I often use felted beads in my freeform work incorporating them into the fabric or attaching them to tassels & what not but always have some left over & so a little stash grew – what to do with them? A friend suggested necklaces… hmmmm…. not really my thing… but I decided to give it a go anyway…. what fun & I think they look great, if I do say so myself
For anyone interested in internet selling…. here are 2 sites that might tempt those of you who have thought about it but weren’t sure about charges & the like.
A while ago I set up a ‘basic’ ARTFIRE shop – it has… No listing or final fees – the basic account has it’s limits but I think worth giving a try. [Edited August 2011: What a shame.. Artfire no longer supports basic accounts]
2 weeks ago I also set up a ‘basic’ ZIBBET shop – it also has no listing or final fees but again, being a basic account has it’s limits.
You can upgrade these accounts at any time to take full advantage of all the benefits they offer…. but for me, the basic is enough for the moment – I just want to see how it goes – if you have a moment, go & have a browse you may be pleasantly surprised….
I originally created these polymer buttons/beads for my own use in conjunction with, & to be incorporated into, my freeform crochet work mainly because I couldn’t find what I wanted elsewhere – Over that last few months I’ve many enquires about them so have decided to offer some for sale in my Etsy shop
I love making these buttons/beads… it’s a lovely change from fibre… but you will notice that I do not disguise the handmade nature of these pieces & there are some anomalies such as: fingerprints, brush strokes, distress scars & many a wonky edge & of course, no two pieces are ever the same – & it’s these unique imperfections & differences that I love most, I never really know what I’m going to end up with – so very freeform… just wish the photos would do them justice – they look so much better in the flesh.
All my polymer buttons/beads are freeformed either by pinching the clay into shape or pressing it into one of my own handmade moulds. They are baked at the recommended temperature & roughly sanded. Depending on the effect I’m trying to achieve, each piece is hand-paint with a variety of acrylic/oil/metallic paints/powders then sealed with 2 coats of Polyurethane (indoor/outdoor) water based satin varnish & left to cure for at least 48 hours
Today I jumped in the deep end & offered my Poncho ‘Spiral Web’ for sale in my Esty shop. I consider Spiral Web one of my show case composition & I’ve had many, many lovely comments about this piece… so, if anyone has been quietly hankering to own this beautiful poncho, now is your chance…