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Come on in to this home for my jewellery and other stuff. I hope it will continue to grow as I hope to continue to grow in myself.
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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Slow Progress

Well now, I'm sure none of you have been holding your breath waiting for my little bottles, which is just as well!!  This lot will be keeping me busy for quite some time yet, and the addition of steel and copper clays have not exactly helped the process! Hmmm, Kathy Van Kleeck, you have my utmost admiration!! I was already in love with these pieces of hers, but I'm even more blown away now by her ability to tame this brutish substance!


Urban Primitive Fossil Collage Necklace:  Fossilized Bone with Steel and Roman Glass
Urban Primitive Fossil Collage Necklace: Fossilized Bone with Steel and Roman Glass


Urban Primitive Raw Steel Cubes - Steel, Bronze and Fossilized Bone
Urban Primitive Raw Steel Cubes - Steel, Bronze and Fossilized Bone

So, this little pile is looking rather dirtier than the last time you saw it, but unfortunately, not much nearer to completion!






This couple are coming along slowly ......








The other new beads are all ready to go though, and I'll be putting  them out over the next few days. Here's a taster of some selections that include the rattlers..........

















My next collection will be featuring glazed bead caps in a big way!!! Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see more of them this time, but I've already sold them.




Well now, me and man went along to the Broomhill Sculpture Gardens last week, which made for a nice break from hunching over my workbench. Soooo many amazing pieces there, and it was lovely to walk through the woods and come across these treasures.






Big chap, isn't he?

There was this amazing installation out there as well called 'Welcome To The Third Millenium' by Mike Roles. It made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck mingling amongst these unnerving figures, and the whole piece had an extraordinarily powerful air of dark foreboding.





























Amazing body of work. Or, work of bodies!!



This old bagpuss of mine has developed a maddening new habit this week







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How can I be cross with a face like this though?







'Ain't he sweeeeet!


Well, that's about all from me. All pictures no words!! All that steel dust has left me feeling a bit like this -




These bright young things are enjoying themselves in the garden. It's impossible not to grin at a daffodil!!





Until I have some beadcaps to show you, it's goodbye from me.
Oh, and a big welcome to Kim from Numinosity!!




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24 comments:

  1. love the 6th image - the verdigris one - its beautiful, but all of them look great

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    1. Thank you SO much, Alek! Ah, but I wish it were verdigris!!! No, it's watercolour staining and a bronze clay burnish. I was pretty pleased with the effect I got though.

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  2. Love ALL the new things! Thanks for sharing the sculpture garden photos too... amazing work, very haunting.
    I'm going to go stalk your shop now.

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    1. Wow, thanks Melinda! Just hold on with that stalking for a day longer though, as I've only just started the mammoth task of listing it all!!
      Yes, that installation is incredibly powerful- gave me chills.

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  3. What gorgeous new work you have! And selling before it's listed. Look at you go!!

    Love the sculpture garden!

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    1. Thanks Lela - yeah, I knooooow!! I was completely overwhelmed by that sale!
      I think I may find myself going back for another slow mooch round the sculptures again. More pics on next post.

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  4. Petra i love the shells...you are moving along so wonderfully..

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Cynthia, it means a lot. Always nice to know you're going in the right direction!!

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  5. I LOVE the new pieces! (just that the one with the gecko thing needs a de-shining. but that second one is soooo cute!) and i love the pod with the leaves and all the stuff with wire in it! you're doing awesome. and that grumpy kitty face. why do cats always look so serious and grumpy?

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    1. Great to hear as always! But, gecko is gloss glaze, so there'll be no damping his shine!Awww, my boy will be getting a complex with you commenting on his face, he's really the soppiest, silliest creature imaginable.

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  6. Oh you have been busy!!!! I love everything you made. And thanks for sharing the photos of those amazing sculptures. I can see why one would get goosebumps by just being amongst them.

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    1. Ha ha, yeah, I have been a touch involved with this lot! Great to hear it's appreciated, thank you.
      That installation is amazing, and very unsettling. Powerful stuff. Must be great to really get your teeth into creating such a big piece of work.

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  7. Great work and keeping my fingers crossed for you that the others turn out equally as amazing. Loving those sculptures..ain't nothing wrong with a big man!

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    1. Ha haaaaa, especially impressive as he's titled 'Cold Man'!!!
      These bottles are going to take rather a long time yet, I think. The steel clay just hasn't worked, so I've got to grind it all back off now. hey ho.

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  8. Loving your amphoras! The glaze and shape of the one in the first picture is wonderful, love that stopper! Your non-verdigris finish one is beautiful. Loving the whole lot. Is that a green faced man with an open mouth you've carved, that I'm seeing? Too cool! No surprise the bead caps are all gone before they even make it to your shop. Thank you for inviting us all along for a walk through the amazing sculpture garden. A little scrumptious eye candy, a little art and culture, terrific blog post as always. So enjoyed it.

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    1. Awwwww, thank you, lovely Janet. Yes, that was a green faced man - got snapped up rather quickly! Maybe that finish will help to improve these grotty steel covered ones too - or maybe I can turn them rusty in an attractive kind of way!!
      You're too good to me, but I'm happy if i managed to entertain you a bit!
      xoxox

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  9. You have really been working! What lovely pieces! And wow, I loved the photos of your trip to the sculpture garden. Nice treat and great art.

    xo!

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    1. Thanks, Juliette, I really appreciate your comments. More pics from the gardens next time, Blogger willing. I had the devil of a job getting it to upload these ones. It's an ongoing mystery!!

      xox

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  10. Oh Petra, you've been busy as a bee creating these awesome pieces. I'm loving your new work. Kathy Van Kleeck's pieces are also amazing, you're not far behind her. I adore the jug with the lizard on it and the one below it, those are my favorites, and the caps, and the spiral shell mouldings. Just loving your new stuff!! The sculpture garden looks a bit creepy but also a fun place to visit. Can't wait to see more photos of it. The daffodils, of course they made me grin...one of my favorite flowers, they're in full bloom here too. And that kitty face, so precious and the nap is too cute!! Very nice post, I enjoyed the photos as always!

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  11. Awww too sweet, Jackie, but, I'm a very, very long way behind the mega-talented Kathy!! I'm glad you're enjoying my little bottles/jugs. I've got to really down to finishing them off now. Ha, ha - yes, that installation gave me the willies, but in a good way!! Thank you for such kind comments about my new stuff. I've been rather slack round the blogs and shops of late while I've been working away at this lot, so I'm hoping that my eyes will be treated to some of your own work in your shop!!! Hope the foot is continuing to improve.
    xxxxx

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  12. Petra, I got my blog up!! Baby steps. http://funkytrunkcreations.blogspot.com

    Foot still hurts but getting better...still have to wear my sock upside down on my right foot 'cause the seam hurts the post-op hamburger toes!

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  13. Wahey!!! Good for you!! I'm on my way over there now!
    God, your poor hoof - and you, of course!! It was a major undertaking all this, wasn't it? Are you re-considering having the other one done now?

    xoxox

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  14. The other hoof will NOT be done, I'll live with it. This is just plain crazy, it still swells at night and I hobble around, not fun! I'm in physical therapy for it now. I had no idea this would be such a pain in the hoof! Stinking hoof!!

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    1. Oh dear - I've been amazed at your patience with all this stinking hoofness, so i'm not surprised that you're sounding so fed up with it now. Have you checked your etsy convos, by the way? I LOVED your first post, and am looking forward to loads more.
      xoxoxox

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