There we go. I really need to remember to put my hair up when taking photos. And everything else. Everyone's experiments with polymer clay has me inspired to keep messing with it. I'm trying to get a faux-ceramic glaze look down now. It is such a flexible medium and deserves to be used and abused for all it's worth.
There is something very 'meaningful' within the dynamics of polymer clay. I have considered delving into it a little to write an essay for my basically-defunct column at Binnall of America. But the audience may not be interested in the subject so much, as the site focuses on esoterica. But of course what I have to say about it fits right in.
Have you ever noticed almost all of the expository subject matter created with polymer clay is based in the fantastical? Fairies, elves, dragons? There is a huge connection to the Otherworld. Polymer clay is some kind of bridge. People get super, super attached to it to, and imbue it with meaning. Its got its own codes and signs. "Clay" and "claying" are verbs over at Sculpey. It's fascinating to me.
And I have no idea what it's about yet, but I know there's something within its discovery, beginnings, manufacture, or whatever, that is very symbolic and likely tied to very big cultural dynamics. It's a microcosm of something larger. Just guessing, it might be tied to and used to express loaded contemporary collective angst-inducing ideals like: Imitation & Simulation, Fake/Real, Synthetic/Natural. Isn't it interesting that a modern, artificial medium is used mostly to create the archetypal and imaginal realm? It seems ironic, but it's all the same thing, and it makes sense. Plastic comes out of the well of human imagination and creation and is just as valid as the ancient fairies of our creation. They go together, and the evidence is in all the polymer clay artifacts.
And I think there is no dismissing its ubiquity and 'product' nature. Polymer's accessibility and simplicity is all part of its Manufactured-ness and modernity. Speaking of modernity--as I suspected, I searched "history polymer clay" and glanced at the wikipedia entry. Polymer clay came into itself in GERMANY 1939. That is huge. 1939 is the year everything turned toward the idea of Future. The beginning of WWII, the future-themed World's fair, the beginning of modern film.
Maybe that's good enough for my curiosity now. Not feeling like I can think about it much more.
Some muddy gem color mosaic faceteds. Will be listed by tonight.
I bought a couple chunky wood bangles from Fall Hill Bead & Gem on sale during "Little Falls Night." or "SHop Little Falls Local Night." OR whatever it is on Thursdays here. My original idea was to carve, but I tried out the metallic Sharpie on this already-dyed purple one, and liked the way it looked, so I drew roses and stuff all over it. Roses have been all over my mind since right before spring, so it's my default thing I draw lately. I need to spend a night sketching so I get some more default subjects going, I think.
But--this is just Sharpie raw over the wood. Does anyone have a suggestion for sealing it? Plain matte mod podge? If it wasn't a bracelet, I likely would not seal it. But bracelets get touched and worn out more than any other jewelry item, so I think it needs a sealant. I was considering decoupaging white tissue paper over the whole thing, just to give it a kind of interesting 'screen,' and feeling of framing or distance from which to view the illustrations. I also thought of using the slightest coat of dry brush off white paint, then putting crackle medium over it, but I think that is complicating it too much. Alas, there's something a bit vulgar about just leaving them so exposed like this. I always like the idea of having a screen. Ideas? If anything, just the best sealant.
A necklace I remade quite a bit. To whittle my listings down in my jewelry shop, I have decided to resist relisting things that I have already relisted at least once, and if I am very compelled, I will change it a bit. I started to 'change it a bit,' here, and the black lace I had wrapped and tied around the button crumbled after I applied wax to it. Also, the original cord was macramed ribbon, and I waxed it as well, but it never got ungummy. I think it's certain synthetic materials that happens to. So I just attached a double strand macrame cord I made to sell as a supply, and I loved the lightness with it. I think I have a better photo of the loop..
Totally made that up and it came out like something. I hope I can remember how I did it.