My next experiment was with glass paints on white plastic and this time using the oven rather than a heat gun. 4 is little circles again and triangles; 5 is two circles on top of each other, heated for a very short time and pulled out when they started to curl, which gives these shapes like flower heads, with the smaller piece nestling inside (I thought they would stick together but actually the inner pieces are loose). 8 is the same method with the randomly shaped offcuts which twist up rather nicely.
6 and 7 are paper pulp painted with acrylics and Goldfinger. 6 was pulp pressed into the lining from a box of fruit sweets – I forgot to make holes so these ones will need to be couched down or trapped – and 7 is shapes moulded with fingers on a skewer so they can be threaded. I think these ones look like muddy lumps of fools gold.
Photo 6.6 below – a selection of rolled beads made from scraps of dyed scrim, permanganate dyed bamboo cloth and sheer fabrics bonded together and incised with a stencil cutter.
Photo 6.7 Moving on to using beads, this sampler shows from top left
1.Beads threaded with peyote stitch and found objects added as a trim.
2. Weaving on a bead loom. I stencilled the little bird shape from chapter 5 using ratio graph paper to get the proportions right for the shape of the beads, but unfortunately I didn’t realise until I had finished that I had the paper the wrong way round, so it is rather long and thin.
3. Netting laid over one of the shrink plastic shapes and backed with onion dyed silk. Below it are two tiny samples of different beading stitches.
4. A square woven on the bias with a single length of yarn (pin weaving) strung with shrink plastic beads.
These four samples are mounted on one of the dyed pieces from chapter 3.
Looks a bit like a rocky desert scene.