Monthly Archives: April 2014

The claws are out!

My trip to the studio this evening consisted of cotton wool, PVA glue, cardboard, latex, tissue paper, a heater and a scalpel. My task today was to make 8 claws for these Gargoyle wings, but I couldn’t make them with anything less then light material.

I managed to complete 6 claws and 1 for the over head claw but I ran out of cotton wool so I couldn’t finish them 😦

So tomorrow I am going to finish them, fit them and then we should be ready to paint. I am so very excited to finish them and see them in use.

A good friend of mine popped in to see me in the studio this evening, he just had to try on the wings and got so excited about them lol.

Exciting stuff 😀

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The GRAND Opening :-D

I have decided to have a grand opening of my Studio in Swansea. What I want to do is get as much done as I can before it and then I will have far more to display on the night. All are welcome. There will be a £2 entry fee PP but this will include a buffet and drinks for our guests.

Then after the opening is over it’s in to Wine street to continue the celebrations.

It will be held on August the 2nd at 7.30pm at Revue Dance Studios, Swansea.

I would prefer children not to attend because of the delicate nature of the props on display. Feel free to pop in on the night to discuss business, props, ideas or just to take a look and meet the team. It’s going to be a brilliant night.

Spread the word xxxx

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Crafty Beggars ;-)

Today has been a very strange and draining day. First of all my lovely friend offered to have my little 4 year old for me after school so I could work from home in peace, then after 30 mins relaxing with a coffee I remembered I had to be at my favourite shop Crafty Beggars to do a small interview on camera explaining my love and connection with them.

All my tv related friends know I am not good in front of the camera. Even though I have gone through it all in my head and recited it over and over again. I still manage to mess up or continuously say the word “Erm”

So I was asked to stand I between 2 of their aisles I clipped on my mini mic onto my top and proceeded to be asked questions. As I mentioned before, it was mostly erms and silences lol but when I did manage to get a few words out I told them that if it wasn’t for Crafty Beggars, I would not of been able to start my own business. About 75% to 80% of my stock comes from them, the other 20% is divided between B&Q, EBay and Others.

If you ever get a chance to go then it is well worth it.

Crafty Beggars is a charity. They recuse rubbish, recycling from going into landfill and the money they make goes back into the charity again. They also have a lovely and very low priced shop there which sells anything from air drying clay, plaster or Paris, paints, varnish, gloss, chalks, paint brushed, face paints and PVA glue. I live in there. The kids love it too.

Take a look at there website Crafty Beggars, Swansea

If you get a chance, honestly you won’t be disappointed 😀

Full time Mums are NOT suitable for this job!!

And, just incase you missed this,

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Being dyslexic I use to get a lot of people telling me I couldn’t do something, I’m use to it, I like to prove them wrong though but it’s not a very rare thing to hear.

But last year I was told the same thing for a very different reason indeed! I started sending out emails to studios and theatre companies around Wales, expressing my passion and desperate to learn more. I had a few replies, and they were all very positive. I became very excited and was raring to learn more about my skills. I went to one place towards the end of last year and was shown around and introduced to the people who worked then. Saw the amazing things they did and saw that it was all within my skill range. This got me very excited indeed.

Towards the end of my day there, I was approached…

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Well, that’s LATEXED it!!!!

Working from home today on this commission has been a challenge and a half. I have been using this fabric that has been saved from going into land fill by Crafty Beggars. It feels very leathery, and tough, just perfect for what I needed from it, but what I didn’t realise was, this material is so differnt, nothing sticks to it. No needles can pass through it, and, Latex just runs off it. There is one positive thing though, it feels lovely to cut lol.

So my husband, went to Halfords and bought me some spray glue that you can use to apply seat covers to cars, and guess what, not even that would work. No wander this stuff was thrown out!! I have even tried that stuff “No Nails” and that didn’t even work. It just seemed hopeless.

Adam then suggested using staples. I thought that this would look terrible on the commission, but so far, the latex had been happy to stick to these and has covered them well. This means I should be able to paint over them to hide them (I hope) so wel just have to wait and see. As you all know by now, I’m not one for giving in easily lol.

