Lisa Gauthier, Inspired by Pinterest

One of the highlights of the recent Klay Away Retreat in New Hampshire was watching fellow SCPCG member, Lisa Gauthier, create a lovely cane inspired by a couple of photos on Pinterest.

Here’s a collage photo she made of the photo that inspired her to make a sunny painterly cane (top right), as well as the photo that she used as an image guide along with the finished cane:

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Here’s the cane and photo at her workspace:

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So much fun! It reminds me of the Bahamas.  She mad a couple of great and simple pins with it, using a single rhinestone as a sparkly “sun”. (Lisa’s a sparkle girl.)   She very generously gifted me with a slice of the reduced cane.

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Bangle Bonanza

The only things I’ve completed lately: bangles and more bangles.
Fine line canes over a silver plated bangle

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Cynthia Toops ish mosaic bangles

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Another graphic cane and a couple with tiny bezels with pops of color in polymer

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Ellen and Sue of Creative Journey Studios and Filigree and More showed me these lovely new silver plated channel bangles. They turned out to be the perfect thing to ease me back into a creative mood. I made a few in May and they were the perfect project for the retreat in New Hampshire last weekend. I find myself wearing several of them almost every day.

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New Studio, very much in progress

I have made a lot of progress getting my new studio set up, but it still has a ways to go. Less than two weeks ago it looked like this:

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Then it looked like this:

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And today it looks like this:

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I’m sort of at a stopping point right now. I am pretty sure that the major pieces of furniture are where they are going to stay. I have always had a corner for my main work area, but when I started setting up in my new space I discovered I did not have any available corners. Two of the corners are entry/exit points. One corner has a sink (or it will have one when the plumber comes Monday to reattach the sink and its pump). The final corner has a return vent for the HVAC system. It doesn’t matter though because I like looking across at my window.

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Everyone who has seen my studio has suggested that I put some sort of plants out there, but I’m thinking I should do something more like Rachel Gourley’s bamboo like tubes or stones, or maybe some kind of playful totem. That’s a project for the future.
So here are a few photos I’ve marked up with some of the changes and additions I’ve got planned.
My main work area and oven wall:

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The back wall/metalworking area:

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The bookcase and window wall:

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The sink wall: (I really don’t know quite how I’m going to arrange this area. It’s hard to get a handle on it while the sink is not in its working position)

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And finally the area in front of my work table:

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I don’t think I will put the bead storage there. It was just a thought when I was first marking up these photos. I need to get to Ikea and make a decision about which drawer units to get.

It’s going to be a Home Depot and Ikea weekend.  Also, looking at all these photos, one of the most striking things to me is how empty the walls are.  I think I need to get to work fixing that.

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Unusual Bead Production Spurt

I had a very rare (for me) spurt of bead production, getting ready for the Bead Bazaar, September 8-9.  I haven’t made enough of anything in the last few years to submit beads or pendants for the guild’s booth, and production doesn’t come easily to me.  This year I had a sizable store of ripple blade veneers from the prep I did for my demo at our retreat.  Although I really don’t love production work, I think it’s a good idea to do some occasionally.  Repeating the same basic steps many times over can really help to refine techniques, especially finishing.

Sorry about the less than stellar photos.  I only had time to take a couple of quick record shots with my iphone before I sent the beads off to my friend, Michelle, who generously organizes the details of the Bead Bazaar.  I did relearn a lot making these beads.  My finishing skills were quite rusty.  I hadn’t done much sanding and buffing in years and it was satisfying bringing up the shine on some of these beads.

My daughter took one look at my beads and asked me if I had gotten the ripple blade craze out of my system yet. lol

The answer to that is NO!, but I think I want to venture into combining the patterns with other patterns or textures.

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