Sunday 22 May 2011

Thursday 5 May 2011

Bead a Day 20 (May 4th)


WOW! I love this bead! it's huge! 20mm by 18mm (Note to self: pay attention to Laura Sparling's advice that when encasing you only need a tiny base bead!) This is a base of effetre black, covered with a thin layer of reichenbach multicolour encased in effetre clear. The Colours are amazing, it looks like something out of a science fiction film! It has a kind of boro whispiness and, well, I don't know how to describe it, but I think it's amazing! Also, it didn't crack (slow cooked vermiculite strikes again!) going to have lots of fun playing with this glass, just got to hope that the kiln fairies doen't take a dislike to this bead!

Bead a Day 19 (May 3rd)

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Following on from the theme of the 2nd this is a focal made from effetre black with reichenbach multicolour stringer, I seemed to get it to behave a bit more this time. It's gone a lovely russety colour!

I started using vermiculite in a slow cooker rather than the annealing bubbles to cool the beads and since then I've had no breakages; so either I'm being more effective with my heat control or the slow cooker/vermiculite combo is fantastic!

Bead a Day 18 (May 2nd)

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2nd of May type beads! These are effetre black with reichenbach multicolour stringer, I couldn't get it to work right though so I'm not too impressed, apparently it might strike in the kiln though so I hope they come out prettier than they are right now. My graphite marver keeps leaving poc marks, it needs cleaning!

Bead a Day 17 (May1st)

Determined to get a bead done for every day in May!
Here's day one's (There will be a few posts with little to no text because of popping them up).


The beads for today are both made with ivory as a base, to one I added CiM butter pecan and dotted adobe stringer onto it. The other was decorated with "twistie" stringer, it's ridiculous really because it doesn't look twistie at all, I don't know why, it looks twistie (if not even because I made them) before it's applied. the twistie is a mix of effetre pearl pink (trans) and desert pink (opq).

Sunday 1 May 2011

Mayday - TMI and recuperation

I'm going to take this blog down a new and interesting route, my feelings.
I am an a naturally very open person, an open book, however, certain areas of my life I tend to keep to myself what I do keep to myself I do for a reason, I don't want to share it.
Sometimes this can be positive, sometimes it can be not so good... so here we go

I've not been posting.
I've not been posting because I've not been making.
I've not been making because I have been really messed up inside.

Fenhenge near Ely

I am a very spiritual person even though I have no current religion, I feel an increadible pull to certain times of year, or places, etc.
I'm not sure what I am, I'm not sure it's anyone's business than mine and whoever or whatever may or may not exist by way of deities.
The above picture is Fen Henge, in the grounds of a farm up by Ely and made by friendly people with whom I have spent some great times, I've always felt at home here, at rest and able to just be in the world without having to pretend.
Today is a special day for me, in Pagan terms it's Beltane, it's about fertility and the beginging of the summer and fruition and stuff.

maypole fun!
My sister Elspeth and an unknown child with a
delightful laugh trying to catch the ribbons on the MayPole

I'm not sure about all that, what I am sure about is that both now and halloween are special times for me, I feel as if it's a period of transition (which obviously it is - winter to summer and back) It's as if I need to take a break from reality - the net, the stress, Facebook, bills etc - and get back to reality - friends, family, that wow you get when you look at a landscape, the awe, the weight you feel falling off your shoulders on a shady afternoon in a hammock, a lazy saturday in bed, what really matters.

My gorgeous sister - Elspeth (or Sissie)

I have been through the mill emotionally recently, this lead to a distinct lack of creativity while I have been feeling numb.
Today was about me, it was about rest and feeling peace and that everything will be ok, about regrouping and feeling unanxious and I feel I have turned a corner.

This lovely calf, poor thing, his mum died today,
such a lovely boy, I wanted to take him home but I suspect he wouldn't have fitted in the house for long

So... I guess the point of this post is, I've had my regroup and now I can continue making things.
I guess I thought that the lack of me being about deserved some kind of explaination, but also, I dunno, just feel a bit better for putting this into words.

Me - feeling much better

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