Summer In The City
How To Keep Your Head And Clay Cool In The Heat
Summer has finally arrived but now – how to keep a cool head and how to work with clay that is way too soft? Here are a few tips and tricks (not all to be taken seriously) that might come in handy.
Budget-Friendly Light Boxes
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My daughter-in-law, Heather, is a professional photographer and videographer. Back in September of 2011, she offered to create a light box for me. It’s made out of inexpensive materials, but it works great. Ever since then, I’ve been very pleased with how much better my photos come out. I shared this experience on my blog, Fimo Fanatic, but I also wanted to summarize it here on the IPCA website.
The light box is made from a clear plastic box approximately the same size as a cardboard file box. The inside of the box is lined with white cotton muslin, and the box sits on a small portable decorator table that has removable legs. Two clamp-on gooseneck lamps sit on either side of the box, and a spotlight shines down from the top. I use a slanted piece of white poster board as the backdrop, or an assortment of silky fabrics, depending on what I’m photographing. This light box is portable – everything packs up in less than 5 minutes and will fit easily into a seat in my car. Cost: less than $50.00.
(Not So Funny) Buffing Story
I teach polymer clay at a local bead shop and have one student who has attended nearly every class. She is a diligent student and emails me quite often for help with her projects. Her most recent email describes a buffing experience that is so frightenly funny that it needs to be shared...and might hopefully also help to remind people about buffing safety as well! - Hazel Keyes-Frederick
"Guess what I learned today? NEVER, EVER, BUFF A GLASS VOTIVE ON AN AUTOMATIC BUFFER!!!!!!!
I thought I had a good grip on it, but lost it...it missed my head by a hair, and I watched it just barely miss the computer screen and a lamp as it flew through the window and the storm window (which of course were closed). Then I had to laugh at the insanity of it, because when it hit the driveway most of the clay shattered..but the votive didn't even break!
I hope your day is better than mine - I'm on my way to town to get my windows fixed."