Thursday, 18 April 2013

Scrimshaw 101

Firstly a huge thank you for all the lovely comments for the Beadsoup blog, thank you for taking the time to read through. There has been some amazing work on show this year and some well tasty beadsoups.
So I thought I would take a bit of time to tell you about the process behind the scrimshaw  and rest assured this is as low tech as it gets.
Firstly I drew out my design in pencil directly onto the shell.
If you're not that confident with drawing, use tracing paper to copy a simple design, turn over and pencil your design again, turn back and place on shell and draw over your design to transfer it to the shell. I used old school tattoos for the word love.
Use a scalpel blade and start to scratch your design. Vary the depth of scratches to give a texture to the design. By the way if you don't like the sound of nails scratching on a blackboard, you're going to hate this, it can set your teeth on edge.!
When you're happy with your design wipe of your pencil marks, then cover the design in Stazon ink and leave for 5 mins. Buff off and all the ink should have settled nicely in the scratches.
I then made my own figure of eight chain, here's a great little tutorial on how to do it
I also hammered my links for texture and strength and I used 18 gauge.
Then it's load on as many charms as you can get your mitts on!

Talking of which, here's MY STASH.....

From the Top: Nat -
Petra -
Jana -
Beth -
Sadly I now need to close my purse and sit on my hands and restrain myself........Life is cruel!
See you soon xx

Saturday, 13 April 2013

The 7th BeadSoup Reveal

I'm very excited to be involved in Beadsoup and this is my second year, so hopefully I should know what I'm doing...debatable! Once again a huge thank you to our lovely host Lori Anderson : )
This year my partner is the wonderfully talented Leah Curtis of
and shop
and here's a reminder of  the amazing booty she sent me
Leah made the white bunny and the red pod, bird and orange and brown beads. She also included the 18th century clay pipes found in the River Thames.
The arrival of her soup coincided with me founding out that my roots go back to 1066 and I started to be inspired by the history of out little island and particularly our sea faring history. I thought about the sailors who had smoked from those pipes and the scrimshaw art they created.
I scratched the swallow, freehand onto the shell with the word love. I created 3 handmade chains and loaded them with the tiger's eye beads from Leah, ceramics from,
raw emerald, elephants, milagros and copper etching charms by me.
Next I created a necklace using Leah's bunny, vintage lucite beads,the mother of pearl charms, pyrite flowers and those clay pipes. I thought about the treasures that the sailors would bring back, shells, pearls, talismans and also I wanted to celebrate local talent like Leah. Greybirdstudio and Raggedrobyn.
I then moved onto using the red pod and bird. I created a necklace using turquoise sticks, stone beads, textured copper hoops with gilder's paste and suede from an old belt.

Lastly I finished off with the Leah's lampwork from Tan Grey,  scorchedearth heart's and back across the water to Alaska for these black glass ruffles from
I had some pipes and flowers left, plus some shell, so I did a wee bit more scrimshaw to creat these earrings.
I hope you've enjoyed these sailor's travels and might I suggest you pull up a seat, grab some refreshments, sit the kid's in front of a good dvd and work your way through some well tasty beadsoup. xx

Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles

Christine Murrow

Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs
Terry Carter
Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse