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This is one of the new fall leaves barrettes that I made.  I colored the white clay with three different colors of alcohol inks and added a copper additive (also alcohol ink).  The texture is done by pressing some of the leaves that mother nature drops in my back yard at this time of the year.

I am thinking of doing other barrettes with different colors of alcohol inks.  I can even add different additives like pearl, gold or silver.  I might even do some and add snow flakes to them.

Well, I have it all done and ready to wear.  The glass beads add a dimension to the barrette that just the flowers does not.

I like that the flowers still show through very well.  The glass beads create a muted look, like you where looking through a rain covered window.  I am thinking of other designs that I can use the glass beads one to create other effects.


After a lot of delay and saying that I should spend so time creating and playing with my polymer clay, I have finally done so.

What actually got me into the craft room was an order.  A customer wanted two of each of the barrettes that she ordered and since I usually only have one, I had to create ones to match.  I have most of them done but was not happy with one of the recreations so I am redoing it. 

I also picked up stuff that I had been planning on using with clay and used it.  I had a couple of jars of tiny glass beads that I thought might make great accents on barrettes.  The beads are clear so that I could use them on almost any of the designs I have.  I made a barrette out of a sheet of flowers that I put together monthes ago and added the beads using liquid polymer clay.  I like how that barrette turned out.  Right now it is cooling and then I will glue the barrette back on.  Hopefully tonight I will get a picture of it to post.

I am going back to the clay room and will be picking up the alcohol inks and trying to create a leaf patterned barrette.  I will post about the results soon.


This is something that I really have had a hard time doing recently.  I have all these wonderful ideas to try with Polymer Clay and designs for barrettes, but I haven’t done anything with them.  I have this wonderful craft room that is just waiting for me to open the door and step into it.  I have all of the supplies that I need and all kinds of equipment to try.  I just haven’t done it.

I find the time to read new books, which I have really enjoyed.  I find the time to read more articles then what I have to for my classes.  I even find time to talk the dog for a walk or just to set there and watch the newest television shows.  I just don’t seem to find the time to create.

I have this wonderful schedule mapped out with all of the commitments that I have to my classes and my jobs but I never seem to put in time to create.  Maybe that is what I should do?

Starting tomorrow that is exactly what I plan on doing.  I have the time and I just have to open the door and step in.  Then let the clay be shaped into wonderful designs!  I even have movies to watch while I am creating!


When I was talking to my friend about the class that I taught for her, she opened my eyes to stuff that I never thought of.

When doing classes, you need to really think about the age of the students that you are teaching.  With the kids that I worked with at the Library, they would have had a hard time working with some of the firmer clays (like FIMO Classic).  I was given a bunch of PREMO to use with them.  It is an easier clay to condition.  (This actually saved my hands from getting tried.  I did a fair amount of conditioning since the kids got tried of doing it.)

Another thing to think of, is the finished strength of the clay when it is baked.  The bugs with more substance to them would have been fine once they where baked if I had used SCULPEY III.  I would be afraid though of some of the thinner wings on the dragonflies or butterflies that the kids made.  If I was working with older kids and creating tiles or thinner items, I would hate to have them take the creations home, bake them, only to have them break that first time that they showed their friends.

I am very thankful that my friend had thought of all of this.  She also included containers for the kids to carry thier bugs home in and directions to give the paretns onhow to bake the clay.

I will say that I had so much fun with the kids that I would be willing to do this all over again!

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