Busy days and flamework fun.

I’ve had a busy few weeks of classes (including my first at FSC Flatford Mill), planning and getting organised at home…oh and now the Easter holidays! Today I’ve finally had a chance to have play in my workshop. I have been experimenting with various Flamework tools (lampwork) such as a cabochon mandrel, ribbon mandrel and still my favourite blowpipes! These are some pictures of what I’ve been up to. As these are glass they are now annealing in the kiln to strenghthen them…although I am not sure the flower will survive, I am sure there are a few weak points but it was fun making it.

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21st Birthday fun

IMG_20160304_144547971I managed to squeeze a party of 4 into my workshop on Friday for a Silver Clay Beginner’s class, it certainly helped to make the workshop more cosy and what a talented bunch! I hope you had a lovely birthday Sally and you all wear your makes with pride. For those that haven’t come across it, silver clay (PMC or Art Clay) is clay with silver particles in it, you can mould it in many ways and once fired the binder burns off to leave pure silver. It is almost alchemy and wonderful stuff as you can see from some of the things the ladies made today.

Encaustic art with the Brownies

Tonight I will be teaching 1st Prettygate Brownies the wonder of Encaustic art – that is painting with an iron! I know the girls will love it and I cannot wait to see what they paint, I just hope they aren’t as messy as the last lot of Brownies I taught. We’ll be making Mother’s day cards from our artwork, so look away now if you don’t want a spoiler for Sunday! 😉