Polymer Clay Inchies
Inchies are just one inch square tiles – it’s up to you what you want to do with them. I have found they are great because it is just an inch. You can try out new techniques – like my knitting ones. You aren’t making a big item so you can just test them out, see what works.
I like when I can make up sets with a limited palettes or techniques or both. There is really no limit to what you can make in an inch. It is also a great way to try new idea and them have a record of it to save for the future just like people save color chips.
Recently I have just been using fun tack to stick them to my wall in my studio just to keep track of them.
Inches on the Wall
Once I learned how to make a zipper in polymer clay, I was off to have some fun. These pendants are a blast to make. Using old canes to make polymer clay fabric and then texture some material for the zipper and place the teeth for the zipper. The real fun is choosing the colors and designs that would well together.
I’ve been playing with canes I hated and came up with good results. The pendant with the yellow zipper was made using a stroppel cane – they are mostly vertical and I didn’t like how bright it was or the straight lines. I cut slices and placed them randomly.
Adding details like texturing the fabric and seams and a patina on some has added to fun. I spent the time to finish them really well so each is fabulous from and back (at least to me) Check them out in my FantasyClay Zibbet store.
Hand Dyed Yarn
I finished my needles out of the closet a few months ago and have been having fun knitting up a storm. I’ve gotten fussier with the yarns I want to use – I really don’t want to use acrylic, I just don’t like the way the colors look. I’ve bought some skeins of wool and wool blends but wool yarn often can get expensive and too often I don’t find the colors I’m looking for anyway.
I do have about 3 lbs of Fisherman’s Wool from Lion’s Brand that I bought several years ago that is sitting there but it is just unbleached and I couldn’t get excited over it. I’ve seen a number websites about dying with KoolAid and I figured I’d try it. Looking around I found this site -DyeYourYarn.com and they added in food coloring as well for an idea, especially since the Lime (for green is really hard to find). This site had lots of great ideas but was light on the actual technique. On Instructables, I found this article for the how-tos of dying with food color.
So putting them together, I bought some Wilton’s food coloring at Micheals, about 10 dollars for 8 colors and picked up so vinegar. When I got home I found some other food dye as well. I had fun this afternoon playing colors in a new way. I mostly single colors and some like the pink and the orange seem very close. The brown is the exception here. when I got done, I had too much orange and wanted to try something else. I took the orange and then used the Wilton Purple to dye it again to get brown.
So now I have a rainbow of yarns to knit with and also some ideas for overdyeing so of the icky colors I have sitting around. I have 2 more pounds of fingerman’s wool too. Even better, the dyeing process itself, softens up the wool.