My time at the Clayathon ended up being all about the shawl pins. I’m so glad I tried making a few that first day, because I really loved the way they turned out. Particularly once I’d spent some quality time sanding them smooth. And even more so, when I sat down at the buffing wheel and gave it a spin for the first time.
Ooh, they are just so unbelievably smooth, and have such a beautiful satiny shine!
(As an aside, I have got to add a bench buffer to my setup. Now that I’ve seen firsthand what it can do, I just can’t imagine going back to rubbing my sanded pieces on my couch…)
Many of these will be finding their way into my shop this week. Others that I’ve grown fond of will stay with me until I have finished knitting my sweater and can decide which one looks best with it.
A few of you expressed an interest in these – if you’d like one and want to save me the trouble of photographing it and creating a listing for it, leave a comment or email me. I’ll be happy to let you have one for $24. I haven’t quite made up my mind what the final price of these will be once I put them in the shop, but I do know it will be more than $24.
I made a lot of other little doo-dads with leftover pieces from the shawl pin extravaganza, and I did a little experimenting with scrap clay, and some other experimenting with the pearlescent Liquid Sculpey that Polymer Clay Express was kind enough to share with everyone. I made myself a pair of earrings that has me completely smitten, and a small pile of similar earrings that I plan to sell.
Just about everything else still needs to be sanded and buffed. Whether that will happen soon, or six months in the future, remains to be seen