Polymer clay is just one of the many mediums with which Gingerbells uses to create.
What got you interested in polymer clay as a medium?
I have been a bead-aholic for as long as I can remember and I love to make jewelry.
About 5 years ago I was becoming frustrated trying to find interesting beads for my designs. I found many beautiful lampwork beads but they were way out of my budget. One day while looking on line for beads I came across some amazing beads made with polymer clay and I was hooked. I began researching and reading everything I could and the first time I picked up my first cube of clay I knew it was the thing for me. It has been my favorite medium ever since.
What inspires you to create?
I am most inspired by the creative process and color.
Do you have a favorite technique?
My favorite thing to do is sculpt flowers and make canes.
Of everything you have created which is your favorite?
This is a hand mirror I made a couple of years ago for my friends Mother in Law for a birthday gift. It is made with 2 tongue depressors a mirror and polymer clay. I didn't use any paint or finish on it.
I enjoyed making these tiny flip flops.
These are my favorite tile beads.
What do you prefer to make out of polymer clay and why?
I love to make things that are both pretty and functional. I like to make beads more then any thing. I also like to do little sculpts because I am not good at it and I like the challenge.
How do you decide what to make?
I make what ever has been keeping me awake thinking about it other then that I rarely have a plan when I start working; I just go where the clay takes me.
Is there something you wish you could make in clay that you have not yet?
I would love to make a sculpture of a person that doesn't look like a cartoon.
What makes polymer clay a better fit for your products than other mediums?
I love it because it can be used in so many ways that is only limited by my imagination and it is so easily incorporated into many of the other mediums I work in.
What is your best advice for someone starting out in polymer clay?
There's no right or wrong with polymer clay. It takes a lot of practice and really that's the most fun part so jump in and smoosh some clay and see what happens. Be careful it is addictive.