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Wednesday Stuff

I will let you into a secret, I actually made this on Friday morning but didn’t want too many posts in one weekend.

It uses one of my faux rock mixes and I have dubbed it a ‘Monolith’ pendant because of the shape and general aesthetic.

I accidentally bought a vintage fimo book on ebay the other week for an amazing ยฃ2.00 including postage and it has lots of ideas inside. It comes from a time before mokume gane! and the embedded items were really inspiring, hence the chains wrapped/embedded in this pendant. I added the patina to the chain myself with liver of sulphur.

The pendant has an embedded headpin in its core that once turned into a wrapped look for hanging. I am quite pleased with this experiment and think its looks very appropriate on a ribbon choker ๐Ÿ™‚

To keep you guessing for next time, what do you think this will become?……..

much love, Purky xxx

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Bank Holiday Monday!

I have been working on some fairly serious sculpting which will be explored in another post. However my sculpting came to a dramatic conclusion when I failed to get the proportions correct on a dog.

Said Dog sculpture had its front legs ripped off and smooshed and reattached but the overall shape was ruined. The dog is now a blob again and I decided to indulge myself.

I love a game called Bayonetta, featuring a sassy witch with magical hair. She inspired this pendant

The main part of her look is red ribbons in her hair and chains on her outfit, plus she likes sparkly stones.

and voila, off I toddle xx

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My Garden

You know the garden I frequently mention?

Well, it is real and here are some photos to prove it.

Self seeded pansys ๐Ÿ™‚

A white dicentra growing over my camomile herd. I think it looks like some strange alien brontosaurus.

A lewisia which survives against all odds every year

My baby ginko tree ๐Ÿ™‚

Part of my strawberry fieldย 

I gave away most of my fruit bushes because I would like to move house sometime in the next 10 months. Here we have (left to right) Tayberry, Gooseberry, Boysenberry, Sunberry and anomous currant.

Gorgeous scented hardy white lillies glad to see them poking up again this year

My first blueberry bushes are flowering merrily ๐Ÿ™‚

My nettle bed of shame ๐Ÿ™ Need to sort this one out soonish really.
More Dicentra, I love bleeding hearts lol
And so there you are folks, a snippet of my garden. I looks much prettier once everything starts flowering and I know the frosts are over so I put some summer bedding in and stuff ๐Ÿ™‚
Catch you laters

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An interim post

I felt an urge to write a post….

My job as a warehouse troll is mundane, intellectually unstimulating and starving me. However it is giving me huge amounts of time to think and muse. Lots of productive things are coming from my ability to think and the self worth that a monthly wage has granted.

I bought myself an mp3 player on ebay for a bargain basement ยฃ36.00 with a 30GB hardrive and a colour screen. I only bought cheap rubbish headphones but it has revolutionised my work experiences. Carrying a ‘happy place’ in the form of an auditory environment that separates me from the less desirable collegues and something to share with the friendly ones.

I am happiest (in a non Purky workplace) with a set of tasks to achieve that I can work on independently. I plug into my tunes, do the job, set aย  time schedule for the day, get it done. Perhaps I am not as much of a people person as I thought?

Purky has pretty much ground to a halt. That makes me sad but I am putting it into hibernation rather than killing it off. I have lots of ideas and as you guys can probably tell, I am having fun exploring new techniques and doing prototyping.

The portfolio is still happening and also another project that was long buried will be resurging. My degree is a BA (HONS) English and Creative Writing….yeah I am a writer! When I bought the MP3 player I also treated myself to aย  160GB external hardrive and have raided every pc and laptop that has any of my data on.

Guess what, my short story collection, collated research, photographs, music and such all emerged. I am so very happy to have it back.

So in addition to a Purky portfolio showcasing my artistic and craftwork I will be collating a book of my short stories. My first thoughts are to grab some friends to illustrate it and publish it via a print on demand surface. I will do a limited number and donate 10% of the profits to a stroke charity.

What do you think folks?

