WIP Wednesday: A Short Week
Posted on April 23, 2014 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks, Work In Progress by Katie Oskin
A Short Week
Holy Week Excitement
As many of my readers know, I am not a full-time artist. I am an ordained American Baptist Minister. This means that some weeks (like last week) are very busy for me with church and church activities. Last week was Holy Week and I was crazy busy! However, I did manage to squeeze in about 6 hours of work in my studio last week. Working in my polymer clay studio always seems to just melt all the stress away, and last Friday was no different.
If you follow my WIP Wednesday posts, you know I have been working at a lot more than just Parker lately. Because of my two very large craft shows in July & August, I don’t have a lot of non-Parker related inventory left as I have sold most of it in last year’s craft show. Because of this I have been working hard to try and boost that inventory, this Spring’s major project has been flowers (of which I’m using the scraps to make bugs brooches). Here’s just a few samples of the 4 kinds of flowers I made this past week.
The hardest part of making these lovely flowers (in my opinion) is that I always have to keep one of each one I make for myself. I’m addicted to them and have a giant inventory of them in my closet to match with my outfits. Do you do this too or is it just me? Let me know in the comments below.
My Favorite Trick – 2-in-1 Skinner Blends
One of my favorite tricks that I do with Skinner blends is the 2-in-1 flower petals. Basically you make one large skinner blend. The Skinner Blends shown at the left & right here have 3 colors each. Once I make the brushstroke canes, before I shape them, I cut them in half. One I manipulate to put the white on the inside, the other with the white on the outside. This creates 2 different, yet similar petal canes. It’s like a 2-in-1. I make all my petal canes like this now because I like the color variation. GET THE TUTORIAL HERE.
Weekly Tidbits & Fun:
- Lesson Learned: Thou shalt not sneeze while playing with glitter. The results are … pixie dust everywhere!
- I’m totally in love with the necklace featured on Polymer Clay Daily this week. I’m not really a jewelry wearer (except my flower necklaces) but I tell you, I could really see myself making this stunning beauty.
- Istagram: I’m really enjoying connecting with other clayers on Instagram. Be sure to follow me here. I post pics of my studio work, but also my life in general. If you’re expecting 100% clay, you won’t get that there. If that’s what you’re looking for, check my FaceBook instead.
- Feedly: This past week I added a “Follow me on Feedly” icon to my website. If you use Feedly, just one click on the icon will allow you to follow this blog instantly!
What are you working on?
What’s going on in your studio? What are you working on? Is there a project you’d like to see me tackle and feature on the blog? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts & ideas!