Newsletter 4

February 2017

 

Woohoo! I have the most awesomely cute new advert on Jozikids. Please go have a look and spread the word to all and sundry. Mudd Craft is alive and kicking!  Mudd Craft Jozikids advert

 

Well, I'm thinking that apologies are in order. It seems that life got in the way of having fun and I has resulted in my being extremely lax at writing newsletters. (Or maybe it was having fun that got in the way of being responsible and writing more? Hmmm, that could certainly be what has actually happened.)

Well, of course I've been having fun. After all, I get to play with ClayologieTM clay on a very regular basis! I also get to spread the love as much as possible. There is just TOO much enjoyment to be had with polymer clay for me to keep it all to myself.

Some of the spreading of love was performed in the form of a basic cane workshop. Cane making is one of the more advanced techniques used in polymer clay. I would usually not offer the workshop to inexperienced 'clayers', but I was persuaded to do so by a friend who assured me that the participants were capable and would easily cope. Well, we were both proven right: cane making is quite complex and the participants were very capable (if a little shell shocked at the experience).

What are canes, you ask? If you're old enough and can cast your mind back to those long sweet sticks which I think were called “Durban rock”, you'll have a good idea. The explanation I got from the internet says:

“cane ’kan n — a polymer clay rod of two or more colours; the colours inside the rod are constructed in such a way that when the rod is cross-sectioned at any point, a 2 dimensional pattern is revealed.”

I will admit, that the look on the face of someone first cutting their cane and seeing the pattern revealed is a joyous thing indeed. The canes made were really beautiful and I think a sense of achievement was shared by all.

 

I also couldn't resist making Christmas decorations for my really large and diverse family. Altogether I made 24 decorations with each one having a meaning specific to each recipient. These was soooo much fun too.

 

My newest endeavour is pot plant/fairy garden decorations. What is most fun about this is that there is absolutely no limit to what can be made. From standard ideas like mushrooms, flowers, snails, little buzzy bees etc to the more quirky ones like the little elf who fell into the ground. With my useless gardening skills, I've even decided to make some flowers to keep the pot looking good even after the inevitable demise of the plant.

 

My next workshop is going to be a lot of fun with a vaguely Valentine theme. The aim is to make a keyring or a fairy garden/pot plant decoration as a gift for that someone special. (I'm making one for me :) ) The workshop is scheduled for the morning of 11 February and I'm planning to have loads of fun!

 

I think that the message I am getting from working with polymer clay and also possibly the message I am trying to convey to you is that this is a super fun and very enjoyable medium to work in.  I'd love to get the chance to show you if I haven't done so already.  Please drop me an email or send a Whatsapp so that we can set up a workshop for me to show you.