Monday, January 30, 2012
While I was taking pictures of the bead, I noticed this funny little face in it. Cute and very orange. Funny, I don't seem to mind this color as much as I did at first. I can take it in small, very small amounts.
I am hoping that my mom will be home by the end of the week. Then I can stop driving and get back in my studio.
Too much time away from my studio is not good for me. But I am happy that my mom continues to improve with each day. She even had her hair done already at the salon in the rehab facility. She is too funny!
Friday, January 27, 2012
When I went to the Metalwerx web site to see when the class would be offered again, I nearly fell over. There at the very bottom of the page, a class called Translucent Techniques and Design Decision Principles with Kathleen Dustin. I had to look twice. Kathleen Dustin? Here? At Metalwerx? This summer? I couldn't believe it. Of course I signed up right away! Metalwerx doesn't usually have classes in polymer. They are all about the metals. But I have been asking, so someone must have heard!
It will be my first polymer clay class. Until now I have been using tutorials and experimenting on my own. Not only will it be my first polymer clay class, but one with a shining star of the clay world! I am more than a little excited as you can see! I have heard that she is a fantastic teacher as well! Now I have to wait for summer.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I want to take a minute to thank everyone for all their kind words, thoughts and prayers for my mom while she had her surgery.
Mom came through the surgery well. The cancer is removed and yesterday she had solid food for the first time since Thursday. We are all so relieved I cannot tell you! In a few days she will go to an extended stay rehab facility to finish healing before going back home.
I have been busy driving to and from the hospital and so haven't had much time to make things but I did manage to squeeze these simple bird beads in.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
A few days ago I made a few new color samples. One of these new colors is called Rich Brown. It is from Julie Picorello's book and I really do love it. The color is made with gold and alizarin, which I was already familiar with but she adds black to the mix for this wonderfully rich and glowing color.
I plan to try more of these brown beads with different color bead caps. This bead cap is also a formula from her book called Taupe.
Her colors are very different than what I have been used to working with. Almost all of them incorporate either gold, silver or ecru. Her formulas makes wonderful, shiny colors!
Monday, January 16, 2012
I am going to try and remain positive and hopeful that all will be well. I have cleared everything from my calendar so I can just be quiet and meditative and send positive thoughts out into the universe.
I am also working on some custom orders. The above bead is one of them. I like the colors. They are full of life and hope.
Something I sorely need this week.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I am pretty stressed out right now. There are so many things going on at once. Of course my mom's health is front and center. Tomorrow she sees the oncologist and her surgery will be in 2 weeks.
I am trying to get in at least a little studio time each day which helps me deal with everything. I like making these simple "pages" They are fast and I don't have to worry about using them for anything. Just pure experimenting/sketching.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Every year I buy a new sketchbook in January and try and fill it with ideas, sketches etc. It works well for the shapes and overall design of jewelry pieces but for polymer I seem to do much better when I just design straight into the polymer clay.
So I decided that I would try doing the challenge directly in the clay. As you can see on the left, I have left 3 holes for connecting the "book" when I am done. Although I am not positive that is going to work. There are two things I don't like about leaving the holes and that is they take up a lot of space on the small page and the book may end up being too thick. I may just bind the individual months together instead of the entire year. That could prove to be too cumbersome.
I hope I can keep it up because it is helping me free up my jewelry designs which I think have become too repetitive for my liking.
We'll see. One day at a time.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
My mom's diagnosis is not good. She does have colon cancer. My heart is breaking. I don't want her to suffer. I made this for her this weekend as a kind of charm or amulet or whatever.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Yesterday, while perusing the internet for more information on making and designing reliquaries, I came upon this sculptor, Novie Trump. Do check out her flickr site. Her work is just lovely. Her designs are simple but powerful. I wish I could touch them but this will have to do for now.