Phew! I decided this was a good spot to stop and take pictures of the growing stack of Spring canes.
This was the first real production run I’ve done with a pasta machine that has a motor attachment. Some kind friends sent me an Atlas 150 with motor last year to save the wear and tear.
I have to say that the spare hand you get from the motor rocks but that the noise is seriously harsh to the point where I avoid quick work on the machine. I have good earplugs but it’s still a jarring noise and limits the times I can use it to when my daughter is not around.
A couple littleÂ bottles of Adirondack inks snuck into my birthday stash so I used them to colour some translucent lentils. The colours are bright and springy. The little flowers are TLS mixed with oil paint to make a raised detail, vaguely lampwork like.
This week I played a bit with my clay-food. I made donut and cake beads, experimented with a sandwich cookie, tried out a cupcake. It’s still all in the early stages and needs some of that practice thing but it was fun.
One other thing – some of these have different scents added to the clay – varying strength essential oils in vanilla, cinnamon and something else sweet (chocolate? mocha? not sure) . I’m testing to see how long the smell stays – I didn’t make it strong to start – among other factors. I need to work on the sprinkles and icings and all the nitpicky details. What fun!