The 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge project by KatersAcres has been great for me to get posting regularly again but it’s supposed to be for completed pieces each week. Most weeks my completed pieces are beads so this is easy peasy but this week, somehow, nothing that got finished got a vanity shot before it headed out the shop door. So we have an in progress sort of week.
There are beads being drilled and varnished. This is a mainstay in the shop. I have little buckets for each stage – needs holes, needs sanding, needs varnish, needs sorting. Some beads just get holes and then jump to the last stage. Some linger until there’s enough to run the tumbler. As orders come in I make a few extras to add shop stock or make finished pieces of my own so sometimes the beads pile up into interesting collections.
On the other end of the work bench – I have an old, 12 foot counter I use as a work bench – are some sheets of clay getting covered. They will be used for a crochet hook experiment. Covering the hooks should be fairly straightforward but it’ll be the first time I’ve tried a CA(cyanoacrylate or super glue) finish on a piece. There will be a few experiment beads *first*. The finish on the sample piece someone sent me is lovely so I’d be happy to add it to my repertoire if the process isn’t too crazy.