What a weekend! I came home last Thursday night and immediately started working. I have a customer who wanted some of the Faux Jade Asian Geisha cylinder beads, and a large order of ornaments for a local customer to do. I also wanted to get a few more things made for the shop before the big Black Friday Cyber Monday rush; and possibly whip up an entry for this month's ArtBeadScene challenge. The theme for November is Gustav Klimt's painting "Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze, 1909."
I thought I had an entry down pat for the December PCAGOE challenge, the theme of which is "Mokume Gane," but learned just how controversial that term can be when applied to polymer clay. I realized my entry was not mokume gane, not even close, so I withdrew it and am scrambling to find something which fits. One thing I learned, DO NOT call it a polymer clay technique! It will now and forever after be lumped in with "Faux techniques" as far as I'm concerned. Yikes!
First things first: The Asian Geisha cylinder beads. This is a second set with a few different faces than the originals I created for the 2010 Progress and Possibilities competition at IPCA. They are a bit larger in diameter, too. I just love these images.
And here are a whole bunch of Christmas ornaments in the Vintage, Victorian Romance theme:
There are more at flickr if you would like to see, but as you can see, it is no wonder I fell asleep at my worktable Sunday night.
It's funny, but I haven't really done a lot of image transfer lately. I've been concentrating on faux work and trying to figure out what new direction I might wander off in, but they are so popular with my customers that I can't get too far away from them. It was fun to get back into transfers again. All total, I created 74 new image transfer pieces over the weekend. That is a record!
I also read on the ABS blog that woodland is going to be big again, so I made a few transfer pieces with vintage botanical/nature/birds/butterflies images. Not a hard chore for me, as I love them, too.