However, I’m great at starting things

oh yes, more projects than you can shake a stick at (why would you even do that?) I’m sure if you make anything at all, you know the feeling.

anyway…
I’ve been meaning to hold another online showcase over in facebookland, and I thought I’d try out a themed one.

Birds unsuprisingly is the theme, as some of my most popular designs are birds, and there is a whole range from the silly and fun to the more sophisticated.

birds
birds

so come and see what else is in the show, it starts this evening (12 Nov) at 7pm and runs through the weekend until Monday lunchtime

and help yourself to a little coupon while you’re here:

flyfree

See you there!

So I’m not always good at finishing things

but I’ve decided (eventually) to give myself a break.

or at least stop giving myself such a hard time over something that was meant to be fun.

I may come back and finish my creative sprint posts, some of them are done, just not posted/photographed/whatever

it really didn’t fit with what was going on at the time for me, not least being ill for over two weeks. thats all my winter colds rolled into one, thanks.

I have learned some things from it though.

‘if somethings worth doing, its worth doing well’
I hadn’t realised just how much I identify with this sentiment.

I tried to do something more than basic with most of my challenges, as well as tie it to my theme, and preferably something that would actually be worthwhile, the earrings were one of my better executions of this, and they sold, so clearly they were worth doing.

but essentially I ended up asking too much of myself and I found it draining, rather than invigorating and refreshing. I found it too much of a drain on my time, its not like I wasn’t being creative on the days I didn’t do a challenge, but I tried to fit everything in and it just wouldn’t.

and then the challenges started getting less creative…’make a moustache and get a photo of you wearing it in public’ ?  really?

so thankyou, CreativeSprint, what I did was fun, but I’m refusing to let myself feel bad (any longer) for not making it to the finish line.

Creative Sprint day 17 to 20

Day 17

Teach us how to do something

One for the lampworkers today. I was really rather pleased with my simple solution to videoing myself whilst lampworking, clearly my hands are busy, and I don’t always have an assistant handy, and it isn’t the easiest thing to film as I move around a lot and the camera struggles to keep continual focus. Theres also the further problem of soda flare, (thats the big yellow flare you get when you introduce soda-lime glass into the flame, it makes it very difficult to see, I’m wearing special safety specs with a filter for my eyes, but that doesn’t help the camera)

So this is not so much teach, as show…one didymium screen, one smart phone, three rubber bands. result: nice steady shot, plus no yellow soda flare, added bonus of my smartphone being protected from any flying bits of glass.

I’m well aware that not all of you have a didymium sreen as they are quite pricey, but I like to think this is a way to squeeze some extra value from mine!

set up
set up
wide shot
wide shot

 

Day 18
Make something and trade it for something you want.

I made some porcelain Hare beads, I’ve arranged a little swap with a friend  for some of her ceramic beads. These will not be finished for a little while as they need firing.

porcelain hares
porcelain hares
porcelain hares
porcelain hares

Day 19
Make something for another #CreativeSprint-er.

I’ve not really been interacting much with the facebook group, so theres no one person I would make something for, I decided, I would make something for everyone, this little video of the sea

Day 20
Find a creative way to give someone a compliment.
Today is a beautiful Autumn afternoon…so I went for a walk

A message for you
A message for you
A message for you
A message for you – from higher up

Creative Sprint Days 12 – 14

Day 12
choose an activity you normally do today, and do it backwards

Ok, so I can’t un-melt glass, and un-make a bead…but I can reverse my hands.

As a very specific handed lampworker, that is, I have my tools & glass in my right hand and my mandrel in my left . I know several other lampworkers who switch hands for tasks such as marvering (that is rolling a hot bead across a flat surface to flatten or otherwise shape it), I don’t. The mandrel always stays in my left hand.

so first, a simple bead made my normal way round, but I have increased the video speed:

(a very quick and badly edited video, the programme keeps crashing!)

and then switching hands:

this goes lots slower because of the extra thinking involved, and the unfamiliar angles.

the blue one is my left-handed bead, the turquoise my right -handed one.

left and right beads
left and right beads

Day 13
Use the front page of  a newspaper or magazine as your materials or inspiration today

I always wanted to try this image transfer thing, again, never got round to it, well, todays the day!

Cover Image
Cover Image

The actual cover of this one didn’t work, but helpfully they’d printed a mini version on one of the pages inside

smile
smile
Marilyn
Marilyn

I think I’d like to work back into these at some point, but I haven’t decided how yet.

Day 14
Walk for 5 minutes with no specific destination in mind, make something with or inspired whats available where you end up.

