Here it is- my first Post-post (!) I really wish I could include one of the exploding confetti emojis here because #1: I am only used to writing in text messages and #2: because seriously that emoji speaks 1,000 words. So, it's been a busy week. In addition to doing some serious crafting (and documenting each step- who knew how much time that would take?!) I also attended a panel last night for the release of Grace Bonney (of Design Sponge)'s new book: In the Company of Women. So I won't do it injustice, the actual subtitle is: "Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs". Just reading that line makes me feel inspired-and that is totally not a joke. The panel was amazing, with great advice for entrepreneurs derived from the experiences and stories of wonderful female business owners. The night was equal part inspiration, information, and entertainment. With a beautiful and inspiring book to take home. Tina Roth Eisenberg, said after a question about being afraid to start: Just Start It. So without further ado...
Tiny Bowl #1: Imprinted Shell Bowl
Who doesn't love a tiny bowl to be used as a "catch-all" for the tiny things we collect? I love them for jewelry and change, and the children love them to save the small treasures they find. This bowl was made using polymer clay, letter stamps, a seashell as a mold, and finished off with some black watercolor paint to accentuate the name and the texture of the shell. If a shell is too summery for the season, you can use any small sized bowl as a mold. You may also choose to forego the polymer clay and pick your favorite air dry clay.
These are all the materials used to make a small shell, imprinted catch-all bowl.
Push the clay against the outside of the shell, trimming the clay around the outside with your finger, using the shell sides to cut the clay away. Delicately pull the clay away from the shell, feeling the shape stay in form. Gently push in each letter stamp for your name or message. Bake according to package directions or let air dry. Once dry, paint a little watercolor on the bowl to define the characteristics of the shell and your message. Super cute bowl! I made this bowl for Kate when we were all out at the beach- the other two were done entirely by the girls. A great project!!