The last few weeks, I’ve been re-exploring polymer clay and various surface design techniques. Prior to beginning my self-directed discoveries, I made a list of surface design techniques I wanted to explore. Adding texture using various tools before applying acrylic and Lumiere metallic paint is my favorite.
The elements on the right and left are from the decorated sheet detailed in my last post, Pulled Pork and Polymer Clay, dated July 31, 2015.
I decided to decorate the surface of beads by applying elements from the various decorated sheets. You may ask, “Why do you like this particular technique?” I like working with metallic decorated sheets because the metal adds a specular reflection (like having little pieces of mirror on the surface) quality to the surface of the polymer clay. I find the dimensionality visually interesting, which emphasizes my free form approach.
Last Thursday, I met a wonderful group of women with an eclectic mix of experiences and talents. I was invited to join the Knitsters for their monthly knitogether and discuss knitting with beads. The afternoon began with a tasty lunch of salad, freshly baked bread and dessert.
Even though we spent the afternoon knitting with beads, our conversations covered a multitude of subjects. Planting succulents in hollowed-out squash, a memory study at UCSF, spinning and local community activisim.
Thank you Susanne, Elaine, Karen, Phyllis, Hsiao-in, Rene, Kathryn, Moni and Nancy C. for a wonderful afternoon.
I’ve been asked to be a guest at one of our local knitting groups in Los Gatos, CA. Our attention will focus on knitting with beads. While sifting through the stacks at my local library, I discovered a wonderful resource entitled, “Knit One Bead Too,” expertly written by Judith Durant. The visual instructions are well-documented and the written instructions are understandable. “The “Knitter’s Palette,” a workbook of color, explained by Kate Haxell offers an interesting section on adding color with beads, pgs. 60-61. Last, but definitely not least, “Betsy Beads,” confessions of a left-brained knitter, Betsy Hershberg. A book full of inspiration which pushes the limits of knitting with beads.
Here are a couple of samples I’m working on for the class on Thursday.