Friday, June 7, 2013

Basket #1 of "Tree Series"

Here's # 1 in a series of  polymer clay & random weave reed baskets that I'll be doing this summer.
I placed an order for new reed that I will be dying in my own selection of colours- shopping will be fun! I am going to coordinate the reed dye with the clay inks by following Tina Holden's advice and making my own alcohol inks by mixing dye powder with rubbing alcohol.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Visiting a Talented Friend- Tina Holden

We went to Tofino for a beachside break over the weekend and I was so happy to be able to connect with my good friend Tina Holden. Tina is a brilliant clayer and a talented innovator. I had a great time exploring her booth on Saturday and wasn't surprised to see one of her starfish pendants purchased within seconds of declaring to booth open! 

Tina &  me

Tina and her husband Bill on right setting up the booth

We got together for a long leisurely lunch on Sunday and Tina opened the get together by spreading a glowing collection of beach glass in front of me. Beach glass- NO it was  polymer clay!! The colour, matte finish- were jaw dropping perfection.  Tina explained the process which is on one of her excellent tutorials available on Etsy.

Polymer Clay faux beach glass

We ended our reunion with a meandering stroll along the beach. Two devoted beachcombers with eyes down, me gathering kelp and photographs, Tina snaring a tiny golden hued sand dollar.. a perfect morning.