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« on: September 11, 2017 10:58:25 AM »

What was your first clay project?  What got you interested in it?

I have never really had an interest but lately have been thinking of trying my hand at (simple) polymer clay charms.  I am just curious how others got started in it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2017 01:33:39 PM »

I got interested in it back in the early 90's when I first saw a magazine cover in my library showing the "caning" technique in polymer clay. 
I'd seen and bought millefiori-type "trade beads" years before while in Morocco and never could forget wondering just *how in the heck do they DO that* Huh

So my first project was simple solid-color beads with raw slices from two canes (spiral and star) rolled down into the raw beads.  In fact I have a picture somewhere. Okay, it's at Photobucket but they're weird these days so you may not be able to see...if not and you're seeing this comment, let me know and I can copy them to another site.
The pic shows the trade beads on the left, and a metal-box lid embellishment underneath that uses the same basic technique, along with my first project on the right:
And these are more examples of some of the old millefiori beads: 
And how clayers have waaay broadened the caning concept (in polymer clay rather than in glass)...these are mostly jewelry examples: 

I've never really been into sculpting with my polymer clay, or making polymer clay "charms" as they're referred to these days, though I did play around with sculpting a bit before teaching a range of polymer clay classes to kids--one of which was about sculpting with it:

(And since 1999 I've had a polymer clay "encyclopedia" site with info about all aspects of using polymer clay: 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm )
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2017 10:40:22 AM »

I've always admired clay craft I just never really got into it besides from when we tinkered with it in art class in school.

But what really set it off I think was when I was in a tiny coastal town beach and was out shopping in one of those touristy shops. You know the ones where there's like a million things crammed into the shop and they don't even hide that they are a touristy shop.  I was in there and found that they encouraged a lot of the locals to bring them stuff to sell and I ended up finding this hair stick that a guy made with polymer clay.  It was super rustic looking but it just sparked something in me and I've started tinkering with clay ever since.  It's been about 4 years now I think. 

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