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Tea and Crafting – Polymer Clay Baubles

I had a super crafty weekend! I attended online workshops on both Saturday and Sunday and it was such a lovely way to spend my time, especially getting to hang out with other crafty people. I feel like I made so much this weekend, so I’m only going to talk about one of the workshops today: polymer clay Christmas baubles with Tea and Crafting (https://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/). 

I’ve done several workshops with Jane from Tea and Crafting, both in real life and online. She is such a fantastic host and is so great at talking through and demonstrating each instruction. I also love how enthusiastic she gets about what everyone has made! As this was an online workshop everyone was sent a pack of materials in advance. This is all included in the cost of the workshop, which was £38 plus shipping (£2.99). Included in the parcel was:

  • Fimo polymer clay x4 (white, red, blue, and yellow)
  • Polystyrene balls x3
  • Lolly sticks x2
  • Bauble hangers with caps x3

We did two different pattern techniques, marbling and terrazzo. We spent a little while conditioning the clay with our hands to get it warm and pliable before we could begin using it and once it was soft we could then start to create our patterns. We started with the marbling, rolling the clay into sausages and then twisting them around each other to create the effect. The lolly sticks were used for rolling out the clay to the right thickness. Once the clay was rolled out to the right size it could then be wrapped around the polystyrene bauble. Jane showed us how to trim away the excess and smooth over any holes to ensure there were no extra thick parts as this would affect the baking time. 

The terrazzo style was super easy too. Before creating the pattern we took some time to create some new colours by blending the colours together, I made green and purple. I also blended some yellow and red, but I didn’t add quite enough yellow for it to be as orange as I would have liked! Once this was done we could then roll them out into super thin sausages before cutting off tiny amounts, which were then placed all over the base colour, creating the terrazzo effect when it was rolled out. 

For my last bauble I just rolled all the colours I had together to make a super colourful marbled one! It was so much fun to see everyone else’s creations, everyone had such different colour combinations and styles. I was really glad that I attended the workshop and didn’t just try it out by myself at home, because Jane was able to tell us the exact temperature and timings for baking our baubles in the oven. If you don’t get this right then you risk the polystyrene balls melting inside! I also wouldn’t have known to allow them to cool down in the oven and would have just taken them straight out!

I think community is so important to the crafting world and it’s always so great to craft along with others. I can’t wait to get back to it in real life, but in the meantime I have another Tea and Crafting workshop coming up this week and I absolutely can’t wait! 

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