There’s no secret – my preferred clay is Sculpey Premo and the related Sculpey stuff. With the COVID19 pandemic Polyform, the parent company, has had all sorts of issues with keeping up stock at distributors and my already shaky supply chain has become hit or miss. Living in rural Canada has always made getting materials a bit of a mess but there’s nothing like a global pandemic to mess up shipping and production.
It means that I’ve started stockpiling when I do find materials and I’ve been buying bits and pieces of other brands to use. I’ve cranked through some of my very, very old Fimo clay and I tried Cernit for the first time in… a very long time.
I have enough scraps and bits and pieces I’ll be able to keep making stuff for ages yet but I’m out of some of the colours I use for specific pieces in my shops … and of course they’re my most popular sellers. I hope they show back up as restrictions and shortages begin to ease. It has been a weird year and a bit!
If you’re me, your clay generally turns into beads. It’s an obsession. And let’s face it: beads are tiny, instant gratification art. Not up to a whole sculpt? A vase got you down? Make a half inch bead. Done.
Then you run into the issue of what do you do with the darn leaf beads. So… earrings. It’s pretty much instant gratification bead usage.
I have been making stuff with polymer clay for a long time. I started with clay to make the beads for my jewellerymaking hobby and kept going until I had boxes of beads and canes. At some point I got selling the beads and canes themselves and now, here we are.
At the 20+ year point I still make stuff that is new to me or at least not *common* and that’s this stack of canes, lots of leaves. A customer requested a bunch of leaf designs that were a bit of a jump from my normal thing. I tend to make a pretty basic leaf cane over and over – I have a video about it, a tutorial, it gets used on a lot of my beads – but this was a chance to challenge myself to make some more interesting stuff. Leafy beads. Leafy sculpture. Leafy art. We’ll see what I get up to but here’s a few bits to start!
This is going to be a series of posts about what the canes and beads I make and sell can be used for. You can see the other posts here.