Pardo Jewellry Clay From Germany

I had the honor of receiving a box full of clay from the manufacturer, Viva Decor, in January. There were 23 totally yummy colors and most were metallic. After putting the clay through it’s paces, I found it very similar to the clay I use and enjoyed the results. Pardo is very flexible after it’s baked and it sands quite easily. The metallic colors do a very nice mica shift and there is no smell at all, neither before baking or in the oven. It’s made without plasticizers. Instead they opted to use beeswax in it’s place. Pardo is a rather soft clay, so if you prefer a firm clay like Kato Polyclay or Fimo Classic this may not be a clay you would like. It felt like a combo of Premo and Fimo Soft to me.

There are a few drawbacks to this clay that have nothing to do with the clay itself. First, the packaging is nothing like we are used to in the US. It comes in a plastic jar and the clay is formed into little balls. Recycling is a problem for me living in a very small town in the middle of nowhere, so I have no idea what to do with all the jars. Maybe I can find a use for them as storage in my studio. Second, the little balls are kind of fun, at first, but I’d rather just slice a chunk off of a block of clay and blocks are much easier to store. Third issue for me personally is the price. The jars hold 2.7 oz and MSRP is $4.95 – $5.95. Considering I can buy many other brands of polymer clay for about $2.50 for 2 oz ($1 for 2 oz when on sale) I can’t see myself switching clays any time soon. Which is a bummer, because I really do like this new clay.

The quality of this clay is comparable to the other polymer clays I have used in the past (Premo, Fimo, Kato) and I did make a few nice items while experimenting.

Made of Pardo Jewelry Clay

Steampunk Heart


Twisted Pendant

Twisted Pendant


Vine Necklace

Vine Necklace

Close-up

Close-up

Asian Pendant

Asian Pendant

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Textiles & Clay – A Happy Marriage

Janice Abarbanel (aka Naftali) grew up surrounded by textiles and has merged that love with polymer clay. She is a self taught artist with an amazing talent. I can’t believe these beads are not made of fabric. They look like silk screened and hand dyed fabrics. Visit her site by clicking on the picture.

Its Not Fabric ?? No, Its Clay !!!

It's Not Fabric ?? No, It's Clay !!!

Inro – What Is It?

An Inro is a small ornamental box hung from the sash of a kimono to hold small objects such as cosmetics, perfumes, tobacco or medicines, because traditional Japanese garb lacks pockets. Inro can be made from a variety of materials including wood, ivory, bone, and lacquer (and polymer clay of course :). They evolved over time from a utilitarian article into objects of beauty and craftsmanship.

I have been playing with a technique I call Scrap Mokume Gane and I love that I can use it to make colorful pattered Inros. Ironically enough, the Mokume Gane technique is also Japanese in origin. Translated it means “wood eye metal”. Many layers of different precious metals are laminated together. The stack (or billet) is then cut or carved into to create a pattern. The metal is then flattened into a thin sheet and used for jewelry, household objects, etc.

My Inros do not have the traditional look of Mokume Gane, but I love the designs and colors I get from using scrap clay as the base and rubber stamps or texture sheets for the design. Look to my past posts for a link to my short tutorial on making the Scrap Mokume Gane sheets.

Inro 1

Inro 1

Inro 2

Inro 2

Inro 3

Inro 3

Inro 4

Inro 4

Finally, A Spray Sealer That Works With Clay

Just got a glimpse of Valarie’s blog and she announced that she has been testing an aerosol sealer for the past year that does not react to polymer clay like others have in the past and it’s very durable. It’s called Preserve Your Memories II.

Preserve Your Memories II

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Valarie says “I have been sitting on this product for almost a year. I was desperately looking for something to cover the metallic leafing pens. Everything caused the leaf to smear. Or to prevent the smearing the process of applying the products I tried was time-consuming and painstakingly, excruciatingly slooooow.”

She has tested the spray over Krylon pens and metal leafing over various polymer clays. Once cured, the metallic does not scratch off the clay.

Valarie also says “Things to keep in mind:
Use in a well-ventilated spaceÒ€¦it does have an odor, it does dissipate quickly.
It takes 24-48 hours for the fixative to cure.
I tried both the pump spray and the aerosol spray. Both work fine. I found the aerosol easier to apply with less drops.

I am absolutely delighted with the product and the developer. He is available by phone and email. And more than receptive to adjusting his product to your needs! The product as sold gives a slightly higher sheen to your piece when applied to polymer. Requests for different finishes (matte, high sheen, gloss, etc) are possible.”

Val, thank you for sharing your find with us and for being our mad scientist. πŸ™‚

Bonnie the Bunny

I just love Colleen Downs’ (AKA Loopy Boopy) dolls with the over sized heads. They are so precious πŸ™‚ Colleen Is self taught artist who has been sculpting for 20 years and she resides in ever colorful New Orleans. She works primarily with Sculpey, Papier Mache and Paperclay. She says she loves “quircky, odd, whimsical, cute, creepy and eerie things”. Whatever it is that inspires her it reflects in her beautiful creations.

Bonnie the Bunny

Bonnie the Bunny

The artist has a blog, too. www.loopyboopy.blogspot.com

My First ATC’s

I signed up for an ATC swap and made my first Artist Trading Cards. πŸ™‚ At the time I had been experimenting with a fun Faux Washi Paper technique and decided to use it to make my cards. It involved liquid clay, gold leafing, rubber stamps and many times in the oven.

My First ATC's

My First ATC's

New Sculpey Bake Shop Clay

A friend sent me a link to the Polymer Clay Superstore and I was surprised to see this new product called Bake Shop Clay by Sculpey.

Sculpey Bake Shop Clay

Sculpey Bake Shop Clay

I Googled the name and only got that one link to the clay. How odd that Polyform hasn’t tried to get the word out about a new clay.

The retail price is cheaper at $1.29 for 2 oz. I only saw 7 colors and there was no white, yellow or red, so I’d have to guess that they are just out of several colors. I’d sure be interested to hear if anyone out there has heard anything about the clay or has had the chance to use it.

Update* I just got some info from Jenn D. She told me there was some news about this clay in a Yahoo forum after CHA. Judi Weers told everyone “It feels like a cross between Sculpey III and Ultralight. It’s geared toward kids and, therefore, easier for them to condition and use. I got a bunch of samples to experiment with for our guild.” I’ll have to track Judi down and see how their guild liked the Bake Shop Clay.

Update #2* Another person who picked up some of this clay at CHA said is it a kids clay. It is very soft and is not a suitable replacement for artist grade polymer clay like Premo.

Bettina’s Bangle

Bettina Welker (aka Beadworx) of Germany is the creator of this fabulous bracelet. Technically I think it’s a cuff bracelet since it’s open sided, not solid, but bangle sounded better πŸ™‚ I love the design and shape. Way to go Bettina !!!! I’ve admired you work for ages and this is a perfect example of why that is. πŸ™‚

Another Angle

Another Angle

Kathi’s ALA Dontion

My pal Kathi made a stunning necklace & earring set and I adore the organic feel. She is donating it to the American Lung Association for an auction.

Organic at its best

Organic at it's best

How to make a sheet of Scrap Mokume Gane

Each time they turn out different

Each time they turn out different

Click on the link for my tutorial.

http://www.tonjastreasures.com/tutorials/scrapmg.html

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