Some News and Great things for your studio.

Happy Sunday Crafties.

Today’s post is a small one.

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I’m sharing a picture of my polymer clay work desk. Why?

Did you notice the little camera on the tripod to the right of the photo. Yes, crafties, I’m going to try my hand and doing you tube videos. Mostly tutorials and clay things but sometimes other things too.

Right now I’m testing out the best angle for recording that shows what I’m doing but also allows me space to work.

I’ve had my little digital camera for years, but I hardly used it because we mostly use our cellphone cameras for photos. But I dug it out this week, got a power adapter (so I don’t have to spend a fortune on batteries) and a little tripod.

My hubby bought me a 16 gb memory card yesterday so I’m set. Lets hope I can actually do this. I’m notoriously camera shy.

But I’m going to give it a try, I’m going to call the channel “A Work of Heart”

its the name I use when I sell my finished products.

 

While I’m sharing I wanted to tell you all about this:

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I’m sure those of you who are hard-core clayers have seen the new fandangled kneading machine on the market. I’m not going to mention names but you should know what I’m talking about.

I saw one and wanted it Sooooooo bad (note the capital S) I have problems with my hands and kneading clay is painful at times, especially the extra crumbly and hard fimo. So getting one of them would have been prayers answered. But, sadly, because I’m in South Africa it would have cost me a couple of grand to get here. I don’t have the money. So I asked the saint I married if he could make me something similar.

Saint-hubby took one look at the picture of the kneading machine and said.

“That is an arbour press.”

To which I answered. “A what now?”

He went on to tell me its a modified arbour press and that he could easily make the plates I needed to knead the clay.

I looked around and found a 1 ton arbour press at Adendorff for R800. So I bought it, spray painted it pink and Saint-hubby did the plates for me.

A LOT cheaper than trying to import it.

Plus I put magnets on it and that’s where I keep my clay blades, the little basket on the top was something like R12 and I keep my heat gun and my hairdryer in it, both tools I use at my clay desk all the time.

My verdict?

I frigging love it! My hands take so much less strain and I can work the clay without my fingers locking up. Every clayer should have something like this in their studio.

 

One last find that I adore. I was in @home at Irene village mall and I saw a cutting board. Not only is it smooth glass, its a good size and it has kitchen conversions all over it.

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and rulers in cm and inches. It was only R200 and as a work surface is ideal. So if you have an @home near you go see for one, you wont regret it.

That’s it for today, Crafties. I hope you will join me on my new channel once I get it up and going (more information to follow on that)

Have a crafty day,

Genevieve

 

 

 

 

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