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Monday, February 22, 2010


How many of you have ever tasted gooseberries? I'll bet not too many from N America! That's because the selling price's not worth the cost of picking them.
We always had gooseberry bushes in the garden when I was growing up. You knew they were really ripe & sweet because the type that my parents grew would turn a lovely deep reddish purple. Oh....and the size! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
So here's your tutorial of the day:
Take some white and translucent mixed clay, add a tiny bit of leaf green; just enough that you can see a hint of green in the clay. Roll it into a fat short tube.
Roll some white and some leaf green clay into 1/8" thick ropes; roll them together but do not mix. Now place eight of the ropes onto your greenish tube equally spaced around its diameter. Condense your tube until it's just a bit thicker than an 1/8".
Of course you know that with this type of canework, you squeeze your tube thin. You do not roll it thin because that'll smudge the effect you're trying to achieve.
Cut off pieces just longer than your rope is thick. You want your gooseberry to be oval rather than round. Now comes the hard part: close in the ends! Take your best clay tool (your forefinger and thumb) and gently squeeze the end together. Because these berries are so small, it won't matter if you get them entirely closed. You really won't see it that well. But in any case, take your worst end and add a scraping of ochre clay to it. That's all there is to it.
Happy claying! I'm off to make some bread and one or two sponge cakes or angelfood cake as it's known here.


  1. I love gooseberries!! I was drooling reading this! My very first foray into polymer clay (an uneasy relationship indeed) was to try some of these wee berries, they were ok but I couldn't get the colour right, tried to get that pink flush. You've inspired me to try again. Ever tried gooseberries cooked in elderflower water?

  2. Oooh those look so neat! BTW There's a little bit of sunshine for you over on my blog! :-)

  3. 任何你憂慮的事,你都應該去採取一點行動,不要只是在那邊想........................................

  4. My grandpa had a hedge of gooseberries. Us kids would eat our fill when we were there. I know that he had the green ones, but I think I remember purple ones too. Those were the days. When simple things made us happy.


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