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Wednesday, August 20, 2008


One of the things I love so much about polymer clay is it's adaptability. Even after a piece has been cured in the oven, you can make some changes to it. You can add more clay to a piece and bake it again, or put the piece on a background, etc.

So one thing I have learned to do over the years is to reconstruct pieces that either did not sell or did not turn out the way I had originally intended. This quality really endears this material to artists who are not independently wealthy! All is not lost if a piece was not successful in its first form! I have taken pins and turned them into pendants, ornaments, placques, etc. that have then sold successfully. Or taken a pin and added a little something to it, and then it sold, etc.

For example, I did some pins like this Westie, just sweet and simple with a little ladybug on their noses in a variety of breeds:

But I guess they were a bit too simple and plain because only a few of them sold. So I decided to take the ones that didn't and refurbish them a bit. And this is what I came up with:

These sold very well. Some things of course you can't change once they've been cured, but as long as you are happy with the overall piece you can learn to make simple changes and renovate a piece into something that will sell better, or that you're happier with. On this Westie it was just little changes in detail because I was very happy with how the Westie itself had turned out.

So that's what I'm working on this week. Taking some simple pins I did and turning them into pendants and ornaments. I'll have pics of those next week. :o)


Maggie and Mitch said...

awwwwwwwwwwwww, how adorable!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

cathy said...

I do the same thung Ginny. Love the popsicles!

Ginny Baker said...

Thanks Maggie and Mitch! Speaking of adorable, you two are too cute for words!

Love you too!

Ginny Baker said...

I think all artists are masters at reinventing pieces when they feel the need! Painters paint over canvases, and so on.

The popsicles were actually little scrapbooking pieces I used for these pins. :o)