A quick peek at what I’ve been playing around with in polymer clay. I’ve been trying to get the rustic, acrylic paint effect my own way – rustic and organic styles baffle me (in that I’m never sure if I’m doing them right!) but here are the results.

First up: Kites! I suddenly one day thought, “Oooh, kites.” So here they are:

kites

And now…something else. They’re tea cups. Really. I thought they had some sort of rustic, quirky appeal, like ceramic charms:

tea

 

I have a confession. I often don’t look at pictures. If someone’s image description tempts me, I’ll load up the picture, or if I’ve gone to someone’s Flickr stream I’ll load all their pictures, but apart from that, they take up too much data on my mobile internet.

So why on earth am I now a Pinterest follower? I can’t get enough of it, because I’ve found it’s so useful for:

a). collecting picture links for future shopping. Instead of bookmarking tens of pages so you can return to a shop, Pinterest lets you collate the specific items onto one board. Here’s a Czech glass one I’ve been building up: Delicious Czech glass

b). keeping a quick visual guide to tutorials. A board by fellow polymer clayer Cara-Jane shows how a Pinterest library of tutorials can be created from around the web…and I confess I followed her lead and made my own board: Tutorials that make me go, Hey, cool!

So since I’m now in full-fledged Pinterest mode – come follow me at ContinuumDesign (no s on the end becasue of character limit, boo!) or leave your own link here so I can check out your boards :D And if you have any group boards that you find fun, I’ve love to see those too!

 

Little update – there an interview with me up at Beading Arts so if you fancy seeing what I’m going on about now, click the link :D

 

When I was at university, I was addicted to hot chocolate from the cafeteria (oh yeah, I knew how to party….. mild style) but since a lot of the sweet, chocolately kind of cocoa has whey or some type of lactose or milk powder in them, I had to put a stop to my hot chocolate habit. It was a sad time. A sad, liquid-chocolate deprived time. I tried boiling pure, unadulterated cocoa powder in hot soy milk, but it turns out that while yummy in cakes, it has a pure, unadulterated taste of burnt dirt when made into a drink. (Okay, maybe I should have added sugar next time, but if *you* drank boiled dirt, would you want to try boiled, sweetened dirt next time on the off-chance it was better? I would not, and did not)

But the realisation came a month ago when I got gifted a box of chocolate Oatly. Arghgmamamwyum. Chocolate Oatly, meet microwave, and become that which you were always meant to be; a delicious mug of joy and happiness. The pinnacle of human genius. Chocolate…that you can drink!

 

So yes. Try chocolate Oatly if you miss hot chocolate, and like me, did not think of this glaringly obvious solution :D

 

You’re a jewellery-making addict if:

You try to make more beads out of anything that can have a hole drilled in it (here’s a time-saver tip for you – walnut shells don’t make good beads. Ask me how I know…)

Your partner/roomate/cat hears a rattling noise in the night, and knows that it’s just you combing greedily through your bead stash by the light of the moon.

The plans for your dream house include a two-story bead studio, but the plan for the ‘kitchen’ is a microwave on top of a mini-fridge.

The local bead shop owner is your designated emergency contact on medical information

You find jumprings in your hair (true story – *shrug* I have big hair) , crimps in your cereal, and seed beads down the side of your bra.

Whenever you’re shopping for a new bag, you make sure there’s enough room inside for a set of jewellery-making pliers and a bead box.

In Lord of the Rings, you most identifed with Gollum and his totally reasonalbe love for a pretty, shiny object

 

 

Got any more to add? Put them below :)

 

 

 

Notice anything different?

Yes, I’ve tackled the off-putting and convoluted world of WordPress – so welcome to the new version of All Those Things and the Others Too aka my blog! Yay! It’s not actually that hard to use (I bet as you read that last line, the whole website starts flashing purple and breaks down) as long as you don’t mind googling for an answer to your questions *G*

 

You buy a much-longed for polymer clay extruder. After you’ve worked out how to use it and put it all together, the first thing you do is:

a). get to work on all those fabulous extruded clay tutorials that are all over the internet

b). invent a brilliant and innovative new way of using this great tool to make awesome beads

or

c). produce a kick-ass wig for your finger and make it headbang to punk-rock

If you answered c). then you have my deepest sympathies, because you share my affliction

Now it’s a pirate!


I do actually have other non-pathetic news though – here are new beads now in the shop:

 

I’ve been doing some experimenting – nothing out-of-this-world innovative, but new to me, and not from a tutorial (or if it is, I’ve not seen the tutorial!)

First up, I’m quite excited about offering made to order beads in my shops, and these two psuedo-sculpted designs (‘psuedo’ because I’m not a sculptor, but these cute nature-inspired beads are something I wanted to try anyway, and I’m finding them really fun) are the first up:

Strawberries:

You can choose from either a bead, or a charm with an antique copper hanging loop, and from two different sizes

Lilypads:

And the second thing I’m currently playing with are these ridged beads:

I was inspired by something in particular, but it’s not very romantic or trendy, so I won’t say what (nothing horrible though!)

 

I”ll probably be the 1006979676,6078598458th person to complain about Blogger changing its dashboard, but oh well. I do not like. Why are things on the side when they used to be at the bottom? I have to actually move my eyeballs to the right to find things now!

But regardless, I’m braving the confusion and writing a post. How lucky do you feel at this news, huh?

Anyway, last week I graduated from the dining room table to a proper desk (a birthday present) for my polyclay work, and it’s really made a difference to have tools in drawers, and everything within reach. Also, random pieces of polymer clay will no longer get into people’s food at Christmas dinner. Well, hopefully (hey, who hasn’t ingested a small amount of plastic these days? I once swallowed a marble; polymer clay is nothing compared to that)

I’ve also succumbed to a mania for making pinecone beads and lilypad charms from polymer clay, which are now on Etsy:

And I’ve managed to produce a cute little apple out of hot glass. I can’t deny that I’m pleased with him, though his apple-ness may be in question (perhaps there’s some strawberry in his bloodline)

His sister is resting in annealing bubbles now, waiting to go in the kiln.

 

There’re a few themes running through this blog. 1). I *heart* polymer clay 2). OMG Lampworking rox!!!eleventy11!!! (yes, that’s tongue in cheek) 3). Go vegans! and 4). Yumnmnmnmnchocolate. Today’s blog post is on the first and fourth themes, although before you get excited, no, I did not combine them.

First, the chocolate:
I haven’t yet managed to find vegan choc ices, so last week I finally took matters into my own hands, scooped out little balls of Swedish Glace ice cream, and dredged them in melted chocolate.  Oh. Wow. It’s seriously the best chocolate treat I’ve had in a while* and the chocolate cools around the ice cream on impact, making a delicious little shell with creamy coldness inside. So today I got out my chocolate moulds, pressed the ice cream in, and once they’re refrozen, poured on the chocolate. Even better than before. Next up – putting a swirl of Sweet Freedom syrup inside the ice cream. Then it’s on to glace cherries, a dab of jam, and maybe (get ready to have your mind blown) chocolate, inside of ice cream inside of chocolate inside of ice cream, ad infinitum or until I end up with a chocolate ice cream boulder the size of a football.

On to the polymer clay. The results of the first stage of the Beads and Beyond Jewellery Maker of the Year came in, and since reader voting is over and I didn’t get past that round anyway, I can show my entry – it did make it to the top ten, which, considering the photo, was pretty great *G*:

 *I do have some new vegan Easter eggs to try today though, so I’ll have to get back to you on that.
And with that disjointed post, I wish you a Happy Easter, Sunday, Spring day, or whatever you’re celebrating today :)
 
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