I ended up at a park, and these are some of the things I found there:

Autumn colours
Autumn colours
and a berry
and a berry

I had hoped to make a drawing or some other collage type piece featuring these, I particularly liked the feather and the red berry. I need more time for that. so for now, you just get some arranged items.

(yes, I missed 11,  which was ‘spill something and make something with, or inspired by the mess’ , well, tough. I’m not perfect, so much so I spill enough stuff not on purpose and generally just get cross with myself, it does not put me in a creative mood.)

Creative Sprint days 8 – 10

Day 8
recreate or interpret a work of art you admire

it often comes back to the great wave.
promarkers on watercolour paper. I left out Fuji and the boat, because to me its always only about the wave.

The Wave
The Wave

Day 9
break something, and make something new with the parts

This necklace…its just weird. but I kind of liked some of the parts, so I always meant to take it apart, just never got around to it, (oh and it has feathers on it, so it fits with my theme nicely, which the above doesn’t, but we don’t need to talk about that!)

Strange Necklace
Strange Necklace

The bright gold plated with the antique gold plated at the front just looked very odd to me, and that nasty plastic pearl and tacky peace charm have to go

Pile of Parts
Pile of Parts
WIP
WIP

and heres the finished necklace, I only added a few jumprings, callottes and clasp, all the beads, chain and feather components were from the original.

Necklace 2
Necklace 2

I might make something with the rest of the bits at some point, and I’m not especially keen on using plated metals at all, but sometimes it works. I do like those bronzey black shades together, and the blue gives the whole thing a lift.

Day 10
make something inspired by your favourite childhood game

When I was a kid, we had real games, it wasn’t all computers and things that go on inside a screen. screens were pretty rubbish then anyhow. (and batteries, and single games at a time because you actually had to load a games cartridge into it! Oh, and a complete and total lack of internet…)

I remember several games with marbles, bagatelle, mousetrap, hungry hungry hippos (though maybe that was plastic balls?)
Speaking of, have you seen the human version? (if not, go to youtube!) it involves skateboards and washing up bowls/laundry baskets and probably a fair few bruises, but it looks like fun!

So anyway, I decided to make a marble. The best ones were always the ones with swirls of coloured glass inside, but instead of recreating one of those, I’ve taken it a step further and tried to recreate a swirl of feathers.

Feather Marble
Feather Marble

 

Creative Sprint Day 6 & 7

I know I’m super behind now, though these were actually done on time, I have been having internet connection issues to say the least. I have tried several times to upload these pictures, and even just now its taken two or three attempts.

Day 6
Make something with your eyes closed

I don’t need to explain why it would be insanity to make something lampworked with my eyes closed, so I drew these instead….

eyes shut
eyes shut

the wings on the left hand side of the line were drawn with my eyes open, then I tried to recreate them with my eyes closed

Day 7
Something inspired by a guilty pleasure
There is a TV show I like to watch, I found myself rather fascinated by this actresses eyes when I watched it recently, so …

eye
eye

a little off my theme, but nevermind.

Creative Sprint Day 4 & 5

Day 4
contents of my pockets or bag…

well I don’t use pockets much, so that leaves my bag. technically I had a bag of threads and things in there to make tassles with, but that didn’t seem very imaginative since I already planned to do it, and I didn’t have the rest of the things I need to complete the earrings, it would just be a tassle.
so that leaves (unusually for me!) my make-up bag.

Make-up Birds
Make-up Birds

Since birds and feathers are my theme, I started by smudging shapes of foundation onto my page, I also added some lip balm but that doesn’t really show, the mascara just caused mess (when doesn’t it? ) and the eyeliner lost its point extremely quickly. The lipstick bird on the bottom left I scratched into with tweezers, but it doesn’t show up that well.

Day 5
Containers.

Recently I got my hands on some porcelain, and I’ve had various ideas for things flying around in my head, but no idea which to start with.

With the theme containers, the thought came to me that I could try one of the candle holder ideas I’d had. except none of them were very ‘birdy’ so I came up with a new one!

I wanted to make a raven feather,  Art Jewelry Elements blog’s theme is Raven, and I’ve made ravens and raven feathers in glass before.

This sentence from Raven Steals the Light, Legends of the First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest  appealed to me,
‘Raven stole the sun from the Sky Chief and gave it to all the people, though his snow-white feathers were burned black by the heat of the sun’

The candle, the smoke, and maybe some matte black glaze or oxides when its fired I think would work very well.
however, it dried out too quickly and cracked, so I guess I’ll be re-making it!

Feather Candle Holder
Feather Candle Holder