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2016 Polymer Clay Challenge

OK, so this coming year, 2016, I am going to challenge myself to make something with polyclay once every week of the year. So by the end of 2016 I will have done at least 52 polyclay activities.

Because I know myself I don’t want to limit myself with what I will make however the rule I will set myself is that whatever I make needs to be baked and ‘finished’ each week. So polyclay canes don’t count alone. If I use a polyclay can to make a bowl that is fine but it needs to be baked and sanded and polished or glazed. I’d like all 52 projects I do to be able to go in to my Etsy shop to be sold in some way.

From where I’m at right now, most of it will be beads or pendants of some sort, however I am always learning new things and wanting to try new things so who knows what I will come out with.

I actually had a dream recently of something I’d like to make with polyclay, however I want to keep that one tight to my chest until I get it done. I would like to challenge myself to get in to that and have it all done and ready to go by the end of 2016 as well.

I will be participating in the 2016 Polyclay adventure which is a bunch of online tutorials which I think will easily keep me accountable. That will be lots of fun! Anyone else interested in joining go here: http://www.onlineartretreats.com/about-us/pca2016landing/ they are also running a jewellery adventure too which I’m doing which will be fun.

Other great places to go for polyclay or polyclay inspiration are:

Kater’s Acres

Over The Rainbow

Polymer Clay Daily

Sculpey University

 

If you have links to any other awesome polyclay type places on the wonderful world wide web feel free to link me to them in the comments! 🙂

I don’t know what it is…

… but there is this definite push to get moving lately. The more we get in to the last half of the year the more my Inner Dialogue (ever notice that makes ID… for identification, and what else is your identification than your Inner Dialogue, HAH!) keeps hounding me to take action. Take action. Take action.

So I spent far more time than I realised it took to photograph, edit, upload, tag and describe all my recent polywork creations.

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It doesn’t really look like that much to me when I view this photo. But it did quite literally take me hours! And for what? To sit in my Etsy Shop for 4 months doing nothing? Probably. Why? Because I’m clueless! I put them up there, I tagged them… well now what? Why aren’t they flying off the shelf? Because no one is seeing them. At least that’s why I hope they aren’t flying off the shelf and it’s not because they are all horrible and no one likes them!! Isn’t it wonderful how our Inner Critic loves to gallop away to the most drastic conclusions?

Why isn’t anyone seeing them? Is it really because I haven’t spent any money on advertising? Really? Is that all I have to do? Put some money in to advertising my shop? I don’t know. I guess the only way I will find out is if I actually try. Clearly just putting it out there on my personal and business pages on Facebook is not enough. Especially not on the business page thanks to the ever harder ways it is for your fans to actually see your posts without having to spend money there as well. Is that it? Do I have to spend money on Etsy, Google and Facebook to get these things out of my house?

What about blogging? I tried blogging, as you can see by previous posts, yet very few people actually read it. I have to assume I don’t have anything interesting to say. Or perhaps people don’t understand the twists and turns my mind makes. Or perhaps even still the topics I write on are not of any interest to anyone but me. I do not know. What I do know is I always end up coming to this place of wanting to throw my hands up in the air and give up, throw the towel in, crawl in to a dark little hole and cry my eyes out.

On a more spiritual note I know it’s because I have this great big tug’o’war happening. This push and pull of wanting to be seen and not wanting to be seen. It’s like a World War only my body is the world and the voice in my head are at war. Blood does get spilled but no one ever dies. They just go on and on arguing about the same things round and round like I’m on a merry-go-round. I guess that is why I keep feeling this shove to take action. I don’t know if it’s me, my Nana in her spirit form nudging me, the moon cycles, life cycles, or what, but it’s there and so I am here. Here typing my first blog in months because I keep hearing this whisper telling me to get to it. I keep having this desire to type or write or just dribble on about whatever comes to my head.

I think I have become so sick of listening to the inner debate that I am actually doing something. I am actually, meekly, weakly, timidly, putting myself out there to be seen then holding my breath as I wait. What am I waiting for? Some kind of action… or inaction. Y’know, inaction to prove that Inner Critic right about not being wanted, not being good enough, not being smart enough, loud enough, not wanting it enough, not having the proper skills, and on and on and on. Yet here I am. Typing to whoever bothers to read this (no one) and hoping something happens (nothing will). Don’t you just want to slap that Inner Critic? I do.

So we are sinking down to the new moon at the moment. The new moon is on Saturday. The day before my husbands birthday. It’s funny. I have known my husband since he was 17 and to think he is turning 35 on Sunday blows my mind away. When I think about turning 40 at the end of the year it’s ok. I almost feel like I’m already there anyway. However, my husband, my YOUNGER husband, is getting old *laugh*…. aaaaaand I went on a tangent.

As we sink toward the new moon, it’s a time of shedding the old and unneeded things in our life. It’s a time to wrap up projects and finish those things that are laying around waiting. It’s a time to start thinking about what you can let go of now in order to bring in new and fresh things with the new moon. So tell me, Constant Reader, what are you shedding right now? What is it you need to finish or let go of?

Polyclay Play

It’s been over 15 years since I did any kind of play with polymer clay. I used to make roses, dogs, and other sorts of beads, but slowly… as with all my art really… it faded out of my life. I’m not sure why or how. Lately though I’ve been getting the push to give it a go again. Especially seeing some amazing polyclay designers on facebook who do some really cute dragons and stuff! Check out Dragons & Beasties here: https://www.facebook.com/dragonsandbeasties?fref=ts

So I went and bought myself a couple bits n pieces to play with and see how it goes. I remember I used to love it. Yes, I still do! I may have jumped in to the deep end though with my first project back after 15 years by doing a fairy!!

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I just bought the one colour, a nice light beige kind of colour. Because you can paint over it. I thought there was no sense getting a heap of different colours and spending hundreds of dollars if it’s not something I still enjoy and want to keep doing. So just one colour I got and that is the fairy, uncoloured. From there I decided to make a couple of cat head beads and that left me wanting to do a whole cat…

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So much fun! Yes, I can see myself wanting to do this more. But really… is there any point? I don’t want to keep accumulating all these fun crafty projects to do and not earn money from them. I would want to sell these little critters, at least enough to justify me buying the clay and other fun stuff that goes with polyclay. Having said that as well, the polyclay can be used on another project that I would love to do enough to sell… and having done this post I realise a lot of stuff I do comes back to this project that keeps percolating in the back of my head.

But of course, I love dragons. That is what attracted me back to polyclay, the thought of making dragons and other mythological creatures. So while I was sitting there watching the riders of Berk with the kids this morning I started trying to sculpt a Toothless head. How could I not? How could I resist? He is after all possibly my most favourite and coveted dragon out there!! He didn’t turn out perfect of course, why would he when it was my very first attempt. But I think he came out ok. I baked him with a hole so he can be put on a chain or something, I painted him up and ….

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Ok, so I’m not happy with his eyes but guess what? They are paint, so I can try painting them again until I’m happy. I can see many things that need changing with him but overall I’m super happy with him and he is still cute!! It gives me hope I can pull him off and perhaps even add the body and wings one day!! Perhaps I’ll give him a pretty magenta tinged girlfriend or something 😉 The possibilities are limitless!

So here are all my little polyclay attempts so far, all together. The only one I didn’t do a close up of is the little rose in the right back, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with that yet. It’s not a ‘bead’ as in there is no hole to thread anything through it… but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it eventually. Perhaps for my other secret squirrel project that is sitting in the back of my mind… hmmmm.

I think there will be more polyclay posts in the future!