I've heard that fashion trends or styles always come back! I remember making clear hair bows filled with small candies in the late 70's and early 80's. Recently I noticed a resurgence of these bows created for summertime fun in the sun, and in the pool!

There are "water bows" which actually have some type of "water-gel" inside of them with trinkets floating around. I have also seen dry inclusions in clear bows such as tulle, beads, buttons and just about anything tiny that will fit inside and hold up over time. What a great opportunity I thought, to showcase some great polymer claywork! And so began my first experiment making clear "Bow Pockets". Little did I know that this idea would take off so fast and furious!

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After posting my "Bow Pockets" on my Spumoni Facebook group and one other Facebook crafting group, in just three days I had over 40 orders, each wanting 6-36 pockets! I admit I was a little overwhelmed but thrilled at the response. Here is one of my bow pocket hair bows to get your creativity flowing. I used a silicone push mold to create my faux sand dollar, starfish and nautilus shell. Once I remove the clay, I textured it for a natural organic look with a stiff stencil brush.

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To give depth to the pieces, I brush on soft pastel chalks and wiped the excess off of the surface with my finger. I wanted to add a touch of sparkle to the clay so I sprinkled some clear/white glitter over the center shell and pressed it gently onto the surface. To create the bow, first I filled the pockets with 1" sections of turquoise boa feathers, to mimic water. I then slid the baked pieces into the pockets. To seal the top of the pocket, just the edge of a home iron is used with a piece of cooking parchment paper between the bow and the iron. After adding long stitches and gathering the center with strong thread, I wrapped the thread around the center 3 times and tied it off securely. I wanted to keep the bows water-resistant, so I used E-6000 adhesive to attach the a small piece of ribbon, the center shell and the metal barrette. I have decided to extend my selling venue to my newly remodeled website at www.SpumoniDesigns.com to make them available to anyone online!

Happy Claying,

Shirley