What’s on my bead mat – December edition!

It’s that time of year again! Lots of activity on the bead mat, but not much I can show right now. However, I do promise you a post-Christmas update, just to catch you up on all of the goodies. For now, I’ll show you some of my personal projects instead! Let’s start with my persnickety purple princess, shall we? I’ve apparently had a breakthrough on this doll, and her voice is getting increasingly louder. As a proper girly girl, she wanted to be festooned with flowers, and would accept nothing less! I used seed beads in sizes 11 and 15 …

Getting to know…Liz Reynolds

Liz Reynolds is a devotee of Hadar’s Clay and she has been busy introducing this powdered metal clay to lots of students. A creative person by nature, Liz began early adding personal touches to many things. “I’ve tended to largely focus on one medium at a time,” says Liz. “When I was much younger I really liked sewing and sewed a lot of my own clothes. I then moved into pottery and for the better part of a decade, I made my living (such as it was) from pottery. Later I learned how to knit, but it was pretty basic. …

Come out and play at Metal Clay Play Days!

You’ve taken an introductory class for one of metal clays such as Art Clay Silver and have caught the excitement in working with this versatile medium – now what?! Well, come on out to a monthly Metal Clay Play Day! Jennifer Tough, a certified Silver Metal Clay Instructor, facilitates the sessions and will happily share tips and techniques with you. “This session is a perfect opportunity to spend time with fellow metal clay enthusiasts, share techniques, your newest projects, and a chance to refine your skills in our comfortable, and well-stocked studio”, says Jennifer. The sessions are open to all …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Base Metal Clays

This past week I was fortunate enough to play around with some of Hadar’s base metal clays. The last time I had used Hadar’s clay she only had Copper and Bronze clay, now when I look at her site I feel like a kind in a candy store. This week I experiemented with combining some pearl grey steel with copper clay (THANKS Liz). Sadly, I have not fired them as they got damaged in transit and I haven’t had time to repair them. (I may just fire them as is as I can’t wait to see what they look like!). …