Keep Calm, Carry Heat
Every day seems to be going faster, and faster, the closer I get to the end of my Kickstarter project. I’ve decided that if I don’t make it this time, I’m going to try again and again. Each time, I’ll try and improve on the areas that need it, and have different techniques lined up. As for my business, it’s moving along! It may be slow, but I’m learning something new every day. I’ve begun collaborating with other metal clay artists, and it feels good to be around other artists working with the same medium. Don’t get me wrong – I love explaining the process to those who have never heard of it, but self-teaching is a long, hard process. I’m finally finding people to talk to, to ask questions, and to give me professional opinions. *:) It’s interesting. I have a lot of experience working with clay, but not so much working with metal. My wonderful husband is helping me with that, though, and I’m learning enough to really make my pieces amazing. I’m slowly building up inventory in my new shop on The CraftStar, but it’s slow going. Sometimes it seems like every time I turn around something else goes wrong. No worries, however, because every mistake is a learning experience! I’ve recently taken video of the (torch) firing process, and I’ll be posting that, soon. For now, here are some pictures of my latest projects!
Something I’ve come to discover – one more reason living in El Paso, TX is hard – the humidity here is pretty much -9% (Ok, more like 7-10%) which tends to dry this metal clay SUPER fast! For now, I’m having to learn speed-sculpting! However, in December, we’ll be PCSing back home to Louisiana, and I have a feeling not only will it not dry quickly, I’ll probably have to dry it on a warmer over night. So instead of speed-sculpting, I’ll be learning a hard lesson in patience! Something that needs to happen, anyway, I suppose *:)