I never intended to become a polymer clay artist. I made jewelry. I made jewelry with PMC, sea glass, gemstones and wire. When I started to make beads, it was for fun, to allow myself some play. PMC got really expensive and the polymer allowed me to scuplt without breaking the bank.
I never knew I'd fall so in love with it. I myself, was a bit of a bead snob, and never bought polymer beads to use in my "fancy" designs. Most of what I knew was caning, and that was far to bright for my work (gorgeous, but bright)....and......the snob in me saw it as plastic.
Then I got paired with Lynda Mosely of Diva Designs for The Bead Soup Blog party. She sent me some of her faux turquoise beads, a fabulous transfer and lots of other beads to play with. I was in awe that it was polymer. It was such an eye opening moment for me. You could make polymer look like things, well, other then polymer!
I mean, look at her work
You can find her on facebook here:
and on etsy here (where she sells tutorials as well!!!)
That is all I needed, and I was off and running. I chose to paint on polymer, because I grew up in a home with a mom who painted. I learned faux finishes and how to use painting mediums on just about anything.
At first I just loved being able to get out my paints again and play.
Here are some of my earlier beads, just loving being able to play with color and paint.
Over time though, I began to love the sculpting of the clay too. These are my new favorites to make because I really get to play with form.
And as time goes on, I fall more and more in love with this medium. There is always something new to learn.
I mean always.
You can find new techniques daily, or, at least, new ways to use old techniques.
I love blogs like Polymer Clay Daily, which features inspiration and new artists each day!
Or the Polymer Arts Blog, which focus's more on a technique or design element and showcases it for a month or so through the works of different artists.
And then there is my favorite place to go for WOW moments and information, and that is Ginger Allman of the Blue Bottle Tree's facebook page. Her blog is packed with information for beginners and experts alike, as she investigates tools, dispels myths, and continually gives the polymer community a plethora of useful information.
On facebook, she likes to showcase artists as well as post things to inspire us to go further.
This is the post that inspired MY post today. I mean, just when you though you have seen it all. She showcased this pendant and asked us to try to figure out how it was made.
Ginger hinted that it involved pastels and stretching of the clay.
We were all stumped.
Well, here is the tutorial.
Its not in English, but you can follow the pictures.
Watch and be amazed.
It really had me shaking my head, but in a good way. There is so much you can do with this medium. So many finishes, so many ways to manipulate it......the possibilities are endless.
If you are looking to try out polymer clay, I encourage you to really investigate The Blue Bottle Tree's blog and do research. There is a lot to learn. But once you have conditioning and curing down (and trust me, these can take time to get right for a strong solid piece) then you are ready to have fun.
Ginger also has lots of tutorials you can purchase on her website.
I have a tutorial on my painting technique that involves the crackle finish available on my website (just the painting technique, no polymer forming in it)
I also have an online class you can take through Craftcast to learn to make these from start to finish: forming, curing, painting, and making the necklace as well.
You can find that here
So how about you? What have you seen that has blown your mind? or opened a new door in your medium? Have you had those moments that have changed your entire artistic course?