Backfilling


I saw pictures from a Carol Blackburn demo given at the San Diego guild’s 2005 Sandy Camp and I couldn’t figure out how this technique was being accomplished.

(To see the demo pix, go to the Sandy Camp pictures and scroll down to her demo.)

Carol’s secret is backfilling. She cuts into raw clay with cutters or blades, bakes and then backfills into the baked clay. Or she makes impressions in the raw clay, bakes and backfills. It’s a simple technique that Carol has taken to a whole new level.

A British guild member, Carol first arrived at Sandy Camp in 2004 when she couldn’t return her airline tickets purchased for the canceled national show that year. She’s been coming back ever since. Carol makes great tassels as well…but that’s for another day.

Bead and Button Classes

There are some great polymer clay classes listed during the June Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. The picture at the left shows a sample from Nan Roche’s extrusion class. Other teachers include Celie Fago, Christi Friesen, Diane Villano, Jackie Truty, Lindly Haunani, Lisa Pavelka, Kim O’Neill, Julia Sober and Pat Kimle.

I was looking for a class that would teach me how to construct those bountiful bracelets from yesterday’s posting. But they’re filled already! Book your classes online now.

Toops in Tucson

If you can get to Obsidian Gallery in Tucson before April 15, you’re in for a treat. Cynthia Toops is showing some of her new work with Chuck Domitrovich at the gallery. The meticulousness of her micro mosaic work and the brilliance of her designs are nothing short of spectacular.

There aren’t many pictures on Obsidian’s site…just enough to whet your appetite.

Or if you’re on the east coast during March, stop in at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and see the newest works from Ford and Forlano.

For larger pictures of their latest works (plus lots of other wonderful jewelers’ works), visit the Bellagio Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Spring on Glass

Klew has come up with luscious spring colors in polymer clay cane slices that she applies over glass beads. She also adds polymer embellishments to resin base beads (like these). Check out the ideas in her photo gallery.

Ronna Sarvas Weltman sent me a huge list of links and I think that’s where I found both today’s post and yesterday’s. If I’ve attributed this to the wrong person, let me know. Those photo gallery sites are such huge reservoirs of work that I’d never find these gems without you viewers. Thanks.

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