There are two very specific moments I am thinking of right now. The first being when I was a young 21 yr old on lunch break from a terrible accounting job (I swear the woman was Scrooge reincarnated and memories of her and her name (Winifred...shutter) still gives me shivers up my spine 25+ years later.) I worked in the beautiful, historic town of Concord, MA (I loved working in this town). On my break I wandered into a very hippie bead shop. I purchased a few meager beads and headpins not really sure what to do with them but I had an intense, inner longing to make jewelry. I got the pieces home, had no clue how to proceed and stored them away. These beads moved with me at each new apartment and finally into my first home. I have no idea why I didn't find a way to educate myself on techniques. Life rolled on and the desire always called me. I finally acknowledged it in the early 2000's when I took a class at a local bead shop and my business was born. I loved making jewelry! Who knew?***smack up the side***
I have a similar story with polymer clay. Many years ago I purchased some polymer from Michael's. I have used it with my kids just for fun and school projects. A couple of times I tried to make beads but was never happy with them so away into storage the clay went until it was time for the next school project. But that is about to change. Over the past year, while trying to execute a design from behind the torch, I've had the thought that the idea would probably translate better in clay. But I resisted! There are many reason but mainly I just have so many supplies taking over my house; lampworking set up, all the glass and tools, metal working materials and supplies, jewelry making tools and supplies. I really didn't want to add another whole other area of creation. I seriously need a studio proper! However, I can no longer resist the calling of my muse.
A jewelry making friend of mine and the main temptress in this polymer adventure, Kashmira of Sudafulee - Always in Bloom, put out the call to her beading buddies to learn how to use polymer clay along with her. You can find one of her posts here. The link to her post is actually the 5th in her series. That is important because I have been trying not join in but this is the post when I realized I can not just sit back and watch, I must join in. I realized that I have most of the tools I need from my attempts at working with metal clays. The only missing tool is a pasta machine, for conditioning the clay which makes it easier to work with. My inner dialogue kept telling me 'NO You are absolutely not going to buy a pasta machine! You will just have to use a roller/pvc pipe or something you have on hand.' If I can avoid manual, repetitive tasks and use a machine to make life easier, I like that. Kashmira tempted with inexpensive pasta machines on Amazon.com. Again inner dialogue said 'absolutely not!' Then my hubby wanted to go the flea market this weekend. Inner dialogue got happy and said 'well, if you can find a pasta machine at the flea market that would be ok'. And don't you know I did!!! Just as we were about to leave, down the last isle (that I tried to avoid due to a swollen ankle), right in front of me ... a pasta machine. Heck the hubby even opened his wallet and paid the $12.00 for the pasta machine.
***smack up side the head***
I think the fates are speaking to me and it is time for me to take on this new adventure in polymer clay.