Wow!! I am delighted that so many of you
took the time to look at my pages! Thank
you all for your kind words.
I'll answer a few questions now that I got in some of the
e-mails about my work!
1. My cat pins - I cut those out by hand from an original
that I made. I made the 1st one, and was so pleased with
the shape that I use it as a template. I do still cut new ones
from scratch though too!
2. Someone said "What! No prices?" - Hm - I'll have to give
that some thought about serious selling. For now, if you've
taken an interest in a piece and would like to buy or want to
know the price, you can send me an e-mail letting me know
which piece and we'll go from there!
3. The most comments were about the beads on the last page
where I used the embossing powder! Here are a few more tips
and hints on that technique.
If you use a softer clay like the sculpey that has a shorter bake
you can form your beads and then coat them with the embossing
powder before you bake them!
With the Armour All technique on clay that is partially cooked, you
can substitute water for the Armour All. All you really want is for
beads to be damp enough for the powder to stick!
Watch out for bubbles when you wet the beads. If your water or
has bubbled up, it can keep the bubble when it cooks.
NOTE - Beads done this way come out with a beautiful shine and
don't need to
be coated with anything else to look good! However, I have gone
coated mine with Future for a little added protection. I dried the
Future on the
beads in a warm oven for 2 to 3 minutes. By warm I mean 200 degrees
Not hot enough to start cooking the clay again, or the powder!
4. Lastly, I think! There's usually a thread in here off and on
fingerprints! Here's one
thing I've noticed, and this is just my own personal observation -
I think the amount
of fingerprints you get on a piece has alot to do with the clay.
The softer clays
like sculpey seem to show more fingerprints than premo, and premo
show more fingerprints than fimo!
Has anyone else made that observation?
5. Last thing - one lady who wrote me an e-mail said she had the
not the nerve to get started. When I first started with clay,
(almost 2 years ago)
I tore open the packages, kneaded it up and started mixing it,
together, etc. Then I tossed all of the stuff in the oven, waited
for it to bake and
when it came out, I was pleased but disappointed!
I wasn't new to crafting. I've done water color painting, plastic
canvas, cross stitch,
sewing, quilting, fabric painting, ceramics, wood/tole painting,
etc! But I didn't know
anything about this clay! I'd seen a few pictures in some kids
books about easy to make
projects using clay, but other than that, I knew nothing!
So I went back to my high school art teacher's words of wisdom -
think color wheel
and plan, plan, plan!! I got out my sketch pad and colored pencils
and just started
coloring shapes or even lines in different colors to see which
colors looked good
with each other. Then when I saw combinations that I liked
together, I began to think
about specific designs and I went from there.
Lastly, don't be afraid. It's really hard to mess this stuff up and
personally, I don't think there
is such a thing as a mess up! This clay is so versatile, if you've
chosen good color
combinations, even what might be considered a mess up, can usally
take a new form and
be something wonderful!
As few as two colors can be swirled, stacked, checkerboarded, etc.
for the most amazing
results! The purple swirl necklace that I have on my site, at the
top of page 3 is one of the
first things I made, but no one ever guesses that. And I've had
more than 1 person offer to buy it
right off my neck! That still shocks me when it happens!
The clay will give you ideas too. As you work with it, you'll begin
to see colors, patterns
even shapes emerging. There are many times I've sat down to make a
or piece of jewelry and I wind up with something totally different
than what I origianlly
had in mind!
I still consider myself very new at this clay thing! I only have
weekends and some nights
during the week to actually site down and play with clay, and even
that time isn't able to
be devoted 100% to just clay! There are still techniques I want to
try and even some I've
tried that I've yet to master! But as long as you make something
that you like, that's what
I think is important, and you can bet, others will like it too!
Well, ya'll - I apologize for such a long post!
Thanks for taking the time to read this far!