Saturday, 26 February 2011
Some of you may have seen Liz's ideas with Cloud Clay - she really does keep coming up with those good ideas. I saw her last weekend at the NEC Trade Show and saw the Cloud Clay. I am sure I am going to be asked for it - so I now have it in stock (in the shop under Friendly Plastic Accessories).
So far I have made my bases as you can see in the photo so I have just got to cover them with Friendly Plastic. I can't see me doing it before
Glasgow as I leave on Tuesday for the SECC. I will take them with me
do them at the Show. When they are done I will photo them and add them to the blog.
I am hope to have other new products for Glasgow too - mostly for mixed media work - and other new lines to arrive at the end of April - its all very exciting!
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Well the first three Shows of 2011 are completed - Sandown Park, Exeter and Manchester. Sandown Park came as a bit of a shock - after a break I found myself standing there thinking how do I put the stand up!
Here we have the before and after Sandown Park photos. It really was a case of where do I start! Its a good job its only a small stand.
Sandown was a reasonable start to the season but I did have the feeling that several people would arrive on the Sunday morning. This was the first year the show ran from Thursday to Saturday. However it was nice for us to finish on a Saturday night and have Sunday clear. And, how much quieter that drive back is on a Saturday compared to a Sunday.
Exeter came next, which was good, albeit very cold - as I know customers will agree. Its the first time I have worked on a stand in a coat all day. The show got warmer as time went on and by Saturday it was fine. Exeter really is such a nice show to do - easy to set up etc and again with a Saturday drive back it was a dream. It was nice to be back at this January show again - I have only been able to do it once before as the dates have clashed. Unfortunately it looks like a date clash again next year - so I will just have to wait and see.
And how about this for a Staircase! It is in the Britannia Hotel in Manchester and this is looking down from the 4th floor. (You may have seen it in Michael Portillo's Railway TV Programme). It really is an impressive sight.
I think I took this one on the Sunday morning. Sometimes its difficult to believe that this Venue was once a railway station.
Well I have this weekend off - hence the catch up on the blog. Next week I have a new venue to try - Braintree in Essex - which is replacing the Excel Show. I am even able to stay with friends this weekend which will be lovely.
Kate Gatti has sent this photo of a Friendly Plastic Heart. Unfortunately I missed Kate when she came around Manchester Central - I was demonstrating at the time.
Kate has used a combination of Friendly Plastic, accent beads and swarovski crystals to create this pretty pendant.
These last 3 examples are from Sam. She did send them to me last month but I had problems getting the photos onto my system. This computer thing is definately a learning curve!
This first example shows Friendly Plastic, stamped with an image and incorporating fabrics.
See Sam's own blog for more of her Friendly Plastic creations
Bob has created these 2 sets by doing the Friendly Plastic on a Griddle and when cold he has glazed the Friendly Plastic with 3D Crystal Lacquer from Sakura
Whilst as you know I use a heat gun for the Friendly Plastic the Americans do us a griddle to heat it. Bob has more information on this on his blog together with more photos of his creations. You can see his Friendly Plastic examples on http://bobsbreadandpickles.blogspot.com/