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Friday, 27 January 2012

A Bit of Mid-Compo Post

Hello, you lovely lot,
Well, a huge THANK-YOU for all your wonderful suggestions! From stars to raccoon's penis bones  - fabulous!!! My mucky paws will be a blur of activity to turn the winners idea into a reality. I'm working towards doing a firing on the 2nd, in which will be the winning beads, so that I can send everything out in one parcel.
Your venerable judge is readying himself for his forthcoming engagement as you can see.






 -and getting in some early practising for his Father Christmas gig while he's at it!




So, aside from pondering on how I might create a robust bandito's  boner out of clay, I've been making some other stuff. They're not in the shop quite yet, as I seem to have a mental block on names for them - I'm sure it'll come.
Yes - that's right, you've got to trawl through me shamelessly hawking my wares! Well, it is MY blawg!! I was just about to say that I'm sure you'd rather just look at more pictures of my pussy - but, that sounds VERY iffy!
Oh dear. Ahem, right - on with the jewellery......







All you Fanci forum goers may have seen this one already, following my blundering comment. I'm a little bit chuffed with this beast in dusky black (maybe that's it's name?). I've got a few of these little Easter Island dudes, which I might put out in some supply selections. The chunky ammonite moulding is made from black stoneware, formed in a mould that super-sweet Janet made me (just one of many - what a honey!!). Oh, congratulations to all the winners in her recent giveaway - you lucky lot. Those dioramas of hers are going to just fly out when they reach her shop. For those of you who may not have seen them - feast your peepers!



INSIDE

Like that wasn't enough of a banquet for the eyes, THIS is how they look on the front!!! I absolutely adore them.

Hey ho - back to my stuff then. This next one is also using one of the moulds she gave me. It's that purdy little bit of filligree that you may have seen here and there.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat


It's that black stoneware again, metallized with bronze. It's got a twinkly old rhinestone hanging down below, and what are those delicate little objects hanging down on either side?? Tin tacks - that's what!!! Well, actually they're hand-formed, ceramic representations of tin tacks. I was hoping to be able to use the word juxtaposition just once in my lifetime!!! What an arse!

To accompany it, are these earrings.





2 inch nails in black stoneware

Moving on - I wanted to make something nice and chunky with a more masculine feel.




This is buff clay with fine silver, copper and bronze fired into the spiral indent, and then brushed over with bronze and sealed with resin-wax. It's a bit of a honker, that'd look good on a man or a woman.

What next? Oh yeah, this bit of silly -


Tom & Jerry

Always my favourite cartoon as a child. That paw belongs to one grungy old catpuss though! Well, it did before it was dismembered!!

Ok - last one!

This is a re-working of an old piece that I've metallized with bronze. It's porcelain underneath. Seems fitting to re-list it, what with all that Valentine's thing coming up.

Cupid's Last Stand
This bruised and blackened old heart needed all that boy's arrows to help it get some loving.

Oh, whoops - no that wasn't the last one, but no more bronze - promise!


A Life Aquatic


Yep, the results of Mistress Fanci's very generous masterclass going on there with those wires! I used strong linen thread to string the jellyfish tentacles on to allow them to dangle in a floppy sort of jellyfishy fashion!


There now, that wasn't so bad, was it? If Fanci and Janet are looking and tut-tutting at my too busy pics, these are not the ones I'll be using for the shop!!

So now, what else can I bore you with?
Oh yeah - look what I found on my sea glass hunting trip. Loads of it!!!




Lots of that sea clay too. I know why our sea is full of old bottles, but what's all that terracotta doing there? Anyone know??

It was another brutally cold day down at Ilfracombe beach, but quite fetching in it's way. I can hear you groaning at the prospect of more beach pictures - shucks!










Ok, I'll leave it there.  It'll be Lee Bay next time, which has some big old splashy waterfalls.


Welcome to my new members and followers, Juliette, Darlene, Skye, Alice, Rosalie, CoffeeFreek53 and Tribalis.

