I'm so pleased to be able to announce that Kat Newman
is going to be my very first visiting tutor over at studio 2 in
Ruislip. If you fancy a day learning how to make beautiful Kumihimo
braids please send either Kat or myself a message.
The kidlets and I have been making play dough. There are quite few recipes available on the net and we plumped for this no cooking required one from instructables.com.
To make your own you will need -
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
We fudged the recipe quite a lot because of lack of tablespoon or a measuring cup so we mixed the flour/water/salt in a ratio of 2:2:1, added 2 glugs of veg oil and 2 heaped desert spoons of cream of tartar and it seemed to work out pretty well considering. After splitting the mixture into 6 we added a teaspoon of food colouring to each block and kneaded it into the dough to make loads of fun colours.
Play dough is such good fun to play with and is the most prefect distraction on a rainy afternoon. My son likes to make turtles and much about with play dough suitable scissors.
And my Daughter makes cookies and other treats for her imaginary cafe.
The cream of tartar makes homemade play dough last for ages, months even, as long as you store in airtight containers so don;t go throwing away your old empty play doh pots!
Yesterday I set myself a simplicity challenge, getting back to basics with a very limited colour palette of just black, white and clear glass. It was superbly fun few hours at the torch, concentrating on dot placement and stringer control and encasing. These beads are currently up for auction in two of the lively Facebook lampwork groups - I think you have to be a member of the groups to see the artists pictures and listings but I shall share links to them here anyway :-D
So it is that time of year again, Blogtoberfest! I love this once a year project, it really helps me focus on my much loved but oft neglected blog and gets me catching up on sharing glassy news and tutorials.
If you would like to take up the challenge to blog daily through October check out this linky... shellsinthebush.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page.html
So my big big news is that I moved out of my (dark, damp and spider filled) garage studio at the start of August and into a fabulous studio space in the Manor Farm heritage site at the top of Ruislip High St. My new beautiful, airy, light filled space is just a dream come true!
It has finally given me the space I need to be able to offer lampwork bead making tuition and host special events like the one we held on the 20th of September for International Bead Challenge day. Marlene Minhas, Heather Kelly and I spent the day showing some super special kiddos from the Beads of Courage program and their families how lampwork beads are made. We also made String of Strength bracelets with the kids which are a fabulous way for kids to be able to support other kids on the BoC program. The way String of Strength bracelets work is that each child and their siblings can each make two identical bracelets, one to keep and one to gift to another child on the program along with a short message of support. It's a very lovely thing.
Here are the beads we made on the day which have already been sent on to Be Child Cancer Aware along with the String of Strength bracelets. Hopefully they will bring strength and encouragement to some very brave kids :-D
That's it from me today, back to tomorrow with a Mini Mo' catch up post for September.