I'm experimenting with some different, more arty photo angles and cropping for the Etsy shop, just to try something new. Also, today I had my friend Travis come over to experiment with molds. He works with gaming miniatures, which I don't know that much about, so it was fun to talk with someone who approaches small items in a different way. The miniatures have nothing to do with beads and jewelry, but they are on the same scale as what I work with, so I learned about different materials that I might be able to incorporate with my work. I also learned some things about the materials I already work with. For instance...questions like "can the molding rubber I use be pressed on itself to make a two part mold?" (answer: kind of... it works but would work better with a release agent). I am curious to hear about his experiments at home using his green epoxy resin clay in the molds, and maybe I will get to play with some of that next time. I also made a few molds that I have needed to make and played around with some of the new Concrete Epoxy Resin Clay that I bought from Sherri Haab at the Bead & Button show. Interesting stuff... shows some promise! All in all, it was really great to take a break from production and my regular clay to brainstorm and try some new things!