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Library Display

This is a quick post to show a couple of pics of a limited variety of my felting that is on display at Beerwah Library for two weeks.

If you aren’t in the area but would like to visit the library, the address is:

Beerwah Library, 25 Peachester Road, Beerwah Qld 4519. Phone for opening hours: 1300 542 727

It is lovely to have the opportunity to display my work locally.  I am a member of the Glasshouse Country Arts Trail and we have several weeks available to display members’ works.  Ilia Starkovsky is also displaying some of his photographic art, and Bronwyn Hill and/or Melanie Gray Augustin will also be bringing showing some of their work this fortnight.

A variety of my work in the display cabinet at Beerwah Library

A variety of my work in the display cabinet at Beerwah Library

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Updated Felt Gallery

To view a lot of my felt work in one ‘hit’, check out the Gallery – Felt which I have just updated with more recent pieces.

Polymer and Felt jewellery

Spirals phone caseSince I discovered polymer clay to make a couple of buttons and beads for felting projects a while ago, it’s been calling to me quietly from my craft box.

I’ve been wanting to have another play with polymer clay and have been waiting for the right time and a touch of inspiration.

Like felting, polymer clay has got great potential in terms of colour mixing and versatility of design.

Last night after my friend left to go home to Brisbane, I took out my polymer clay in a selection of colours and a piece of maroon felt that I’ve been using lately to cover books with. I love the colours in that piece so much, I wanted to put it to more good use.

Taking three colours – red, purple and yellow, I blended the polymer clay in my hands, then rolled it out several times until I had a lovely marbelled effect.  I cut out a couple of different shapes, moulded one on a teapot lid to give a curve resembling an open shell, and rolled the other to create a semi-closed shell. To give definition to where I would place some felt on the open shell design, I cut out a thin strip which I stuck into a ring, making a little scroll that I stuck over the join.

Then I baked them.

I anticipated the end result with glee as I waited for the kitchen timer to ding so I could take the pieces out of the oven to cool.

Eventually they were cold enough to touch and I set about putting the pieces together, with some of the maroon hand made felt and a couple of freshwater pearls to give a focal point.

I realised at that point I need to be a tad more refined when I’m creating the initial shape, and if I want a smoother surface, I’m going to have to pay more attention to detail.  But you have to remember, this is only the second time I’ve made anything out of polymer clay, and while the finished products to a trained eye will most likely look fairly ‘rustic’, I regard this as a successful experiment.

To draw my critical eye from the slight imperfections on the surface, and not having any polymer gloss in my possession, I did what any self-respecting impatient artist would do and reached for a bottle of clear nail varnish.

Several coats later, I had a gloss finish to those babies that would give epoxy resin a run for its money.  The glossy surface really sets off the matt of the felt too.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with my two pieces of polymer and felt jewellery.  It’s a definite outlet for more creativity, and a lovely way to mix media.

Here are some photos of the finished two necklaces.

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My soggy balls wouldn’t dry!

Before I share my story about my soggy balls, let me just go back to Sunday’s local craft market.  It turned out to be a lovely sunny day – amazing considering we’ve had weeks of rain and are all growing webbed feet!

I had the chance to display my new jewellery on a makeshift stand made up of a plastic stand covered with a piece of un-dyed pre-felt batting, which created a light background that framed the felt jewellery nicely.

After the previous market, I didn’t have a huge amount of stock left, so I brought a couple of my paintings for display at the other end of the table.

Stall at local market

Here is a close up of the jewellery which I think looks cute lined up in three columns of colour.

First display of jewellery

While I was at the market, I started another earrings and necklace set.  I had time to roll and stitch pieces of felt and later that afternoon, I added the beading to the earrings, plaited three colours of embroider’s cotton to make a necklace and finished the set.  I love the colour combination.

New blue felt necklace and earring set.

As you can see, I’ve put the necklace together slightly differently this time, with a loop of beading that I’ve attached to the main necklace with two jump rings.

So what about my soggy balls?

Well, as I said above, it’s been raining for gawd knows how long and things seem to take so long to dry.  I made a few little felt balls in cream and also blended amber shades, which will be the basis for some new jewellery.

Even though I made these balls two days ago, and put them to dry in the kitchen on an upturned sieve so they would get reasonable air circulation, when I came home from work today eager to get going on the next lot of jewellery, I couldn’t.  I was also concerned that if I left the balls to dry too much longer they’d end up getting that mildewy smell that damp towels get when they haven’t dried quickly. Yuk! I definitely didn’t want that!

After briefly considering using the hairdryer, I decided against that because it would take too long, so I went for an easier way.  I’d nuke ’em.

After three minutes in the microwave the little balls were dry and after a couple of minutes longer, the larger balls were light and perky.

If you’re going to do something like this, I’d recommend checking them regularly because you don’t want them to dry too soon and catch fire.  That could turn out nasty.

After that, I had to do some housework – the bane of every creative person’s life I reckon.  Or maybe just mine, lol, I don’t know.  So another day has been ‘wasted’.  Tomorrow though, after a couple of morning appointments, I get to play – to be creative.

Let’s see what my creative juices put together tomorrow.  For now though, I’ll leave you with a photo of my little balls when they were still wet.  Can you spot the one that’s going to be a little cube?

Little felt balls

Set of felt jewellery / accessories

After making the three cuff/bracelets, I got all fired up to make some other, smaller felt items.Turquoise set

Loving the blend of blues in the turquoise felt cuff, I used the same piece of felt to cut out smaller pieces that I rolled up and stitched together with embroider’s cotton, then added glass seed beads.

The larger felt roll was turned into a necklace – I used a pre-bought turquoise necklace and also added extra blue beads that I kept in place with crimps.

The smaller felt rolls were teamed up with some lovely larger blue beads and turned into a pair of earrings.

This is my first ‘official’ set of jewellery/accessories but I am stoked at how they’ve turned out.  They really look pretty sitting together as a set.  I’m very inspired to make some more.

YouTube was a great help in working out how to actually put the jewellery pieces together to make something that looked wearable.

I’ll be busy again with some accessories and jewellery sets this Saturday, for Sunday’s local craft market.

 

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