Saturday, 20 June 2009

Robert Dancik comes to Edinburgh!

If you are one of our regulars then chances are you have already booked your place on Robert Dancik's Faux Bone weekend on the 15th & 16th August. I'm so excited about this I cant begin to tell you (though again those who know me know full well how excited I am)!!

If you havent heard of Robert Dancik or Faux Bone then rest assured you will. Check out this interview with Robert on the Art Jewelry Magazine web site here - you'll have to create an account but its free.

The weekend course is dedicated to exploring Roberts Faux Bone. Its a new, easy to use and very versatile material. Oh - and its CHEAP! You can cut it, carve in it, saw it, sand it, file it, hammer it, drill it, stamp in it, inlay with it, dye it, put resin in it, paint it...............get the idea? You can do pretty much anything with it!

You can also heat it with an embossing gun and bend it - just look at this beautiful Tribal Cuff by Angela Baduel-Crispin. I absolutely adore this piece and love how its accented with silver. You can see more of Angela's work here.

You can also choose your finishing, sure it can look like bone, but you can also make it look like aged ceramic, or like ivory. Or you can simply polish it to a pure white. And for metal clay users it may interest you to know that you can Faux Bone can easily be embossed to make texture plates!

But really, the most exciting thing for me is the opportunity to spend two days being taught by Robert. I'd take a class with him in ANYTHING! He is literally oozing with positivity. Just read this (taken from Art Jewellery Magazine September 08) -

"By redefining what I used to consider a mistake, I find that I rarely have any. An errant hammer blow, a scratch, or a misaligned edge are now considered another piece of visual information. The trick for me is to embrace the new information, enhance the new direction, and make sure all the marks, forms, and surfaces look intended"

Roberts happy to chat to anyone that may have questions about the course. The last time I came off the phone after talking to him I felt totally inspired! He kind of has that effect. Ask anyone! You have been warned!

Roberts Web site
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Friday, 19 June 2009

I'm a cover Girl!!!

I said I had news didnt I? I just took a bit longer than I thought to get around to blogging about it. I have made the cover of the new magazine "Making Jewellery". I am totally delighted! When the magazines arrived yesterday in the shop it hit me - my bracelet will be all over the place! Inside you can find a tutorial how to make the beads on the cover and also one on how to make my bead rings. If you have a go at either please let me know! I'd love to post some of your pics!


Saturday, 13 June 2009

I'm Home !!!

Well, I have been away for a bit havent I! I've been on a family holiday in France. I had a nice plan of how to ease my way back into things but I've rather "JUMPED" back into things as there is so much going on and so much news to share. Expect a fair few blog posts over the next few days. Until then I thought I'd share with you my beautiful home of 10 days in Burgundy, above, and the cutest but nosiest Donkey in the world below :)