Oh well. This commission is almost done. Can’t wait to finish it, and when I do, I will be buying a HUGE bottle of bubbly to celebrate 😉

Gargoyle Wings are GO!!!

According to Twitter, this blog is trending lol. Enjoy 😉

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I had an order a few months ago for some extendable Gargoyle wings. The lady in question told me that she had been turned down by every company she had approached to build them. I was determined, I would be the company that completed them for her. As I am not skilled in the mettle or welding side of things I asked my incredibly talented father-in-law to maybe have a go. Bless him, he worked very hard to get it finished for me and now they are in my possession.

I have about 3 long studio shifts to get as much of this commission finished before the dead line next week. It is going to take all my skill but I WILL complete it. The lady who has ordered them has been incredibly patient with me and has not pestered us at all.

So starting today I have begun creating…

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To Hell and Back!!!!,

Incase you missed it –

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As you all know, yes I do love my job, but sometimes, there are days where all I want to do is curl up in a ball and cry. Today was one of those days. This commission I’m doing, has been very hard work. I won’t mention what it is, as I am sure I will get through it.

I got to my studio just after 4pm. Put everything out on the floor and got straight to work. I don’t really take breaks during a shift, I work flat out from beginning to end, but for the first time ever, I had to pack up and leave early. I did bring it all home with me, and will be working from home tomorrow, but when your that stressed and can’t see straight, nothing is going to improve the situation. The best thing you can do in the words of The…

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To Hell and Back!!!!,

As you all know, yes I do love my job, but sometimes, there are days where all I want to do is curl up in a ball and cry. Today was one of those days. This commission I’m doing, has been very hard work. I won’t mention what it is, as I am sure I will get through it.

I got to my studio just after 4pm. Put everything out on the floor and got straight to work. I don’t really take breaks during a shift, I work flat out from beginning to end, but for the first time ever, I had to pack up and leave early. I did bring it all home with me, and will be working from home tomorrow, but when your that stressed and can’t see straight, nothing is going to improve the situation. The best thing you can do in the words of The Stereophonic’s “Pick up your shit, and Go home” how true they were. So that’s exactly what I did.

So tomorrow, I am going to try again, and hopefully get it right. I am very determined, and I don’t like being defeated so it’s onwards and upwards after a good nights sleep 🙂

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Kill your Darlings

Well You know I love to do my film/prop and set research and even though there wasn’t much I could get from “Kill your Darlings” but being a Daniel Radcliffe fan, it just had to be done.

I tell you what, THAT was an incredible film. The acting was superb. It was based on a true story which for me gets me far more interested and I truly enjoyed it. It reminded me a little like “The Basketball Diaries” with Leonardo DiCaprio but that film was far more harsh.

Well it’s only 3 more hours till my next shift and counting. So much to do and that’s how we like it 😉

7 hours to go :-)

Maybe I should camp out in my studio? I seem to be living there. Not that I mind, I love it and trust me, if you were there, you would love it too.

Today, I have to figure out how to best apply these wings. I lay in bed last night doing a Da Vinci. I was mapping out what I had to do technique by technique. Not easy when it’s 12am. I normally need complete silence so in bed is always the best time, because I sleep with ear plugs in. I lay there, and do a step by step reconstruction of the item I’m building. I need to see it from every angle. This way I can also see potential problems and work round them virtually before actually starting anything for real.

Quite clever really. A bit big headed I know but being the only Be-Spoke prop maker in the whole of South Wales, I haven’t met anyone else who can do it through construction and because of my disabilities, I have been classed as “Different” for years so why not get excited about something amazing ;-).

At first I just thought everyone was being kind when they would compliment my work but now I am starting to believe that I could actually be good at this job. I guess my problem is, I am still very much a beginner in the field, so I don’t feel confident enough to say I am good at it.

So in 7 hours or so, I will be back again, in my awesome studio, doing what I love and full filling a dancers dream of having her very own pair of Gargoyle wings. I pray I don’t let her down xxxx

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