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Old 12-02-2017, 12:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I was chatting with some friends who are members of Northern California's esteemed and creative Pomo Indian Tribe. They carry on the beautiful tribal tradition of beaded basketry, had heard about my pens, and asked if I'd incorporated beads: no, not yet...(minor light bulb moment). They kindly gave me some tiny 15/0 seed beads. I didn't string the little guys, hence the moniker "Unstrung Heroes", but stay tuned for version 2.0.

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Sculpey Premo polymer clay colors mixed, then rolled out to 3/64" thickness.
Clay then textured with various found and created surfaces (bark, kitchen strainer, cheese cloth, etc.).
Clay rubbed with metal flakes, mica powders, re-textured
Beads inlaid.
Beaded clay surface re-textured.
Clay wrapped around acetone-washed/150 grit sanded tubes and adhered with Sculpey liquid clay.
Clay-wrapped tubes re-textured, trimmed.
Clad tubes baked in a toaster oven at 275 degrees x 25 min., heat diffused by an aluminum foil dome over the rack.
Tubes then glazed with Judikins Diamond Glaze, dried x 48 hours.
Pressure cast tube-in at 50psi using Douglass and Sturges PR mixed with more metal flakes.
Turned as usual.
Barrel ends reinforced with CA glue because there was a very thin PR coating over the far-edges of the clay.
Finished as usual.

The apology: keen eyed forumites will surely note that the children are chunky and wasp wasted. I am loathe to fat-shame them at this delicate phase of their identity development, but I do apologize. They promise to go on low-carb diets after the Holidays.







Happy Saturday to all - Bob

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Old 12-02-2017, 01:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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The pens are beautiful as usual and would do well along any tribal work or as gifts.

I am wondering if a more dominant role for the beads somehow would be more reflective of the beadwork we see from the tribes? As I look closely, I donít believe it is a bead quantity issue, but from the photos they seem to get a little lost among similar/competing colors. Could well be the overall effect you were shooting for, I was expecting more presence from the beads. Just my thoughts. Always blown away by your creativity.


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Beautiful work, Bob !! . Great idea !!
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Thanks Mike and Mal!

Mike - Your points are well taken - just getting started with this little set of experiments - lots of possibilities.

My next brood has simpler backgrounds:



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Very nice. Keep in mind that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Others will be trying it, too.
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Very nice. Keep in mind that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Others will be trying it, too.
Bob is unique in that he has been applying a lifetime of artistic background into making beautiful pen blanks and there hasn't been a single person copy and post one yet. Even though Bob has been exceedingly generous telling us how he does it. I don't think that will change anytime soon.

Bob once again you floor us.
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I really like the way Gen 2 is looking. Seeing them I believe the competition from all the metal flake in Gen 1 is what distracted me from the beads.


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OMG, those look amazing. Damn quality work and even more for your creative ideas.....Wow.
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WOW. Very cool.

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Many thanks John, Pete, Mike, Rick and Reverend Thom!!

Pete - heartfelt thanks for your very kind words - always glad to share my tiny "discoveries" and techniques.

I'm sharpening up my micro-seed-bead-stitching techniques for next-level BeadieBabies - these are some of today's peyote stitched (tiny) 15/0 micro seed beads, stitched with FireLine Crystal .005" bead thread, using a #12 John James brand beading needle (stay tuned):



Happy Sunday to all - Bob
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