Take four ...

Sometimes it's good to go back to basics and 'play' for a while. Experimenting with the simple elements of what you know about your particular craft can be very relaxing - there needn't be an initial purpose to what you are doing and you never know where the journey will take you.

I usually work with Sculpey 'Premo!' clay but a recent studio tidy-up led to the discovery of a box of their Soufflé clay which I had completely forgotten I'd got. Yay!

If you're unfamiliar with polymer clay, Soufflé isn't as smooth as Premo! when it's cured. It has a much more 'velvety' surface and a beautiful matt finish. It's also extremely lightweight which can be very useful at times.

 Clockwise from left: Pumpkin, Bordeaux, Sea Glass and Canary

Clockwise from left: Pumpkin, Bordeaux, Sea Glass and Canary

Choosing four strong, summery colours, I set about kneading the blocks until they were ready to use. The time this takes can be used for:

  • a: daydreaming
  • b: thinking about what to cook for tea or,
  • c: planning what to do next...

'C' is always my preferred option ;-), so I decided to play about with some simple shapes.

Having rolled the clay into thin sheets, I initially cut a range of squares, rectangles, circles, teardrops and elipses in each each colour and cured them.

 Shapes cut from the Sea Glass clay sheet, prior to curing.

Shapes cut from the Sea Glass clay sheet, prior to curing.

Once cooled, I started experimenting with pairing the shapes and colours. This is when the benefits of 'playing' really begin to emerge as gradually, a series of ideas and designs begins to take shape and the 'what if' questions can be explored. What if I lay Pumpkin next to Bordeaux? What if I cut windows in the shapes and another colour appears? What if the shapes can move and 'play' against each other? You get the idea! So, some design and exploration time later...

These are the results - a range of super-size earrings for summer! 

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