WIP Wednesday – Trying New Things
Posted on April 2, 2014 in Work In Progress by Katie Oskin
Daring to Try New Things
in my Polymer Clay Studio
For those of us who have creative streaks, we can often find ourselves deep inside a rut … sometimes one that we can’t get out of too. In fact, those are some difficult times for an artist. One of the things that I do when I’m in a “rut” creatively is to journal. However, I can often be found purchasing fabulous online tutorials for polymer clay. Or … I order a new polymer clay book and dive deep into it’s pages.
Last year I led a year long project in conjunction with Christi Friesen called “The Friesen Project.” This year I am blessed to be a participant in another year long project, called the 52 Weeks of Canes as well as being a subscriber to Meg Newberg’s Cane Builder eZine. I have worked with polymer for more than 6 years now, but I have always had a general “fear” of caning. I have spent the past two years learning not to be afraid, and honestly have gone through a ton of clay because of the “learning curve” (Sounds better than failure, right)?! In doing so I have expanded my horizons and learned not to be afraid of caning and I am branching out and trying new things. All of this being said, this past week was spent exploring and just “playing” in my studio. I had very few specific goals … I just wanted to clay. So here’s a very small snapshot of some of that playtime.
- New Petal Canes! This past week I purchased a fantastic tutorial “Flowers Three Ways” by Debbie Crothers from CraftArtEdu. I used these canes to make oodles of flower pendant necklaces. You can purchase many of these necklaces in my Etsy Store.
- Bugidy Bug Bugz – With the cane ends and wonky pieces, I constructed little bugs! In addition I made a fabulous tutorial from my Tutorial Club Subscribers of how they can make their own bugs. If you want to receive 2 great PDF tutorials a month, click here and get the details.
- Most beautiful Stroppel Cane Ever – I have made a lot of Stroppel canes, but none of them have ever turned out this good. WOW! I can’t wait to make something out of this gorgeous stropped cane. It uses all my cane ends and pieces from the past week.
- Lucy Clay Tools Fun – This past week my much awaited new Lucy Clay Tools die disc came. Woo hoo! I ordered the CZExtruder as a Christmas Present from Parker to myself and I am in such love. Never have I had an extruder like this. If you live in the USA, you can get yours from Kimberly Idalski’s Artfire Shop here.
- Lolly’s Bird-like Look – Because I’ve been in such a mood for Spring, flowers, & birds as of late … you know Lolly had to become a bird too. Personally, I think the feathers are fab. Adopt Lolly here.