Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Do you have space for more??? Part 3

Final post about ALL the great items we are "moving" to our studio :)

Knitting and Sewing
Knitting needles - Needles are great for rolling, piercing (you can use needles for that purpose) and for making final finishes on beads or covered vessel, just take a knitting needle, make it short or leave it long and use it for your needs. i am using both metal knitting needles and plastic ones in different sizes.
Threads - Stringing! necklaces, bracelets, threads are very useful in your jewelry projects. you can also consider curing a cotton thread if a piece requires it.
Scissors - Cut paper or cut clay (if it's thin enough), i even cut cured liquid clay sheets.
Eyelets - Wonderful for decorations and as an elegant finish to a bead hole similar to Pandora beads.
Fabrics - Jeans, Corduroy - Can be used as part of a design, jewelry, canvas, or as texture. place the fabric on the clay, roll with a roller and the texture is transfered to the clay.
Zippers - These metal parts are also a possibility to use in our work, use them as is or as a part of a design.
Buttons - Use buttons as a part of your design or make your own polymer clay buttons by using real buttons as a template for holes and size.
Ribbons - Great for gift wrapping and also useful for stringing.

watchmaker
The inside parts of watches - steam punk style!

Office stuff
Paper - Used for absorbing the extra plasticizer in clay, and (naturally) for sketching.
Rubber eraser - Can be used as a carving block using carving tools.
White plastic glue - This material is used frequently in my studio, sometimes as a replacement for liquid clay. it is not as strong as liquid clay, if you need a light bond - this is great, also can be used with kids.
Ink - I have never used real ink with clay (ink is too sticky and messing everything up) but it maybe useful when used with care? craft inks are also used with polymer clay.
Markers - Use them on clay, with clay, on paper - some permanent markers work very well with clay.
Color pencils & Crayons - great addition to my studio! these oil based colors work perfectly with clay and can give wonderful results (used them in my last polypediaonline # 17 tut).
Stamps - names? letters? signature? these rubber thingies can be taken to our studio with a smile! use them with ink (dry/wet/paints) or directly on clay!

Glass items
Every oven proof items can be used as a tool or a part of a piece - use glass items for covering with polymer clay, or as vessels and a part of a bigger design - Vases, cups, test tubes (for bases of mezuzah and as a vessel), lamps, plates and the list can go on. from now on, every time you enter a department store, check what can be your future project!

Enjoy!