Custom Sculpture

For coffee lovers

The July challenge for my Art Abandonment group was to create something for a person who was shrinking. I could have cheated and used the little flip flops from the my previous swap, but that wouldn’t be challenging myself! So instead I thought a tiny coffee cup would be great to abandon at a coffee shop. If I were shrinking I would certainly still need my coffee!

I’ve created a tutorial and published it to my YouTube Channel:


Materials and Tools Used*
Sculpey Premo Premium Polymer Clay burnt umber 2 oz.
Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay 2 Ounces-White Translucent
Polyform ALSB02 Sculpey Transparent Liquid, 2-Ounce
Sculpey 5-In-1 Tool
Polyform Sculpey Super Slicer
Polyform AMM1-1020 6-Piece Premo Graduated Cutter Set, Circle
Makin’s Professional Ultimate Clay Machine

*These are affiliate links.  You can find most of the items at your local craft stores.

Flip Flops

One of the things I love about the PCA Virtual Retreat is the monthly swaps.  June’s swap was itty bitty flip flops!  I’ve never made them before and it was a little bit of a challenge for me to get my flops consistently the same shape.  However I had what Bob Ross calls a “happy accident” and bent one of my oval cutters.shoe shaped clay cutter  Since it was already bent I decided to shape it into a shoe shape.  I see many more flip flops in my future.

The other happy accident was the discovery that one of my clay tools has a textured grip which had a great pattern and texture for the soles of the flip flops.

polymer clay flip flops

Overall I had a lot of fun and learned a lot from this month’s swap.  I find that participating in swaps and being in groups like Art Abandonment, challenges and motivates me to create.  Every project I do is a learning experience.  This is something that I try to express to my son when he is frustrated with his progress at art or music.  Each time you create you are improving, every mistake you make is a learning opportunity and no matter how experienced you become, there is always something more you can do to perfect your work.

I follow so many polymer clay artists through social media and I am amazed by the talent.  Sometimes it is honestly overwhelming and makes me feel like such an amateur.  When this happens, I follow the same advice that I give my son.  I look at my past work and I compare it to my present work.  I see how far I have come and it makes me confident on how far I can go.