University of California - Los Angeles
Clay for Change
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
This is a fact: I go to the post office much more often than your typical high school student. No, it’s not because I constantly miss packages that are addressed to me. It’s because I send packages full of little handmade goodies to other people.
The long summer of 2013 gave birth to Temptation Btq, my online store through which I primarily sell polymer clay crafts, made by yours truly. After going down a rabbit hole on YouTube, watching video after video of young girls like me crafting clay Eeyores and hamburgers, I decided that I could do it as well. I dragged my parents (or rather, they drove me) out to Michael’s Craft Store, and I stocked up on multicolored clay, sculpting tools, and glaze. Then I got working. My first charm was a small yellow chick; I ended up burning it while baking it in the oven (that’s how polymer clay hardens). But, through practice and many YouTube tutorials later, I became something of a polymer clay guru.
I loved the process of putting a charm together — the molding, the baking, the glazing. My favorite part though, has to be all the tips and tricks I learned that make a charm seem more lifelike: pushing soft clay through a #13 star piping tip to make soft serve swirls, or using a needle tool to...
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