Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring soon!

It is almost sixty degrees here today. I still cannot believe it. I have the windows open, the heat turned off and I am beginning to feel like it is really going to happen. Spring I mean. Of course I know it is only March. And anything can happen, including snow. But I am feeling hopeful. And that is a good thing because I was beginning to feel like I was coming apart at the seams..........both literally and figuratively. In fact, March is my fattest month. I have tried all winter to keep up my exercise routine but it doesn't work nearly as well as my summer of cycling.

Anyway, regarding my craft output. April's BJP is coming along well. I have also decided to try making some components for bead embroidery from polymer clay. As the metal clay runs out I need to find a more affordable way of creating elements for my work. I like the clay very much. I am in the process of making color scales according to Maggie Maggio's instructions. This way I can see just how each color reacts with another in mixing. Since I do have a background in painting, color theory is not something new to me. However, the clay colors have unique properties and I need to learn them.

One thing I have noticed is that the newer Premo clays are quite sticky. I found out that this is due to the removal of the phlalates.

My old clay is much firmer. So I am currently leaching some of the plasticizer out in the hopes the clay will be easier to work with.

So happy almost spring to you all!


Bobbie Casey said...

Very Nice post, today. I love the clays, too.
I always start by mixing my own colors and find that to be the most satisfying task. I might do it for days and days.
Yes, I want spring to come, NOW, but it is snowing like crazy as I write.
I wish you well!

Ann Gorbett said...

Happy Spring to you also. Although I think it's now back to 30 degrees outside again. Ah well-it was nice while it lasted. For some reason I have a hard time commenting on your blog from my laptop at home. It does not want to recognize me no matter what I do. Sigh. But looks like this comment will go through. Love reading your blog.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thanks Ann. I too have problems commenting on my own blog. It is weird. I have fiddled with all the settings but cannot figure out what the problem is!

lakeviewer said...

Hi Roberta. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments. So glad to find you and your exciting products.

Lulu LaBonne said...

These beads are so delicious-looking that I want to eat them

Pretty Things said...

I love the color palette marching across there -- such a necessary thing with the dreary rainy day I have going on here!

Candace said...

I'm glad that spring is within reach for all of you who have had such a horrible winter.