Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The "Carol Duvall Show" and some Bat Mobile fun!


A while back, I was at the filming of one of the "Carol Duvall Holiday Special" show tapings. I got to see a demonstration of the all the special effects of this cool vehicle. One of the show crew members had purchased and restored one of the original "Batmobile's" used in the filming of the classic television show. It was a very cool demonstration of the different things the car could do. He had done a fabulous job in getting it restored and in working condition.
Above: Carol Duvall






As you can see, it was a very busy studio with alot of different things going on at the same time. I loved the way the set dresser's changed out the studio and gave it that special "Holiday" touch. The crew was amazing and just kept everything going smoothly, and on time (even with a live studio audience in attendance).
I have fond memories of visiting the studio and watching various friends film their episodes. I even got to film one of my own (at one point). The Cast and Crew of the show were wonderfully talented professionals.  The photo below is one of Carol Duvall and myself, when I filmed my episode on her show.  It was an interesting experience to be in front of the camera, instead of behind the scenes.

Karen Thomas


Here are couple more pics that I found from that day
Lisa Pavelka and Mary O'Neil

Karen Thomas and Carol Duvall





Monday, September 13, 2010

Knitting with Copper Wire & Glass Beads

While I sit enjoying the beginning of fall, I realized that the weather is perfect for knitting with copper. The copper wire can be tricky to work with but the finished result is well worth the effort. The purse below is one that I knitted for a "Fire Mountain Gems and Beads" ad. It is made with copper wire, glass beads, and the purse frame. All the supplies can be purchased from "Fire Mountain Gems and Beads", except for the knitting needles.




As you can guess, this purse weighs quite a bit due to the heavy glass beads and wire. So if you want to make a lighter one, use different beads.

Hint: I recommend working with metal needles in the size to suit the wire and beads. Also, string the beads on to the wire before you start knitting. Work in a warm environment of at least 80 degrees or higher. This helps the wire be more pliable and avoid breakage. It can be a challenging moment to recover from snapping the wire in the middle of a row.

There are some fabulous books out there on knitting with wire, I have added a few links below but you can always check it out for yourself at your local craft store.