Sorry, I know it’s been forever since I posted, but I have started 6 posts and not finished them. I will blog the other knitting things I’ve been up to, I promise. Just…not now.
My newest obsession is polymer clay. I’ll spare you the long, drawn-out hoopla about why I wanted to try it, but it is a lot like working with fondant, which I miss about my cake-making days. Recently I decided I couldn’t wait anymore, I had to try it NOW!
And I’m so glad I did! My first project was a pair of donut earrings. (Yes I know it’s doughnut, but my stupid phone doesn’t accept that, so I’ve come over to the dark side of D-O-N-U-T.) Here is the result of my first attempt:
SQUEEEEE!! It also involved chalk/pastel to colour the outside instead of making a cane. There is a solid horizontal line, but it’s not photgraphing great. I was so pleased with this one, but I still had sprinkles to use up, so I decided to make it a sprinkle donut as well. After a glaze incident (I know, I know, I should be using TLS, but I didn’t have it and the store didn’t have it, so I was trying to use what I had!) I ended up fixing it by painting right over the glaze with acrylic paint, and then putting another clear coat over that. The result:
My next project is going to be realistic chocolate chip cookies for earrings. I’ve purchased pastels now (I think they will work better than the chalk for colouring) and I have watched several tutorials, I’m as ready as I’m going to get, ha.
I also purchased some translucent Sculpey in block form, for use in making lemon slices. My first attempt at a lemon cane was a terrible failure. It was going well until the “squeeze/roll out to a tiny log” stage, that’s when it just became a yellow snake. Oops. I’ll try again.
These have all been made with Craft Smart brand of polymer clay, which I believe is Michael’s own brand. It was quite a bit cheaper than purchasing the other brands, which is a bonus. I haven’t had any problems with breaking or anything yet, maybe beginner’s luck?
That’s all for now. Happy making!