I need to get better soon as I fly out to Boston USA, mid next week and I am keeping my fingers, and toes crossed that all will be well.
Before the week went pear shaped on me, I made a few pretty things that I shall show you in a minute. But first, I was ever so proud of my little polymer clay tutorial for the use of chalks on polymer clay - for some reason it caught people's imagination, and two of the great and the good featured it on their blogs within the same week. First, it got a mention in Pearl Blay's Beading Gems Journal - Pearl writes a daily journal with a lot of helpful tips for jewellery makers and I follow her blog every day.
And then, within the week, it was noticed by The Daily Polymer Arts Blog, which is another blog, this time for polymeristas, written by Sage Bray of The Polymer Arts Magazine that I follow faithfully.
The Silver Sufi
Each one of these can be simulated using stones and natural driftwood, planted in sand or pebbles raked into concentric circles representing tranquility, balance and style. Lotus, iris, azaleas, rhododendrons and flowering cherry are the few flowers actually found in Zen Gardens.
The beads in this necklace were made using a tutorial for faux ancient Roman glass by Ginger Davis Allman and the centrepiece, from a book by Ronna Sarvas Weltman. I think they go well together, and so did Ginger. I sent her a picture and she sent me an email that had me beaming from ear to ear. This is what she said
I will have to say that you are an impressive artist. This is just so utterly perfect. You have a wonderful vision. Truly, I mean that. You're one of a kind and a true artist. A lot of people have the technical knowledge to make jewelry. But you have that special something that causes the colors, textures, shapes, materials, and feeling to all work together. Your work has a strong aesthetic to it. Very you. And very good. And no, I don't tell this to everyone. Just the ones who have it coming. ;)
That's all I have for you this week folks, see you next week with a quick catch up, same time, same place