As we all rush around this holiday season being “oh sooo BUSY” lets take a moment to remember that some folks will be spending the holiday in a hospital or in hospice, while their family members and friends are praying for a Christmas Miracle.
These are just the current Bottles of Hope that will be brought to the local hospital to be given to the nurses who work on the Chemo ward. What are Bottles of Hope ? Well as Marie Segal said in this interview “There is a little bit a magic that people put inside these bottles”
I’m so honored to be a part of this type of creative community and the fact that the nurses give these bottles to patients just when they may need that little bit of lift me up after a trying day it adds to the love and magic that each bottle contains.
Please to all my polymer clay creative friends just take a few minutes even use your scrap clay from a current project to make a Bottle of Hope to give to the hospitals at this time of year.
I will make sure I take tons of pictures of all the ornaments that will decorate this tree!
If you would like to see how I made this little angel I have all the step by steps pictures and details on the Makin’s Clay blog.
I also riffed on this idea and Made these cute little contemporary looking Christmas trees. You can look on my Facebook page for the quick photos that show all my steps to make the trees as well. The trees like the angle can either be free standing or strung to hang on your tree.
All you need is your Ultimate clay Extruder and Disc # 17 the triangle from the original disc set that comes with this extruder and the Makin’s Clay clay core adapters is the SHHHH secret weapon to make this so easy. Just load the extruder with your clay add the core adapter od your choice and then the triangle disc so in one step you get the shape you want with a hole in the center. I like to cover that with one last thin layer of matching clay to polish the look and guarantee it will stay in place.
This was my 1st Klay Away Retreat and I had a BLAST !
If you have never been to a polymer clay retreat I highly recommend it! Everyone is so kind and supportive and so much FUN! Folks travel from far and wide for these 4 day events. One such traveler was Pat G; she and Diane N came all the way from Ontario (yea it is THAT FUN! )
Pat was one of the teachers giving demos this year. She was nice enough to share her tips and tricks with the gang. One of her tricks was this amazing and creative idea for holding her Makin’s Clay Ultimate Extruder. She just “Macgyvered” it using what she had in her basement. She took the hardware used to hold a broom and mop handles and added it to a piece of wood and then clamped the whole thing down to her table. This helps her control the flow of the clay as it comes out. She showed the group how to make her extruded canes as seen here. I only wish you could feel them to see how they feel like glass. Pat is one of those patient people and she sands and buffs her pieces till they have a smooth gloss finish!