Oh yes, I almost forgot - If you look along the top bar, you'll see that I've added my new Member's Corner page. I hope you like it.

Till next time then, and the excitement that is the compo judging!!!

XXX














36 comments:

  1. Bravo! Mr. Mack looks quite judicial! And he looks thrilled with his judges wig! Hahaha. Oh Petra! Your new work is fabulous. Loving that black clay. Your ammonite necklace is gorgeous. And i'm in love with those spike earrings. Hurry up and list them so I can buy them. Hmmm is it ok to break up the set, tho? Hmmm. Your pictures are great, not too busy at all. Um, have you seen mine? You have to hunt for the jewelry in some of them. Do love my props. As if we would ever be tired of seeing your beautiful beach views. More like it that we all want to come for a visit! I'm amazed that you can find all that beach glass. On the Florida beaches that I used to frequent, i seldom found any, much less a bunch of it! Yay for you! Loved your post and photos. The members corner is fabulous! You amazing blogo you! :)

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  2. Oops meant to also thank you for the very kind words about my dioramas. They are so much fun to make! How nice of you to pop a picture of them up on your blog! Thanks so much! Hope I haven't forgotten anything else.

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    1. Oh you sweet thing! Thank you for such kind comments. Yeah, that beach has tons of glass on it, but the others, not so much. I think it's got an awful lot to do with the number of drunken idiots that frequent the town at the weekends! Not such charming imagery!!
      Yep, I keep finding the lad in thoughtful repose. It's obvious that he's pondering on the task ahead! Or maybe, it's just prawns!! He seems to prefer wearing his wig as a beard.
      Glad you like the pics. We're tripping out to Lee Bay tomorrow, and I'm hoping to get some corkers!

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  3. lovely beach photos :)And it being a bit chilly just means you no doubt have it all to yourself to enjoy in peace ;)

    Loving the black clay work, and that cupid heart there at the end is fabulous :)!

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    1. Aww, thanks Skye,
      Yes, that IS a definite advantage of it being a tad brutal weatherwise. Although there was another sea glass hunter down there that day who was giving off some hostile vibes!!! My bag was considerably fuller than hers!! Ha ha!!!!!

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  4. Lovely beach photos as always!!! Envious of the all the seaglass, rocks and shells you found. Janet is right about not finding seaglass in Florida. My collection is from Connecticut...all shapes and sizes. The seaglass bracelet in my shop has pieces from there.

    I love your new jewelry creations!!! They are all fabulous, but my favorite is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat. Growing up we had bats outside our house every night. I used to roll up pieces of deli meat and throw them up to the bats. They would dive down and fly off with them. Mom used to wonder why we went through so much deli meat!!! :) :) :)

    Sir Mack is looking adorable in his judging outfit. I'm sending some catnip enclosed in this comment so he'll go straight for my entry!!!

    LuAnn

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    1. Ha ha - he's a maniac for catnip, so that would definitely sway him!!!
      Are Florida beaches incredibly clean then? I have images of there being all kinds of beautiful shells etc. Is it not like that?I've just googled pics of Florida beaches - Ah, I see!!! Very different from here!! In reality, you'd probably be horrified by ours!! If Mr. Bowtie picks you, I'll stick some beach oddments in with your parcel, seeing as I have no idea as to what i'm going to do with this lot now!!
      Ooooh, thank you so much for your kind comments about my latest pieces. I really must get on and list them now. Further along the building we live in, is a summer roost for a huge bat colony. They were the reason we couldn't get our rotted out kitchen window replaced until winter came, as we had to wait until they had vacated!! It's something like a £3000 fine for disturbing bats apparently!! I never thought of feeding them - duh, missed opportunity there! I was too busy worming my way into the squirrels affections back then though!

