11/09/2017

Messy testing - Tardis ltd run

This collection of flower bud beads have been made with some very pretty CiM opal blues including Tardis ltd run which will be available soon. On the left is Electric Avenue, the middle pair are Tardis and the last pair are made with Atlantis.
First up I want to talk about Tardis ltd run, which is a new shade to the 104 palette. It is a mid toned navy blue - the phrase stonewashed indigo denim springs to mind. The first pair of flower buds have a core of Tardis with Effetre clear petals swiped over the top. The second pair have a core of Effetre white with Tardis petals. Tardis looks bluer as the base of a bead and less saturated when used in a thin layer on top of the white core. It is a stiff glass, melts smoothly and is well behaved in the flame.
Electric Avenue and Atlantis are both part of the CiM regular line and have been available for a few years. Electric Avenue opal blue is a much bluer than Tardis, a bright royal blue even. It has s similar intensity of colour when used to create both the core and as thin petals on the top of the paler core colour. As with Tardis, and many other CiM Opal colours, Electric Avenue is a stiff glass. It melts slowly and cools quickly.
Last to show from me today is Atlantis, another pretty opal in the CiM blue palette, though this one is very much a bright turquoise shade. As with Electric avenue, the colour is not noticeably different when used a  thin partial encasement layer.

Jolene xx
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27/08/2017

Messy testing - Canoe, Harvest and Monarch ltd run

There is a lovely trio of Autumnal shades on the way from CiM. From left to right these colours are called Canoe ltd run, Harvest ltd run and Monarch ltd run. My favourite of the three is Canoe, it has lots of character and strikes to a range of soft warm brown tones. When you melt Canoe it looks like a washed out and pale beige, the colours come in when you bring the bead back to the flame to strike it.

Canoe also strikes in the kiln, the spacers in this set were made 2 to a mandrel, the first spacer was struck as the second was made and the second went into the kiln un-struck. As you can see, all of the spacers have come out of the kiln a uniform shade. There is a reaction between Canoe and fine silver leaf, no colour change as such but a lovely metallic sheen is left when the leaf is vapourised in the flame.

These little flower bud beads have a core of Harvest ltd run with some Orange Crush ltd run petals swiped on top. The stamens were painted on with an encased stringer (Loch Ness ltd run over Daffodil ltd run).

Harvest is a very pretty mid orange opaque, slightly brighter than Creamsicle and quite similar in appearance to a long time sold out favourite of mine called Alley Cat ltd run.
The core of this next pair of metal beads is made with a pretty pale orange opaque glass called Monarch ltd run. Looking through my glass stash, the only glass I found that looked at all similar in rod form was Effetre yellow ochre -  but the beads that came out of the kiln were not even close!



The Monach beads have dots, the Effetre yellow ochre beads have black hearts. The yellow ocher came out of the kiln looking more like a caramel brown than the beautiful apricot orange of Monarch.

Jolene x


Messy testing - Jelly Bean and Siren ltd run

In this post I am looking at Jellybean ltd run and Siren ltd run. Jelly Bean is a pale apple green opal glass, shown here with turquoise dots. This picture shows how it compares with Chartreuse ltd run (lime dots) and Inchworm ltd run (black dots).  It's a very pretty colour, unique to  the 104 glass palette and fairly easy to work with. I find it is a fairly stiff glass and if worked too hot you can create micro-bubbles on the tip of the rod.
CiM have developed Siren ltd run as an attempt to replicate the now sold out Aloe Juice ltd run. The hearts on the left were made with Siren and the hearts on the right were made with Aloe Juice - these glass colours are dead ringers for one another but that is a little hard to see because of the vibrant turquoise and lime dots over the transparent base colours appear to trick the eye and give them each a differnet hue.

The focal hearts below are made with a thick core of either Siren (decorated with turquoise flowers) or Aloe Juice (decorated with purple flowers) encased in Effetre 006 clear glass. It is very easy to see from these beads what a close match these two colours are.


A quick edit to add this picture, I was asked if Siren etches and so I did a quick test by dipping this rod in tub of etchall fluid for a minute or two and neutralising it with baking soda in water. As you can see it etches beautifully.

Jolene xx

16/08/2017

Messy Testing - Bone ltd run

Creation is Messy will be bringing out some new glass colours in the autumn. This first trio of heart pairs in made with Bone ltd run. Bone is a lovely super pale ivory shade. It melts smoothly and quickly in the flame does not show any striations on the surface of your finished work. It reacts with fine silver but seemingly not with glass containing copper such as Effetre light turquoise.

Firstly I made a stringer by covering about 1 inch of the end of a Bone rod with silver leaf then melting in the silver and pulling the glass gather out to make a silvered stringer. The first pair of hearts are wrapped with the silvered Bone stringer. The wraps have come out looking nicely organic in a warm tan brown shade. You can also see that the silver has fumed a few small areas of glass adjacent to where it was applied (most obviously seen on the left hand side of the bottom heart just below the stringer line).

Interestingly, when using the silvered Bone stringer to make dots it seems that the organic effects are confined to the surface of the stringer while the centre of the dot remains the original pale creamy shade. This gives a very pleasing dot on dot effect. The last pair of beads were made with a base of Bone decorated with Effetre light turquoise dots. There is no reaction line apparent at all.

For comparison this next trio of beads are made in exactly the same way with Effetre light ivory glass. The first beads are made with silvered ivory stringer which is commonly used to give this earthy organic effect. In contrast with Bone there is no apparent additional colour from residual fuming from the silver in the applied stringer.

