Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Memory Ends - Finishing Memory Wire

I have been struggling to find a neat clean way to finish memory wire. I thinks that this is too good not to share.

1.) First I fold over the memory wire sideways so the folded piece is parallel to the body of the wire. This means not loop.

2.) Cut a small piece of buna flexible tubing to cover the folded wire and use crazy glue to hold it in place. I like to put a small bead at the join. Super easy.

The bottom picture show two more ways to finishing memory wire. One is ending it with a polymer clay ball that is cooked and drilled half way. The other is ended the memory wire end with a piece of brass tubing that is crimped and folded.

I hope this is of use to some one.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fear and Motivation

What is the greatest motivation to creativity; joy, contentment or the wish to please others? Well at this time of year the motivation in among creative types in this part of the country  fear. It is jury time again and time  to find out which shows will accept the artisans that bring their work to be scrutinized by a panel of organizers and experts. 
So it's fear that one will not measure up, or that secret forces will somehow rule adversely on out lives. It's that and a chance to go for broke and make something that no one will be able to refuse, a time for plan "B", "C", and on and on.
After I settle down to just do what I do and push at the boundaries of my materials a little, I find the fear is infused with a little joy. Back to the studio tomorrow to do battle!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Vancouver has Winter

Happy New Years

Vancouver has been having a real winter. This in not the usual weather from Vancouver.We have been in the freezer for a month now and some of the walking conditions are less that optimum. People are skating on one of the city ponds, first for at least ten years.  While sliding around in the slush and ice strangers seem to enjoy the camaraderie of a common plight. Still I am not enjoying it so much that I will be sad to see the earth unadorned with snow.

For one more week I will spend much of my time assembling and making whistles and earrings and such at my table in Granville Island Public Market, then the jurying season will begin. That is the time to make applications for the rest for the years festivals and other sales opportunities. Not a time beloved by me or may artisan friends.