Thursday, March 13, 2014

Color Wheel Buttons -I-

I have been experimenting with various forms of the mica shift technique which is also referred to as "ghost imaging".  When you impress or stamp polymer clay that contains a large amount of metallic (or pearl) particles, it leaves that image behind.  After baking, the piece is then sanded smooth to bring out the image even more.

Here are the new "Color Wheel" buttons we have created using a mica shift based on a stacked clay technique by Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes called "Holes and Lines".  Their special peeler works beautifully and is fun to use. Now with their new wider  peeler, we are able to make even larger (2 inch) buttons which are a popular item at the quilt and yarn shops that sell our work.

We make the buttons in several sizes (1-3/8", 1-5/8" and 2") in a round concave shape as well as a smaller "football" shape.

Kato clay has several metallic colors that can be used for this technique which are the pearl, gold, silver and copper.  I have been experimenting with some new recipes to create a range of brighter mica shift colors. As some of these brighter colors are difficult to mix up with using only Kato clay, I've had to combine it with other products (other clay / inks, etc.) in order to get the shades I wanted as in the buttons shown here:

And zipper charms in some of the matching colors as well:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Knitting for Children at Kelowna Yarn & Needlecraft -I-

We made a quick trip to the central Okanagan last week to visit the stores that sell our buttons and accessories.  We like to visit at least twice a year so we can meet directly with the store owners and staff and show them our latest designs.  It is also our opportunity to see how things are going and find out any ideas for what special item or buttons they might be in need of or looking for.

One of the shops that sell our handcrafted buttons and shawl pins is Kelowna Yarn & Needlecraft.  The owners, Anne and Stephen, are so friendly and always there to help you out with making your yarn and pattern choices.

Anne is quite busy with her knitters group and teaching classes.  Don't you love the sweater she is wearing?

They specialize in children's items and this sweater was one of their latest class projects.  Those are our buttons that Anne used on it.

They have a nice selection of our smaller type buttons suitable for children's sweaters and such, along with some of our more popular larger size buttons.

I wanted to show you an adorable felted/knit project they did.  This is Pumpkin Peter and Daisy.

Sevilla FC - Real Betis -I-