Yep. You guessed it. I've been playing with the clay again. This time I decided to make some cabs. As most of you know, I tend to go overboard when I decide to play. Here are some pics of my experiments.
I have no clue yet what I will do with these. For now I will enjoy looking at them.
Sometimes happy accidents are the most fun. That's the case with this piece. The focal is made from polymer clay where I was trying to learn a new technique. I was about half way through conditioning the clay with the pasta machine (trying to make gray) when my mom stopped me - the marbled effect was fantastic! So, being a clay newbie I shaped it and baked it.
Well, as expected - and as all clay newbies learn the hard way - clay not properly conditioned will crack. I also managed to get some bubbles in this one too. Even with all the imperfections, I still loved it so I knew I had to try and save it. I covered those imperfections with the dots. I even added glass seed beads to some of the dots and baked again. YAY! Happy results.
The piece then sat around for MONTHS trying to decide what it wanted to be when it grew up. After a few months of thought, I decided to use bead embroider techniques and then add a CRAW chain. TA DA!
I'm very happy with how it turned out. What do you think?
I like making them too!
With this one I played with clay that had silver sparkles already included in it. LOVE!
I also like the marbled effect of the stick.
I am having so much fun making these! White Sheep. Gray Sheep. Baby Sheep.
I like how each one ends up looking a little bit different. Some are skinny and some are nice and plump.
I think I want to make some pink ones . .
Is there anything else to say?
The good news is these are calorie free, but they due induce cravings.
These are more knitting pins I made. I am having so much fun with the polymer clay and donuts seem to be a favorite to make.
Remember a couple weeks back when I spoke about needing a new hobby like needing another hole in my head? Well, um, yeah. I am enjoying the polymer clay thing. A LOT!
I've also taken up Portuguese Knitting (I'm determined to learn to knit someday) as I've heard it helps with those that have carpel tunnel. Well, in order to do that style of knitting, you have to have a special knitting pin. Sure, there's stuff out there, and I did get a few in order to get started. But I decided I needed to make one myself. You know, make something with your newest hobby that can be used with your other new hobby?
I think they turned out cute. I plan to make some in other colors, and I'm sure other animals will come to mind as well.
Happy Hooking, Knitting, Claying, Etc!
Honestly though, I think I mentioned that I really enjoyed the silver clay class I took in January. Well, guess what, that stuff is a bit expensive. The good news is I already have most of the tools needed from my metalsmithing days. What I lack is confidence to work with such an expensive material. To help with that, I decided to start playing around with polymer clay.
I may be addicted.
There's something wonderful about squishing the clay, pounding on it, rolling it up, squeezing it - it is very relaxing. What's even more fun is my 10YO has gotten into it as well, and he's making some really cool stuff. I'ts become our "Friday thing." that we do every week.
No surprise, I've been focused on making jewelry components. I have completed many projects yet, so this shawl pin is one of the first. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and cannot wait to wear it.
I'll share more of our creations as they get ready for prime time. In the meantime we are having fun seeing what we can come up with.