Category Archives: Studio

Week 34: The Autumn Harvest

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Not that it’s autumn yet but it’s heading that way. The main season where I live is winter. There’s a brief nod towards spring, a happy dash with summer then somewhere between melting hot and deep freeze is the time of year when you pick your garden veggies and kick leaf piles. Which is what the canes are about this last few weeks of summer. Autumn leaves, harvest vegetables.

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Plus, they make cute beads.

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Not that I didn’t take advantage of the last days of full time help to get more dragon ornaments worked on. My studio help heads back to school in a few days so I’ll be back to doing most of my own production work again. She promises me she’ll keep on helping but I admit I’ll be sad to lose the all day company.

Week 32: Back to the Bead Mine

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All the back to school stuff hit the shops here a few weeks ago but it just hit us, personally. This is my daughter’s final year of high school and I admit it’s a little sad to be poking through the bargain supplies for her (and me! time to resupply the office, too!). After our back to school shopping dash it was back to work. With the crazy heat wave here we’ve been tucked away in the bead mines making beads. That’s where the AC and the fans are you see.

Week 27: In Progress

The 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge project by KatersAcres has been great for me to get posting regularly again but it’s supposed to be for completed pieces each week. Most weeks my completed pieces are beads so this is easy peasy but this week, somehow, nothing that got finished got a vanity shot before it headed out the shop door. So we have an in progress sort of week.

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There are beads being drilled and varnished. This is a mainstay in the shop. I have little buckets for each stage – needs holes, needs sanding, needs varnish, needs sorting. Some beads just get holes and then jump to the last stage. Some linger until there’s enough to run the tumbler. As orders come in I make a few extras to add shop stock or make finished pieces of my own so sometimes the beads pile up into interesting collections.

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On the other end of the work bench – I have an old, 12 foot counter I use as a work bench – are some sheets of clay getting covered. They will be used for a crochet hook experiment. Covering the hooks should be fairly straightforward but it’ll be the first time I’ve tried a CA(cyanoacrylate or super glue) finish on a piece. There will be a few experiment beads *first*. The finish on the sample piece someone sent me is lovely so I’d be happy to add it to my repertoire if the process isn’t too crazy.