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Two clays can make so much

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As many of you know, my journey in my business began with a jewellery making starter kit.  Learning as many techniques as I could in the early days – wire wrapping, bead stringing, macramé, and working with gemstones.  It wasn’t until I discovered polymer clay that I truly became enthralled with making beads and jewellery.

And the learning continues. Keeping up with trends in the industry means I can share what I learn with you.

Recently, FIMO launched a new clay range called ‘leather effect’.  Of course, I bought a few colours to try it out.  I’m still testing!  The fascinating feature about this clay is that it’s flexible AFTER baking.  This means you can make little boxes of create a small purse with a needle and cord to sew the pieces together.  There is also a leathery look to the clay which is visible while you’re working on it.

17 Wed wonder leather effect

What would you use this clay for?

Last month, I attended a special workshop led by the brand ambassador for Cernit clay.  I haven’t used this clay before.  Karen was a very knowledgeable tutor who showed us how to create a bear. Now, beads I understand and love but sculptures are a bit more challenging. That’s why I went.  With polymer clay (I suppose with anything), you have to experiment. You have to try different ways.  Otherwise you will stagnate and it’s not fun anymore.

I actually enjoyed it because Karen showed us step by step how to create our own bear. (below) The key part of using Cernit is conditioning like the other clay brands. It is quite a firm clay and is reliable for this kind of modelling. Sitting the bear on a tile while working is recommended because you can add the vest, scarf, hat and other embellishments and bake it on the same tile.

Clay bear 18Aug

So if you’re not into jewellery, how about making a small sculpture like a bear? Or maybe there’s something else you would like to make? Share your thoughts.

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