Sunday, May 29, 2011

Down for the Count- Sprained Wrist

I am out of the game for a few days at least for polymer clay. Some lady cut me off getting off the subway Friday morning with one of those stupid rolling briefcases. I went flying, landed on my wrist and elbow. My elbow is sore but pretty muck ok by now.

My wrist is another story. And worse it is my left hand (I'm a lefty) so I feel totally out of it. The is a bruise at the base of my palm where I landed and my whole hand is basically out of commission. I finally can type a little with both hands but I can really only move the fingers. The whole side,going from just above my wrist to my pinkie are just not doing anything and any pressure just makes me yelp.

Nothing is broken and I am just bruised but I can't even think of claying. If I can't hold a fork or grab any thing or put pressure on it, sculpting is out of the question until I am feeling better. Worse part is my husband saying, you only have one more day to get better (I do have Monday off though) so I better hurry I up. Like I have a coice in the matter. Besides I worked all day Friday, just typing one handed and keeping an ice pack on the left hand.

Your hands are most important tool in polymer clay, being without one, and it being the dominant one, really is frustrating.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Polymer Clay Faces Wallhanging in Progress

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I see the faces all around me, taking the subway and working in NYC really pushes all those faces up close. I know I made one of these face wall hangings last summer but I just had to do another. Even more so after I start condensing all my scrap clay. I now have a lot of muddy colors I had a good start.

Actually those "muddy" are mostly greys, green and purples, nothing really brown but it was a good start. I decided no to use the browns or ecru I have, just mix up my own earth colors. Actually it is kind of therapeutic to just mix browns. There is a big range of browns. I'm looking for more terracotta shades and earthy colors.

After I mixed up a few base shades (I'll definitely mixing more shades) to get going, I started by rolling out a sheet a clay and then settled in making faces. I am just making tribal styles faces, keeping them simple but trying to show the feelings. I guess I really am just basing it the people I see as ride the train- you get to see all sorts all around.

This is the beginning, now I need to build the rest of the crowd.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Designing a Craft Space that Works

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[caption id="attachment_687" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Fantasy Clay's Work Space- closer up"]Fantasy Clay's Work Space[/caption]

Everyone needs  place to clay. Last summer I cleaned up a little as you can see here. It was a big step from the chaos that existed before. This time it sort of evolved from what I was using and piling up where I had my stuff. You might see I am in the same space as before, a small corner in what is our eating space, can't say it's a dining room.

However I bought a good desk with more space, actually a glass topped computer desk. It doesn't wobble and there is a nice shelf on the bottom and the keyboard holder actually is handy. I added some sturdy shelves and my rolling carting have become a mini wall (and a place to lay my hat).

I even said last year, I did not expect it to stay that orderly but even more annoying was after I "organized" everything, I could find anything. The space has morphed into a working space that I can maintain and have space to work.

My dream is still to have a room of my own but that is obviously not happening any time soon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Making a New Start

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This is my first official post on my WordPress blog. A new beginning and ready to get started. Ok I have to start all over getting followers and hoping that people will follow me to this blog.

It took a little more effort to set up a WordPress blog but I like the added control I have. The look is new, yes I know it is the same as the one as the other blog, but that was a recent change.

So here is an orchid, a purple flower for the spring on cool wrap vessel that I learned how to make personally from Christi Friesen. Making them feels special every time, that's why I included it in my first post.

So here's to new beginnings and creativity and enjoying life.

Friday, May 13, 2011

My First Attempt on Maggie Maggio split rings

I finally decided to try making Maggie Maggio's split rings using her YouTube video, Basically it is just a split ring made out of polymer clay. A bunch broke when I was trying to get them together because I made them too thin on the ends but all in the were easy to make with lots of possibilities. I just showed a few links and a short chain but I keep all the separate links in a bowl and mix and match how I will wear them that day.

I fussed over what kind of clasp would I use. Duh, these rings open and close to I just need to open a ring and use that as a clasp. The best part is I made bunches and bunches of them. One day I wore them as a long necklace, the next time as a short almost choker length.

I took some ideas from different clayers, one suggest using an extruder to make the starter snakes. Since I can roll an even snake, this was a life saver. Another friend mentioned how she made them more like real split rings and less spread out than Maggie's. I had better luck with them and they were easier to polish user my new power tool.

Maggie's latest take on split rings

Still Maggie has come up with another new twist on her split- now they are ruffly.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

New Toy - Table Polishing machine

This week I got my latest toy. I ordered a table polisher, I had wondered about them, having heard of them from polymer clays but not having much experience with power tools or the cost, I figured it wasn't worth exploring. Last week after a demo at the New Jersey Polymer Clay Guild about sanding and polishing, I got a chance to see one in action. I checked online for a price and I got one for 55 dollars(this includes shipping).

It took me a bit too get set up and realized that it needed to be clamped down at 2000-7000 rpms it bounced all over. But the difference is amazing. Hand buffing and even using the dremel don't compare.

I posted these faux rocks last year. I had sanded and hand buffed them. Still they looked drab and sort of disappointing. Just a couple seconds each at the table polisher changed them from unempressing lumps to finished beads. Can you guess which ones I used the polisher on? Do I even need to say?

This is one toy I am really glad I finally invested in.