There are also a loads of techniques I want to try - there are just so many possibilities with polymer clay! Some at the top of my list are;
- Watercolour technique
- Making my own texture plates
- Using liquid polymer clay as a varnish (heat gun after bake)
- Mokume gane, sutton slice and mica shift - have tried these but still not perfected
- Making polymer necklace closures
- Using mica powders
I also really want to play with resin coatings but that means investing in a UV light, maybe once I have had a few more successful sales!
I also have some experiments to do. I am keen to do some baking trials as I commented at the London Polymer Clay Group that you couldn't bring fimo to a glass like shine like you could Kato and then on the way home remembered Carol Blackburn's fabulously shiny fimo bowl from the previous meeting- which had just been sanded and did have a glass like shine. I have a feeling that perhaps I don't bake my fimo things long enough, thus they don't polish so well - only one way to find out....
I am going to spend some time in the next couple of months playing with these ideas, actually using some of the books and tutorials I have instead of just looking at them. I am also going to try and imitate the style of some of my favourite pieces of jewellery by other polymer clay artists to get a feel for their technique and to further develop my skill.
I look forward to sharing the results with you!