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Monday, May 30, 2011

friend's visit day six...

London Calling...

We spent 12 hours in London! Yes we took the first train to London and the last train back to Paris (via Eurostar). It is very doable btw if you want a quick visit in while on vacation in Paris. Not ideal if it is your first trip (2 of us had been there previously). But luckily most of the really touristy sights are close together (Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abby, Parliament, London Eye and Trafalgar Square). The Tube is easy to figure out especially if you are used to the Paris Metro. They have a convenient day passes that are only about 8 pounds for unlimited rides.

Train Ride to London

Best Fish n Chips!
Harrod's even the Elevator is decorated!

Monday, May 16, 2011

friend's visit day five...

M and I stayed home for Day 5 because we were EXHAUSTED but my friend's enjoyed Le Louvre, Jardin de Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées all the way to the Arc de Triomphe!  Afterward M went with his grandparents for the night and we went to the 6eme for coffee, aperitifs (at the Famous Cafe Les Deux Magots) and ate Laudrée Macaroons!  F met up with us and we had a wonderful French meal at a local French Restaurant.

Sorry Photos of Food will be in a separate blog post ;-)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

enamel on silver art clay

Here is my take on combining the two mediums Enamel and Silver Art Clay!

I have started to make my Silver Art Clay projects at home other than the firing process.

Below I have tried to take photos of the entire process.  It took 4 firing in a special oven to create this and about 3 hours of work.  But I think it turned out beautifully!

As you can see the Pre-filed, Pre-dried, Pre-fired, PRE everything is quite rough...but the work you do after the clay is dried corrects all these small imperfections!

Pre-Dried, Pre-Filed, Pre-Fired
Up Close View
Forgot to take a pic of the Post-Dried/Filed
This is the Pre-Polished photo - very matte looking (sorry it's blurry camera phone!)
Adding the Enamel (which is colored glass in the form of Powder)

Final Product!
Another view
Yet another view