Thursday, November 26, 2009

to be by your side

a bit of beautiful music and visuals from Nick Cave and the movie Winged Migration...
happy thanksgiving!...




Across the oceans Across the seas, Over forests of blackened trees.
Through valleys so still we dare not breathe, To be by your side.

Over the shifting desert plains, Across mountains all in flames.
Through howling winds and driving rains, To be by your side.

Every mile and every year for every one a little tear.
I cannot explain this, Dear, I will not even try.

Into the night as the stars collide,
Across the borders that divide forests of stone standing petrified,
To be by your side.

Every mile and every year, For every one a single tear.
I cannot explain this, Dear, I will not even try.

For I know one thing, Love comes on a wing.
For tonight I will be by your side. But tomorrow I will fly.

From the deepest ocean To the highest peak,
Through the frontiers of your sleep.
Into the valley where we dare not speak, To be by your side.

Across the endless wilderness where all the beasts bow down their heads.
Darling I will never rest till I am by your side.

Every mile and every year, Time and Distance disappear I cannot explain this.
Dear No, I will not even try.

For I know one thing, Love comes on a wing and tonight I will be by your side.
But tomorrow I will fly away, Love rises with the day and tonight I may be by your side.
But tomorrow I will fly, Tomorrow I will fly, Tomorrow I will fly.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

more creations...

I've been knitting and crocheting shapes to felt...the top one is not felted yet, the other two are...
I think they could become pendants with some additions to them...
My son Mike's polymer clay with mica schist garnet stone, collected from Wissahickon Creek Park some time back...

Here's what i made with some of the mokume gane...

and a new idea (for me anyway)...I wanted to create the look of an old tablet...just a start I think...black clay with Pearl Ex powder...


I am discovering wet sanding for finishing the polymer clay beads...it's fun...i thought it would be tedious, but the clay gets this super smooth feel to it that's really gratifying. I've also been playing with different sealers and haven't been totally happy with them...spray sealer leaves an odor that I don't like, and acrylic varnish seemed to leave a residue. I'm going to try the varnish made specifically for polymer clay and see how that is.

More to come...(soon I hope)

Friday, November 20, 2009

working on...

I've been experimenting with polymer clay for a few weeks now. I've got a pile of pieces that I don't quite know how to categorize just yet. I think that's part of the experimental phase for me...I tend to move from one idea to another just to get a feel for how the process works, and then I can start to make some sense out of what exactly I want to make.

In the meantime, here are some photos of my experiments with the mokume gane technique..

I made these (above) a few days ago, so they look a little less sharp then when I first made them.

These I did last night, with the addition of a bit of silver leaf foil in the layers. I think I may need to slice the pieces a bit thinner, or maybe make more impressions in the clay, since they seem a bit too uncomplex...not sure, I'm still playing with this technique. After the slices are made they can be used to cover a round bead, a flat pendant, etc.

Here's a preview of my work-in-progress for this month's Art Bead Scene challenge...



I haven't worked it all out yet, but I think I should be able to get it done by the end of the month.

Here are two videos that show the mokume gane technique in two parts. She does a lot more colors and an extra step of plugging in white pieces that I didn't do.


Friday, November 6, 2009

inspiration...

I got the Anthropologie catalog in the mail today...what a fun issue!
Just look at this...


















You can see the whole catalog online here.