Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Making Chain - a Tool

I can't keep my hands still. So when messy craft is out of the question, drawing would be rude, and smoking would be bad for my health and socially frond upon, I make chain. I make chain when I am talking to customers or friends. I make chain when I am a passenger in a car. You get the idea.

This is my way of doing this.
1. Cut wire into about 11 inch lengths. I use 22 gauge. This will make about 5 links depending on the size of your beads. This is about  1.5  inches or 45mm of wire plus the length of the bead per bead.

2. I string beads on the length of wire and curl the ends so they won't fall off. Make  enough of these wires to keep you busy for a while.

3. Now here is the tool part.  It is fiddly to make the first bit so I use a length of commercial chain and jump rings to make a tool that will give me something to hold on to at the beginning. I add additional jump rings so I can keep joining new bits of chain as I go.

The drawing is a better explanation of this but I can't imaging that this will be of any interest to anyone but me.

Friday, April 20, 2018

When It's Quiet It's Busy

Soon it will be busy at Granville island market. Soon there will be cruise ships in Vancouver harbour and bus loads of visitors arriving at the public market but for now there are those days when there are many craft people taking advantage of quiet times and empty tables to work.

Here is Corinne Leroux of Awesome Sauce Design getting ready for a comicon show in Calgary. Her stain glass is not what you would expect from this medium. Who would ever expect bacon, eggs and toast in stain glass. Here she is working The Tardis for fans of Docter Who.
If you are interest in buying an unusal gift you can visit her online  Awesome Sauce Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New Pavement Same Old Weather

I have been looking over old blog posts. I actually wrote things! I am going to try to get back to writing. Just the trivial things that would mean something to me, casual observations about the world around me.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

White Raven or Crow

Do you have to be black to be a crow or raven? There are many myths and legends about the white crow but they all seem to agree that they are good like. Here is one to the stories lifted from Wikipedia:

"In Greek mythology, ravens or crows are associated with Apollo, the god of prophecy. They are said to be a symbol of good luck, and were the god's messengers in the mortal world. According to the mythological narration, Apollo sent a white raven, or crow in some versions to spy on his lover, Coronis. When the raven brought back the news that Coronis has been unfaithful to him, Apollo scorched the raven in his fury, turning the animal's feathers black. That's why all ravens are black today."

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thin Walled Vessel

Here is the finished vessel that is made with method  that I described last month. I have added some textured pieces to give the piece more character. I'm looking forward to getting back to the studio to explore this method more.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Coming Together

One extra cooking can make two halves of a pot come together without the trouble that I usually get myself into. I have tacked the two halves together in four places with dots being generous enough with the clay to keep the halves from skating around. after the cooking I caulked the space. This was easy to do with the halves firmly together. After the next cooking the four original lumps can be trimmed back flush with the surface of the pot.
I hope to follow up on this but I wanted to get this post in before February disappears.

1.) Two halves are cooked on little saucers or bowls. The hole in one will be the opening to the finished container.

2.) 4 bits of clay connect the to halves of the container. I smooth the inside but will be carves away.

3.) Calk and smothe the extruded clay into the gap.

4.) After cooking, carve off the excess of the four original clay connectors. This is easy to do when the box is clay is still warm.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Becoming a Material Girl

I'm trying out a place call Spoon Flower here you can send your designs to have them printed on fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper. They also have a design contest, which is like a new special video game for me. I have been brushing up on computer graphics and just make my first submission. I made the design to small, didn't give the file a cute name but I did get it in. If you would like to vote for me you can follow this lead -
There are lots of designs and you can vote for as many as you want. If you can't find my design, that's okay I will probably do this again. I might even think of a way to work polymer clay into the mix. In the mean time I am enjoying the distraction from my real work of turning out whistles.