I haven’t played with polymer clay in quite a few years. So long, in fact, that nearly all my clay was hardened up and no good any more.
Then, I couldn’t find my clay pasta machine. Whole box with it, tiles, toaster oven and a few odds and ends just gone. It should have been where I’d left it, but I remember my mom thinking that box belonged to someone else. I guess she let someone else take it.
Anyhow. My friend and rubber Sis Jambalaya sent me a pasta machine. She had extras. So, I’m back in business with a machine. I sent my husband to Lowes to pick me up a couple ceramic floor tiles to work on, and he did good.
Then I found a craft supply company online that seemed to have great prices. I’m sure their prices would be even better if I had a business and could get real wholesale prices. But they are reasonable compared to other online companies, and certainly better than buying at HL! I decided that since I was starting from scratch in the clay department that I’d get the different variety packs and a big block of translucent. Forgot to ask them to ship USPS, though, and yikes, the UPS fee was 1/2 of my clay order! I’ll try and remember next time, hah!
That first weekend I had the clay I did a chrysanthemum cane. It came out horrible, seriously. I forgot that using gold in something like that would be akin to using peanut butter color. So, that is all scrap clay now. Sort of. If you mix a chunk really well it comes out sort of tan, which is an acceptable color as you will see.
So, for a second project I decided to try imprint layers. I got a book at the holidays with projects and all. Seemed simple to try. I cut a chunk of the chrys cane off and started mixing it, running it through the pasta machine. It came out a nice golden tan.
For a second color I decided to go with a bone color… ecru, pearl and translucent mixed.
Turquoise pearl got mixed with a bit of white pearl, and so did Purple pearl. Just to lighten them both up a bit, they are both very saturated colors.
One of the most important lessons I picked up out of this book is layering light/dark/light and so on. No wonder so many of my canes came out looking like crap! I used lots of saturated colors together and didn’t have enough contrast.
So, you make a stack of repeating colors, imprint with things like cutters, straws, screwdriver bits, etc. Then you slice layers off the stack. Oh my gosh! It’s amazing… and easy. A lot easier than it sounds.
Of course I always have trouble deciding what to do with stuff like this, so I went with some big abstract shapes to make into pins or focal beads.. and some smaller cut outs, too. Tried to make sure I wasn’t leaving fingerprints on everything… those are a lot of trouble to sand off.
The piece in the second picture turned out looking a lot like a domino… so I decided to drill it like one, too. Only.. by hand, twisting the drill bit round and round. I’m not all that great at making jewelry as you can see. :) Funny, because that seems to be the most popular thing to do with polymer clay and I don’t even wear jewelry. Maybe I’ll make all new switch plates for this house, lol! Those are always fun and easy.
Well, I just wanted to share my revisit to an old hobby. Look! I don’t even have a polymer clay category! Yet! I always did want to do some of my classes over again, with photos, so maybe I will do that this time around.