My New Polymer Clay Journal

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Polymer Clay Journal by KatersAcres


No, it’s not WIP Wednesday … Yes, this could have waited … but I’m just so excited to share it with you all!

Not What I Expected, But …

Have you ever made something that turned out really well despite the fact that as you were making it you kept thinking, “something is clearly wrong here?” Well … rarely does that happen to me. Let me clarify, if while I’m making something I keep thinking, “this doesn’t look right” then by the time it’s done it still doesn’t look right and it ends up waiting for more inspiration …

KatersAcres Polymer Clay Studio

Well this time, something unusual happened in my studio.  I usually begin something with a plan or at least an idea, sometimes even a sketch or picture of inspiration.  This time, that did not happen. For those of you who work like this, bless you, because I can’t. But here was my situation … I have lots of things on my ‘gotta get it made list’ but this one was crammed at the top. Why? Because I really wanted a festive & fun journal to take to my weekend with Christi Friesen. Yep, you heard that right … I’m spending an entire weekend taking classes with Christi Friesen about 2 hours from my house. YIPPY!

Here’s the problem, I had no idea what to make. Since my polymer clay work consists of more than just Parker, I wanted to capture some of it.  My love of plants (especially flowers), my new-found love of caning, and yet a bit of me in it too. So what to make?! I had no ideas. In fact this journal has been sitting waiting on me for 2 months … why … zero inspiration on what to put on it. So yesterday I sat down at my marble work table and just played with my clay.

What Do You See?

Polymer Clay Journal by KatersAcresWhen you look at my polymer clay journal there’s a bunch of things that you should recognize immediately if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time:

  • Jumbo leaf canes
  • Brush-stroke flower petal cane ends from my Flower Necklaces
  • Stroppel cane made a fantastic “colored brick” bottom
  • Scrap Clay for the background with mica powders for accents
  • Even a “snowflake” cane that turned out so bad I turned it into cloudy-like-things … (don’t you hate it when that happens?)
  • That nasty leaf cane that ended up looking more like fire flames, made great long leafy things too!

What’s Left To Do

I photographed my polymer clay journal as it was when it was done baking. However, I think I’m still going to add some brown & white acrylic paint to give it some definition.  I will also varnish it with a satin glaze I think. Yep … I think this will do good for my weekend with Christi Friesen. What do you think?

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How do you work in your studio? Do you just sit and let inspiration guide you? Do you go into working with a plan? Do you sketch your designs first? You tell me … how do YOU work best in your polymer clay studio?

Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Claying,

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