I tinkered around- it's definitely a neat clay. I'm not too biased. I have begun to appreciate Premo! so I'm not loyal to any one brand. I was just itching to get something made. Ironically the things I made was made with Premo! and not the Souffle' ... oh well.
I had purchased a few tutorials from The Blue Bottle Tree, which I have yet to really dive into, because something tells me I won't resurface for days once I do. But I did make a few items with her Mica Leaf Tutorial, which is worth checking out here. From there it kinda spring boarded into a few other things. It's a simple technique with full wow factor. Here's one of my finished pieces from that tutorial. This was the technique that had me in my front yard picking leaves off my trees as 11:30 at night. lol
But the wheels got to turning from there
I'm very excited about this.
You see, in my previous craft life I was a die cut fanatic. Okay- truth be told, I'm STILL a die cut fan and always will be. My first love was the original QuickKutz, which is Lifestyle Crafts now. Then I got the electric Cricut and SCAL software (my Cricut is THAT old and hopefully soon I will upgrade to a Silhouette). I also have the Sizzix Big Shot- which I also love very much. I love punching out all the pieces and thinking in layers and assembling them- whether it was simple or complex, it's just satisfying. I took that concept and transferred it to polymer clay... obviously the most simple version. ;)
So everyone has a little box of abandoned die cuts right? You punched too many, changed colors, sizes, or your mind completely. Yeah... I had purged a lot of them when I moved. But I had one little pencil box left with flowers and a little stylized turtle. BINGO! Yes- I have an affinity for turtles. Ahem... if that isn't already obvious.
So I slapped that turtle die cut on the clay, cut it out with my trusty Exacto, layered it onto another piece of clay... cut the outline out and added the Pearl-Ex powders. Baked it right up. I decided to add a bail to it. Future versions will have an eye pin embedded, but for this-I had a bail so I didn't worry about fiddling with anything else. It looks amazing and I'm quite inspired. It has me looking at all my die cuts in a whole new fashion. So that's where I am right now. I not only made something finally- I actually followed through with baking it. Now to decide on glaze and finishing it up and wearing it!
Here's a photo of my sidekick, just for cuteness' sake. He had a rough week last week- he had to have a tooth removed and not having kids yet myself- he is my baby. Seeing him in pain that first night was a heartwrencher. But he's all better now and I am pretty sure he feels even better. Goodness knows he couldn't possibly be any cuter.
So that's that! We are in for a full on scorcher this week in weather. Almost makes me wish we had air conditioning. But I will survive.
Have a great week!