Friday, June 19, 2009

Today's WIP - Cuckoo Raku

I've been working like crazy on my felt project inspired by the raku tube beads that I purchased from MAKUstudio. These are some pix that I took during the work in progress. The lighting was lousy - when you're married to a professional photographer, you get rather spoiled - and Len wasn't around with his fancy lighting setup. But you'll get the idea here. I can't wait until I finish embellishing it and have Len take some REAL pictures!

Here I have finished laying out all the fibers, gotten them wet, and started the felting process. I was really concerned that all the colors I used would blend in together and turn to muddy colors, similar to what happens when you mix paint. Then I had to remind myself that when the fibers are wet they get much darker, and fibers with similar color values tend to look the same.

This is as far as I had gotten on Wednesday before I had to get ready and go teach my bead making class. I finished up the felting and fulling of this piece last night while I was parked in front of the TV. Here's the vessel so far - and it's just about dry! What do you think - did I get the colors in the ball park?

I'm hoping to finish embellishing it today so I can bring it with me tomorrow. I'll be attending the monthly meeting of the SGB Norcal (Society of Glass Beadmakers - Northern California) up in the Sacramento area. Our favorite torchworking tool and glass suppliers Arrow Springs is hosting the meeting along with a mini glass bead bazaar, and it'll be a great time!

But now, I just might go and try to find that new pair of shoes...

Have a happy and creative day!

9 comments:

Carol Dean said...

Dang, Woman, you are an artist! (No news there, right ;o) Wonderful so far...I have a severe case of the drooling fool already...

:-) MaryLou said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!!

What an incredible way to use Mak's gorgeous beads. The shape and colors of the vessel are wonderful, so I can hardly wait to see where the beads are going to be placed.

Gorgeous!!

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Wow, you folks made me blush! I absolutely love playing around with color and when I saw these beads in Mak's shop I just had to have them. I'm going to try and finish this one up tonight.

rosebud101 said...

That is a stunning vessel! Now, you're getting me all inspired to try something new. Wow!

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Thank you, Mallory - I say go for it! It is VERY addictive. ;-)

Ladka said...

A wonderful vessel - I like the shape, the colours, the texture, the design...

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Thank you, Ladka!

I'm just about finished with this one - now for some pictures. :-)

MAKUstudio said...

Amazing! Thank you so much for incorporating my raku beads in your stunning work! The vessel is magnificent! Very inspirational! I wish that I could purchase this piece for myself!

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Marianne, I'm so glad you like what I did with your bead!

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