Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flying Monkey Pendants...

A few weeks ago, I was on a carving kick and created a flying monkey mold.  I was inspired by a Polish proverb, "Not my circus, not my monkey."  I really just made it for myself, but when I posted it on Facebook, it seemed like others liked it too.

So I made these.  Each flying monkey has a different expression.  I pressed them out in polymer clay, added the words, baked them, stained the pieces with alcohol inks and buffed them with Gilder's Paste and colored waxes.  I probably won't make anymore or put them into production to sell them.  I'm going to keep some of them and give the others away as gifts for friends.  I think it's important to take some time (even if it's only a little bit) to make something for yourself.  It's even more vital when your profession is a creative one.  Sometimes artists and makers-of-things get stuck in this rut of making things that they think will sell or what others want them to make.  While that's all well and good, we occasionally have to honor our personal muses and take time to play.

7 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

That is too funny. I love that saying. I think I will use that one soon! And yes, you need to make something just for you. Of course, lately that is all I have been doing. I think I need to start selling some of them as well! Enjoy the day. Erin

Lynne said...

Yep, well said!

Lynne said...

Yep, well said!

Ann Schroeder said...

These are great!

Anne said...

It's funny how things work...I've been spending the winter making things for friends who have helped and supported me. But it's morphing into a little sideline of business as people see and want what I've made. I think people will love these monkeys! I know I do!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Hah! This is too funny! I found this quote a month or so ago and wrote it out and stuck it on the wall in my office as a reminder (I need the reminder daily!)! On a particularly rotten day, one of my co-workers smiled and said as she was exiting my office "today it's not my circus, not my flying monkeys" (we both watch Once Upon A Time)!

I agree with Erin, sell them - they'll go like hot cakes!

Here Bead Dragons said...

I'm not normally a monkey fan (other than the band & the ones from Oz) but these are great and I love the saying.
~cryssT