||Tools From Trash
us can't walk by any
kind of gadget without thinking “how can I use
that with polymer clay?”
I'm no exception. From apple corers to zesters,
cookie cutters to pizza
wheels, cosmetic applicators to old electric
toothbrushes we came, we bought,
and we improvised.
latest conquest is what
I like to call Brass Trash. You can buy it by
the bag from any model shop
and the MicroMark
catalog. Mainly scraps of brass rods it also
square shapes and oval shapes lengths from
¼ to 7 inches.
I saw it advertised in the MicroMark catalog
while I was recovering from
my broken shoulder. Shopping on-line was my only
My imagination was
way ahead of my tool
building skill but I have come up with a few
things that are workable and
I'm sure the rest of you can add to that.
|The first thing
that attracted me was
the oval, or tear drop, shape and I envisioned
putting the various sized
ovals together with a rubber band into a design
that could be changed to
suit my mood. Wrong. The rubber band will hold a
basically round configuration
but anything elliptical needed something else.
Scotch tape? Seems to work
pretty well. Embedding in clay? I need to learn
to cut the pieces smaller.
This one is a work in progress. Although the
rubber stamp designer at Embossing
Arts was impressed with it enough to keep my
original sample. I used this
one as both a texture tool and a cutter,
although the clay gets stuck in
the smaller holes. A water release helps.
||The second “tool”
was rather serendipitous.
I picked up a length of rod and it was stuck
with another piece of rod
inside a bigger rod. A few drops of glue and
another design was born. Dipping
it in Pearl Ex gives you another look.
|The most versatile
tool is simply a series
of same diameter rods embedded in a piece of
clay. After baking flip the
pieces out and then glue them in with your
favorite glue. As you can see
from the pictures you can get three different
patterns and as someone in
the button swap will see, it makes great
||I also found a very
small square rod,
about an eighth of an inch and a similar sized
hexagon that are too small
to photograph but will make excellent
So here is a
challenge to you all.
Invent a new tool from scrap. It's fun and will
keep you out of trouble.