Playing Around with Polymer Clay

After an spending the whole of my daughters afternoon nap perusing Etsy I got an itch to try miniature polymer clay foods. Weird itch, eh? Basically I decided “Hey I can do that!” After a very quick craigslist search I found a lady looking to unload a sizable collection of polymer clay and jewelry making tools. $25 sounds reasonable. I met her and its an entire moving box of stuff! I got a pasta maker (for flattening the clay uniformly), lots of molds and cutters, and over $150 worth of clay. Great deal. As soon as I get home I dive right in.

I was pregnant at the time (thus the impulse buying) though I didnt know the sex I had set my mind on a “Cutie Pie” themed shower. I was going to sever various kids of pie and it was going to be adorable. Part of the plan was to serve milk in champagne glasses so for glass markers I wanted to make a variety of pie slices. These are the result:

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I have to say they were super duper fun. I really enjoyed the medium and learned some fun new techniques. I this this crush could easily turn to love if I could find something useful to do with polymer clay. I dont really care for the polymer jewelry look and what in the world do you do with little clay statutes? I could make tons of wine glass markers but come on I only need so many. Any other suggestions? I got the stuff. What else could I do with it?

 

BTW I didn’t have the “Cutie Pie” shower of my dreams but I did have a small, adorable “Milk and Cookies’ shower.

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Embroidery Endeavor

I tried embroidery for the first time when Pretty Prudent hosted another great contest “Use Your Words” Its not hard but very time consuming and kinda hurt my hands. Not a hate but not in love.

Heres the guidelines:

The Contest: You + Words + Needle + Thread = Embroidery Joy. 
Use embroidered text or font anyway you see fit to adorn a fabric item in a creative way. Use letters to create something as short as a monogram or as long as a novel. Embroider by machine or by hand on any item you want, from samplers to bags to sheets to clothes to whatever your crafty mind can dream up. Just make sure you “use your words” somewhere on your project. We will collect all of your droolicious entries and our panel of judges will select a winner!

I went out and bought a huge pack of embroidery floss and did a ton of research on embroidery technique. I made two projects.

The firs,t a kite for my daughters nursery. The words I used are from Mary Poppins, one of my favorite movies as a kid. “Let’s go fly a kite.”

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The second project was a set of faux mirrors for my craft room. the center one said “Who’s the craftiest of them all?” I cant find a picture of the end result but when I do I will post it.

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They turned out amazing. I didn’t win but it was fun. it turned out to be a definite crafty crush. It was exciting for the duration of the project but this was May 2011 and I haven’t embroidered again. Nope, haven’t picked up a embroidery needle in literally years. Needless to say I didn’t fall for it.