What a timely Studio Friday topic! Here is one of the many things I've been procrastinating about and the story behind it!
Kerri invited me to participate in a fun swap. It was to make 15 charms to trade with 15 other artists. Very sweet. It also had a due date of the end of March - especially sweet. I contacted Laura, the swap coordinator, to ask if I could join in and she said yes! I asked her if each charm wasn't exactly the same because I can't make two of anything exactly alike was that Ok - yes, no problem.
This is part of my "artistic growth through assignments" as I discussed in a previous post. This "assignment" forced me to do something I've wanted to do for almost 2 years now: produce some jewelry out of my glyps. I just felt I don't have the best skills/technique to properly execute my vision. I also had planned to do a necklace, so this challenged me even further to make something so small!
Here are the "prototypes". I fashioned this little guy out of my glyp eye-con...sorry...icon. I made a set of 14 more in addition to these because I realized that I there was a gap in that top pin. When I attach a jump ring to it, the jump ring could slip out. The next set I made I pushed the ring further in and made certain that it stayed there. I will pick the best 15 out of the 29 and send them off to the swap! Can you guess which one of these guys was the first one I made? The real prototype?
This was a fun project and it confirms something I already knew. I need to build better skills with polymer clay. The charms have some "rough edges" that need to be addressed if I am going to sell these little suckers. I also need to complete another "to-do" on my educational list: learn to make molds. These guys are very time consuming to make and difficult because they are so tiny (compared to the pieces I normally make) I don't want to make these little guys into production pieces, but I'd like to be able to make similar sizes to craft for a more uniform product to make earring sets. I really need to find a great polymer clay course: another item on that to-do list.
So you believe you have spotted the prototype of my prototype set? If you selected the one in the upper right-hand corner you are correct!
Update - Here is the second "improved" set. See how I have no gap in the top pin. I'm learning.