The Heart Cane & The Scrap Pile

I’m not sure if this is for all brands of polymer clay but for the ones I use – made by Polyform or the Sculpey people – out of the US… supply has gotten a little low since the pandemic. I’m not sure if it’s because the factory got hit with COVID cases. Or if the area has stricter safety regulations than the sort of slack ones where I am. Or if the materials used in producing polymer clay are similar to those used in PPE production and thus just not available. It just means that clay has been hard to get in the colours and quantity I’m used to.

I’ve had to start digging into the scrap pile. Good thing I have a heckuva scrap pile.

I put it to good use with this cane! It reduced well, has made a bunch of beads and cane pieces… and a pretty long video for YouTube if you want to make your own version:

The 2021 Bead Soup Swap Challenge Is On

I’m pretty sure I did my first Bead Soup Blog Hop in 2012 and a few more after that. Since then the internet has more solidly moved over to micro blogging on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter so this year’s swap is going to be here and on my IG/FB.

My partner, Dorit Woldenga, sent me this fun cup of soup with the super pretty cloisonn` focal to use. There’s a bit of a challenge in here – I almost never work in bright gold tones – but I think I’m up for it!

I took the picture of Dorit’s soup at home… which meant my calico had to come see if I was having fun without her. It reminds me why I avoid doing jewellerymaking and other crafty stuff at home these days.

Here’s a snapshot of the soup I sent along and a handful of Elaine beads for her to try out.

The final reveal date is April 3rd and I will make sure and remind you all!

Second Verse, Same as the First

So 2020 was a doozy. And 2021 is shaping up to be a lot of the same, at least here. Where I live, vaccinations are slowly rolling out but healthy average folks won’t get them before fall here and I’m not in a rush to do Regular Life before then. Which means, probably, a lot of my 2021 will be like my post March 2020: sticking close to home, wearing a mask, and not doing shows or classes.


This isn’t entirely awful for my work – I got a lot of things done that I had been putting off like my YouTube channel – and that’ll be the same again this year: I’ll have the chance to work at items that are tangential to my regular work and that’s neat.

So here’s a to a better year for the world !

(photo: Chloe, Ro the Cat, 2020 Christmas tree which survived Ro the cat)