Garden Log 7/16/22

Pressing dill flowers into polymer clay, then removing. Tiny bits of the flowers did stay in the clay, but I think that’s okay — mostly that burned off when I baked the clay, and I think any lingering little bits will just shake out over time.

These work really well as little bookmarks, I think! They are quick and fun to make; this is an activity you can easily do with small kids too. The end result has almost a leather feel, interestingly.

I like that they’re nice and thin — when I used resin to make bookmarks, it was a little difficult keeping the resin thin enough to not make a bulky bookmark (which I think is bad for the binding of the book). I’m not sure why the bookmark molds aren’t more shallow; I guess people like to include metal inclusions, but if it were up to me, they’d be half as deep as they typically are.

Overall, I’d say this is successful!

One note of caution: I used a cutting board and my regular wood rolling pin to get the clay flat, which may have been a mistake — it seemed to stain a bit, and I’m not sure if that’s going to come out; we’ll see. But you can get an acrylic roller and board very inexpensively as part of a intro to polymer clay kit, and I think that’s what I’d recommend!

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