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Half arsed sculpting

Yeah, how about that for an inspiring title? Am I sculpting half of an arse? well, no.

I do this thing where I dream about being amazingly talented and I could produce the things I see in my head as fully realised sculpture if I just try. I then also read up on the subject and then take time to procure the materials. I find other things to divert me for a while….in this case I have been imagining this project for about four years?

Four years, that sounds about right. Then I make the worst mistake. I have one go and it is terrible and I put it away and hate myself for being talentless for a few months. Then maaaaybe I have another go and of course because I am NOT PRACTISING it is far from perfect.

Quite irrationally, I make beautiful jewellery items and conveniently forget that my earlier attempts look like a child ate loads of sugar and exploded in a play dough factory. I compare my fledgeling sculpture with my advanced jewellery and berate myself for a lack of talent and vision. Actually I have not got the skills because I need to try more often.

I am a lazy arse who demands perfection from himself without putting in the legwork……New years resolution anyone?

Anyway, heres some pictures because we all like photographs ๐Ÿ™‚

My drawer of tools, collected for the day I would magically ‘become’ a skillful sculptor.

A big brick of super sculpey, especially purchased because I find other polymer clay very difficult to sculpt with.

Blocking out the shapes

Hmmm, its looks a tad phallic at the moment….

From below, can you tell what it is yet? ….. No it is not an amorpheous mass!!!!!!

Ta da! A ‘stylised’ (i.e crap) Hare ๐Ÿ™‚

And to demonstrate my inability to sculpt symetrically the other side!!!!

So anyway, this was me playing for half an hour and I got fed up and said Hare is sat on my work desk looking sad. I will return to him/her/it and make an effort to achieve the beautiful fluid stylised shape that I have been imagining and sketching for four years.

For now though, I am going to return to my dreamland of instant successes which helps stave off the realisation I have to go back to work tomorow because my crafty self sufficiency drive has failed.



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Heat embossing on Polymer Clay

Poooom da pom pom da poooooooom!

Well surely a post starting with a ceremonial trumpet solo can only be a good thing?

This is a mini tutorial on one way to do heat embossing on clay ๐Ÿ™‚ I use it mainly for when I want a deeper colour/texture effect than mica powders.

Just a quickie before hand though!

Remember my texture plate I hand etched? well muggins here broke it while gouging out the lines to make them more defined. Undeterred I used each half of the plate as a stamp and lined them up!

First gather supplies.

  • A Heat Gun is jolly useful
  • Heat setting ink, versa colour brand here
  • Heat embossing powders
  • A piece of textured polymer clay

Ink up your luck piece of polymer clay, it has already been cured otherwise the powder sticks everywhere! :earned that one the hard way.

Tip over the powder. It will stick to the wet ink. Always place a piece of paper or similarly flexible surface underneath while doing this so you can tip the excess powder back into the jar.

Like so!

I know it looks kinda crusty at this point but have no fear.

Here is a video of me heat embossing in action, sadly I am rather lacking in camera skills and co-ordination when not equipped with a tripod. I think for a normal point and click it is pretty good though.

Here is the finished embossed piece looking all aged and bizzare ๐Ÿ™‚

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Texture time

This is really an addition to Studio Saturday but I feel it is momentous enough to have its own post!

This happy fellows are some more texture plates.

From left to right, top to bottom we have….

  1. Plate made from watch gears impressed in clay
  2. Wing charm impressed in clay
  3. Tissue blade and embossing tip
  4. Two police buttons
  5. Military button
  6. Military button
  7. Ornate door pull

ย …and these chappies made brilliant stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

Annoying piece of ‘mud clay’ but never mind, the pattern is delightful.

How pretty is that? I am dissapointed the teeth of the gears are not more pronounced but there is something for subtlety.

I am going to make more of these ‘metal’ and ‘industrial’ styled texture plates ready for a series of sculptures I am going to do later this year.

Thats all for now folks ๐Ÿ˜€

Purky loving