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    2. I love the photos you take of your beaches!!! I would be in heaven I'm sure! The best beaches to go shelling here are Sanibel Island and Captiva. Google them when you get a chance. I drove down to Sanibel once for low tide and came home with bags of shells. It was great! I plan on going back down in the spring. Venice Beach on the gulf coast is a treasure trove for shark teeth from what I hear. Janet told me some places to find fossils in the rivers but I'm terrified of snakes. I actually live a few miles from where she took her gator pics. We have a 7-8 foot gator in the water across from our house and at least two smaller ones that I've seen. Keeping my fingers crossed for your cutie pie loving my crumpled entry!

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    3. Your beaches have very exotic names!! That shell trip sounded wonderful - and you can find things like sharks teeth!! That beats a bit of old broken bottle any day!! Holy crap, you've got a gator next door, and you're worried about snakes??!! So do they really come knocking on your front door??

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  5. Well the 'Judge' looks pretty darn cute! I wonder if a bribe will work....

    Love the jelly fish earrings with such great movement and color. And really, I'm jealous of all the treasures you find at the beach. Lovely photos by the way.

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    1. Thanks, Alice,
      Same applies re the beach bits and bobs if old fuzzy britches picks you. He's anyone's for a prawn!! Such a tart.
      Oh, thank you for the appreciative comments about the earrings. It really means a lot to get such positive feedback.
      xxxoxxx

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  6. I love Tom and Jerry and can't wait to see more Easter Island heads, very cool.

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    1. Thanks, Marcia!! I wasn't quite sure about that necklace, so i really appreciate your comment. Glad you like the Easter Island dudes too, - I've really enjoyed making them, and thinking about doing more faces as focals following Janet's suggestion.

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  7. Hey Petra, I posted earlier but it didn't work. :o(
    I must agree, the judge is looking pretty spiffy!! Loving the necklace, Easter Island dude is fab. Oh the beach glass and beach pics, what can I say...totally awesomeness!!
    xoxo

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    1. You're having some of that blogger trouble too, are you? It certainly is a very temperamental beast.
      Thank you for the kind words about my necklace - I really enjoyed making that one.
      I keep meaning to say - I just LOVE that picture of the squirrel you posted on Fanci's forum! What a chubby dude!! I had a very randy pair outside my kitchen window this morning!! Spring must be on it's way!!!

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  8. Hi Petra. Love, love the colors in your twinkly bat piece. VERY cool. And your stash of sea glass is killing me! I can't wait to get back to south Texas and gather up a little more.

    And venerable judge is too funny! He looks a little put off in that santa shot. :)
    -Lela

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    1. Awww, thanks Lela - it feels like forever ago that I was asking you about bronze clay over on your blog. The Dorlands wax brings down the shine a treat, although I might just make a couple of pieces that show off the blingy possibilities too.
      Ha ha - if old fuzzy knickers picks you, then I'll stick some glass and shells in your parcel too.
      xx

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  9. love kitteh grumpyface. Love the new work! But all that beach glass and pebbles just makes me cringe at the thought of having to drill it. ugh.

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    1. Blimey, THANK YOU - praise indeedy!!!
      Yeah, that's the problem with the glass, which I've still never managed to get a hole through. Worn out a stack of drill bits trying though!! I don't know why I keep collecting it really, except for melting in the kiln of course, and still trying to get it to the right temperature where it'll just slump.

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  10. Hey, Petra!
    Do you want some bones? Something died down by our neighborhood pond and there's a lot of small bones..including the skull. Ick. ;)

    But I'll gather some and send if you want.
    :)

    -Lela

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    1. Ha ha - what fun!! What sort of state are they in?? Still decomposing?? If so - um, thanks, but no thanks!!! Customs would have a ball with that stinky lot!!
      Oh - wait for the next post coming up - and see if we can do a swap though!!Thanks for thinking of me, by the way.
      xoxox

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  11. I'd come and walk the beach with you any time - can't get too many beach photos.

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  12. Now there's a delightful thought!! Talking of all things beachy - I absolutely adore your earrings with the little creamy shells. They can so easily look all wrong, but you've managed to capture the simple, natural beauty of them. Just lovely.

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