Monday, 9 January 2017

I had this idea....

I have been having soooo much fun this past year experimenting with polymer clay techniques. It really is a rabbit's hole life where the more you discover, the more you discover that there is more to discover! During one of my clay adventures I had this idea for using translucent clay with one of my favourite clays, metallic gold. The results were great and when I posted them online I had several requests for a tutorial.

Since I love sharing what I do I decided to give it a try using the Adobe Spark app which makes it quite easy since you just use sequential still photos and write captions to go with the photos. No fussing with video and worrying about how you sound. The results are quite good although  the format is not to everyone's taste as far as viewing it goes. 
I posted it on Facebook and had some lovely feedback from many friends who also shared their results with the tutorial which was quite gratifying.( I can't seem to find those pictures)
Here are the links to part 1 and 2 of the tutorial.
https://spark.adobe.com/page/2gdAj/       https://spark.adobe.com/page/drKi4/

 However, life goes on and I spent a busy fall and holiday season which included my very first live polymer clay workshop which I taught at a local bead store, Beads of Colour, whose owner organizes a full term of fabulous jewellery classes.      
http://www.beadsofcolour.com/workshops.php  It was a thrill to be asked to participate and even though I'm totally self-taught, I soon realized that I have a lot of knowledge, skills and experience to share and help spread the love of polymer clay.Here's a picture of the some of the cuff bracelets made by my class.

  The New year started with a bang for me when Pearl Blay featured my tutorial on her jewellery making blog, The Beading Gem.
http://www.beadinggem.com/2017/01/translucent-polymer-clay-pendant.html
That was a lovely way to start the year and I received lots of positive feedback again!  Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, Toni Ransfield, an artist whom I follow on Facebook  http://www.exclusivedesignz.com/http://www.exclusivedesignz.com/, used my tutorial to make a cane and covered a pen with it. Her work is phenomenal and the resulting pen is stunning.
All of this activity made me realize that I have very negligent of my blog so I decided this was a good time to refresh my blog with some news and a vow to start posting again more regularly. I am participating in Katie Oskin's #2017PCChallenge 


   on Facebook again this year so will be posting about it regularly. 

I hope to join in the latest Bead Soup Blog Party being rejuvenated by Lori Anderson after a hiatus due to her health problems. The good news is that she's feeling well enough to undertake this event again.

That seems appropriate since BSBP was the motivation that inspired me to start this blog in 2013.
 4 years ago!!! How time flies when you're having fun....and I am having fun!
Have a great day....I'll be back soon!
Cheers, Nan





2 comments:

  1. Great work Nan, the piece looks fabulous. I am too looking looking to join in on a couple of bead soups this year as to bring more visitors to my blog. I hope that Lori's hop is a success

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  2. Well deserved attention, Nan! Have a wonderful creative year ahead!

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