Friday, October 28, 2011

Just the Beads........

Some new beads by Roberta Warshaw
Some new beads, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I have been working really hard in my studio lately trying to get ready for the Brookline Art Center Artists Marketplace in December. I need to have everything in to them by next week so I haven't come up for air until now.

But I made these beads. And I am going to be making more. It is very relaxing to make something without worrying about how I am going to string them, connect them, etc.

Just the beads, that's it.

I listed them in my shop today. Perhaps someone will buy them and make something spectacular with them!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Something New!

A few months ago I took an online class from Barb Fajardo called "Textured Tile Tessellations." at CraftEdu. I hadn't really tried the technique until now and this is one of my first attempts.

I have to say, it is fun for me since it is like drawing. I used to draw all the time, but hadn't been lately. I think it is a wonderful technique to add to my repertoire.

I also made some beads utilizing the technique which you can see here.

I am going to go mix up some more ivory color as we speak!

Speaking of ivory, what is your favorite mixture for this color? Everyone seems to have a favorite. I am using Julie Picarello's formula for "Jecru" here. It is 1 part ecru, 1 part translucent and 1/2 part pearl. I like the little shimmer that the pearl gives it.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bead tutorial

Recently I bought a new tutorial from Lynda Moseley on making these wonderful beads. I had been having some trouble making round beads that looked solid and well crafted. I knew the answer wasn't a bead roller.

In this tutorial, Lynda teaches you to make your beads in layers. Something I would have never thought of. It works really well. You get your round shape and then add your textured pieces to that. The addition of bead caps and smaller caps around the hole complete the bead. I find it a very satisfying way of making beads.

I also purchased her faux jade tutorial and made a few of the jade colors. I am not used to working in translucent clay though and so far am not happy with my results.

I need to do more sanding on them to see if it is something I want to continue with.

Oh and before I forget I did make it into the Brookline Art Center's Artist Marketplace show in December. I am very happy about that and look forward to someone else seeing my work besides me and my family!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

One of those weeks

It has been one of those weeks where I had no internet service, no land line and no e-mail. I finally got rid of Verizon and went with Comcast. I know, one corporate entity to the next. They run our lives, don't they?
But now I am back online and am able to post some new work. This one is the latest in my new series and I like it with just the two colors, chocolate liqueur and bamboo. I am not sick of making these yet, I hope you are not sick of seeing them......