For those of us unfamiliar with polymer clay, it has to be conditioned before it can be used to create magnificent works of art. Conditioning clay means one has to keep squashing it over and over until it is thoroughly mixed and warmed up. One Saturday, a couple months ago, I made a slab of clay to resemble malachite. By the end of the day, my hands were colored alien green-blue. As an added attraction, my thumbs had several blisters on them.
Here are some of the results taken from my malachite slab, Malachite Beetles.