Beach Craft Fair – Seaham Masonic Hall. Saturday 1st August 2015 – spread the word!

art and craft, mindfullness, seaglass, wellbeing

8 steps from shore will be appearing at a local Beachcraft Fair, Seaham Masonic Hall, 11-3pm, Saturday 1st August 2015.

All welcome.  Beautiful local crafts inspired by our wonderful coastline, pop along, it’s FREE!

Several of the Seaglass pieces featured on this site will be for sale.

Beachy Bunting: Air Dry Clay

Beachy Bunting: Air Dry Clay

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Beachy Bunting: Air Dry Clay Craft, 7 May 2015

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‘My Stash’ of seaglass collected today: pebbles, glass & a shell

Beachy Bunting

Decided to get out of town today, a change of scenery.  Making that decision when I get up in the morning is usually priceless, to be prepared: flask of coffee, three bananas (yes, ate them all), bottle of water for pup and… pup.

Headed to local beach, making a beeline for a small store I’d spotted last weekend, running Craft Workshops.  I’m signed up to attend a Crochet class; to which my daughter piped up: ‘ZZZZ, you’re turning into a Granny!’ I promptly updated her that  ‘Crochet is cool on the craft scene right now…’.

My search for seaglass was hard, really hard.  I’d heard it was a great beach for such finds, but, nothing.  Plus, slightly annoyingly, loads of other people seemed to be doing the same, scanning the shore, kestral-focus, hover and drop.  They were swiping up stones I couldn’t even find!  There must be a secret beach code…

After wandering along with pup and mooching amongst the pebbles, I thought: I need to stand still, to pause and I can focus on what’s around me: masses of beautiful, light, matt pebbles.  So, I found a spot, sat myself down and started to rummage around in the pebbles. Then I got it.  That was the point, I had to pause to see what I was looking for and when I did, it was simple and fruitful.

Amber, jade, grass green, brushed clear: all slightly sparkling gems washed up, hidden under rocks, mixing with sand, around.  Sparce, but around.

It was that moment of being mindful, that pause, that awareness, that helped unlock my creativity.  I knew straight away what I wanted to create and did.  White air dry clay: smooth and matt to work with, pure.  A decent mixture of pebbles and coloured seaglass.   A love heart.

DAS air dry clay, £4 The Works

DAS air dry clay, £4 The Works

It was nice to work with the clay, just simple, just nice.  Not sure if the glass will stick, but I worked them into the clay enough to create a concave space, a well, edging the clay to overlap slightly, which, when dry, will hopefully form a clasp.  So, love heart – that happened, then a triangle, then another, then bunting.  ‘Beachy Bunting’!

Pictures on here so far, show my ‘stash’, clay and middle process, waiting to dry (presently on a cake cooling tray, which seems to allow the air to circulate).  Remind me to post a pic of the end result, as ‘bunting’.  Hmmm, now the decision of using ribbon, thread or twine…

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Beachy Bunting: clay drying out.