Mermaids are fun. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to swim underwater effortlessly (and breathe down there somehow too, I presume).
Well, since I can’t be one, I can make one. From polymer of course, since that’s what I do.
And not just me, some other clayers as well! I’ve taught mermaid classes several times. Recently I taught an articulated mermaid (with moveable body, arms and head) in southern England in the studio of the StitchNCraft bead store.
What made teaching the mermaid project especially fun this time was that the store had just gotten in a new stash of Dragon Scale beads! (a new bead and oh! so luscious). I was immediately distracted by the yet-unbagged/tagged and hung-for-sale beads and pestered Lynn (owner of the shop) to please make them available for us to buy for class. Ya know, sometimes you just want what you want. Thankfully, Lynn was very understanding! (Bead-need is a recognized syndrome).
So, on to the class. It was great, mermaids were created. Shiny scales were added (wired in with thin wire or headpins for a bit of extra wiggle).
So here’s my point (besides that mermaids are cool). Creating from polymer is wonderful. Creating from polymer with added embellishments of beads is waaaaaay more cooler. If you use polymer for your art – add beads (and metal and crystals and rocks and fibers and whatever else will go into the oven at clay-baking temperature and not melt/burn/explode)! It adds a whole new level of interest and artistic expression.
So, my mermaid is still in pieces, awaiting stringing (I’ll do that when I get back to my home studio), but I think I see her smiling at her shiny scale embellishments in satisfaction.