Every now and then I have artist “brain-block”, when it seems no matter how hard I try, a design idea worth implementing just won’t come to mind. That typically happens when I purposefully sit down to sketch ideas on paper. But sometimes when I least expect it, ideas and inspiration flood my mind (and heart), for example this past Sunday night when I was simply watching TV with Chad. In moments of feeling stuck, I need to remind myself of when the opposite is true. Those moments can and will happen. And very often, one idea feeds another.
I hadn’t picked up polymer clay in awhile, but the lure of the color and formation possibilities keeps it nearby. I dusted off a book on polymer clay techniques and was off and running again.
Here are my latest earrings in polymer clay. I used pigment powders to create the icy shades of blue. Before I used pigment powders for the first time, I didn’t think I’d like their final appearance. I was wrong.
For this flower pendant, I relied more on color-mixing the clay instead of surface treatment. I also love the sculptural quality of clay, allowing me to give dimension to the petals and wrap them around the main oval shape.
For my latest metal work, I formed a cuff bracelet from copper and sterling silver. I’d really like to invest in a guillotine shear to make cutting large, thick pieces of metal more efficient, because I’d like to make more cuffs!
And a here is small, sterling silver cross pendant made from hammered, flame-formed dots:
I’m in the groove…at least for now. 😉