What got you interested in polymer clay as a medium?
I really didn't know anything about polymer clay until I started beading, and found that I was uninspired by the selection (and price) of beads available at most craft stores. I picked up a few packages of clay and glitter, and have been having a blast ever since!!!
What inspires you to create?
Everything, I can't help thinking about colors, shapes,and textures most of the time. A walk through the woods has me thinking about what I can do w/ greens and browns, a stroll through a souvenir shop or thrift store leads me to objects I could make a mold from, and then there's paper, fabric, crayons, foils, spices, embossing powders, stamps, and on and on, etc.... I don't know where to stop!
Do you have a favorite technique?
Marbling different colors together just relaxes me. It's simple, but sooo satisfying.
Of everything you have created which is your favorite?
Right now, that would be my color crumble beads. A local woman had a box full of at least 10 year old Fimo blocks listed on Craigslist. I couldn't stand the thought of polymer clay going to waste, so I brought it home, threw it in the food processor, and started experimenting. I love the beads that have come from my Craigslist clay:)
What do you prefer to make out of polymer clay and why?
Beads and pendants are my favorites, but I also love making wine charms, magnets, frames (personalized to create great baby shower favors) and hair clips.
How do you decide what to make?
Is there something you wish you could make in clay that you have not yet?
I want to make more decorative items for home (light switch plates, candle holders, etc.).
What makes polymer clay a better fit for your products than other mediums?
Polymer clay is so durable, lightweight, versatile, and can be waterproofed for wear in any kind of weather. It can be combined with so many other mediums and can be baked in a toaster oven in my garage!
What is your best advice for someone starting out in polymer clay?
Have patience, take time to condition, don't take short cuts, and only use glazes made for polymer clay!