You know when you see something on Pinterest and think ‘that’s a good idea’? Well, that was me a couple of weeks ago. I’d seen polymer clay crochet hook handles and mentioned it to a friend who very kindly gave me some of her polymer clay to play with. I had images of beautiful swirls of colour marbled together when I saw the blue and green together, reminiscent of seeing planet earth from space.
Once I’d got over the excitement I looked at a few videos on YouTube and got cracking. I didn’t use any particular video, more a mash up of several. It was a bit of a brave move to use clay, as apart from a few simple pot demonstrations to children in school, my last forays into using modelling materials were in school. Probably more memorable for my poor art teachers than me, as they attempted to coax out my cack handed modelling skills. We were meant to be making beautiful vases. My ‘vase’ still has pride of place 20 years on as a small bin in my mum’s living room. Anyway, I digress, the point is 3D art isn’t my strong point (neither is 2D for that matter!)
The process of softening the clay was quite therapeutic and, surprisingly, within my limited modelling materials skill set. I rolled 2 sausages, one blue and one green, before twisting them together. I could cope with this bit as it was just like using playdough, and I did that all the time when I taught in EYFS. The next step was chopping up my now twisty sausage and applying it to the chosen hook. Easier said than done, especially when it came to rolling it to make sure it was smooth. As I rolled, the clay separated from the hook and made a sort of floppy collar rather than a tight fitting handle. I removed the clay and started again, still using the same piece of clay. At this point the colours were beginning to just mix rather than marble. (If I was on the Bake Off I’d have been told it was overworked and sent home!)
After a couple of attempts I managed to keep the clay attached to the hook and get it smoothed off. I then used a cocktail stick to write the hook size in dots on my newly created handle as it covered the size on the hook itself. All I had to do now was bake it. The baking process made me a little nervous as there was the potential for all kinds of minor catastrophes-burning it, exploding air bubbles etc. The good news is the hook and the oven survived. I’d done it! I think if I were to say it was about the process rather than the product it would sum it up quite nicely.
I do have some clay left so I might have another go without overworking it so that I get a prettier marbled effect too. I’m really glad I tried it too, I’m also hoping that it will make the hook comfier to hold.
Have you ever used polymer clay? What did you make?