I have posted a couple more items in my new Etsy store. Free shipping for the month of November.
I have to take a little break from my rug hooking and start on my Christmas gift projects as well as finish a few "in progress" jewelry projects on my desk that I need to finish and post in my Etsy shop hopefully tomorrow.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
I had the pleasure of taking Mary Stanley's class at ArtFiberFest, and I just love rug hooking. I wish I had more time to do this. I purchased the doll from Mary and the flower pin was her gift to her students. Isn't she the sweetest.
Bronze clay was introduced this summer at the PMC conference. It has been very exciting to see and hear about the product. Everyone is still experimenting with this new product, but Cool Tools has some great information on firing which seems to be one of the biggest challenges for this product. The low cost of the clay make mishaps far less painful.
Here is a batch fresh out fo the kiln. They are matte and vary in patina, and to date the patina out the kiln is very unpredictable. The shrinkage is something like 25%...so much more than PMC3. The next image is a picture of the pieces just brushed with the brass brush.
Below are some pieces that were dipped in Liver of Sulpher (LOS) and to the left are PMC pieces dipped at the same time. The bronze pieces didn't really take the patina. I then tried to use Black Jack on them and that just wiped off...so then I thought lets dip them back in the LOS and this time they darkened where the Black Jack had been previously. Note to self...apply the Black Jack in a very specific manner because now the black is hard to remove in those areas.
So here are three pieces - left to right, the first one is out of the kiln and just brushed with brass brush, the middle piece is out of the tumbler, and the last one on the right is fresh out of the kiln. I like the first one...out of the kiln and just brushed with the brass brush. Once in the tumbler it became very shinny yellow...this can definitely be a good finish for a specific design, but a little too shiny for most of my work. I hope to finish a few designs that combine both the PMC and Bronze Clay.
Thanks to you that voted! I'll be creating a little something and do a drawing for those few of you that voted! This is the blog of surprise "give aways". Since I so appreciate you taking the time to post.
"The time has come" the walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes and ships and sealing wax,
Of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot.
And whether pigs have wings."
Lewis Caroll - Through the Looking Glass
Well yesterday the time had come to clean the old studio. I can't work very productively when it is a disaster and it has been this way since preparing for Art & Soul. So looking around my office I thought...first lets finally make and hang a banner above the windows. I know...not really the first step in cleaning:) So I started sewing a little banner with fabric to cheer up the place, but soon realized that was going to take a while and then it hit me...let's do a paper banner. Originally it started out that I would collage and add vintage wall paper ala Pam Garrision, Sally Jean, Lisa Kaus, but I soon realized that was a bit ambitious considering I had a lot of cleaning to do...so I kept it simple for now.
Jeff had taken the girls to his parents for the morning and I was suppose to be working on some jewelry pieces...but cleaning took a little longer than expected. I managed to sort and organize my findings and clear the island as well as other work spaces. When you have hundreds of little pieces this can take hours...but I was pleased with the progress. I had this old print type drawer on a shelf, but couldn't really see what I had so I moved it to the top.
Much better don't you think? Below is a little station for small torch work...it is a butcher block station that had sheet metal pop riveted to the top and then on top of that a large cookie sheet and various fire proof materials. My favorite butane torch is the Blazer brand...very easy to use.
I'll create an album with more specifics on my studio and stations some time this week.
In addition to the little studio redo I am also undergoing a little make over myself. I have curly hair and ever since I can remember stylist always say...straighter will look better...your hair is too thin. Well Friday I met a stylist that had curly hair that is helping me work with what I have. I was really inspired by the adorable Katie Kendrick when we roomed together two Art & Souls ago. Thanks Katie! I think just finding the right product to keep the FRIZ down will be the difference. I live in the NW and here it is humid and I just want to let my hair dry and go! We'll see how this goes...so far so good. If you are a curly top and have any great products let me know.
So lots of changes around here...new blog, my Etsy shop, and clean studio. Next post will be about bronze clay.
I have landed on my new blog with a fresh new start. Who would have thought Lisa Call was a common name. I thought it was just a fluke that my sister-and-law and I share the same name, but there is also a wonderful quilt artist with the same name. So here I am starting out with a new blog. One that is easier to remember and much shorter to type.