Polymer clay sculpting is for everyone

I’ve been collecting Re-ment, or miniatures since 2006. Miniatures are adorable and they fact that they come as sets  just makes me want to collect ALL of them! I never thought about making my own miniatures until this year when I got into polymer clay. It’s a super popular material among DIY bloggers & here is why!

Benefits of polymer clay 

Polymer clay is great because it’s so tactile and versatile. (Have you ever played with slime?) There are not a lot of chances to play with textures, and polymer clay can fix that. When you get it from the package, it is kind of brittle and oily. After kneading it, it becomes malleable and you can make it into anything your heart desires. 

WHY POLYMER CLAY IS SO AWESOME:

  • It helps with drawing. All figurines are made with basic shapes like spheres, cones, cylinders and cubes. Drawing is the same! (You can try sketching your figurines 😄)
  • You can bake it in a toaster or regular oven at home. There’s no need to go to a studio.
  • You can paint and decorate it anyway you want, after baking.
  • It’s dry and mess-free. It may stain a little, but overall it’s easy to clean up. 
  • Like paint, you can mix colors or even create ombre / gradient effects.
  • It takes texture really well – stamp or roll materials onto it for patterns. 

What I’ve Made

Klutz has a great series of Mini Erasers kits, where you make Mini Animals, Fantasy Creatures, Aliens and Sweets! It is how I learned to work with eraser clay and now I am addicted. 

The erasers / miniatures come out adorable and are reminiscent of the Re-Ment. Once you learn the basic shops and composition, you can start getting creative. Create your own animals, donuts, cupcakes, aliens and pizza by following “recipes.” 

When you feel ready to add more details, you can make really adorable swirls, sprinkles and patterns to make your creations more realistic.

Applications 

The possibilities with polymer clay are limitless. Some of the easiest ideas to start with? Some ideas from one of my favorite DIY blogs, Fish and Bull

  • Ornaments: Stamp shapes out of a sheet of clay, then roll textures on to it.
  • Dishes: Cut out a circle, mold it in a bowl, bake, and paint!
  • Planters: You can make pinch pots, geometric, or honestly any form you like.
  • Mobiles: Evil eye, moon phases, rainbows, and animals, to name a few themes!
  • Jewelry: No one is going to be able to tell that it’s NOT polymer clay.

Try polymer clay for sculpting experience you can have at home. All you need is an oven and clay. 

Inspiration: Think.Make.Share.

I found the perfect blog for me! It’s a blog from the creative studios at Hallmark called Think.Make.Share. I’ve spent hours looking over every single section/link and it is honestly my dream come true! There are so many things I want to make from there. I’m making a list so that I remember:

More to come!

 

 

Zines!

I really love all things DIY and I keep finding inspiration for them. These are some of my favorites.

  • Hallmark has a wonderful blog called Think.Make.Share. I want to do everything on here! I will be reading this blog all the time.
  • Oh so beautiful paper has a DIY section that’s perfect for papercrafts.
  • Babble has a DIY section that’s geared towards parents but great for gifts.
  • The Creative Independent has amazing guides on balancing daily life and creating.

A creative hobby that ties together the things I love–writing, drawing, sharing, and having an opinion–is zines!!! I had heard about them before. Now is the time to make one! Here are some resources I’ve gathered about making zines:

Excited to embark on my zine adventure!

Soothing books

I love books with drama, history, turmoil, and war as much as the next person. But I also love really soothing books where maybe not a lot happens or the story takes place over a few days. Not every story needs to be a sprawling generational drama spanning two continents. (But those are really good too!)

The writer with the most soothing voice might be Jacqueline Woodson. If one word could describe her writing it would be gentle. Hush is about a young girl whose dad was an African-American cop. He had witnessed two of his white colleagues shoot a black teen, and as a whistle-blower, he and his family entered the witness protection program. It was very hard to read because it seems like it could happen today. It’s easy to say do the right thing, because clearly it is to take a stance against injustice. But I could feel what an extremely difficult situation he had to make– there is an unspoken rule that you don’t break the bond between police officers–surely, within their profession, rapport is stronger than any type of social justice.  But he did. I think the father’s story and dilemma hit me far harder than the girl’s. We are frustrated by the lack of change within the police force and “blue lives,” and reading this book made me realize why almost no change will occur. Police officers will never speak out against each other. What a heartbreaking thing for both their profession and for the people they serve and protect.

Another heartbreaking book I read is Echo by Paul Mosier. What stood out to me about this book is that 1) it’s from the older sister’s perspective and 2) it’s based on the author’s daughters. And 3) the cover is beautiful. I like that Echo is super adorable and funny. El is the ultimate big sister who nonetheless is vulnerable. The book was very realistic about how being around someone with cancer can feel like you don’t have any excuse to be sad, ever. Life is already SO unfair, how could someone without cancer be sad? But they can be. There are no qualifications to being sad or happy except that you have to be human <3. Wonderful book, Paul Mosier!

I loved Holes and was excited to find that there is a sequel! It is Small Steps and it is about Armpit and X-Ray. You could say it;s a spin-off rather than a sequel. I actually loved that it’s about Armpit. Armpit x X-Ray = buddies for life. Armpit x Ginny = best duo ever. Ginny is really the stand out of this book. Landscape architecture is a close second. When I was reading I got the feeling that Kiara DeLeon is supposed to be Rhianna. LOL. “Red Alert” is TOTALLY a song Rhianna would’ve put out in 2006!

Best line in the whole book = “My body went to red alert.” – Ginny

If I was making a self-care book list, I’d put Essential Glow and Feathers on it. I went to a workshop for making homemade household products and we made toothpaste and mouth wash. The recipes were from this book where you could also make your own deodorant and so many other products!!! I loved it! It was pretty wonderful. And always, for a gentle and quiet voice to salve your heart, read Jacqueline Woodson.

What books would you put in a self-care kit?