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Posted on May 14, 2013 in Polymer Clay by Katie Oskin
Last year in the fall, I was invited to join in with a group on International Polymer Clay Artists from around the world in a swap. I considered myself very fortunate to be part of the group where Tina Holden is one of the leaders. We have just completed our most recent swap and I wanted to show off what I received…
Each swap is united and organized around a theme. This past theme was “Pens & Twinchies.” Our job was once we were paired with out partners, we were to make and ship a handmade polymer clay pen and a “twinchie” (which is like an inchie, but it is two inches instead of one inch). I had oodles of ideas and oodles of color palettes in mind … why? Because in part I am addicted to making polymer clay pens anyway, I make at least 2 a week in my studio. (You can find a video tutorial on making polymer clay pens here).
I was partnered up with the very talented Laura Schiller. I actually made several different items for the swap because honestly … I just couldn’t decide what I was “happiest” with. Though, in retrospect, any of the items I made would have been good sends. After spending several days making different pens, I finally settled on this lovely pen shown at left. I made a blended sheet of gradient metallic orange, pearl, & metallic pink and covered it with striped & bullseye white canes for pop and yellow translucent clay with gold foil.
But perhaps my favorite was the Twinchie. I made several Twinchies all of which were cute … but then I had a great idea. I needed to make a set of Twinchies! So, I made four Twinchies using mostly simple canes to look like mushrooms … and then I made tiny (about 1/4″ tall) Parker’s to go into each and every scene. You can see all four of the Twinchies at the right …
I receive the most beautiful caned pen & Twinchie from my swap partner, Laura Schiller. Laura is a very accomplished cane artist, as well as egg decorator. Her swirls and canes were perfect and her leaves added a final touch of whimsy and grace. The back of the Twinchie features a beautiful Irish blessing. She even handmade a little wire frame for the Twinchie to allow it to stand. I was so flattered and honored when I received by swap. Thank you so much Laura!
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