Worktable: Pens & Reworking Bloopers

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Hi there! Hope you all are doing well today. Although the weather has been nice here in colorado springs (60’s and 70’s) for April…It’s suppose to turn cold tomorrow on Tuesday and snow again. (20’s…brrrrr!) We need the moisture but I’m so looking forward to no snow!! It’s nice to get outside when it’s warm. My tulip leaves are getting bigger and bigger. Come on spring!

Thank you to those of you who have taken my new video class “Decorative Pens” in polymer clay. I’ve been playing around with decorating more pens myself, as you can see in the pictures. Poking and playing around with a design. I’ll try and remember to post pictures of the finished pens.



Blooper Tip!

I also wanted to share a little tip with you about keeping some of your “blooper” pieces to practice on. I keep several bowls full of “blooper” pieces that I’ve made that just didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. Here’s one of the blooper collections…

polymer clay mistakes

I like grabbing one of these pieces when I’m experimenting, that way I don’t have to start from scratch. I’m impatient and using one of the blooper pieces allows me to get on with the experiment.

The blooper piece below has lots of issues but was perfect for practicing on. I’m playing around with 2 experiments, 1 using embossing powder and the 2 using alcohol ink. It’s not a piece I’ll finish but it gives me a good idea if something is going to work or not before I put a lot of time into a piece.

polymer clay embossing powder alcohol ink It was really hard to get a non blurry picture because the transfer is so shiny, but you get the idea. So keep some of your blooper pieces to practice on!

polymer clay, alcohol inkIf you have blooper pieces you’d like to share, leave a link to it in the comments section. I’d like to see yours too! Have a great week!

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