Sometimes it feels like it takes forever to get my polymer clay beads ready to sell. Kneading, rolling, stamping, baking, painting, drying....whew! What a long process. But, before I start feeling sorry for myself I remember what my fellow ceramic clay artists go through to complete one tiny bead. From getting a perfect consistency in their clay to firing, and glazing and re-firing. What an ordeal....all for that perfect tiny bead:) I admit I am fascinated with earthen clay and hope to move towards working in this medium one day. Until then I will be happy rolling out my polymer clay and learning all that I can about this art form. I stayed up late last night forming these beads that are now drying this morning. I've found it more efficient to get my bead designs formed up the night before so they are ready to bake and decorate as soon as I come back to my studio.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Been busy experimenting with new forms of clay. I love polymer clay and the possibilities are endless with it. However, my fingers have been busy playing in earthen clay lately. I've found a new source of creativity.... self drying clay. Not the kind that is made of paper but real clay. It feels the same as clay that must be kiln fired except it air dries to rock like consistency. It's very versatile and easy to work with too. These little angels are some of my newest air dry designs.