When I was in high school, my primary creative activity was making polymer clay beads and making jewelry with them and with glass, wood, stone, and metal beads.  My dad and I set up a craft table in the basement, with five or six lights, a glass tabletop over a sturdy oak table, and even a hot plate that could be set on really low to soften the clay.  (For whatever reason, my mom rarely joined us.)  I continued to do some jewelrymaking into college–I spent my first Winter Term at home, making more intricate designs with polymer clay, and my second Winter Term studying metalworking with a family friend near D.C.–but then I fell further into science and photography, and then I discovered knitting.

I can’t see myself resuming any kind of beadwork in the near future, partly because it’s really not portable, partly because I think it’d work better with a cat-free room, but I do miss it sometimes.

These pictures are of some of the jewelry I kept for myself.  (There are more of them after the jump.)