Epic Fail

Epic Fail

Epic Fail Weekend


So…last weekend I decided to work on my February Challenge vessel. The plan was to get started right after I threw in a load of laundry, which is when everything went to hell…

I go down to the basement to start a load of laundry and notice the floor is wet in the next room. I peek around the doorway and there is water spraying out of a tiny pinhole….AND…..it’s hot water. Now, our house was built in 1900 and the basement is only a partial basement, the rest is crawl space. It’s kinda icky down there, so unless I have a reason to go down, such as laundry, I don’t. Needless to say I hadn’t been in the basement for several days and have no idea how long the water has been spraying out. I can hardly wait to see my next water and gas bill. *sigh*

After we had a water pipe break in the upstairs bathroom several years ago and the resulting waterfall around the living room ceiling fan, I now know where the main water shut off valve is. I’d seriously like to know why these things always happen when my husband is at work. Anyway, I shut off the water and notice that it’s still spraying out of the pipe. Well duh, it’s coming from the hot water heater, which is still full.

I call my husband and tell him to come home. Then, I remembered that my granddaughter called me that morning (ok, she’s three and her mom did the calling) wanting grandma to cut her bangs. So, I call my daughter and tell her now is not a good time. I do a google search to see if we can temporarily fix it to get by until Monday. We tried a couple of things, which were also epic failures. Time to call a plumber. We live in a relatively small town and trying to get a hold of a plumber on the weekend is almost impossible. Finally, we heard back from a plumber and he came and replaced that section of pipe.


So…I decide to get started on my vessel, at least the base, before my daughter and grandkids show up. I have the whole thing worked out in my head and it’s going to be fabulous. The round container I wanted to cover was plastic and I know I should have tested it to see if it would hold up to curing temperature, but the plastic was pretty hard and I thought it should hold up. So I get it covered with polymer clay, smooth the seams and add texture, which all took some time to do. It goes into the oven just as my daughter and grandkids show up.

Well, you can see from the photo at the top what happened….

….even though I’ve been playing with polymer clay for well over 20 years, I still make stupid mistakes that result in an Epic Fail.

want to know the secret to busting through creative blocks?

The secret to busting through creative blocks

The trick to getting un-stuck is…

…you have to make yourself sit down and play with the materials, mix colors, revisit past work, etc. Anything to get yourself started. It’s that simple and that hard.

Help for getting started:

Mix Colors

Mix some pretty Spring colors with my polymer clay color recipe ebooks, available for Premo, FIMO Professional and Kato brands of polymer clay. You can find them in my Etsy shop.
Kato Spring 2015 Color Recipe Ebook

Make It A Game

Deal yourself a dose of inspiration with my Deal-A-Muse cards. Pick a card or two without looking and challenge yourself to create something using the card or cards chosen. A brand new set of 60 Deal-A-Muse cards (set #2) was just added to my Etsy shop.
Deal-A-Muse set #2

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Wishing you a colorful and creative year!

a new perspective on polymer clay

A new perspective on polymer clay.

Perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Polymer clay often gets a bad rap for being a plastic material, but it’s all about perspective.

While flipping through a recent issue of Fast Company Magazine I came across a quote that hit close to my polymer clay heart. Ok, I may not have even read it, if not for the clear sofa photo that caught my eye.

image from Fast Company Magazine

Image from Fast Company Magazine. Designed by French designer Philippe Starck and made by Kartell.

Here’s the quote…

“I have always loved to work with plastic, as it is a reflection of human intelligence. Men have not created stone or wood, but plastic is the result of human creativity.” – Philippe Starck

“plastic is the result of human creativity”

So, polymer clay artists are not only being creative, but they are being creative with a material that is the result of human creativity. How is that for a new perspective?

creative block buster #11

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes or more that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #11 – Explore Other Mediums

This creative challenge is all about finding inspiration from other mediums. Do a Google image search for pottery, quilting, knitting, painting, etc. and really look at some of the images. Pay attention to textures, techniques, shapes, patterns, and the colors used. Try to translate at least one of those items into your current medium.

dragonfly polymer clay pendant

This polymer clay dragonfly pendant was inspired by gourd art.

creative block buster #10

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes or more that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #10 – Taking risks!

Today’s creative block buster is a little different. It’s more of a thinking exercise.

creative block buster #10 - taking risks!

There may or may not have been some trespassing signs that may or may not have been ignored in taking this photo. I’m not suggesting that you do something illegal, but I do want you to take risks with your art.

Without risk, there is no growth.

Today’s challenge is to take a critical look at what you’ve been creating or what you are currently working on. Then ask yourself, “What can I do to that will take this from okay to outstanding?”. The more the idea is outside your comfort zone the better.

Maybe you’ve thought about something that goes beyond your current skill set. Learn the new skill.

Perhaps your idea doesn’t conform with the rules of design. Do it anyway.

Without risk, there is no growth.

Do something today that is outside your comfort zone. Take a risk!

creative block buster #9

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes or more that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #9 – How many ways?

Today’s creative block buster is to challenge yourself to see how many different ways you can make the same design.

polymer clay hearts

creative time

I managed a little creative time in the new studio recently.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of something to go on one of the tan walls in our bedroom. That goes with the afghan bedspread.
painting       bedroom

So, this is what I came up with, but I’m not sure I’m happy with it. I can’t quite figure out if it’s because I know I want something bigger. If so, I could just make more polymer clay tiles as I was thinking of mounting them on a canvas. Or maybe I’m not happy with it because it still needs something…perhaps flowers to soften it up.
polymer clay tiles wall art

The rough texture is my favorite part.
tile texture

What do you think? Do the tiles need something else added?