Collaboration (Part 1)

by Carol Simmons on 09/01/2013 · 22 comments

Read more about our necklace collaboration in Part II

4 sides of 3 inch bead by Carol Simmons

I just returned from a week in the Colorado mountains with 21 other polymer clay artists. The highlight of the week, for me, was my collaboration with Rebecca Watkins. The goal of the collaboration was to complete a necklace of very large beads combining caning and carving techniques.

Carol Simmons and Rebecca Watkins with our collaborative necklace

 

I don’t want to say too much about the collaboration and the techniques in this post because both Rebecca and I will be writing about it in the near future, but I do want to share our excitement about accomplishing our goal. I think it shows in this picture of us wearing our necklace.

 

The collaboration required us to work somewhat outside our comfort zones and as a result we each developed new skills in the process.  The color in the necklace was created by my canes and the relief was produced using Rebecca’s carving technique.

We have returned home now, but we plan to continue our collaboration. Here are some pictures of portions of the necklace.

collaboration necklace carol and rebecca 9 in

collaboration necklace carol and rebecca view 2 9 in

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Rebecca Watkins September 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I am working on part of the project now…will have stuff to show soon.

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Carol Simmons September 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I cant wait!

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marilyn buehler September 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

these are awesomely stunning…..

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Judi Crespo September 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Fabulous…just fabulous!

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Carol Simmons September 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Thank you, Judi.

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Carol Simmons September 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Thank you Marilyn!

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Diane Bruce September 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Beautiful work!

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jan montarsi September 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Goal Accomplished !!!
I see both of your work all through it.
Who got to take it home first ;)

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Carol Simmons September 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

Thank you Jan! We disassembled it and split up the beads. We will continue to collaborate until each of us has a complete necklace.

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Nadine September 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

‘wow! You just keep amazing me. Will you be having a workshop on this technique?

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Nadine September 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

This is wonderful work! Will you 2 be teaching this in the future?

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Carol Simmons September 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

Rebecca has generously given me permission to teach the technique as she has a full-time job and doesn’t have time to teach. I hope to introduce it in Racine in October, 2014.

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Carol Simmons September 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

Nadine, Rebecca has generously given me permission to teach the technique as she has a full-time job and doesn’t have time to teach. I hope to introduce it in Racine in October, 2014.

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Bridget Downey September 6, 2013 at 7:17 am

Just saw your template work on PCD. What generous ladies you are to share, even if it is just geometry! You both rock!

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Wendy September 6, 2013 at 7:26 am

How fun it is to see you on Polymer Clay Daily! You are always so curious and willing to try new things. I love your idea for Hollow beads. How clever is that, and yet so simple. Duh, why didn’t I think of that. Wish I had listened more in geometry class instead of watching the boys.

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Sandra D. September 7, 2013 at 5:00 am

Great idea the finish beads is fantastic the texture the colors the shapes .

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Carol Simmons September 7, 2013 at 7:41 am

Thank you Sandra!

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Dolores September 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Stunning beads!

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Carol Simmons September 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Thank you!

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Melodie September 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Very cool!

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