Archive for July, 2008

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Red Hot!

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I decided to use this month’s theme, Red Hot, as an excuse to accessorize Helen’s desk for her without her knowledge or permission. ( At first I was thinking something for her hair, but a red hot color would blend in too much these days.) Door knobs really tell you about the person.

This little devil may care fellow was originally a practice piece for making teeth. Tommie Howell had been kind enough to sit with me for a special lesson. I remade him for Ornament Thursday in a lovely hot red color. He’s a mix of Kato and Premo clays and has a wash of black oil paint to give him that nice sunken eyed complexion.

Check out these links to other Ornament Thursday Red Hot projects:

Art Bead Scene
ABS Editor Cindy Gimbrone Goes Red Hot Crazy!

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Trendy, Popular and Red Hot!

It’s a Red Hot July in Arizona!
Lisa finally finishes a project from over a year ago. Check out this “hot” take on a changeable necklace.

Katie’s Beading Blog
Check out Katie’s Red Hot faux coral necklace! It’s a punch of color with a summery feel.

Linda Augsburg at BeadStyle Magazine
Linda shares a red-hot card she created

Michelle is RED HOT!
Well, really, Margot is…

Strands of Beads
The heat is rising, and Melissa is making a Red Hot Firecracker necklace!

Savvy Crafter
Hotsie Totsie Plexi-glass Flower pendant over on Candie’s blog!

Strands of Beads
The heat is rising, and Melissa is making a Red Hot Firecracker necklace!

Swelldesigner a.k.a. Alexa Westerfield
The Swelldesigner gets red hot with a Hunka Hunka Burner Necklace!

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

The Butterfly Project—Only a million more needed!

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In an effort to remember the 1.5 million children that were killed in the Holocaust, the Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The Butterfly Project is special to me because my father is a survivor of the Holocaust and is part of Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Project

Nicholas Stargardt wrote–”Children were neither just the mute and traumatized witnesses to this war, nor merely its innocent victims; the war invaded their imaginations and the war raged inside them.” The war still rages inside many survivors and their children.

I made these butterflies using Kato Polyclay and they are now part of the Butterfly Project. “Joseph’s Butterfly” (the one of many colours.. get it?) was made using a Kraft Lady Art Mould, colored with Jacquard alcohol inks mixed into liquid polymer medium, topped with a gentle layer of AMACO’s Rub ‘n Buff and sealed with Lisa Pavelka’s Magic-Glos. We hope to make many more over the next few months. The blue one is my favorite with its subtle ikat style colouring and a hamsa made of Swarovski crystals.

Please take a few minutes, read up on the project at I encourage everyone to read the poem “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Pavel Friedman, and help the museum reach their goal.


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