Play with clay

No! I haven’t.

Like I said, I haven’t finished Ka’s calendar. I haven’t even tried making those hawaiian skirt type earrings with fancy paper or fabric. Instead, I have been spending my time reading books authored by Dr. Maria Montessori, and designing earrings and designing clay artifacts. I know none of these have anything to do with each other, but that’s me!

So after having sketched some designs for┬ásome earrings, I went out and bought a clay conditioning machine and some clay (all were on sale…that is my very own special way of justifying it :)). And here are my very first pair of clay earrings, with many many more to come…

And I have signed myself up to finish Ka’s Calendar before the start of next week. And knit a pair of socks for her without a pattern to follow. And try some more earrings. And try a fair isle pattern of my own. And try and throw some clay on the wheel and get something, just anything, that looks better than the lump of mud I started off with.

I am doing it again ain’t I? Let me draw the line here, take a deep breath and stop flitting and fluttering around. My only goal for this week will be to finish the Calendar. And now let me go and leave notes for myself on the fridge door and bedroom wall and bathroom mirror and laptop and PC and iphone and in the todo list by my bed…

Paper and things

And yet another obsession…

My life seems to be a mere series of obsessions.  Without obsessions I start to lose a grip on sanity. So, to help me stay sane [as a huge favour to my husband], I was introduced to jewellery making by a couple of very dear friends. And if you knew me, you would know why my staying sane is so important for the well being of my husband. Anyway, without much ado, may I present to you the results of my extremely amateur attempt at earring making.

EditMy first attempt at paper bead making

My second attempt at paper bead making. If you notice, I did muster up enough courage here to experiment a bit with a paper shaper.

I have no idea how all these beads came to look like cones. I sure must have done something right! Can’t wait to find out what. These were, like the previous one, a long rectangular piece cut in half diagonally and then rolled. I was expecting them to be shaped like thin long barrels. But nah! I kind of like the spool.

This was just me desperate to use the doughnut (turns out that’s what it is really called. A donut pendant!). And the yellow paper bead looked drab on its own. So, I stuck it in the donut and voila!!

And this is when I went totally nuts with the paper cutting thing. I wanted something with fringes. So, I cut a long strip. Cut fringes along one end (pretty long ones actually) and then rolled them into beads. The fringes didn’t look quite as pretty as I thought they would. So I turned them upside down, forced them in a donut and left them lying around for a while. Then I got rid of the donut and got this ­čÖé Next, I’ll try these with some fancy paper or fabric.

For now, this is what they look like when worn…

And before you ask me, let me tell you that nope! I am not done with the calendar and yes! my hands are full of lines. Maybe that explains my restlessness…