Sunday, March 14, 2010

Third polymer clay workshop

Our third polymer clay workshop was held yesterday. After a couple of weekends without workshops, everyone was very excited to work again. I am still very happy and surprised how much my friends are loving working with polymer clay. I half expected their enthusiasm to wear off after a couple of times, but it seems that I was wrong. Time will tell...
This time we had two new faces who enjoyed learning about polymer clay a lot. Needless to say, we had a really great time, and I really do think that we are getting better and better each time.

Makings of a great gift

One great gift made me think about what it is that makes a gift great. I'd say that there are several key ingredients to making a gift great: it has to be appropriate, has to have an element of surprise, it must serve its purpose to make the receiver feel appreciated, and finally, what's very important, it has to be original. Originality for me is the key. So, although I don't consider International women's day an occasion I generally like to receive gifts on, because I feel that the true meaning of this holiday is lost, I simply have to share this because I think that this one gift is an embodiment all the of the above mentioned elements. Further more, since it is a business-related gift, it also works as a clever marketing / PR tool.
Let me represent THE CAKE:
Last year when I've received it for the first time, it was a huge surprise and I was sorry all year long that I hadn't taken its picture before it disappeared (and believe me, it was very prone to disappearing!). This year I didn't make the same mistake.
Thumb up for VIP Fund and whoever came up with this idea!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Polymer clay set no.4

This is the set of pendants and earrings that I've made during our second polymer clay workshop. It took me some time before I have finished it all up and took the photos.
Although all of these designs are my creations, I have to give some credit to my sister too because she was the one who gave me "an order" for a pendant and earrings set before the workshop and described how she wants them and in which colours. That was my starting point, but I went a bit further and enhanced the design. I'm happy to say that she is very satisfied with how it turned out! I also love this set and I think that I'll go and make it in other colour combinations too. That will be fun!

I have made all other pendants in the same colour combination using the remaining material. I've noticed that I really hate leaving any prepared material for the next time. I always seem to try to spend it all. This habit of mine is evident from the oval pendant that was made entirely from leftovers. However, that one is my favourite and I think that I'll keep it for myself!

All in all, I am very satisfied with the finished pieces and very surprised with the variety of designs I came up with. This factor of surprise that one has when they see how their starting ideas evolve into new and even more interesting designs in the end is absolutely thrilling and one of the main reasons why I enjoy working with polymer clay so much.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Pendants - set no.3

This is something I've made a while ago, but never got to sharing it here on the blog. These pendants are all alike, just in different shapes, and they were too made for my friends as New Years presents. The last one I loved so much that I've kept it for myself. After all, I was a good girl last year too!
And now I'm off to finish up the thingies from the workshops. New photos expected soon!