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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Working with Polymer Clay

OK so Why was I so INTRIGUED by working with polymer clay?! I love working with my hands and I love the possibility of what you can create but geez it is so intimidating to me. I bought all of this sculptey clay when it was on sale at Michaels and of course a few books and tools and gadgets the books and different people recommended. Then I let it sit for 3 whole weeks too afraid to jump in and start because I simply didnt know where to start. So today as I cooked Sesame Ginger Turkey tenderloins for a church luncheon tomorrow, I sat outside and simply STARTED. Now I have NO CLUE how these pieces are going to turn out once I bake them but HEY at least I started and at least I tried (so no laughing allowed)!

First I picked out some clay and worked it some with my hands and some with my polymer clay machine that I got from for $11.

Then I looked out on Etsy and through some of my books for inspiration! I found a pair of earrings on Etsy made from glass that I loved and tried to make them out of clay! I really dont like what I see so far but hey I played and had fun with it and will see what the finished product turns out like.

My inspiration earrings from Etsy

Then I knew I wanted to do something with autumn leaves so I grabbed a few leaves off of a tree that was just gorgeous and cut the leaf up and placed it on the pendant I made using liquid polymer clay (sure hope that was right..LOL).

Supplies I used

Made an acorn pendant and embellished it with gold clay. With the left over clay, I made a few beads - one of which I embellished with gold circles. Now I have to let it cool, sand it up and add my glaze!

Here it is! Cooling and ready to be sanded and Glazed!

Feel free to share any tips and offer any feed back!


Stormy Designs said...

Tip: Don't use Sulpey Original or Sculpey III, they are TOO brittle. Use Sculpey Premo or Kato, good strong clays.
You're off to a good start! Can't wait to see what you make next.

storybeader said...

you're brave! I wouldn't know what to do! Someone at work is talking about getting some clay and playing with it. I told her to teach me after she fools with it a while.

BeadedTail said...

Wow! I'm very impressed with your first attempt! You are very talented!

TiLT said...

wow -those were firsts! very nice. I've been wanting to try that too...maybe I will now that I see someone else going for something new too :) but I don't think I could de jewelry - no eye for it until aftersomeone else makes it :)

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Good for you! I would be too imtimdated to try that!

Treasures by Tina said...

Ooh! That looks like fun! I loved Play Doh when I was a kid, so maybe I'd enjoy polymer clay too?

And you have to heat it somehow? I had no idea!

Keep up the experimentation. You're doing great!

Anonymous said...

Great job UC! You are a natural, and Stormy is a great teacher to have in your corner...

I started to experiment with it recently too, but my interest in it is along a specific line. However, since I made my first few I have just been too busy with my regular craft of jewelry.

Looks like it will be after Spring when my upcoming shows are behind me, as are the holidays before I will devote more time to it.

LazyTcrochet said...

Looks like fun...good luck with it!

Vickie said...

Looks like it is going to turn out wonderfully! I just play with clay, but I love it!