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Making miniature polymer clay bowls.

Polymer clay bowls using a variety of forms like these mini bowl forms or these small and  medium bowls.

Mini bowl by Linda Prais

Mini bowl by Linda Prais

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Miniature bowl by Linda Prais

miniature footed bowls by Linda Prais

miniature footed bowls by Linda Prais

I love making miniature polymer clay bowls and it seems I have tons of idea and techniques I want to try, but before I get to them I end up seeing another cane I want to use and I’m off again.

Miniature coil spring bowl by Linda Prais

Miniature coil spring bowl by Linda Prais

I’ve never taken the time to make a tutorial on how I make them. It was full of trial and error. When Carol Simmons finished making 26 tiny bowls using a lightbulb for a challenge. She was kind enough to post a tutorial on the process she uses.

Retro mini bowl by Linda Prais

Retro mini bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

Although the process she uses in not exactly the same it should get you started on ways to make your own mini bowls. Maybe one day I will get around to photoing my process using laminated sheets.

Here is a sampling of the bowls that Carol made for her challenge, aren’t they gorgeous!

25 bowls by Carol Simmons

25 bowls by Carol Simmons

Be sure to check out the process Carol  uses on Carols blog. 

And as always you can find polymer clay tools and supplies or follow my blog at Linda’s Art Spot

 

Happy Claying !

Making my shift as a crafter/artist

Its interesting I’ve been a crafter all my life and strived to change and grow into a “fine artist” in early 2000 I started studying fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture at the University of West GA. I attended part time often only able to take 1 class per semester.  I was at that time engaged and a single mother of a teenage daughter. With in the next 9 months I had become a newlywed, started a new  business in a very male dominated industry working ungodly hours, still a mother of a teenage girl, and the primary caregiver to a live in grandmother in-law with Alzheimers.  But through it all and with Chris at my side I continued studying and learning more about fine arts.  We even moved to a small university town making it easier on me to continue my studies. After several offers from national companies I decided to sell my business in 2008. Again with my best friend, hubby and (ex-coworker) Chris at my side we decided to take some time and travel the US by RV.

Our RV choice a Deluxe Lance truck Camper over a 4WD , Dodge 2500 Dully. We were ready for anything....?

Our RV choice a Deluxe Lance truck Camper over a 4WD , Dodge 2500 Dully. With a front hitch for our off road bicycles and rack. We were ready for anything….?

In the late 1990- to 2008 and prior to selling my home and business in 2008 to travel our beautiful country almost all of my art work was consumed with political and social public art. From paintings to sculpture I wanted to share what I was learning and my concerns about the direction that I felt we as Americans we were being lead astray.

I was painting about our alarming uses of natural  resources and about the destruction and the exploding debt ratio and what that burden of that debt would eventually mean to us as individual and our nation.                                    Little did I know  just how on target I was with that one it just came sooner than I expected it would

sculpture depicting my concerns of just what our food sources, especially the many GMO's were going to do to us and future generations????

Baby GMO Begging to ask what effects will GMO food have on us and future generating…

These are just a two pieces that are from that time.

Robbing Peter focusses on my concerns for our need to take from one natural resource like water, to produce a fuel source (Ethanol) that would be yet again controlled by big businesses. The cost of which I feel is too high.

Robbing Peter focusses on my concerns for our need to take from one natural resource like water, to produce a fuel source (Ethanol) that would be yet again controlled by big businesses. The cost of which I feel is too high.