Friday, 27 February 2009

Merry-go-round - How do you do it ?

Jump on our merry go round and join a group of artists/crafts-women from around the world as they link hands and tell you a little bit about their lives in craft.

Do look up the answers from the rest of this band of crafters (links to your left). If they haven't posted yet, remember we all live in different time zones and check again later...

This month's question:
Explain how you do your craft


Hmmm. Good question that.

Very much in keeping with last month's question to me, right now. I am actually spending a lot more time working on acquiring new skills - and exploring the internet for tools and supplies - than getting anything really "showable" done. I've ordered my tumbler. Yay! And just gotten a myriad new design stamps etc. Also bracing myself to start on soldering stuff - not to worry, I do have the goggles.

So.

Normally, what I do is start from a piece (some chain, a charm, a stone, a pearl, a cab...) and work around it. Like recently, I wanted to make a special something for my best friend's special birthday (can't say which, obviously). Months ago, i had come across this amethist focal piece and bought it right away because she likes amethist and amethist likes her. As I did not want to spoil it. I spent the next few months with this focal on a back-burner. I knew it would be a necklace, but that still left quite a few possibilities.


Eventually, of course, even though I had gotten the focal well in advance, I was late with my present. But once I had the amethist on my (drawing-room/loft/study/workshop) table with a mess of silver findings, the necklace came together as of its own volition. I used what I had that fit best... and three days later she was wearing it to work.
Phew.

Right now, I'm working on a bracelet for a special niece with a special birthday coming up.


And the (very bad - sorry about that!) photos shows the mess that is pretending to be leading towards a beautiful piece. Only, I still have a few month. So, I cannot make up my mind yet... So I'm sort of working on making her bracelet and another one that I'll put up for sale.

Lucky there's no dinner party coming up any time soon...

Especially as I have also taken out some materials to create a couple of Muscha glass pendants...


Oh and I forget - the last photo shows my bits and bobs (formerly and elegant 'thirties bottle bar table) side table, with a piece of bead-weaving waiting for new supplies, and exotic finds that I have high hopes about (like my small stash of vintage "mascaron" fèves/cabs)...

It HAS taken over my life.




8 comments:

Ruth said...

We all need bigger tables I think! Love the look of that bead weaving. And love the idea that you are constantly expanding your ideas and techniques.

Lily Pang said...

Nice to view your work environment. I am learning some jewelery making as well. Good inspiration for me.

Easterya said...

I'm with Ruth on size of tables... Mine just doubled and it's still not enough lol! Love the bead weaving pattern and colours, and the vintage images for your glass pendants; it's an impressive account of your growing skills! It may have taken over your life, but it looks like you're gonna take over the world!! :D

meherio68 said...

Fabienne, I was tempted to reject your comment - please don't let me take over the world!... But it was such a nice comment, so...

'fancypicnic' said...

So much going on here!
The table thing? Me too!! The beadweaving is so impressive. I have such admiration for you...you must have incredible patience!!
The Mucha glass looks and sounds wonderful...thank you for sharing xx

florcita said...

I love Muscha. Well, you are following your initial thoughts then... to explore and learn more! Good luck with all of that!

Andreanna said...

You craftaholic you!

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

So many wonderful crafts, I love it all!

I agree with Ruth, we all need bigger tabels to keep all of of projects on!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work, Sara xx