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Flamework fancy

Gayle joined me today to try out making flamework beads – glass beads made using a hot head torch. We went through various stages, from making a basic donut shaped bead, to pulling stringer, shaping and even trying out the bead presses. Gayle took to the techniques straight away, I can’t wait to see her
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Enamelling for two anyone?

Sue and Sheila joined me on Wednesday for their first enamelling class, a great way to spend a day, particularly in light of that day’s politics. We tried out various techniques including swirling. I think the ladies did a great job of fusing glass to metal, don’t you?

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I was lucky enough to meet the Crafty Sew and Sews of Writtle in May when I first introduced them to Encaustic art, they had so much fun that they invited me back… this time I introduced a Christmassy theme. Encaustic art is so quick that it is perfect for painting Christmas cards, as you
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Encaustic art with Tony

Last Wednesday saw me teaching another Tony Encaustic Art. Tony had played around with Encaustic art (the art of painting with Molten wax) several years ago but now into his retirement, his wife had booked him a class as a hint, I think, to get going again. We covered all the main techniques and Tony
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    Yesterday saw the arrival of Julia and Sallie for their silver clay ring making class. We experimented with various play dough prototypes before moving on to using the clay, magical stuff that moulds like clay but once fired when the binder has burned off you are left with pure silver. Both ladies made
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Funky Felt Making class

Time to catch up with some craft classes blog posts! A couple of weeks ago Cassie and Lorretta joined me for some feltmaking, Cassie had a voucher for Christmas and had finally had the time to be able to use it. We explored both needle felting and wet felting techniques. Cassie’s felted bag/kindle cover is
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Toni's designs on sale at Thames Chase!

Over the past 15 years, I have built my craft business (Curly Girly Crafts); specialising in teaching but also selling unique handcrafted jewellery and cards and doing craft parties for children and adults. I have sold my work in various shops and craft fairs but have taken a step back from that as several of
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Etsy shop has products!

In dramatic news….I have taken the week off and have tried to be strict with myself about getting my Etsy shop stocked up! You really don’t realise how long all the finishing products, weighing, measuring, writing descriptions, taking photos and then updating info can take but finally I have 10 handcrafted items online and will
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