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Back to the Clay!

I recently acquired a mason jar cookie cutter…which I have yet to use for actual cookies. First, I used it for melting pony beads into sun catchers. I have now graduated to using my lovely mason jar shape on clay.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, And I’m quite pleased with how the first batch turned out!

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For this project, I used the following items:

  • recycled clay from the on-campus craft center
  • cookie cutters (of the following shapes: mason jar, star, heart, Christmas tree, square, crescent)
  • alphabet pasta for words
  • water
  • newspaper for work area
  • needle tool to help remove alphabet pasta and score clay

After I had the shapes, I just went to town on them and had fun! I’m still deciding on colors, but that’ll come later anyway. They will need to be fired, glazed, and fired again, and I’m very excited to see how they will look when they’re done! I will eventually use wire to make them into ornamental pieces, and I will hopefully add ribbon to that wire to accent the colors that will be on the jars. The only thing I am concerned about is that the Center in which I have done this does not have a great selection of glazes anymore. The ones that are left will not be as solid or as vibrant as I was hoping them to be, but I will do my best with them.

Something new that I tried out was to stick alphabet pasta into the clay to make words, and so far I’m happy with how they look. My main concern is that the words won’t be as visible as I put them through the firing/glazing processees, but I will post more pictures of the finished products. I’m hoping that there will be no problems with that. Now…I wait a couple weeks and pray that they survive.

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Happiness in Sarcasm

Today, I am borrowing a prompt from the December NaBloPoMo prompts: “Gandhi said, ‘Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.’ Agree or disagree? Is there more to happiness than that?”

I agree! It sounds like, when all three of these things are in accordance for you, then you’re being your true, genuine self…and I can’t think of anything more gratifying than that. It’s hard to always be at a place where your mind, words, and actions all coincide peacefully with each other. When at least two of these things are out of sync, you probably feel it. When what you think goes against what you do, it can feel like running your hand against the grain of very rough wood. When your spoken words don’t resemble your thoughts, then it can feel like you’re about to explode (there was a lot of THAT going on this holiday season…).

Then again…sarcasm can be a joy. It’s when your thoughts don’t match up with your words, too, but the situation is exploited for the benefit of an audience which enjoys verbal irony. And that can either be a bunch of fun or a load of bother. For people who revel in being contrary, this is an awesome opportunity. For others, it is a woeful pain. Depends on the situation and what you like to do about it.

So it’s great if your thoughts, words, and actions all work towards the same thing! When they don’t, though, it’s up to you to figure out what to do and how to feel about it.

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