Friday, 28 January 2011

A Wonderful Tutorial

There are many tutorials for sale on Etsy for working with Polymer Clay, but the one I bought yesterday has to be simply one of the best!

It is called "Crackling Lentil Beads with Polymer Clay" and is by the Wonderful Janice Abarbanel of Naftali. I have admired Janice's beautiful beads for quite a few years now, and I remember showing one to my daughter and saying to her "How does she do that?" I could not imagine just how such a beautiful bead had been made.

Well, thanks to this incredible tutorial I have now made one of my own - not Janice's standards by any means, but considering it is my very first attempt, I am very, very pleased with it.

That it turned out so well is due entirely to the clear instructions, masses and masses of pictures and all the hints and tips included in the tutorial.

If you only purchase one Tutorial this year - make sure it is this one! Here is the link

Thank you so much Janice.
For those of you who may have been wondering what the large project I was working on, here are a few pictures!

My very talented friend Jo of Muddle House Mosaics and I, rented a Chalet in the Cirencester Christmas Market for 8 days in the middle of December. The amount of stock I needed to make for such a big fair was huge as you can imagine - and I was still doing my weekly craft fair on Saturdays as well! So everything had to take a back seat. If it wasn't polymer - it didn't get done and that included the housework! It was a great experience and I learnt a lot about organisation, working to deadlines and just how much work I can do in a week! However, I was somewhat exhausted by the end of it and am only now getting back into the swing of things.

Looking forward though to another year of claying and learning and sharing it all with you.