Im back into Mosaics after a 10 year gap and discovered a true love of this art form. I've also found this has helped me through a very dark patch in my life and now I've finally found what I was always meant to be doing. Its Therapy with a Capital T and i'm loving every part of it.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Learning Something New
Well i suppose most of you very talented artist out there will know all about this but i didnt and its been bugging me. I couldnt for the life of me work out what you would do with Silk Rods , i asked on the forum and they told me but in my own head it just didnt make sense, have you seen those ugly little things ( well you probably have ) lol to me they just made no sense at all. I know that a lot of people use them in there felt works and they do look gorgeous. Well all thats changed now lol i'm happy to say. My friend Zed sent me some to try and i've been looking at them for ages not knowing what to do so yesterday i dyed them the same way i dye everything else and they came out nice but NOW what hehehe. I thought you pulled them apart to make like a roving but that didnt really work so it was suggested that i might have to soak them again to seperate. I'm thinking seperate what ! there so flat but then i put some stronger glasses on lol and i could actually see a semblence of layers, aha i thought so i very slowly tried to peel the layers apart, alot harder than you think, the first effort resulted in a tangled mess and i realised then that this is how they get the throwsters waste, we'll leave that to one side and i just waited for some to dry before another play and wow i started to pull off this fluff, i soon realised that if i wanted more fluff than stringy bits i have to wait till its crispy dry and then just with gentle fingers started to pull at the ends, I love how it comes out so here's some pics to show off.
I should have taken a pic before dying, sorry i didnt think of that !!
Dying the rods
Peeling the layers off, this is still wet
The final yummy fluffy Cloud but it has to be crispy dry to pull it out. otherwise it goes to a waste , i left a layer of the rod there in each color to show you and everyone likes it different so know we can do both.
When your in a hurry to seperate and dont have patients, this is what happen's
Anyway as i said im sure most of you will have know this but not me, so this is my lesson for the day