I went back to working on "swirlies", those big, gorgeous polymer clay lentil beads that I fell in love with last year.
Since my last post, I've been struggling with a couple of issues. The biggest is a nagging pain in my wrist. My first thought was to do what Marble Man calls "rub some dirt on it and walk it off". I went and bought a carpal tunnel splint at the local drug store, which helped, but the pain was still hanging around a couple weeks later. My doctor told me it's not carpal tunnel syndrome (Whew - my worst fear!) but tendinitis. He said it's OK to use it, just not to the point of discomfort.
The small, twiddly work I like so much will have to wait. Enter: Swirlies. They are so much fun, that I may need an intervention!
Just like when making lentil soup to eat, you throw a little of this and a little of that into the pot. With these beads, a little bit of monarch butterfly wing, flower petal and leaf cane slices, etc, you wind up with an interesting and spicy result.
The other issue which is bothering me is that when I look through my Etsy shop, it seems a bit like a split personality is running it. There's intricate bead work,
modern-looking clay pieces,
vintage inspired work, etc.
It looks like I can't decide what I want to do, when in reality, I just have lots of styles for lots of moods.
When I look at other shops, there's a sense of cohesion, a mature style with variations. Do I need to set up different shops for each style of work I do? What would you suggest?
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