Sunday, July 28, 2013

Organic FIMO? Seriously? Yes.

 Confession

Organic and Whitewashed FIMO
I admit it. In the past, I've been a polymer clay snob.
What does that mean? Well,
To me, it means that I associated polymer clay with "cutsie." 
(Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
Many people LIKE cutsie. I just don't happen to be one of them.
Of course, cutsie means different things to everyone.
But I digress.

Again, I'm blaming Beatnheart Cynthia for my foray into polymer clay. 
It's all her fault.
Actually, let me back up a little more. I was in a hobby shop
and about to buy some ceramic clay. I've been wanting to 
make ceramic beads for a long time & since I have a 
kiln, I saw nothing stopping me.
Except, of course, I had no clay.
But I digress. Again.

So instead of picking up a big box of ceramic clay that day, I started looking at
the FIMO because I'd seen the things Cynthia was turning out.
And on a whim, I picked up a few packages of FIMO instead
of the ceramic clay.

Whew.
 I know, TMI.

Let's look at more pics, shall we?
(Feel free to click on the pics and make them bigger.)







In addition to those loverly whitewashed colors,
I have a group that I call Stonewashed.
They are made with black FIMO, but the
washing, removing, painting, removing, painting, wiping,
washing, removing. over and over and over...etc etc has
made them resemble stones (or old metal.)




We also have some earthy goodness.
And there's a bronzclay disc thrown into that mix as well.


And discs....



And in the last post, Marina wanted to know what my marking tool was.

It's this, Marina.



And this.


And a few seashells and a few other flotsam items. 

I look forward to trying some of these pieces in art jewelry.
But I also look forward to getting myself some ceramic clay.
I still want to try the same processes with it.

I settled on Krylon Matte finish for the sealer and then
I've waxed each piece with Dorland's Wax Medium, let it dry
and then hand buffed. I love that smooth satin feel after the waxing & buffing.

Again, Thank YOU, Cynthia.
So many mediums...so little time.

Frank and Ernest

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." ~picasso
Carpe Diem!
-L

12 comments:

Beatnheart said...

holy mackeral ....these are fookin amazing...
especially the pales...
no the blacks...
no wait the other ones...love them all kiddo...
let's turn the haters into polymer clay lovers...

the pluses:
doesn't break....opps I dropped them on the tile floor...bye bye
porcelain
Lightweight....like air...like nothing!
Handmade goodness....all the rubbing , forming , shaping, polishing
puts the workers goodness into the finished product...instant good vibes feelings...

Jiorji said...

siiiiighhhhh!! now i wanna make polymer clay things too!!!! :'( so pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lela said...

Yeah, Cynthia! Exactly! You're right...I like the fact that it won't break. In fact, it's such amazing stuff that I can fold the 'bendies' in half and they go right back to shape. Wacko! You're right...the good feelings of handmade are great!

Lela said...

Well, warning, Jiorji...it's totally addictive! The thing is, it doesn't cost much to try it. ;)

Sharon Driscoll said...

love the look you are getting with these - great weight to work with....and a whole lot less messy than the clay. Dang you two - now I've got to haul the polymer out of the box and play with that too!

Anvil Artifacts said...

So what you're saying is that everything you try turns out fascinating and perfect, eh? Well, if you weren't intending to say iit, I'll say it for you! Love your results. Especially the back set. All of them are wonderful.

Lela said...

Thank you, Sharon! Yes, for sure less messy than ceramic clay. And yet, I had some in my shopping basket yesterday & then took it out. hehe

Get that polymer out! It's relaxing. :)

Lela said...

re: "So what you're saying is that everything you try turns out fascinating and perfect, eh?" hahahahahaha. Uh. No. heh.

But thank you, Janet. It's relaxing...but also takes a lot of time. Who knows if I'll be doing any more...any time soon, anyway.

Sharon said...

WOW, drooling here! Such fabulousness and rustic goodness. I started out creating polymer clay beads and was led astray by other, more "legit" mediums, but I have to say seeing these beauties and Cynthia's amazing pods makes me want to delve right in again. The siren call of poly clay beckons...

Lela said...

*grin* Hi Sharon. I'm right there with you. I had no idea these kinds of results could be had with polymer. I also agree that I didn't really consider polymer a "legit" medium. I do think I'm changing my mind - but I don't know how long I'll continue - or where it will take me. I'm still feeling the urge to get ceramic clay (and probably will eventually) since I have the kiln.

I'm hoping to get some of these worked into art jewelry today. We'll see how that goes. ;)

Thanks for your kind words.

Listen to the siren call! :D

fanciful devices said...

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
when i read your title and saw the 1st pic i was clicking the hell out of it trying to find the source to shoot out and buy some. i could not accept that you'd MADE these... and on your first mutherfrakkin' try? wtf? no seriously. wtf. and are you fooking selling these or what? are you just teasing us with them? crap i got too much supplies but seriously. the shapes! and i totally agree polymer usually takes on a cutesy shape/texture/color but these are galaxies from that. those discs just killed me dead.

Lela said...

Ha! Well, I guess that means you like them. I used some of those light colored ones today & am pleased with the result. I think I'll follow your lead and charge ONE MILLION for the necklace. :)

I have a feeling I'll be doing more of these. It's very relaxing for me to work with the clay & that part is easy for me. Of course, the whole painting thing is a different story - That part is WORK. But I like it. I have no vision for the black ones or the discs, so may get those listed later. Thanks for stopping by, fanciful one!