Monday, September 27, 2010
I’m always looking for new designs I can make with polymer clay….. so when I saw a really cute design on my friends t-shirt I couldn’t resist from asking to borrow it. She did loan it to me that very same day, and here’s my attempt at making the cool design. It didn’t turn out exactly like the shirt but my friend seemed pretty impressed that I was able to make such a close copy of it.
This was one of my first attempts to use the skinner blend as the background of a cane design. I rolled the yellow-to-white skinner blend into a cube and then sliced it using a curvy blade and put the leaves and stems into it. Don’t know if that makes sense or not, but I’d be happy to explain in more detail if anyone is interested.
Even though I hadn’t worked with polymer clay at all for about ten years, I still assumed people were using the same techniques they’d used when I first learned how to use it. I actually didn’t even think it was necessary for me to buy any new books. I was so wrong! Polymer clay art really advanced while I was busy with life. One of the new techniques I’m so thankful for is the skinner blend (http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/poleigh/skinner.html). I used it in the spirals above and use it in almost every design I make now.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I first learned how to make polymer clay cane designs when I was in high school thanks to my ceramics teacher. I got busy with life and forgot about clay all together for about ten years until I accidently ended up with 30 colorful squares of clay. Inspired by the scenery around me in the Dominican Republic I attempted to make a Caribbean mountain scene. At first I only made magnets but after a lot of trial and error I figured out how to make my lovely design into jewelry.