And they do! Knitting, cross stitching and now,…polymer clay sculpting!
First I tried a little gnomish looking house with some white Sculpey I had that I coloured with art pastels. It worked pretty well but I was very unhappy with how quickly my hands heated up the clay which made it very difficult to form into the crisp details I wanted.
So for my birthday I bought a lot more tools and clay and set to work experimenting some more…not managing to achieve any greater satisfaction in the process either, I’m forced to confess…
My favourite is the little face surrounded by flowers. That was the result of a face mould and some icing cutters I bought to make the flowers and leaves with. The fact that the flowers aren’t symmetrical bothers me but that’s because I actually had to fix this because the first time I baked it I forgot to loosen it from the base I was sculpting it on and when I went to pick it up after it cooled, I ripped off two of the flowers. This was after I re-did it and re-baked it again.
But I also made a couple of pretty face-brooches but the frustration with blunting the clay details with my clunky fingers continued!
I like them…but they’re not to the degree of finish that satisfies me yet.
But I’m still learning so I’m trying to be patient…while I make a list of supplies I still need! The list is definitely expanding!!
But on other fronts…the cross stitch progresses! I’ve finished the hag and now the giant’s head. The rest of his body is on the next and final line and I’ll get to that as I continue on.
And the Combo Beanies also continue with the seemingly inexhaustible Combined Cone Yarns!
I’m down to the last couple of balls and have faint glimmers of light at the end of the yarn tunnel! I live in hope! So far I have on hand 20 beanies! What a marathon!
So I’ll continue challenging myself with the clay while coveting more tools so I can do it BETTER! (I will not be defeated!) while continuing on with the cross stitch and beanies…and who knows! I might actually get around to the poor benighted lace socks!