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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.
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.
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!