Thursday, January 28, 2016

Art Beads......a new passion


 
I pulled out the polymer clay

and decided to give it a try again...
 


This time I decided to try free form hand shaped beads...
 





 
 
I plan to incorporate these art beads
 
into some of my jewelry designs...
 
 
 





I use Fimo, Primo, Sculpey......I like them all!
 






 
Round, square, flat, leaves, birds.......art beads





 
This is my first attempt at owl beads






Tools of the Trade




 
Feather Beads......from a push mold
 
 
 
 


 
These are fresh out of the oven....Feathers
 
I will paint over these with white paint then wipe it off.
 





 
This is my Clay set up at the kitchen table.
 
I don't have a dedicated clay work space......yet.
 
 
 
 
Here are a few Valentines necklaces I put together:
 

 
I had a lot of fun making the birds, beads and hearts...
 
 
 

 
Necklace 1
 
 
 

 
Necklace 2
 
 
 
 

 
Necklace 3
 
 
 
 

 
Necklace 4
 
 
 
 

 
Necklace 5
 
 
 
 

 
Necklace 6
 
 
 
 

 
Necklace 7
 
 
 
 

 
Necklace 8
 
 
 
 

 
Necklace 9
 
 
 
 
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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hand Dyes.....Show 'n Tell


Day 2.....Hand Dyes



These are commercial white on whites.

Dyed with Navy and Fuchsia





Thrift Store Pillow Cases batching...





more pillow cases




Fresh from the Dyer:


Canvas Apron and Tote Bags






Pile of cotton hand dyes





Lovely to look at, but lots of ironing to do





Pillowcases hot from the dryer




Fresh off the Ironing Board:


A tiny canvas apron for someone special



A parade of canvas tote bags:


I have had these stored away for years...

I planned to stencil on them.





My procrastination paid off.....

glad they are dyed rather than stenciled.



























Pillowcases:


When I see gently used pillow cases at the thrift store,

I snatch them up!












White on Whites:


They look like they came out of an Indigo vat





Hand Dyes......they lift the spirits during these

wet, dark, Western Oregon winters.



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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hand Dyeing with the Art Sisters...



The Art Sisters are @ the Palace

We are hand dyeing fabric today...



The Palace Kitchen





Nancy means business!





Fabrics soda soaking...





Lots of gradient dyeing today...





Golf Balls, Wiffle Balls, Clamps.....resist dyeing





gradient containers





dye concentrates









Kathi is dyeing garments





One of the Palace dye supply cupboards














the Palace kitchen serves as a wet studio





always lots of rinsing





tying wife balls with rubber bands





yogurt containers make good risers





color testing





ice discharge









ice dyeing









the Palace Laundry Room





ice discharge





ice dyeing





Wiffle Ball dyeing



Here is the wiffle ball fabric fresh out 

of the dryer:




















Art Sisters sorting gradients fresh from the dryer...






















Lots of ironing to do before there are any more reveals

from our hand dyeing day @ the Palace...

More to come!



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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi