Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Swap till you Drop

I did a great swap this week with Diane Turton of I sent her a Zoozii Star Press and she sent me lots and lots of glassy goodies as well as some of her super super beautifil hand dyed silk chiffon ribbons which are stunning.

These are the perfect thing for setting off focal beads, just gorgeous. I was really inspired by the colours and set off to the studio for a play, this is what I came up with..........

Opulent Swirls
I love swaps, and this one was especially good. Kate xx

Monday, June 15, 2009

Zingy Zesty Mojo Medicine

This is what you do if your Mojo is waining or has gone walkies, I know it happens to lots of beadmakers. You get yourself a Mojo box from Jo at Kitzbitzartglass you take it into the garden, glass of wine optional, stare at it, fondle it, stroke it and let the Mojo return :0) easy peesy.

Coordinating hand blown shards, hand made murrini, handmade frit, hand pulled twisties and stringers, what more could a girl want.

Love Kate xx

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tuesday 2nd June 2009

Keeper of the Thicket Review

I have had so much fun with this wonderful Keeper of the Thicket tutorial by the outstanding Cynthia Tilker.

For anyone venturing in to sculptural work I would highly recommend this tutorial it's excellent, a comprehensive list of tools and materials, nothing exceptional required I had everything I needed and I'm not a tool hoarder. Clear steps, great pictures and constant reminders to 'keep me warm' which are essential. I've really learnt a lot about glass making these little chaps, and this tutorial has given me a bit more confidence to make larger sculptural work, I've thoroughly enjoyed myself and thrilled my children who have adopted them all.

I really should have been working but it's not often I have a play day, and this one I put down to research ;o)

My First Keeper 'Dinky'

Second Attempt 'Viv'


Dinky, Viv and Violet