So here she is, my first Polymer Clay Turtle! She is made out of Mont Marte Make and Bake Clay and some Sculpey III and I brushed on a teeny amount of Pearlex Turquoise. Yesterday after work, I went to Selonj Beads for the first time, after viewing their stock online a few times. They have all of Christi Friesen‘s books and have also hosted workshops of hers, so they had a copy of the book I wanted and it was signed!!! yay! I also grabbed some micro beads (teeny teeny beads smaller than seed beads with no stringing hole, used for eyes in little figurines); 3 containers of Pearlex Mica Pigment Paints (Antique Silver, Turquoise and Antique Copper). Selonj beads was clean and well layed out and I will definitely go there again! They also had their latest newsletter on the counter and are expecting Christi to visit Adelaide and host a workshop in September next year (2011), hopefully I am not Friesen-ed out by then, it would be so awesome to meet and learn from her in person. Though, if you have read any other stuff about Christi I am sure you know her books and tutorials feel very personal anyway. She is highly entertaining in prose.
So I bought a copy of Under The Sea you can purchase signed copies direct from Christi and she also has a deal if you purchase all of the series in one go. I peaked inside a few times on the way home (at red lights ok?!) and read it cover to cover when I got home. The book is sized between an A5 and A4 and has 47 pages, it feels a bit like a good magazine quality wise, but its not about what the book looks like in this case, it’s about what’s inside it. [Well actually most good books are!]
I made my first turtle today. Her name is “Christi Turtlington” what do you think?
“Christi Turtlington” is about 2 inches (5cm) from nose to end of her rear flippers. She has two rows of seed beads on her shell and blue wooden beads for eyes. She was a lot of fun to make and I am looking forward to making lots of friends for her to hang out with!
She still has to have patina added but for some reason (well ok I know the reason) I can’t find my paints…. Reason – I have been living here for 18 months and still have not unpacked properly 🙁