Friday, April 27, 2012
It was Reshma who wanted beads with a decidedly Indian twist and she requested beads with paisley designs. Back when I was in college and high school, paisley was all the rage! I still remember all those wonderful Indian bedspreads we had all over our dorm rooms with the colorful paisley designs. But that was quite a while ago and I hadn't really thought about paisley since then. But Indian design still uses lots of paisley. I had a small paisley design stamp that came with one of my stamp sets but it was really too tiny. I wanted something a bit larger. So I found a set of rubber stamps that had a mix of designs and cut out just the paisley part I wanted. I cemented it to the end of a dowel and it worked perfectly. I added some floral stamps to the design and they really look nice as you can see from the photo.
Reshma also has a very different color vocabulary from mine and so she really took me out of my comfort zone with both design and color combinations. I am really happy with the work that has come out of this collaboration from her custom orders and I always look forward to working with her!http://www.etsy.com/shop/ahkriti
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
This new design really says "cactus" to me. I love cactus plants. It is the thing I miss most about Arizona when I am not there. I currently have 3 small cactus plants growing in containers and I never get tired of looking at them. They are like little furry/spikey aliens to me . For someone like me who has spent my entire life on the east coast they really are unusual plants.
I hadn't planned on this design looking like a cactus. In fact when I first unmolded the design I thought it looked rather odd. But when I added paint and guilders paste it really took on a lovely desert quality.
Someday I hope to be able to spend more time surrounded by cactus but for now I will just make designs of them......
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I have been testing out some of my new innie/outie designs on some of Lynda Mosely's color formulas for new ivory, old ivory and opaque ivory.
Her color formulas are really quite lovely and each imparts it's own unique ceramic-like quality to a piece. I think it must be due to the amount of translucent clay in the formulas.
Not all my designs work as well as I would have hoped. After making multiple molds and using up a ton of scrap clay, I am left with barely a dozen that I feel are worth using. Some of the stampings are too shallow and don't hold the paint well. This design here has a nice "heft" to it and the impressions hold the paint nicely I think.
I continue on the road to recovery with the herniated disc. I still have three physical therapy appointments left. Then it will be up to me to continue with the exercises and try to strengthen my spine muscles. I am still very much in denial over whether i will ever be able to ride my bike again. As many of you know, I am an avid cyclist. I have been for 40 years. If I can't ride it will be a huge loss for me. I have never found anything quite like biking. Not only am I getting great exercise but I am energized in a way that climbing the stairs in my condo building doesn't hold a candle to.
Never the less, I will count my blessings and move on to find something that will heal me as well as exercise me.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Polymer Clay Long Faux Verdigris Bead with Stars and Leaf Design, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I just realized it has been a while since I last posted.
I have been still dealing with my back issues. The MRI came back and I do have a herniated disc. So I have been very busy going to physical therapy, doctor appointments and such. I am trying hard to avoid the needle in the spine so I went on a round of predisone.
I know everyone does a gasp and looks at me like I am crazy but it is really helping me and if I can avoid the needle, I'll risk growing a beard and getting a red round face.
The biggest problem wasn't the pain anymore, but the weakness in the left leg. So I am climbing 280 stairs a day in my condo building to bring the leg back to where it should be. I also bought a new chair for my studio/computer desk. You cannot believe what I was sitting on before. It was an old hassock of my grandmothers that had seen better days. Sunken tush area and all. That is probably what killed my back.....
I bought a really ergonomic chair for about a gazillion dollars, but hey it is my back and like I said.....NO NEEDLES IN THE SPINE PLEASE!! The idea just freaks me out.
So anyway, I have been able to work a little in my studio. These new long beads are my latest thing. So much fun to keep coming up with new ideas. At first I thought of making pendants out of them but I am having far too much fun just making the beads!