Wow, I've been so busy in my tech job that the time has just flown away! I haven't been on the torch since I came back from Milwaukee, but I have had a bit of time to work out in the wet lab. In fact, I've completed a new vessel. No "official" pix yet, just a few shots from my camera to give you an idea of what I've done.
I built this vessel to go with that wonderful raku bead that I got at the Bead & Button show from MAKUstudio. I think I shall call this vessel "Pele". Pele is the Polynesian goddess of fire and volcanoes. One legend has it that she was born in Tahiti, but was banished by her father because of her temper and the fact that she had seduced her sister's husband. After a tumultuous life creating the volcanoes on the Hawaiian islands, her final resting home is believed to be in the fire pit called Halema'uma'u crater, at the summit caldera of Kīlauea, which is one of the Earth's most active volcanoes.
The collar of this vessel is very fiery, and MAK's raku bead was born in a fire pit. I'm just hoping that I can seduce someone with the beauty of this piece! :-)
Here is the wool stash that I picked out for the vessel. You can see the wet vessel in progress on the bubble wrap.
Here are both sides of the vessel after I completed felting and forming it.
And here is the vessel after I finished embellishing it. This one took a long time - the bead-woven collar is very long! I started creating the collar before I made the vessel, and I really misjudged the circumference of that opening. But the way in which I dealt with the excess collar really adds to the feeling of "Pele" on this piece!
This was taken in the sun...
... and this one was taken in the shade.
This vessel will be going into my Etsy shop as soon as I get some "real" pictures of it. I have two others in progress, but pix of those will have to wait a bit.
Here are a few pictures I snapped at the Bead & Button Show.
Kimberly Affleck in her booth - oblivious, I think, to the fact that my camera was pointed at her (from across the aisle, hence the poor photo quality). I love her banner, displaying her seahorse beads for all the world to see!
Here's Lauri Copeland in her booth - Ms. Wildfire!
And my B&B neighbor and good friend Sharon Peters, with her booth helper Juanita - whom I borrow every chance I can get. Standing in the booth next to them (behind Juanita) is Gretchen Schueller, owner of Piece of Mind Bead and Jewelry Studio.
I just couldn't resist this photo. This pooch spent a lot of time working the bead show with his charge. I wanted to "chat", but when a dog is wearing a working dog vest, it's hands off. I have such a hard time keeping my distance from fur kids. It looks like it was break time for the pup, though...
And now I'm off to forage for groceries so my cupboards won't be so bare. Then I'll return to tech land, and later tonight, I'll be embellishing vessel number 2. Now you go have yourselves a happy and creative day!
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