I had my ‘Play’ photo and post all set up and ready to go and then my sister Caroline sent me this photo of her dog Bentley, taken last Summer, which of course stole the show!


corn field

Hide and Seek

Summer fun for dogs

In tall corn


Joining in with Ronovan and his haikumily – prompt words this week: SUMMER and FUN

and our 52 week Photo Challenge prompt this week is PLAY.

As far as I know it is the only Weekly Challenge with the prompt words set out for the whole 52 weeks, allowing for photos and posts to be prepared in advance. That’s what we like about it.

This is my PLAY photo:

DSC_0827 (1)In the 16 for 2016 Challenge inspired by Cathy at Nanacathydotcom, I wanted to make 10 types of handmade beads and last week I gave myself a PLAY day and got out the Fimo Polymer Clay

Loved it – just me and the clay, glue, scissors and thread – takes me back to childhood. I made 5 types of beads and a few buttons using Fimo, and then some paper-and-thread beads.

As I tell you about it I feel like an excited child running to Mum.

“Look Mum, look what I’ve just made!”



There are some truly amazing and complicated designs using Polymer Clay on You Tube, but I wanted to do something quick and simple. So I rolled some thin ‘sausages’ of colour, then wrapping them inside a flattened ‘sausage’ of clay and then another. I cut that into slices to stick on the outside of a ball of clay.


Then roll around in the palms of your hand and it all merges together

More playing around and I came up with a couple of other ideas.

As an experiment I wrapped embroidery threads around the Fimo bead. I got very excited about this – do you like them? I can’t find any like them on the internet, but of course there might well be some. The threads are not damaged by cooking the beads in the oven at 120°C .


How to make them: Put the bead onto and thick darning needle or cocktail stick. Poke one end of the thread into the Fimo to secure and then wrap round pulling into the bead. Do a little squishing and shaping and the take off the needle to cook for about 20mins.


Idea number two was to put some Hamma Beads into the clay to see if they would melt.DSC_0825 (1)

The bead on the left has ordinary plastic beads, the one on the right uses Hamma Beads.

Once the idea of embedding beads struck I just had to try some more

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More playful experimenting produced another type of bead using paper.


Crumple some old magazine paper to make it more absorbent, then put in a tiny bath of PVA mixed half and half with water (which I think creates a Modpodge substitute).DSC_0833


Then squeeze out and shape into a ball. Before the glue has dried wrap round with embroidery threads pushing the end into the paper with the blunt end of a needle to secure. Make a hole through the bead with a darning needle or a cocktail stick and leave to dry.


Our 52 week Photo Challenge is devised by 4 fab photo fiends: Cathy, Jane, Melissa and Me

Come and PLAY with us this week or join us next week when the prompt is:


repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat


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31 responses to “Play

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  2. Gorgeous dog and photo to go with your lovely haiku. Nice job with the beads and buttons too.

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  4. Loved the picture of Bentley playing in the corn!
    Those beads are brilliant, Daffy! I love that you have poked things into them and wound thread around them to give them a whole new look. Stunning! 🙂

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  5. Love this! (Of course, the sweet doggie is the star – isn’t that always the way of it?) I love the pudgy beads wrapped in threads.With the close-up of the embedded bead and the photo after, I thought you were creating a new and special solar system! Fabulous fun.

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  6. Those are some really creative ideas – especially the melty beads! I might have to try that. 🙂

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  7. A really fantastic image and haiku Sandra. Your own creative play images deserve another haiku??

    summer fun
    squeeze crumple and mould
    playful beads

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  8. And, yes, the dog is wonderful.

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  9. Polymer Clay, I’ve never heard of it. Other new ideas for me also. Nice post.

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  10. Bead making definitely looks like a lose track of the time hobby! I love all the adornments you added to the beads, making them so unique. I would have had trouble to resist the picture your sister sent also. So sweet!

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  11. This looks like great fun and I can imagine it getting quite addictive! Can you use Fimo to make buttons then?

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  12. Interesting to see all your beads. I once thought about trying to make beads with flymo but was put off by needing to use a pasta maker to condition the clay. You are right: the picture of the dog is especially good.

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  13. That would be marvellous!

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  14. Wish I could have been playing with you, the beads are super. The dog steals the show. Clever sister, handsome woofer!

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