You Have To Make More Than One

“You have to make more than one” has become a mantra with me and my clay buddies. A few years ago at a gathering of clay buddies, Nancy Snead got frustrated trying to sculpt a doll head. She planned to enter the Doll of the Year competition held by the Austin Doll Guild. She looked at her disappointing effort and said, “I don’t know how anyone gets good at this. I guess you have to make more than one.”


It’s a lesson I must frequently relearn. I’m always trying new techniques and often the result falls far short of my vision.

As for Nancy, you can see what she’s gotten really good at. She makes appliqued pendants that bring compliments to the wearer. How many has she made? Probably 75-100.

She likes to hang the pendant on a ready-made necklace with a magnetic clasp. For bails large enough to go over the clasp, she buys packages of play wedding rings at the dollar store. The rings are a bit large so she cuts them down a bit.




Nancy credits Randee Ketzel who taught the technique several years ago for Austin Polymer Clay Guild. You can see Randee’s PDF tutorial for “Lilliiput Gardens” on her Etsy site.

Lilliput Gardens

Lilliput Gardens

1 Comment on You Have To Make More Than One

  1. Cam
    June 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Excellent advice, Leanna. Thanks for reminder.


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