Friday, February 05, 2010
I've never been much of a three dimensional artist. Growing up and well into adulthood, my art was about drawing, painting, calligraphy. But working with clay? No, no, so not my gift (though I do love seeing some of my "early work" in ceramics - lumps of glazed clay that vaguely remember the Mrs. Easter Bunny and Snow Man or Woman that they were meant to be ... back in 1st grade ...)!
I didn't buy into the whole Fimo thing when polymer clay was first the rage back in the early 90's. Seemed messy and then there was that 3D thing. I did play around with some, thinking I could pinch together a little cat or something. My attempts were pretty paltry though, so another abandoned art form went to the wayside.
I often toss around a germ of a creative idea in the back of my noggin for weeks to months to even years, before my lightbulb goes off and I'm obsessed with making that bit of idea a reality. About a year ago, I started playing with the idea of making my own buttons.
Well, what I really wanted to do was to make ceramic buttons, but the idea of a kiln terrifies me (what if I burn down the neighborhood?) and I have zero training or skills in ceramics. Besides which, it increasingly sounded like an incredibly effective way to distract myself from my real business.
But the idea wouldn't go away. I plotted and planned, decided I could try polymer clay buttons, but only if I could make them look as ceramic-like as possible. Of course, I have no skills or training in using any kind of clay, let alone polymer (oh, I used to have great fun with play-do though!).
So for the last few weeks, I've immersed myself in working with polymer clay. And I finally have the beginnings of buttons that don't completely stink (see above). Which may or may not debut at Stitches West (but I hope will). I've thoroughly enjoyed playing with acrylic paints again, along with experimenting with glazes and how to achieve the effect I was going after. I'll post more later with more photos, but thought it would be fun to talk a little about how I get from that germ of an idea to a product, even if a prototype!
Posted by Brenda at 2:14 AM