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Upcoming Classes in Ohio

We’re getting ready to travel to Ohio and see family and friends as well as do some art and music. I’ve got three classes (etching metal bracelets, patina on metal and kumihimo) lined up at Gahanna Bead Studio at 1082 N. Hamilton Rd. Gahanna, Ohio.  I grew up in Gahanna, and it is always a treat to get to go back and see how it has changed in half a century!

I’ll also have a selection of my jewelry and components (ceramic, metal, and polymer clay) for sale at a week long trunk show. But please, do come say hello August 1 and 2 when I’m there!

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Wonderful Watercolor Fun

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We didn’t do the usual Springtime Dyeing Days marathon with shibori and tiedyed textiles and clothing. I have plenty of both for the moment, and have been working on overpainting, adding metallic accents, and taking the textiles I have already dyed to the next steps.

However, I needed a burst of colorful fun, so I […]

Crochet Play

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I used to crochet, decades ago, but I never did learn what the stitches were called or how to read pattern diagrams. Recently, thanks to Lori G. at the Longmont Bead Group and this book by Linda Schapper, I have learned the names of the stitches, seen the errors of my ways (I […]

Moving Right Along

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Huzzah! I’ve finished up the How To Make A Ball Joint Doll with Polymer Clay tutorials in video and .pdf form. 10 half-hour segments show from start to finish how I make these dolls, with full explanations and helpful info, available through the 2015 Polymer Clay Adventure. Click here to visit Polymer Clay Adventure.

I’m […]

Spring& New Projects

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Its been an incredibly busy Spring so far, and very productive. I’ve been working on websites for others like the Lyons Film Festival, Red Canyon Art, Angel Readings by Kelly, and updated my own websites page because of the new additions. (Need a website? I love working with creative people to make them!) I also […]

Metal Etching Class

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I’m teaching a class on how to etch metal with electricity April 11, from 2pm-4:30 pm.

To help prepare for it, I’ve also put up a page about using Photoshop and PnP paper as well as other resists for use on metal in etching (or anodizing) for use by students.

Join me for some etching […]

Spring Bonnets and Eggs

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I do enjoy decorating eggs with polymer clay. These blooming beauties were first blown free of their egg-y contents, then coated with several cured coats of liquid polymer clay.I drew the faces with a Micron permanent ink pen, colored them with acrylic paints and gathered the bits and pieces for their hats.

Then came the […]

Illustrator brushes and art

Free Illustrator lace brushes

I thought I’d lost the files from my Illustrator classes that I took at Front Range Community College, but I found quite a few and that includes the one with the brushes I created that allow me to “draw” lace onto lines. It may sound simple, but they took some doing; you start by building […]

Dingbat Fonts

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I love collecting fonts to use in laying out articles and books. Particularly fun are dingbats; which have a pictorial glyph instead of a letter for each character.

These can be used to make newsletters and cards look great–or to make transfers for direct use on polymer clay, to make rubber stamps through Ready Stamps, […]