Friday, July 31, 2009

Introducing WelcomeToMyWhimsy



What got you interested in polymer clay as a medium?
My knees "rotted" and I could no longer do stairs or much walking. I was working at a porcelain doll shop/teaching studio and had to give it up and I sold my kiln. I then found polymer clay. It was PERFECT. didn't dry out, was way more forgiving than porcelain,
would cure in my regular oven, would accept acrylic paint and I could drill and carve it.
I had reached crafty Nirvana.

What inspires you to create?
Drawing breath.

Do you have a favorite technique?
Not really. I'll use any technique that will give me the look and feel I'm after at that time.
Hint: tulle/net impressed onto uncured clay makes great scales.
Hint: For very fine veining, like in dragon wings, use the palms of your hands to add the texture.

Of everything you have created which is your favorite?
The Marquis de Camembert is my favorite. He is terrific, maybe not the best piece I have done but my fave never-the-less.


What do you prefer to make out of polymer clay and why?
A mess! When I have tools and clay and spray bottles and paint and chalks
and all other kinds of things strewn about my area I know my creative
muse is there, and we are HOT!

How do you decide what to make?
Unless I'm working on a commission piece I find that props or colors will greatly influence what I create. A new technique will also get me itchy to try it on something.

Is there something you wish you could make in clay that you have not yet?
A wizard lamp. I have the innards ready and the design figured out. I need the right core and I'll be off..

What makes polymer clay a better fit for your products than other mediums?
See above #1. LoL There is little waste with PC and it can be sanded, drilled and carved.
You don't need any fancy/expensive equipment to use it. It takes detail extremely well.
You can get it in colors and different strengths and flexibilities. It's perfect for me.

What is your best advice for someone starting out in polymer clay?
Read, Read, Read and look, look, look.and notice what others are doing and how they are doing it. But most of all Have Fun!


2 Smooshing Thoughts:

intothedawn said...

I was browsing your shop just the other day-- really wonderful work! Its nice to meet you-- great interview.

Creative Critters said...

I love your work! You're a very talented artist and I'm glad to be a fellow guild member. I marked your shop as soon as I saw your work, several months ago.