Yesterday, I went to visit a cardmaking acquaintance to try out her Big Shot. It was fun, and I could actually work the thing independently. Today, I feel a lot less good about myself, since my swap partner on an American cardmaking group received my card. She is the owner of the list the swap was for, and told me privately that the card was not appropriate for swapping. She did offer to teach me, and was relatively discrete in her criticism, but this is just the umpteenth time I notice how my hobbies aren’t working out. I tried polymer clay modeling yesterday, and noticed I couldn’t even make good sculptures with molds. This may be because it was my first attempt at sculpting except for a rather childish figure I made on Monday without the use of any equipment. After all, the problem was getting the models out of the molds without damaging them. However, I want to be able to be creative, and not at a six-year-old child’s level. Tomorrow at recreational therapy, I will be making an effort at making the embossed and die-cut images I created yesterday into an actual card. If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what does.
A few weeks ago, I picked up the idea of trying out polymer clay. I have been a bit disappointed in my cardmaking skills, and wanted something where I would be less dependent on my non-existent vision. I will continue to make cards, and in fact just this morning signed up for a cardmaking day in October, but I want something else too.
The drawback of polymer clay and other 3D crafts is that they can’t be laid under a scanner, but my husband offered to take pictures for me. So here are my first two polymer clay creations. The first is a figure that a nurse here said looks somewhat like Barbapapa, a Dutch children’s animation film character. The second is a key chain with both handcrafted polymer clay beads (the purple ones) and glass beads (the green ones) on a wire.