentil bead this Sunday)
At our next meeting we will still be voting since many of our members missed the Jan. meeting.
Here's where the above picture comes in...... we had a discussion at the meeting (again) about it being necessary for our guild to come up with name tags!! (my memory is horrible when it comes to names)
Soooooo, while cleaning out my father's computer desk i came across a whole pile of old floppy disks and being the creative person that i am i just couldn't throw them away before i salvaged the shiny ,metals parts. ( i bet you can relate huh???)
I thought that we could somehow attach the 2 parts.  Maybe the circle could hold the SOPCG logo and the larger piece could have our name and some other interesting bits.  (textures maybe?)
Anyway, I'm throwing it out there as something else to vote on.  Of course someone will need to volunteer to teach the workshop as well.  Is anyone up for the challenge??

Sunday, February 19, 2012

February workshop: Bird/Nest lentil bead

This months workshop will involve making a textured  lentil bead with a transfer inside. The way I make the opening is with the new All-In-One Cabezel molds (of course).

Materials List
  • Usual clay kit (pasta machine, tile, blades, etc)
  • Texture sheet
  • Guilder's paste, Pearlex, etc to highlight texture
  • Course sandpaper /fine sandpaper
  • Round cookie cutters 1 1/8" and larger
  • Paper to work on
  • 2 light bulbs- If you bring the typical old style, your pendant will be
    larger than if you bring the small round 25 watt vanity style (the type that
    are used for the long strips of lights in washrooms around mirrors) If you
    were at the January meeting and saw my pendant it was made with the large
    old style light bulb
  • If you have the Straight 'N narrow texture sheet please bring it
  • A dab or 2 of super glue and some liquid clay, an eyepin and a bail to hang
    the pendant if you have these
  • Clay, of course