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Posted on March 8, 2016 in Polymer Clay by Katie
Swapping polymer clay items with other people is always a lot of fun. In many cases, you never know what you’re going to get, but making a small gift to send … well … that’s my favorite part of any Polymer Clay Swap.
That’s a great question, I’m glad you asked! A swap is when an artist makes something and “swaps” it with another artist. In the polymer clay world, it’s something a lot of people do and enjoy doing. Most swaps happen as part of groups or challenges put together by individual groups. Here are some of the groups that I swap with …
You can see a reoccurring theme here by now. Most swap groups swap via creating their items around a theme for a specific month. The themes are chosen by the organizers of the swap. This list of swap groups is NOT inclusive. There are MANY other groups you can swap with.
On a personal note as a swap administrator, if you have committed to a swap, it is your responsibility to follow through. If you received something, it is also your obligation to send something in return. Please do NOT sign up for a swap if you know you can’t fulfill making and shipping your item. This leaves people sad, hurt, frustrated, and also gives you and your business a bad reputation. Not to mention that in many cases you will be thrown off teams, groups, or have memberships revoked. This behavior is not acceptable. In many cases a simple email to the swap administrator can take you off the list, even temporarily if you find you can not fulfill your end of the bargain.
I have sent a variety of items to different swappers this year. It’s so hard to keep track of who sends what for which swap (because I do so many) that I get SO easily confused. In some cases I have never received anything back. Regardless, you can see the swap items I sent to my various swappers at the left.
I really enjoy making things and swapping with other artists. I find it incredibly enjoyable and a whole lot of fun. To those of you who have swapped with me and fulfilled your end of the swap, I am very grateful. THANK YOU! I can’t wait to do this more often in the future.
Thanks for joining me today,