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.
I’ve been making beads and claythings a long time. I have plenty of good inspiration, some pretty original and successful designs… but sometimes the customers have great ideas. An administrator for a medical program saw some of my bird beads and asked if she could have sparrows. I have some plain brown birds I call sparrows but I wanted more realistic “house sparrows” (the ones that eat about half the seeds from my small bird feeder). And so I made them.
Other good customer ideas over the years: soccer and baseballs, cardinals, about half the colour schemes of beads I sell, some of the flag beads.
Have your customers and patrons helped you find New Things?