Scrap clay and wire

Hello dear friends!

I hope you’re doing well and that you’re managing to find some inner peace in the midst of all that’s happening. For me, my happy peaceful place is being creative, be it with polymer clay or machine sewing or, very rarely, painting with watercolor (especially to encourage my son to paint).

These days we are celebrating the Orthodox Easter. With red colored Easter eggs and our traditional sweet leavened bread.

I’ve been also working on a new tutorial. I’m still focused on using scrap clay. Especially that I loved the scrap clay from my latest project. This idea can be easily adapted: you can use your scrap clay, decorate it with silver metal leaf and texture it with a beautiful texture plate. And you’ll have beautiful textured clay to work with. Here’s the link to the tutorial if you want to see how I ended up with these pieces of scrap clay: https://learnpolymerclay.blog/2020/03/31/variation-of-the-hidden-magic-technique-with-silver-leaf-polymer-clay-tutorial/

This project is something like a patchwork project. You take small, beautiful pieces of clay and you assemble them into a bigger and interesting piece. I used several sizes of cutters to make the work easier.

I hope you’ll also like the idea of using the ripple blade to make a wavy border for the piece. I love this and I always love the end result.

As always I encourage you to try out this idea in your work. I also want to encourage you to stay creative, positive and, course, stay safe!

Happy claying!

Mihaela

P.S. I invite you to sign up to my free mini course on 11 Ways to make and use molds with Polymer Clay and you’ll be inspired to use clay to make your own tools and 3D elements for your clay pieces. Go to my site http://www.LearnPolymerClay.com to learn more and register for my free course!

I am also a Teacher in the PCA 2020 and I highly recommend you to join us in this year round clay virtual art retreat, which is an amazing learning experience and the place to meet like-minded people. My project is called Spice up your clay using resin. Here’s a link to learn more about it: https://learnpolymerclay.com/polymer-clay-adventure-2020-join-us/ Take good care of yourself!

4 Comments

  1. I used to use scrap clay for non-jewelry projects, but this is amazing, Mihaela! It’s definitely more interesting to find jewelry-related uses for the scraps.

    1. Thank you very much, Anita, for appreciating this idea. I think we all have piles of scrap clay, which is why I’m trying to find creative ways to use it up. Thank you again for your beautiful message and take good care of yourself!

  2. You are so clever, Mihaela. I love how you made the border for the earrings; it looks gorgeous, and the colours are wonderful, too. I also agree with not having this wavy border on the smaller pieces. This allows the larger pieces to be the hero, so to speak. The end result is beautiful.
    I do love to listen to your voice. It is so sweet and uplifting!
    Have a great day, Mihaela
    Sending lots of love
    xoxoxo

    1. Thank you, my dear Carolyn, for your amazing comment! I’m truly grateful for your beautiful words! I’m so happy that you liked the wavy border, I like it very much as well.
      Thank you also for appreciating my voice. It’s really encouraging for me.
      Have a great day, my dear friend, and take good care of yourself!
      Sending you hugs and lots of love as well!
      xoxoxo
      P.S. I loved the short film of your walk in nature… thank you for sharing it with us!

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