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From: Kathryn Archuleta (KathrynArchu)2/4/18 1:51 AM 
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Hi there I'm a newbie - just thought I'd introduce myself a bit.  I'm from Texas and just started claying as part of my occupational therapy to help with a chronic pain disorder

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From: mst012/4/18 7:15 PM 
To: Kathryn Archuleta (KathrynArchu) unread  (2 of 9) 
 71425.2 in reply to 71425.1 

I am sorry that you have a pain disorder.  Working with clay is a very good idea.  Not only will it help your hands and fingers but also diverts your attention from the pain plus boots your creative spirit!  Good luck!



From: aramina5 DelphiPlus Member Icon2/4/18 9:26 PM 
To: Kathryn Archuleta (KathrynArchu) unread  (3 of 9) 
 71425.3 in reply to 71425.1 

Glad you found polymer clay and I think you will enjoy it. I have chronic pain too and some days I can be creative and some days not so much. But it is a great distraction on the good days! I started with clay just out of college and was looking for a hobby that was far from studying medicine. All these years later I still love it!

Susan (from Oregon) 


From: Ladyartist052/19/18 12:03 PM 
To: Kathryn Archuleta (KathrynArchu) unread  (4 of 9) 
 71425.4 in reply to 71425.1 


Sorry you have pain.  I have arthritis  in my thumbs, which can be painful.  I think the flexing of the clay with ones hands is good for a lot of things.  Focusing one's mind away from pain with the creative challenge is helpful.  Good luck.  Lots of resources on here to help you as well.



From: JNyago2/20/18 9:59 PM 
To: mst01  (5 of 9) 
 71425.5 in reply to 71425.2 

I found polymer clay back in 2009, when my husband was fighting cancer and we didn't know if he would make it.   Claying was a great stress-reliever and also gave me something pleasant to look forward to when I got up in the morning.  Although we are now elderly, he is fine and still with me today, I'm happy to say, and he always encourages me when I am working on some clay project.  I agree with what mst01 wrote:  Working with clay should be a plus for you in more ways than one.  So welcome to this site!


From: QuietBloom6/23/18 11:42 AM 
To: Kathryn Archuleta (KathrynArchu) unread  (6 of 9) 
 71425.6 in reply to 71425.1 

Hello! I also have a chronic pain disorder, so although we may not have the same condition, I can relate. Certainly I find that working on my art pieces is very therapeutic though I forget to eat, drink, do the pesky laundry - etc. Even take my pain meds!

I warmly wish you the best, from a fellow newbie.



From: JNyago6/26/18 1:54 PM 
To: QuietBloom unread  (7 of 9) 
 71425.7 in reply to 71425.6 

It's really wonderful that working on art distracts you from your pain so well that you even forget to do other things.   [For the latter effect, from personal experience, I can also recommend old age.  ;0) ]    I have some pain now--though, happily, it is intermittent--and when it is upon me, focusing on the pleasure of creating with polymer clay certainly helps a lot.


From: Belladawnas7/1/18 6:09 PM 
To: QuietBloom unread  (8 of 9) 
 71425.8 in reply to 71425.6 

I am new here today, although not to clay or jewelry and saw your post.  I have RSD/CRPS in over half my body from a botched spine implant surgery.  I’ve taken time off from jewelry making and jumping back in.  I forgot how important having my creative outlet is.  I’m about to start with resin myself, I put it off afraid the chemicals may make things worse, but there is so much I want to try!!!  Hope you are having a low pain day :) 


From: JNyago7/12/18 1:05 AM 
To: Belladawnas unread  (9 of 9) 
 71425.9 in reply to 71425.8 

Welcome, Belladawnas.  Botched spine implant surgery sounds horrible.  I hope your RSD is not progressive. (I just looked up RSD/CRPS because I had never heard of them before.)  I will be looking forward to what you and others do with resin.  A brooch and a pendant are still sitting there on my old crafting desk, challenging me to do something for them with resin, but life has been so busy lately that I always have an excuse to put it off till a better time, (=guilty QL).  (I just made up "QL" for quiet laugh.  Somehow, LOL doesn't seem appropriate for when you are admitting guilt!)


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