Sunday, July 06, 2008

Latest "Stuff"

Um, I did say-- a couple of weeks ago, was it?-- that I was going to post more regularly, didn't I?
Ha ha ha! Silly you for believing me! ;o)

No, seriously, I am going to get back into the swing of things. Starting right now!

Though I've been quiet here on this blog, I have put in some time at the clay table. For instance, I've been trying out some new ideas with buttons, such as these "jumbo-sized" buttons:

There's nothing for scale in the photo, but trust me-- they're bigger than my usual buttons. (g) If I remember correctly (not guaranteed, especially when it comes to measurements and numbers in general), the hearts are about 1.25 inches "tall".

I've also been working on some cupcakes:

It's always satisfying to get a group of things done at once. A handful of beads, cupcakes, whatever looks so much more impressive than one-- and they're fun to photograph this way, too. ;o)

Then I got the latest issue of Polymer Cafe and read Irene Semanchuk Dean's interesting article about homemade texture wheels. I decided to give it a try, and she's right-- you will want to make more than one. I'm going to have to make another batch, sometime soon. . .

This little adventure got me in the mood to finally turn various bits and pieces I've been collecting into full-fledged polymer clay tools. I baked several of them this morning and am looking forward to trying them out.

I hope you've all enjoyed a pleasant weekend (a long holiday one, for those of us in the U.S.)! :o)


LimonVerde said...

Oh this is great idea. Have to try it.

CIndy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Those wheels look cool! How do you roll them around? Did you make some sort of handle for them?

3rdEyeMuse said...

Those buttons are pretty, but the cupcakes are sooo tasty they are dreamy!

chiara said...

pleeeease! tutorial for these buttons! are amazing! :D

Kristen Hermanny said...

I really like your cupcakes. They would make great earings.

Sioux said...

Those buttons are beautiful! You are a wonderful artist!

Michael said...

Thanks for all the kind comments! I'm flattered! :o)

Cindy, the tutorial in the magazine explains it all, I'm sure. I don't remember exactly what is suggested, but I just use a bit of wire. You could get fancy and make a rolling pin-style handle for each one, but a simple wire makes it easy to change out the wheels.