One of the best parts of working with polymer clay for me is what happens when things don’t go as planned. (I hope the universe doesn’t take that to mean I want things to go wrong – I really, really don’t!)

When polymer clay takes an unwanted turn, one of the most basic and primal ways to deal with it is this: squishing. You take the misshappen piece into your hands, and you twist it and roll it and smush it and smear it until

a). you feel calm and oddly satisfied, and
b). you have a new, cool Thing.

The Thing might be as simple as a new shade or colour to use, or it might be a random abstract pattern that echoes your subconscious state of mind (or it might just be a lumpy goblin creature. Most of the time it’s a lumpy goblin creature)

Often, I’ll bake these types of Things, because there is no way I’d ever be able to recreate them, but they’re just so interesting; maybe there’s a Rorschach inkblot picture hidden somewhere, or a landscape. Sometimes, these ‘creations’ lead to me considering a theme or colour scheme I hadn’t thought of before, so it can lead to new things too.

I wonder what other creators/designers do when their pieces go wonky. I know lampworkers get the opportunity to plunge hot glass into a bucket of water and gleefully watch their frustration explode into a shower of frit, but it would be interesting to hear what others do for crafting catharsis *G*

 

2 Responses to Why polymer clay will always be awesome…(and crafting catharsis)

  1. Kate T. says:

    I'm with you – I smoosh my frustrations away. I have a HUGE bag of hideously ugly “elephant gray” clay as a result, which I use as the base for new projects to be veneered with my more successful attempts.

    I also have a “project graveyard” in which pieces languish, waiting to be rescued. That's for the projects that have so much time invested in them that I can't bear to smoosh them up.

    Kate

  2. Hazel Ward says:

    Ah yes, I have a project graveyard too (awesome name for it) for pieces I optimistically think will be rescued one day. I haven't actually managed any resuces yet…

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