|Joystuff polymer clay shapes.|
It has been crazy busy around here for a while now, what with weekend sports and after school drama for my kids. Real work, (by that, I mean the stuff that pays the bills) is taking priority over creating and my neglected garden is calling at me to come and pull a weed or two when the sun isn't too hot to do so.
And just to round out the already overstuffed daily schedule, I'm renovating/refreshing our caravan that has a very 80's vibe to it, and not in a good electric boogaloo kind of way, but in a brown suited maths teacher meets Laura Ashley kind of way.
I've been going through my craft cupboards and trying to use some of the products that I bought for previous projects. When Emily Green first burst on to the scene with her beautiful polymer clay necklaces, I purchased some Fimo in earthy colours with the intention of making my own, as I couldn't afford an original.
|Emily Green necklaces|
A couple of weeks ago, I was trying to solve a problem with an idea that I was working on. I needed a piece for a necklace that I was working on, but couldn't work out what material I could use. I was thinking of metal or wood or even cork, but nothing was giving me much inspiration. I wanted something with a natural looking finish to it, like wood, stone or marble. It was marble that gave me the inspiration to use polymer clay. So one afternoon I piled everything onto my desk, kneaded and rolled various colour combinations and cut shapes out with a bunch of cookie cutters. I'm now in the process of sanding the various pieces, but I did manage to put together one necklace for a social event I was going to. ( No, not horse racing!)
|Rough edges and unsanded, but wearable Joystuff pendant.|
I haven't pulled out the sandpaper since I worked with resin about 10 years ago. I hadn't missed it, particularly after I took a few layers of skin from my fingertips!! So now I have a pile of half done shapes sitting on my desk, waiting to be included in something as yet unknown. But they will have to wait. The curtains need to be sewn for the caravan, cushions recovered and window seals tracked down. Then I need to finish some bank reconciliations and start planning for Christmas that is only X number of weeks away. Phew!