Saturday, 29 August 2015
Posted by Ellie Foster at 13:02 9 comments:
Labels: amazonite, apatite, aquamarine, necklace, pearls, peridot, polymer clay, polymer clay bead, tassel
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Faux Dichroic glass experiments take two... some unexpected results
I used the translucent clay with the inks dripped onto it, which created some dots of colour.
I then used the scraps to make various beads and I think these were the most successful things I made from this technique. The colours showed through more effectively and the foils gave a shine through the layers. The effect was a little like mokume gane (click here for a previous post about that technique). I think this larger bead may become a centre of a tassel necklace with peridot, aquamarine, amazonite and apatite.
Posted by Ellie Foster at 15:10 10 comments:
Labels: alcohol inks, faux dichroic glass, foil, Mokume Gane, polymer clay
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Experimenting...try, try again!
You know how sometimes you see a technique being demonstrated and think. "Ooh, I need to have a go at that!"? Well, this happened to me with a faux dichroic glass technique being demonstrated using translucent polymer clay, gilding flakes and alcohol inks. I had all the equipment needed, so off I went.
So, my next step is to try again with foil rather than gilding flakes and perhaps also with paint, just to test the effects. I also need to try using stronger alcohol ink colours. I would love to be successful with the technique, so I shall keep trying.
Posted by Ellie Foster at 20:00 4 comments:
Labels: alcohol ink, faux dichroic glass, foil, gilding flakes, polymer clay
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, Clematis and a Raspberry
(photo collage created using picmonkey)It's that time when the garden just pauses before launching into the late summer and autumn plants. Stalwarts of the garden at this time are Hydrangeas and Hibiscus. I have had a bit of a love/hate relationship with hydrangeas in the past, but am loving them again, possibly as there are some really interesting varieties now. Above is a selection from my garden, all in pots with the exception of the middle picture on the bottom row, which is lucky enough to be in the border.
From top left, top row: Hydrangea Coco (I think, or it could be Fireworks); Hydrangea Sundae Fraise (which is starting to turn pink now, but began this lime green/white); and an unnamed Hydrangea
Middle row from left: Hydrangea Merveille Sanguine (which is really beautiful); Hydrangea Everlasting Summer Pink; Hydrangea Everlasting Summer The Bride
Bottom row from left: Hydrangea Dark Angel; Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle; Hydrangea Dark Angel again. As you can tell, Dark Angel is my current favourite, closely followed by Merveille Sanguine, then Annabelle.
I couldn't resist another look at Hydrangea Dark Angel as I am fascinated by the creamy flowers/bracts which turn pink, then purple, surrounding bright blue flowers in the centre.
Some of the clematis are still flowering such as Clematis viticella Purpurea Plena Elegans, which is in a pot but which I do need to pot on. However, despite this, it is reliable and just stunning, with the velvety purple petals like pompoms.
Posted by Ellie Foster at 19:34 4 comments:
Labels: clematis, Clematis viticella purpurea 'Plena Elegans', Hibiscus, Hydrangea, Hydrangea Dark Angel
Monday, 10 August 2015
Car Boot Sale goodies
There were a couple of plant stalls and I did buy two lavender plants as I haven't had much success in keeping lavender and would like to try one more time...
All in all, I did quite well, I think. Small things, easy to store and not costing too much money!
Posted by Ellie Foster at 15:04 10 comments:
Labels: brooches, car boot sale, cat, ceramic flowers, earrings, flower brooches, pattern, peridot, polymer clay, rubber stamps
Monday, 3 August 2015
A small act of defiance (in a good way)
here). It does look a little pathetic at the moment, as the plants need to grow on a bit, but I hope that it will provide a splash of colour.
Posted by Ellie Foster at 14:44 6 comments:
Labels: calibrachoa, Defiance, hanging basket, ivy leaved geranium, petunias, verbena, wall basket
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