I took the leap of faith and put my name in the hat for the Bead Soup blog hop. And got a spot (and a partner to trade soup makings with!). My partner is Cilla Watkins, another Canadian jewellery artist, from the very pretty town of Salmon Arm in the British Columbia interior.
I was happy to see she has a little of the same jewellerymaking vibe as me. Makes it easier to pick out treats then even if I know we’re supposed to be sending challenging bits and pieces to our partners.
Cilla has her own site at Tell Your Girlfriends and sells her work on Etsy in her shop of the same name.
For Cilla, here’s a teaser of what I popped in the mailbox for you:
One of those few times I get to use the silly filters in Photoshop! Yay!
I joined Connie’s bug swap again this year – I did it in 2005 or 6 as well – and while I won’t post what I made just yet I will show what I made from the scraps of one group and what inspired the other!
One of my bugs for the swap is a butterfly. The remains from making those made a regular butterfly cane. The other bug I made was inspired by these, very bright little Costa Rican shield bug young. Mine are a little bigger than the 1/4″ things in the picture.
A really awesome feature of the online polymer clay community is the sheer number of swaps on every topic happen. It’s a wonderful way to see what techniques others are doing and to contribute in your own way. My next swap is Sarajane Helm’s Mini Mask Swap! A quick spot to get started finding clay swaps is right here.
I sliced a finger up so was putting off diving into the ton of mixed clay blends I have while it heals. Instead, I went and dug through the tub I keep my swap items in. Buried in there were two sweet strands of beads – one by Muriel from PCC and another by Bob Wiley of Faux Wood fame – from a swap hosted by Rebecca Wells a few years ago.
The faux wood beads were simply restrung on black stretch cord for myself – it’s a super change from flowers. The ‘scope beads were wired up. I’m not sure where they’ll end up! But what fun!
On a side note, this is the 100th post on this blog!