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!

What do you think?