Hi all…my 1st post of 2014! I know a lot of us have made resolutions, thought of a word for the year, or joined a year long challenge of blog posts or creating. I have done that in the past and to be honest, I usually wuss out on the resolutions, forget the word around March, and get behind on any challenges to create or blog. This year, I have decided to be kind to myself and not make any resolutions/commitments to anything except to be the best mother, wife, artist, human I can be and realize that the 1st 2 on my list are my priority!
But what new adventure, you ask? It is right there in the post title! Last September I had the chance to take a class at ArtBliss
, with the wonderful Christine Damm
. It was very first experience with polymer clay and I loved it. We had so much fun creating textured shapes and using pastels to color them. I knew then and there that I wanted to play some more. I didn’t have the time or money at that point to buy a bunch of supplies, so I put it on hold and added some of what I needed to get started to my wish list. Instead, I read anything about creating with polymer clay that I could, browsed Pinterest, found lots of great tutorials, etc. Plus, here at AJE, we have our own wonderful PC artists! Rebekah
…and now Linda
is interested too! I can’t wait to see what we all make in 2014!!!
|The pieces I completed in Christine Damm’s ArtBliss class!
So, fast forward to Christmas…Santa/Jesse brought me a big block of white Sculpey, and an assortment of 24 Premo colors. He also brought a cool cutting blade set with handles. After Christmas, I got myself a pasta machine. I had some tools/cutting shapes I bought for the class, and mold-making material I bought for another project. The only thing I haven’t gotten is an oven.
So, the past couple of weeks I have been playing. Without a dedicated oven, things are only complete up to shaping. I know I can use my own oven, but I need to get a thermometer to make sure the temperature is accurate, and I will need to take precaution about fumes. The first thing I did was make a few molds…man this is addictive! I keep walking around the house trying to find interesting textures and objects!
|Molds…so much fun!
Then I started playing! I decided to use 2 green colors…here is what I came up with.
Once they are baked, I am going to antique them and maybe add some gilder’s paste…I can’t wait!
Then I made up a batch of ivory using Christine’s recipe she shared…luckily I had the correct ingredients in the assortment Jesse got me! These are going to be layered in some way, I think.
Oh, another cool thing about playing with polymer clay? Ben wants to play too! He brought me a skull he wanted to make a mold of and he made these 2 last night! He also played with free-forming flame shapes. He has already been hammering metal, so we may have a new artist in our midst!
Well, thanks for stopping by. Check back in a few weeks, I hope to have a baking system and have some completed pieces.
What about you? What new things are you going to try in 2014? I would love to hear?