OK, the name of the craft/art group I belong to is Crafty Bitches, but even though I've been known to swear like a trucker, I have a hard time saying it. Instead I say Crafty B's which makes us sound like a bunch of grandmothers (a few are!). Angela says I need to get in touch with my inner bitch and yet, I find I'm unable (there will be no comments to the contrary and that's an order).
I'm not sure what it is about the word, but many many posts ago (last year?) I wrote that when someone jokingly calls me a "B" that it makes me want to run away and cry. Agahaahaha! Well, I'm getting lots of practice and growing some armor because the sign on the door over at Angela's on Wednesday nights usually starts with "Welcome Bitches!" or "Come on in Bitches!". I'm slowly building up my tolerance and someday soon I expect to walk in and greet everyone with a hearty "HelloOOOOOOOOOOOO BITCHES!!!", but that may take awhile. :)
I posted the pic of Angela at the kiln (with Nichole in the foreground) to show you that any woman who has her own work shed/studio space, a kiln, wears a red handmade apron trimmed with feathers as she attends to baking metal and who models for the best photo studio in town (a post that's soon to come) gets to be as crafty a bitch as she wants! :)
Some of the work in this book will blow your mind, but being new to this, we had to start a little more basic so we began with pendants and earrings. Barbi and Angela made the work even easier for us by cutting and sanding the copper and then putting on a base coat of enamel so we could just begin designing.
Then you can add more color to achieve a layering effect. Oops...my bad...this was my second one and I went overboard with the gold...though the one on the right next was almost perfect with midnight blue over purple until I got "creative" and thought a line of turquoise would be pretty, but I didn't coat it enough.
The prep-work calls for patience and attention to detail because you have to use tiny brushes to clear away powder from areas you don't want colored. Attention to detail isn't my strong point. Though if I had colored my leaves with the lighter turquoise instead of the midnight blue, I think the pendant on the right would would have been really pretty.
It was a super fun night and I'm all for asking professionals to come in and teach us new skills. The problem is that with each skill learned comes another addiction. It's hard not to entertain fantasies of getting your own portable kiln (sitting atop of Angela's) and going into production.
Though all of us could see how much work and talent it takes for Barbi to turn out her more detailed pieces. I feel we got a chance to do a crafty version of her art form and it gave us a new respect for what she does. Plus, she does her own metalwork too and some of it is super ornate.
I am headed to the library for audio books today. I have a whole slew of wallets to make by next Wednesday and need something to listen to while I work.
Oh, and if I didn't already have artist/crafter ADD---I finally decided to make a pop-up book---I've always loved them. This one is dear to my heart and may take a couple of months, but when it's done...oh my. Just a hint.....It's a fairy tale.
In the meantime, here's a pop-up book you might enjoy and while it wasn't made my new musical love interest Irish singer Lisa Hannigan, I'll bet it could have been...she's very talented. I'm so bummed that I missed her last year when she was in Milwaukee that I'm trying to figure out who I can sue. :)