Wednesday, February 9, 2011

clay woes

Crazy happenings are occurring in the Ferraioli household. The clay I use for my figurines is getting a little unpredictable lately. I've been getting a few bad batches and it's starting to really get annoying. Usually when I go to pick out the clay, I'm hunched over the shelf, opening all the packages (it's okay, it's just a flip top, no seal breaking. i'm not that douche), poking them to see how soft they are. If the block of clay is too soft, I know it's going to be terrible to work with. It's the difference between say...trying to sculpt with softened butter versus refrigerated cream cheese. Weird analogy, I know.
A couple of weeks ago, I was desperate. I needed clay and the store only had the "soft butter" clay blocks. Great. Awesome. I'll deal. I guess.

Not only did ALL of my little clay figurines slump over in the oven, but their bitty heads all cracked at the necks. Needless to was not a good day.
I used the rest of the butter clay as filler for other random things, and cursed the day I ever got desperate.

Then the other day, I went and picked up more clay. It was the good kind! The refrigerated cream cheese kind.
But of course, because the universe is against me, something went wrong again. While making a few 3 inch cake topper figurines, some of their bottoms bubbled out. Possibly I didn't knead the clay enough or smush the foil inside tight enough and it made an air pocket. Either way, those are scrapped. What a waste.
I did save one to use to verify the size for my future cake toppers though! Doesn't he look happy...


Poe said...

Ugh! I feel your pain. Bad clay has ruined many a day for me too!
Hope things improve for you.
Your stuff is so adorable!

Jamie Ferraioli said...

thanks! Things are better today....but now I need more clay. Hoping my shopping trip is a successful one this time!

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

That's frustrating.

I hate to say it but in that stage, they remind of penises.

Jamie Ferraioli said...