Thursday, December 22, 2011

The making of belts...

I recently designed a charm bracelet with ERWMA color "belts", as well as a charm pendant.

I originally used Sculpey III clay (oven hardening) but am not best pleased with this brand.  I have used this type of clay before, but the Fimo brand.  I believe I'll be going back to it.  The Sculpey was hard to work with and brittle, and didn't dry (bake) as firm as I like.   I have some Fimo on order and will try again!  We'll use the leftover Sculpey for beadmaking.

I've also decided to make smaller "belts" for the pendant.

Articles I found after the fact:

Best Polymer Clay
Makes me mad

Update 12-29-11: I got my Fimo clay in and did some test pieces. It is definitely better than the Sculpey! So I'll make a couple of prototypes and then order more clay for the "production run". I'll also be perusing the online catalog at Fire Mountain Gems to decide on charm holders.  It sure helps having a pasta roller to use for the clay rolling and cutting!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Virtual Reopening...

Handmade housewares and craft items.  Knitting, sewing and crochet instruction.  I'll be posting some help links soon!!

Newest creations:
The "abacus" bracelet and double stitch marker.

ERWMA "belt" charm bracelet and pendant. 

I opened TRS, first in VT, then KY, in 2004 to provide custom orders for knit, crochet, sewn, beaded and quilted gift items and housewares, bridal accessories to a local bridal shop, and provide a craft group/instruction.  I had to close its doors after becoming quite ill with PD.   As I am able, I will be providing custom work again and a "coffee klatch craft group" at my home.  Pictures (link below) show previous orders and work completed.

I am a jack of all trades, master at none.  I am not "great" at any of my hobbies, but I am willing to share what I know and even more willing to learn from others!

Pictures! Click here

Not a physical shop.  Any for sale items will be made available here via PayPal or on Etsy. Links later.