|Copper Bell using Hadar's Clay|
Last January I listed my goals for year 2012 as:
I will have fun doing whatever I am doing.
I will experiment with new techniques and share them.
And I’m very pleased to say I accomplished them. In fact, I think I will continue them for 2013!
Having fun doing whatever I’m doing is pretty easy. I’m at the age that “If it isn’t fun, why would I do it? And if I have to do it anyway, I might as well make it fun.”
Experimenting with new techniques turned out to be a mixed bag. I experimented with polymer clay and became known as the “Button Baroness”. (I laugh about that). I have several mixed metal, silver metal clay and polymer pieces on consignment in two cities. (Amazing myself). New tools have made experimenting easier and fun.
|The copper bell really tinkles!|
And somewhere this year I signed up to take Hadar’s artinsilver.com/ class in Tucson in February 2013 using her powdered clay and learning new techniques. I also belong to a metal clay group on Facebook and everyone shares their experiences and concerns. As I read artist’s progress, problems and set-backs with the clay, I got scared. I know that sounds a little silly but it is true. So I put off learning to use Hadar’s clay. With my less than enthusiastic mindset, reading her manual several times did not help. I just kept putting the whole thing off. Well, here it is late December and I have no choice but to take the clay by the horns (so to speak) and start. After all, I’ve paid for the class and it is non-refundable!
I cannot tell you how many times I have said to students, employees and friends, “Whatever it is, it will not be as bad as you think it will be!” It wasn’t. In fact, I followed Hadar’s directions and video exactly. The copper powder clay mixed beautifully. The two step firing worked and yes, I still had trepidation. But I followed the manual and it worked!
|Copper Clay Pieces Ready to Fire|
|Fired Copper Clay Pieces with center disc polished.|
|Finished Necklace with Hadar's copper clay|