Or worse: I will sit down and open a new magazine and decide to try a project. And it doesn't even come close. The most recent was the article on Ranger Adirondack inks in the new PolymerCAFE... the one with the hot air balloon on it. I thought... oh, cool colors! I have those inks, I will try this. So, I sits myself at my table and gets out my white clay. Oh boy.
Now, the authors used Sculpey. I don't have that so I used Fimo Effects and then Kato white. Ok, I didn't have the black ink but I did have eggplant and some of the other colors mentioned.
Now, eggplant is the color more famously referred to on this blog as PUCE. A generally revolting color and not even CLOSE to any eggplant I have ever seen. Although... it does resemble a petrified eggplant. Maybe. In a nightmare.
So, I jump in glee as now I have something to do with the EP/Puce color I thought about flinging out my window except I don't wanna get arrested for puce-ing Hawaii. They may have kept the death penalty for that. :( I can talk my way out of most everything but I don't think even my glib tongue could get me out of the Puceification Of Hawaii.
So, I sit there and dutifully follow directions and heat gun the stuff and everything. What happens? I now have a EP/puce colored Fimo Effect oak leaf. The ink does NOT separate and/or change color as the authors said it would. Ok, maybe this is the clay, I think. Nah... can't be, but MAYBE....
So, I change brands. I now have TWO EP/puce colored oak leaves. Swell. So, undaunted I think... ok, I have Premo. So, I gets out my Premo frost as I am not opening a new white to have more puce colored clay leaves. Two are 2 more than I want.
I follow the directions again. Heat gun. And what do I have? A third puce oak leaf. What is the problem?! she shouts to the uncaring sky! Does Sculpey have some mysterious ingredient clay force field that forces Adirondack inks to separate?
Cindy! Where are you? Cindy Lietz (oh, I hope I spelled your name right!) knows ALL about experiments and colors and stuff. She is our polymer clay tutor and has a grand blog... over there>>>>>>>.
I was making leaves because I actually retained this great idea I had about making a really cool oak leaf necklace. You know... lots of leaves in all those cool inks that had run and changed colors. :( Why oak leaves, you query? I have no idea. Not a lot of oak trees in Hawaii. :D Must be a hang over from a past life as a Druid. Although we NEVER ever had puce leaves. Really.
The upshot of this entire failed experiment is that I am now the proud owner of exactly ONE small oak leaf that is actually usable. Made of 3 colors that are not puce. What is it with me and puce anyway?