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Carrie

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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2017, 10:19:15 AM »
Thank you - the colours are pretty well unchanged luckily.

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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2017, 10:41:27 PM »
WOW!  What a wonderful set of pendants, Carrie!  :)  I love them all.  The Helen Breil ones are fantastic and I'd love to have a go with the napkin transfer ones as loads of people are doing them on the Facebook forums, it seems.  Where do you get the napkins from? Yours are lovely!  I looked on ebay and they are all naff.  Maybe I didn't put in the right search term or something.  I'm trying to think what sort of shop you would buy them in either.  We're a bit stretched up here in Cumbria.  If you're looking to buy some Dandelion and Burdock pop, a pork pie or a spittoon, your laughing - anything else is a bit of a challenge.  ;)
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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2017, 10:57:11 PM »
Ha ha - thanks, Alan!
The napkins we are all using are sold for decoupage (or table use!) and I'm sure Emma won't mind me saying that indeed they are from ebay. Napkins and decoupage should do it!  Some in the US seem to have been bought in real shops, but the ones I saw in our local kitchen shop were very expensive.....

It is very addictive!  I really only make jewellery but I think I might branch into little bowls and I will try box making which is something that usually goes hopelessly wrong for me but occasionally produces something great!  At least jewellery hangs in a fairly small space whereas bowls and boxes are just clutter.

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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2017, 12:45:19 AM »
Thank you, Carrie.  Decoupage is probably the key word.  I just put in 'decorative paper napkins'.  One or two were OK from China or Hong Kong or somewhere, but most were for birthdays and things.  I often come across Patricia who did the video, on Facebook and she makes some lovely things.  I've seen bottles and wine glasses decorated with the napkin transfer technique.  You should do some bowls and boxes - you've obviously got the technique off to a tee. :) You've made some gorgeous things this month, Carrie.  Really lovely. :) I'll have to find you on Flickr too. 
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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2017, 09:28:59 AM »
Thank you!  I enjoy Patricia's videos but the transfer one has taken fb by storm!  My napkins are from UK sellers.

Some of the things using napkins - bottles and so on - are probably decoupaged rather than image transfer.  I enjoy the challenge of using 100% clay, although covering a wooden or cardboard box would make things a whole lot easier!  The box method I've nearly always used is from Emma's two books, btw.


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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2017, 09:31:14 PM »
I'd like to do a box in polymer clay, but as you say, Carrie, a wooden box would be easier to cover.  I can see a full polymer clay box flopping all over the place with me!  ;D  I didn't know Emma had written two books.  Our Emma is a girl of many talents - I'll have to look them out and I'll have a good look for napkins. :)
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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2017, 10:21:22 PM »
Well, folks - again, I'm sorry for not being around again.  We'll get back to normality again soon I hope.  My wife came out of hospital at the end of December after her bipolar episode and was recovering when she had problems which ladies know about and has had hospital appointments and an operation a week this Monday (5th) - so I hope things will return to normal for us again after that as I have had to do virtually everything since last October.

Anyway, I started claying again just over a week ago.  So here's a collage of some of my favourites so far.  If you'd like to see a bigger photo of any of them, I can easily post one.  I've put what they are supposed to be below.  I should say that with the planet and nebula ones I do, I study the photo that inspired me and then do the pendant from memory as they aren't supposed to be accurate representations of the real thing - that would be futile and pointless and how on earth can you truly replicate the glory of a nebula?  :o  So they are just my take on the shapes and colours and a rough and feeble representation of a part of our awesome universe. :)



