Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March Projects

Before the month of March totally slips away, I want to share what I've been doing all month. It's been an exciting month for our family. We welcomed our first granddaughter into the world!
So, I spent the major part of the month away from my studio. Of course, I did take some crafts along with me--portable crafts like knitting (a baby blanket!) and jewelry. But, as you can imagine, I spent a lot of my time gazing raptly at my adorable granddaughter.

Before I left, I designed a project for Amate Studios for March, which is posted on their website. It's a Celtic Medallion and is super-easy to do. As a designer who doesn't play with clay much, my polymer clay designs will always be on the easy side!
This one has a touch of serendipity to it, which means I found a good way out of my mistake. Basically, you prepare the clay, stamp it and cut it to fit the pendant. Then, I dusted it with a resin powder. A good idea, but way too much powder. What to do now? I couldn't brush it off without wrecking the pendant. I didn't want to add water and try to wash it off because it might ruin the effect. So, I baked it the way it was. Then, the light went on! Why not sand it? It turned out to be the perfect solution and allowed just enought of the green clay to show through to give it a worn, antiqued look!

Yay, another disaster averted! Have you had something similar happen to you? How did you save your craft disaster?

Happy crafting everyone!