Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Australian Beading Magazine...

A little over a year ago, the delightful Jean Yates interviewed me for her recurring article, "Our Beading World" featured in Australian Beading magazine. I remember because I was scrambling around, getting ready for the big Tucson shows and was corresponding with Jean on the road. Getting international magazines, let alone international specialty magazines, is particularly difficult, especially now that I've relocated to the country. I had almost completely forgotten about the interview until the thoughtful, Davinia Algeri, sent a scan of the article from the most recent issue of the magazine. Below is a scan of the article:

Jean was so completely and utterly flattering in the article, I blushed when I read it. I can assure you that I'm not nearly as charming as it makes me sound, but I am grateful for Jean's article, for honoring me by interviewing me and for considering me worthy of such a privilege.

By the way, if you like the look of the "Skull Island" necklace, step-by-step instructions and a resource list for it appear in the NEW Beads 2010 magazine from Interweave Press.

14 comments:

Andrew Thornton said...

P.S. I really do love Anne Choi's beads, my Lindstrom pliers, and Elmer's glue!

Nicki said...

hey, can you send it by email - it is so small I can't read it and I would love to - can't get that magazine over here....

kate mckinnon said...

Dude, ELMER'S GLUE?

Cynthia Thornton said...

Kate, you don't love Elmers? I'm shocked! Its so useful! How fun is it to coat your hands, then slowly peel off the skin- that is relaxation, just ask Azalea. Plus the smell is so nice.

2 Good Claymates said...

Great article (I managed to read it with a lot of squinting!) Congrats! I like glue but it doesn't like me -- I always manage to stick the wrong things together or cause a spill! sigh

Andrew Thornton said...

Don't hate the Elmer's glue, Kate McKinnon. It's a beautiful thing. My background is in collage and painting and I can do amazing things with glue. Some prefer PVA or Jade Glue. But the things people hate about Elmer's, I love and adapt to my own purposes.

I literally have GALLONS of it around, because I use that much of it.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey 2 Good Claymates!

Have you tried using smaller bottles? I have bottles in all different shapes and sizes and big gallon jugs to refill them when they run out. It depends on how much control you need. I love Elmer's Glue!

Andrew Thornton said...

I could write a book called, "Beautiful Binders: The Usefulness of Elmer's Glue and Other Under Appreciated Adhesives."

kate mckinnon said...

I love glue, especially Elmers, but can't think of a jewelry application. What I like it for is what Cynthia said, painting it on my palm and peeling it off.

Andrew Thornton said...

Yes, peeling dried glue off of one's hand is a wonderful distraction that I'm totally guilty of. I wonder if Azalea got that from me or from Cynthia sometimes. It's more problematic for me now that I have all that man hair on my hands.

I guess it depends on the jewelry you're making and what you're trying to achieve. Glue is great for creating faux finishes and surfaces. My collages are all done with Elmer's glue and then are treated for acidity and coated with UV protectants so that they last, especially when embedded in resin. Most epoxies and resin will yellow or eat away at the paper. So it's important to prepare your paper so that it lasts as long as the piece it's set in. There are dozens of ways of doctoring it, sealing it, dying it to create a number of interesting effects. One could make large-scale pieces that look just like they are made out of celadon or Delft tiles, but weigh significantly less. Instead of using a crackle glaze, glue can be used. The best part is that it is non-toxic! With a few modifications it can worn directly in contact with skin. For people with skin allergies to metal this could be a solution. Certain fabrics can be dipped in it to retain shape and form, allowing it to be drilled... laminate wood can be created with the Elmer's wood glue and interesting strata can be created from disparate woods for interesting effects when carved.

Really... I could go on and on. I love glue!

Lynn said...

Are you sniffing that stuff???!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Congratulations! Australian Beading Magazine is such a beautiful publication - I wish it were easier to obtain overseas. Anyway, the layout on the article looks absolutely gorgeous (and I am sure, knowing Jean, that the article is even better!). Very interesting about the Elmer's. I sneak some of the SO's Elmer's every now and then but hadn't thought of half of the applications you mention!

Jean said...

Hey you should have tlld me you put this up! hahaha

jean!

Pretty Things said...

Oh yeah, congratulations to you!