Earlier in the summer, after much deliberation, I decided to put more of my focus on my polymer clay creations and techniques.
I'm not quitting the other stuff altogether, but I think PC is going to help me become the artist I want to be, more so than just basics like stringing. Jewelry making is a saturated market and it's hard to stand out in a crowd if your work is not very original.
Back in June I signed up for a month long bootcamp class with Heather Powers and I believe that was also instrumental in my baby steps forward.
To continue my learning, today I paid for a year long learning session starting in January of 2015. This endeavor features over 20 different PC artists with many different techniques taught through the year. I thought it was a deal at the early bird price of $80 [Good till 9/1 - it goes up to $99 after that-] Click the link to see more info : Polymer Clay Adventure
So I decided to take a look back at where I started in PC :
Here are the first things I made, some ridiculously sad and wonky beads....
Then I tried my hand at frames and wine glasses
To use stamps and colorants like the Swellegant system
To buy and use tutorials like this one from the Blue Bottle Tree
To experiment with alcohol inks and products like resin
The last year or so has been a huge improvement and for the last couple of months I have been working in polymer almost daily.
I have purchased a couple of tuts on finishing and credit them with adding a more professional look to my things.
[I ighly recommend the tut from Betsy Baker of Stonehouse Studio on Etsy]
|Rustic Beads from tut by The Blue Bottle Tree|
|Meg Newberg Houndstooth tut from Pinterest|
Thanks for indulging my trip down memory lane.
I appreciate your time spent here on my blog
Have a great rest of your week and a relaxing Labor Day weekend.