Polymer clay, here I come... and macramé bracelet progress
I am so excited as I received my polymer clay starter kit in the post today. There is a box to keep the clay in, two acrylic sheets for shaping, sandpaper for smoothing, a roller for ... rolling, cutters, a black and a white clay block and a pack of very sharp blades.
I also ordered a few extras - more clay in purple and blue, some glaze to protect the work and give it a shiny finish and some rather gorgeous looking foils which are applied to the clay and then burnished, and the heat caused makes the foil stick to the clay. I also have a 'How to' DVD and have watched a couple of the sections this evening when I got home from work. I am hoping to have a first attempt at the weekend.
Here are my first two macramé bracelets, the one above using waxed cord and the one below using hemp cord, with a variety of wooden beads. I found the finishing off on the knots quite tricky - I used a bit of PVA glue in the hope that it would secure the ends unobtrusively.
I am unsure whether to include one of these in my blog swap, but am thinking I should make another one for that, just in case my swapper happens to see my blog and this ruins the surprise. I need to keep going and have a go using gemstones and cord next. I am really enjoying the challenge of learning new jewellery making skills. Oh, and the PeaceFelt piece has been prepared, so once it is received (probably in October), I'll post a photo of that too.