Storm clouds are raging on both sides of the Atlantic - much worse in the USA than here in Britain,and I won't be sorry to go into a bit of sunshine and get away from the greyness of it all.
I think one can tell by the pieces that came off the work table this week, that I am in pre holiday mode. I picked a playful lampwork glass bead and encircled it with woven wire - the result, when I had finished embellishing it reminded me of the Cirque du Soleil - a trapeze act! - I'm not sure I was aiming for that effect when I started out - but the bead is so colourful and fun, I should have known it straight away - perhaps even when I bought the bead at the Newmarket bead fair.
The Cirque du Soleil is a contemporary artistic spectacular circus, conceived in Montreal. The music, costumes and atmosphere are fantastical, and the best part, for me, is the absence of animals. The Big Top is almost out of a child's dream, well heated and comfortable - and the whole experience resembles an evening at the theatre.
I made some large hollow beads in polymer clay and covered them in circus bright colours and stripes. The tutorial was from Orly Fuchs Galen, and pretty easy to follow. Here they are in the making.....
The Balinese Dancer
Anyway readers, keep everything crossed for me - I have packed a lot of my jewellery, and will of course share my experiences and photographs with you - I have to get to India, with all my jewellery intact first! The next time you hear from me, I shall be in a warm place, typing away on my android.
That's all for this week folks, catch you next week with an update, same time, same place