I’ve been quieter on the blog lately because I’ve been super busy. I really missed having enough creative time, so I made sure to get in the studio today when I had the chance. Last night I took an online class with Erin Prais-Hintz about using Apoxie Sculpt. I loved it! There are a lot of projects using that in my future. This morning I made three projects that are currently curing. I hope to have three successes to show in another blog post. Erin has another class coming up on December 11th.
Then, I opened an order from Jeni Houser Alasad I got last week and finally had a chance to check out. I had purchased a beautiful hollow polymer clay pod she topped with a vintage metal kuchi tassel top. This is the kind of thing I love. I’ve become a huge fan of Jeni’s work, which she calls “rustic, organic, homely, and heartfelt.” Great description; I might add quirky! When I saw it, I wanted it immediately because I knew I had the perfect beads to go with it!
The texture and color she added to the pod very much reminded me of this collection of rustic clay beads I have. I got the majority of these from Andrew Thornton: Project Destash. (You can find Andrew these days doing live tutorials on the Allegory Gallery Facebook page most Tuesdays). The littler round carved clay beads I got at Michael’s. I wanted a smaller spacer bead, and found a bag of mixed brown and green wooden beads – the green is the same as the green on the pod. I love my stash!
I often like to add a little pop to necklaces – a contrast of color, shape, etc. Here I’ve added a little animal bead above the pod. (I believe I got that from Andrew’s destash too.) The one larger red bead with the rustic heart is a special bead that has been in my stash before it was even much of a stash. It was fun to use that.
Creativity is so restorative. I’m lucky!