1.  Crab Nebula Pendant.  Inspired by photos of the Crab Nebula by the Hubble Space telescope.  The Crab Nebula is the remnants of an exploded star (a supernova) and is basically a mass of gas, dust and rock.  It is found in the constellation of Taurus.
2.  Milky Way Pendant.  Inspired by a spectacular condensed photo of our entire galaxy.
3.  Torpedo Pendant.
4.  Chasm Pendant.  This started as an experiment with a ball of polymer clay and some rock salt and ended up as this pendant and two others from the ball.  This one is my favourite of the three.
5.  Born of Fire.  A fortunate accident?  I had these two lovely glass marbles and wanted to include one in a pendant.  To cut a long story short, what was meant to be a metallic support to ensure the marble didn't fall off, looked like a dragon's arm and claws.  I was encouraged to stick with that idea and so it turned into this depiction of a dragon's claw removing a globe from a fiery, molten lake.
6.  Jupiter Pendant.  No, it doesn't look like Jupiter.  However, this was inspired by NASA's latest photos of the planet.  A probe has gone below the clouds which give Jupiter its distinctive striped look and has photographed its North and South poles.  This is a representation of Jupiter's South Pole.  It is a violent, bubbling mass of storms and tornadoes.
7.  Abstract Pendant.  Not at all what I set out to do, but ho hum!
8.  Pearlescent  Pendant. Or Purplescent Pendant? 

So they are some of the pendants I have made in the last ten days or so as I get geared up and inspired again.  I have been away from my clay for so long, I had even forgotten what a pasta machine was called.  Thankfully, like riding a bike, it is all coming back. :)
« Last Edit: May 27, 2017, 10:23:11 PM by Alan »
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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2017, 11:21:20 PM »
Well, I hope things will soon settle down for you both, Alan. 

I'm glad you've been able to start claying again - and that you are still as inventive and creative as ever - I really like these and it is interesting to know where the inspiration came from for some of them  :D

I can see a full polymer clay box flopping all over the place with me!  ;D 
You've hit the nail on the head there, Alan!
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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2017, 12:30:53 AM »
Hi Alan, hope things get good for you both soon. Don't know if you have one close to you, but The Works book shops have recently had some wood boxes in stock at a price that's hard to beat- cheap enough to experiment on I think.

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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2017, 05:41:08 PM »
I saw some in a branch yesterday and thought about trying one......

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« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2017, 11:15:12 PM »
Thank you, Carrie and Beadbug!  Things should settle down once Sue has had her operation on Monday. :)

I got a box from The Works some time ago with a view to covering it with polymer clay, but haven't got round to it and it contains unfinished pieces of jewellery in there just now.  The unfinished in the unstarted. There's an irony there somewhere.  ;D  I was in The Works again today and they had quite a few different wooden boxes and forms which could be covered, but I was just in and out for some paint palettes and didn't have time to have a proper look.

Carrie, I thought I had bought some basic tissues today to try to have a go at the tissue transfer thing, but they turned out to be craft material.  ::)  Anyway, I took your advice and put decoupage into ebay search and there are some nice ones there - so thank you! :)   
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« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2017, 11:27:43 PM »
Some nebula pendants I did yesterday.  I know they are hardly rocket science or high tech or anything, but I really enjoy making these and they seem to be popular.  Some are quite eye-catching, but I just love the challenge of trying to get them to look as ethereal as possible.  You probably know that a nebula is the remnant of a supernova - a star which has exploded - so it is a mass of gas and dust and debris.  I'm not sure, actually, whether out in space they have any colour at all.  The inspiration comes from photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, but I saw a programme the other night that explained that they receive black and white frames from the telescope and then fit them together and get the colours by assigning a colour to each chemical element in the nebula and that this process takes a ridiculous amount of time.  And depending on what kind of photograph it is - a straight photograph or x-ray etc. - decides what colours the eventual photograph is.

None of these pendents are based on any particular nebula.  I get a vague feel for the shape and colours and then just do my own thing without referring to any photos. 

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Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2017, 02:57:11 PM »
I really like these, Alan - the top left is my favourite.  I'm disappointed that the colours in those hubble photos aren't what they seem!  You live and learn....

"Unfinished in the unstarted".....I like that  ::)

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« Reply #28 on: June 01, 2017, 01:26:43 PM »
Thank you, Carrie.  I still haven't found out whether those colours actually exist in space.  I'd like to think they do.  But I have found out that the Hubble Telescope doesn't seem to have any kind of normal camera.  It seems to be like a mass spectrometer - analyzing elements and radiation and can detect ultra violet and infra red light that can't be seen by humans.   Anyway, the pendants are based on the colours and shapes and 'feel' of the eventual photos released by NASA. :) The unfinished in the unstarted seems to be the story of my life.  :o
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