Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"Crab Claw", "Sticks" and So Much More....

Studio day today and I was like a mad woman possessed!! haha what a day - it was incredible - I got so much achieved.

First up I decided to pull apart a couple of pieces I had made and wasn't quite happy with - time for a revamp! I pulled them apart, grabbed out some other components I thought might work, put everything on the table and started...I was in a good headspace to get these done today hahaha.

I have to tell you the story of this one actually.  My son is a fisherman and quite often comes home with all sorts of "oceany goodies".  He went crabbing one day and came home with an enormous crab with gobsmackingly beautiful nippers. Of course they had to be mine!!  I always knew I wanted to incorporate this large nipper into a piece somewhere along the line so today was the day.  It took a while to get the balance right and I pulled it apart quite a few times.  I'm fairly happy with this combination but it may get pulled apart again yet - not sure.  I was happy to be able to use the nipper though.

Next was the Swellegant sticks.  I had a beautiful piece of driftwood hubby had given me that I wanted to incorporate into a piece so thought it may work perfectly with some of the swellegant sticks.  I decided to create some carved cone beads to encase the sticks (never done those before) and was quite happy with the combination.  These two necklaces will be in my collection - I love them both.  Definately my style.

My next job was to create some pieces to use as samples for my upcoming Kato Liquid Clay and Heat Gun Tutorial.  I used lots of different surface treatments here to show how liquid clay will cover them all beautifully.  If you would like to be included in my newsletter contact list to receive special notification of when the tutorial will be available, please let me know.

Next job...I'm a machine today hahaha.
I've been working on lots and lots of veneers lately with a huge range of surface treatments.  I thought it was time to start documenting how I make them.  I have a few process journals in my studio and everything I do gets written down.  That way if I'm revisiting a technique three years down the track I will remember what to do and what "not" to do.  It's a great way of keeping track of everything.

lots of veneers that fill my work space

sample pieces baked and ready to document

and what a great little storage keeper for my veneers.  This is a pastry container I picked up at a fete on the weekend and it's just perfect.

I also played around with a couple more variations on the swellegant veneers and was so happy with these two.  They'll get documented tomorrow now!

And the last thing I did today was unpack and stir (gently) all my new Kato liquid clay colours.  I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to play with these but I'm sooooooooo excited about it.

I sure hope you all had a great day - I certainly did.  See you next Tuesday. xx


  1. Wow! These are amazing! You do such fabulous work!♡♡♡

  2. Hi Deb,Not sure how to get in contact with you not real good with computers I have posted a couple of comments to you on you tube which you kindly answered. Now I have found your blog yah I see you are coming to Brisbane so excited how do I find out where, when, how etc? Love your work.From Deb

    1. oh hey Deb, how are you honey? Thanks for leaving a comment and so excited to hear you're keen on the Brissy workshops - you must be in Queensland hey? Gill Scott is organising them for me but if you send me an email at mintanddeb@bigpond.com I can send you through her details if you like. Registration will be open soon. Thanks again honey.

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