Monday, June 18, 2012

Play Time

I finally got around to playing with my Fimo clay this weekend to make different configurations of spindles.  I'm not deeply satisfied with any of the efforts but it was kind of fun.

I mixed a sheet of colors and did a few cut outs.  The little pieces in the front were cut from leftovers and I've made holes on each corner of the triangle spindle that I'm going to attach a little leaf to and see what happens when that spins.  The ball shaped one would have been prettier if the ball underneath had been a solid color and then had the colored leaves and flowers attached.  On the square blue and brown one, I added two smaller square pieces in the brown color underneath the blue to add some weight and that makes it a much better weight for spinning.

Lessons learned. 
  1. It was fun to play with clay when I was 4 and it's still fun to play with it today.
  2. I need to get a handle on how much the hardened clay weighs so I can have an idea on how to design them so they spin right.
  3. I need to find a straw or something hollow to cut the holes instead of just poking the sticks through.
  4. When you lay out ropes of clay in different colors and  flatten them together, the color distribution is different on the bottom than on the top.  Check out both sides.
  5. All the shapes seemed reasonably well balanced except the ball.  (refer to #3)
  6. More play uhm, work needed.

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