Brrr! It's cold in Ohio, and I am bundled up inside ready to go on a warm vacation to someplace sunny!
I'm sure I'm not the only one bundled up, working on projects inside this time of the year. As for myself, it seems as when the weather turns cold, my art tend to favor projects that involve fibers, fabrics and felts. Quilting gets a nod, maybe because the extra fabric on my lap is warmer! I was rolling around my thimble and my needle case in my hand the other night and WHAM! It hit me! How plain and boring they were. I decided to jazz them up a little, inspired by colors and florals I was dreaming I would see on an upcoming Florida vacation! It also seemed the perfect time to try out my new Premo! Mini Metal Cutters.
As with all of your polymer clay projects, make sure to observe all safety standards. Work on a protected surface, and bake with the greatest of caution, according to package instructions. When I work small like this I work on a glazed ceramic tile, covering the tile and all with foil to bake.
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First, I rolled out a sheet of well mixed color and well conditioned Sculpey III, and sliced it off as tall as the needlecase and thimble. Then I sliced it long enough to wrap completely around the objects.
I covered the needlecase and thimble with Translucent Liquid Sculpey (being careful NOT to get it on the area where the needlecase lid fits down onto the case itself.) Next I smoothed the sheet of clay onto the surfaces, blending the edges together and smoothing all around, trimming any excess and continuing to smooth the surface. Make sure the area where the lid slips down onto the case remains uncovered with clay.
Next I rolled out several small sheets of well conditioned Sculpey III. I really enjoyed using the Premo! Mini Metal Cutters and happily cut out a small army of leaves, stars and flower shapes. For the tiny dots, I used the large cupped end of the Sculpey Etch N' Pearl tools to press out the dots. I rolled out a few thin snakes of green for the vines.
Using the pointed tips of the Sculpey Etch N' Pearl tool, I pressed lines into the leaves for added texture. I coiled some of the green snakes on the surface first, using a tiny dot of Translucent Liquid Sculpey to adhere them here and there. Then added the leaves, again adhering with a dot of TLS.
I added texture and lines to the flowers and stacked them for colorful accents. After the leaves were in place, I added the flowers, always securing with TLS. Occasionally, I used a needle to pierce down through the flowers all the way to the wood of the needlecase or metal of the thimble over the entire piece. I find this helps prevent bubbling during the baking process. Bake according to package instructions and ta-da! Your needlecase and thimble are plain no more! (And I HAVE used my thimble, it's still perfectly functional, just a little thicker/bulkier.)
Now on to pack my suitcase for the warm Florida sunshine for a few days, and to soak up the lovely heat and inspiration!