Trading The Internet For Polymer Bonding « Shoot Me Now

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Trading The Internet For Polymer Bonding
Published on Thursday, July 28, 2011 by

I have just come back from a five-day family vacation at the beach house.  My Mom, brother, his two girls and my three kids under one roof.  I think we did well… only one small fight, one person with a day of the stomach flu and the rest smooth sailing.

Not only was there no internet, but my Verizon signal often left me with no data whatsoever.  In other words, I was completely and unexpectedly unplugged!

We slept in, hit the beach twice a day, ate my brother’s amazing food and of course enjoyed an adult beverage or two each night.  Our after dinner activity?  An afterthought of mine that turned out to be a nightly event – polymer clay.

I don’t have a creative bone in my body.   No, let me rephrase that.  I have many ideas in my mind, but no artistic ability to carry them out.   Fortunately, polymer clay is forgiving and fun even if your creations look nothing like what you had in mind.

After dinner each night, I set up our tools and the girls and I began.  We talked, we molded, we cut, we talked.  There was nothing electronic about it and I loved every single moment.

Would you believe “Miss Uncreativity” (that would be ME) actually made something FUNCTIONAL?!

*WARNING!*  If you make polymer clay beads, do not continue reading.  Because these babies are…well… oh so totally novice.  I like to think of them as rustic.  Yea, that’s the word… RUSTIC! <cough cough>

My first beads began with this:
polymer flower cane
And then turned in to this:
polymer cane
From which I made this:
bead bracelet
My second batch of beads are my favorite:
glitter polymer
polymer flower cane
The one thing I missed these last two weeks?  Your BLOGS!  I will be by this weekend, with my deepest apologies for being so behind.  Following my visits will be a completely emotional meltdown post about Saturday’s big event.  Who will I be sending on a plane and where?

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  • Welcome home Katherine.  I’m glad you had a great vacation.  Isn’t it wonderful to be unplugged?  Yes it is because you do so many other things like have fun with the girls with Polymer Clay.  Now that some fantastic bonding.  Good for you.

    Have a terrific day.  🙂

    • You know, it was so wonderful to have the kids automatically come to the table instead of ask to watch TV… and that goes for me too – no internet – using my hands, talking.. it was so relaxing!

  • Welcome back! It sounds like you guys had an amazing time!! And I think your beads are lovely.
    Unplugged for 5 days?! You are a stronger woman than I will ever be!! 🙂

    • Oh Nicky, TRUST ME…. even though I knew it wouldn’t work, I still attempted face book every day !!! Email would show subjects but then would not open, that was REALLY frustrating. But in a way, it was very good for me… Oh, and the CHEESE I ate every night… my favorite…Costco’s Dubliner Cheese… mmmmMMMmmmmMMMMM!!!!!

  • Mjacobson

    Very creative. Just as I remember you. MJ

    • Oh Oh remember the concert at the boat house!!!??? A wonderful memory. 🙂

      How far our lives have taken us both, through so many twists and turns, through illnesses, sadness and joy….. life is wonderful and hard all at the same time, isn’t it!

  • Ron

    “Not only was there no internet, but my Verizon signal often left me with no data whatsoever.  In other words, I was completely and unexpectedly unplugged!”

    OMG….don’t ya just hate when that happens? I’m with Verizon too, and sometimes if I try to use the Wifi in Starbucks it won’t connect to my laptop. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

    I’ve seen those type beads before but didn’t know what they called or that they were made of polymer.
     
    And hey, you underestimate your creativity because these beads are AWESOME! WOW…I really love the second one you made. The colors are great, and I like how you strung them into a bracelet.

    Brava, Katherine!

    Welcome home! And glad to hear you had a great time.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • Thanks!!! As much as I hate leaving Corolla, it was nice to come home to my insane deaf dog and to get out of the sun just a tiny bit. Of course as of tonight, I am ready to go back!

  • Oh snap! I love them. You are VERY creative! 

    • My daughter and I are going to Michael’s with a coupon tomorrow so we can get some more clay… I need to look at some videos though …so I can get some mad clay skillz lol!

  • Jay

    Oh, I DO like your second beads!!  They’re great!  I’ve never actually tried making polymer clay beads. I’ve used it to model tiny greyhounds – not as easy as I thought!  But beads .. no!  Perhaps I should try.

    I do love making jewellery, and partly that is because it’s a completely unplugged activity, therefore it’s very, very restful.  

    • I just got a book at the library on polymer beads and now realize they key is making your designs with blends. So the next Michael’s coupon and paycheck and I am buying some more clay! 🙂

  • What a fun thing to do with the family! Those are the kinds of memories that linger forever!

  • I think those are gorgeous.  I could never do anything so artistic.  My daughter loves polymer clay.  She makes little figurines.

  • Tanveer_008
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