Outside of crafting I do a fair amount of technical work – computer stuff, coding, some car electronics, amateur radio – and the last bit I’ve gotten back into doing web development and some graphics work. That includes bringing myself into the modern day as far as videos go.
As a bit of an introductory, super basic project I popped up a super speed version of me reducing a butterfly cane up on my Instagram. And another of a basic Skinner blend – for the same butterfly cane – up on my YouTube. The blend video, apart from being sped up a bunch, has none of the fun video magic the better video tutorials have. It has fumbling with packaging, awkward cutting, lots of crooked edges, and my blend sides are a mess. It still made a really great butterfly cane.
I have a plain old tutorial, with words and graphics, of the same sort of process. Version 1 got popped up in 2006. I redid it in 2017.
I’m sure I can’t be the only intensely crafty person who has a dozen projects on the go, all at various stages. In 2 or 3 mediums. I usually try to limit it to 4 or 5 at a time so that they have a chance of getting finished instead of just multiplying and shoving into stacks. The summer is a bad time for this though since it’s when I have time to do experimenting and prototyping.
I’m working on making small pins with caned elements. The owl is one type, using mostly caned elements and a little antiquing. The sculptural flowers are another. And I’m starting on the Christmas ornaments. I’ve been making glass ball ornaments for years and little sculpted animal ones for a couple. I’m taking a page out of the books of other talented clayers and combining the efforts. The little turquoise bird is the first bird and still needs a few painted details.
When my guy came by the table with the ornaments he stopped and asked me if I knew what month it was. Had to explain I wasn’t going to want to be experimenting with new techniques in September… I’d want them to be selling. So goofing off now.
And there are, of course, a steady stream of beads and canes coming out of the workshop. Some normality exists in my universe!
Six, almost seven now, years ago I remember making my colour chips. I found the post on here when I finally buckled down and put up the pages with my recipes but I made the chips six months before that in January and February.
These days I work almost exclusively with Premo and the colours that are available have changed. This means it’s time for more recipes! I’m not sure which mixes I’ll do but there will be some updates. I’d like to get a few new colour wheels done and I’d really like some more neutrals recipes. And I’ll share the recipes when I’m done!