The second set of hearts has been decorated with dots made from silvered ivory stringers. The dots have a solid yet mottled appearance rather than the dot on dot effect as seen with the silvered Bone stringer dots. The third pair of beads quite clearly show a dark reaction line between the base of ivory and light turquoise dot decoration.

Jolene xx


27/03/2017

Building stamped scenes using cardboard masks - stamping tutorial

I've been playing about with more stamps sets from the Garden Secrets range from Hunkydory and building up complex scenes by masking off images and stamping partial images over the top.  This cute girl image comes from a set called Happiness Blooms. My first tutorial uses just this first stamp set. The second tutorial incorporates flowerpot images from the Cute as a Bug set which is also part of the Garden Secrets range.
Step one: Stamp the girl image on scrap card and carefully cut round her skirt and legs following the lines as closely as possible.
Step two: Stamp the girl image on to the card you are using for your design
Step three: Cover the stamped image with your cardboard mask.
Step four: Create a partial stamping of the watering can image for the girl to sit on.
When the mask is removed the image looks like this. Stamping over the mask creates the impression that the can is behind her.
Step five: Stamp the watering can image on scrap card and cut it out to make another mask.

Step six: Cover the watering can in your working image with the mask and stamp some partial flowers over the top.
Remove the mask and stamp in some more flowers in the foreground.
In this second tutorial I have created a more complex scene by masking multiple stamped images at the same time. I've picked out some adorable flowerpots that come from another Secret Gardens stamp set called Cute as a Bug.

Step one: Stamp then cover the girl image with the cardboard mask made earlier. Stamp the largest pot image for her to sit on.
Step two: Stamp the pot onto scrap card and cut it out carefully to create a mask for the pot and then cover the image on your work. Stamp a partial watering can  the right of the girl and pot.
When you remove the cardboard masks your image looks like this.
Step three: Cover the watering can and pot with their cardboard masks. Make a partial stamp using the small stack of pots stamp on either side of the covered image
When the masks are removed the image looks like this. I have filled up the foreground with some little leaf images to add more interest.

Step five: Mask the watering can image and stamp the bird image as though he is standing on top of the little stacks of pots
This is how the completed scene now looks with the watering can mask removed.

Below are another couple of examples of complex stamped and masked scenes using the same two stamp sets.

Happy Stamping, Jolene x


12/03/2017

You're so special greetings cards

Following on from my colouring tutorial yesterday I thought it would be fun to show some finished cards in a variety of colours made with the cute Garden Secrets You're so special stamp set from Hunkydory.
This first one is the one I coloured for the tutorial.







These cards are currently available in my Facebook group (March 17) www.facebook.com/groups/JoleneWolfe but some may make their way across to Etsy in a couple of weeks www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KitzbitzArtGlass

Jolene x

11/03/2017

ZIG art and graphic twin colouring tutorial

I've been playing around with some ZIG art and graphic twin pens by Kuretake for a few months now and have been trying out different techniques and styles with them. I've found them most fun to use when treated like water colour paints. I scribble a little ink from the brush end of the pen on to an acrylic block (the kind used for stamping with clear stamps) and then apply the colour from the block to good quality card stock with a Pentel aquash water brush pen.

This cute girl image stamp is from a set called "You're so special" which is part of the Garden Secrets range from Hunkydory. I've stamped her on 350gsm hammered texture cream coloured card with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and set the card aside to dry fro a few minutes. Here is a step by step picture showing how I have coloured her in.
 434 Apricot for face, arms and legs with a the tiniest touch of touch of 230 Pale Rose Blush on the her cheek.
10 Lemon Yellow for highlights on skirt, main colour for the flower and butterfly
 4 Orange for the top and bottom of skirt petals, vest, shoes, detail on butterfly and outer edges of the flower petals
 24 Scarlet red for the toadstool tops
 2 red for depth of colour on toadstool. little details on flower petals and the butterfly
73 sand for highlight on her hair and toadstool stalks
73 Sand to built up detail in her hair
77 Deep Brown for hair tips and crown area and 56 Mid Green for the grass and ground

It takes a bit of practise to work out how much water you want to add to the pen ink on your block but it is possible to create interesting details with just 1 colour depending on how many layers you paint and how much you dilute the ink. Also it is worth noting that you need to wait before painting adjacent sections as the new ink will bleed in to damp areas of your image.

Happy colouring, Jolene x

10/03/2017

Messy Testing Refresh, Peridot, Peat Moss and Eel Grass ltd run

My last post on the spring 2017 collection of colours from Creation is Messy is on their comprehensive range of transparent green rods. I am showing each colour as solids bead wrapped with black stringer and also as encased tumble etched beads (made with a core of colour encased with Effetre 006 clear).

First up is Refresh ltd run which is so pretty and spring like. It's a very pale minty shade which looks particularly lovely encased and tumbled etched.

Peat Moss ltd run is a deep amber toned green, a very classy, a unique and welcome addition to the 104 palette. I can imagine this glass adding some earthiness to raised floral designs when layered up with other shades to make canes for leaves and vines.
Peridot ltd is a super pale yellow green. My tumbled hearts where Peridot has been used as the core colour under clear show just a whisper of palest green, it's a beautiful effect.
Eel Grass ltd run is a lush summer time foliage feel to it, not quite emerald green but something just a shade off towards grey green in some lights. Another unique, pretty and welcome addition.

Jolene x