Monday 24 August 2009

Chunky Wrist Warmers

I know it's not yet winter, but I was wool shopping, and spotted this gorgeous random chunky wool.

"What can I do with that" I thought to myself, luckily the shop had some patterns hanging around, and you could get a free photocopy of a pattern if you bought some wool. Result !

So this was what I ended up with, chunky wrist warmers in a random shade of burgundies. I nipped over the road from the wool shop to the craft shop and bought these huge wooden buttons to adorn them with - mainly so I would remember which way to put them on :)

They work great, lovely toasty warm hands, and free wiggly fingers :)

Have already started another pair, all of my mates with end up with these for Christmas no doubt........unless I get bored :)

Friday 21 August 2009

Art Clay

Isn't it great when you trade skills?

I gave a Lampie Lesson and got an Art Clay lesson, result !

First of all I made a leaf, I painted a real pretty leaf with Art Clay paste, many layers, all dried with a hairdryer inbetween, then fired and then dipped in Liver Of Sulpher to give it a gorgeous deep colour.

Next I made a pendant for my daughter Shona's birthday, stamped with an alphabet stamper set, and textured with a swirly design. Then I added a green sparkly for her birthstone and polished it to a nice shine :)
Chuffed with myself I am :)

Tuesday 4 August 2009

A distaster in the Kiln !

I was in such a good mood this morning, expecting to come into work and find some gorgeous glass handkerchief bowl. I have made a few in the past so I should know what I am doing - you would think !!
Instead I lifted the lid and my heart sunk. It looked like a glass explosion, I had forgotten to change the kiln setting and left them to get so hot that they totally collapsed into a motlen lump.

Even my beautifully planned dish came out wonky.

Big intake of breath, puff out the chest, grab the hoover, clean the kiln and start again !

Now what could I make out of this? :)