When Is Viral A Good Thing?

When it’s Bettina Welker’s Pixelated Retro Blend Cane that’s gone viral!

In a recent post I listed several free tutorials you just had to try. One of those tutorials was Bettina’s Pixelated Retro Blend Cane. It’s one of those technique that just screams “Try Me !!” Even I was enticed into making a couple canes and turning it into some jewelry. It seems the tutorial has gone viral in the polymer clay community. It’s a world wide phenomenon. Just Goggle the title and you will get many links, plus there is now a group on Flickr specifically for the technique.

I found a few special pictures I wanted to share in this post that really highlight the beauty of this canes possibilities.


Why Attend a Workshop? For results like these !

I am so jealous of all the people who are in a position to attend a workshop with one of the soooo many wonderful polymer clay teachers that are out there. I see pictures and I can not help but drool. If I’m drooling (and dreaming) then I choose to have you doing the same thing. LOL

Look at the student photos from this Kathleen Dustin Workshop that just happened on May 19 & 22, 2011 in Schaan. That’s in Germany I think.

This next photo is of the cuff bracelets students made during a class with Bettina Welker in Linz Austria.

And another of Bettina’s classes making Etched Pendants.

These pendants and mosaic boxes were created in classes taught by Anke Humpert

Tiles bracelets stamped with chalk taught by Jana Lehmann

Canes made in Leigh Ross’ Millennium Garden workshop

And what they made with the canes 🙂

A Kaleidoscope Cane workshop with Kerstin Ruprecht

Canework from a Sandra McCaw intricate caning class.

Lovely beads made in a Donna Kato class

Student’s mokume gane projects from a Julie Picarello classes.

I seriously need a clay time fix now. How about you ?
Happy Claying !!!

Craftedu.com – Internet Based Learning

I’m quite sure I am not the only person that lives in the middle of nowhere and finds it difficult to travel to classes and retreats. Especially now in this bad economy and gas prices being what they are. There is a new web site designed just for us. Well, maybe not just for us, but they had us in mind. 🙂

Craftedu.com is a new venture started by Donna Kato, with the help of her fabulous hubby, Vernon . It will be a way to present art classes via the internet by a variety of skilled teachers. You will find polymer clay classes taught by the likes of Donna Kato (that was obvious I think LOL), Kim Cavender, Judy Belcher, Julie Picarello, Bettina Welker, Barb Fajardo, Julie Eakes, Sarah Shriver and Iris Mishly just to mention a few.

There are also teacher on board who do bead art, jewelry making, painting, mixed media, wire work, drawing, knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, metal clay, digital art……… If it’s can be done I think you will find it at Craftedu.com !

Classes haven’t quite begun, but hopefully very soon. I have my fingers crossed. I am so ready to learn something new.

To stay up to date with the Craftedu.com staff additions and news be sure to follow the Craftedu Blog or Fan their page on Facebook

Pardo Professional Art Clay

I wanted to share with you all some interesting news. Viva Decor has developed an improved version of Pardo Jewelry Clay called Pardo Professional Art Clay . The 5 officers of the German Polymer Clay Guild helped develop it and I hear it’s going to be fabulous. Bettina Welker, from the German Guild, tells me that it will be available to purchase in April. Start saving that pocket change everyone. If I find out the price will be on these 60 grams (2.11 ounces) packs I will let you know.

List of colors:

From the companies product info:
* The new clay is considered “professional grade” and will be firmer
* It will come in 14 primary colors for custom blending, plus a translucent.
* The translucent is so clear you can read through it, and it will not yellow.
* It’s the strongest, most flexible clay on the market.
* Price point is set at $3.49 per 2.1 oz blister pack.

Oh, i nearly forgot. 🙂 Lisa Pavelka is the new face of Pardo clay. She has given her full endorsement and demoed the clay at CHA.

Recap on Pardo Clay attributes: beeswax based, made with premium pigments, pthalate-free, environmental friendly, plastic container made of 60% recycled materials, many wonderful colors.

I have used the original version Pardo clay. While I did find it soft, I still liked it and all the amazing colors. Only drawback is the price. After it’s been on the store shelves a while in the USA and it gets popular, maybe we will see it go on sale. A person can dream, right? 🙂

Book & DVD News

Crafty Goat / Angela is co-authoring a book called Polymer Clay 101 with Kim Otterbein due on shelves Jan 2011

Iris Mishly has been published in the 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse Book

Jana Roberts Benzon’s new DVD available soon is called Innovations: Beyond 2D Dimensional Jewelry Designs See Jana’s work here.

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg has her first dvd, Using Floral Canes to make Tiles & Veneers, available now at Polymer Clay Productions See more on Lynne’s web site

Don’t forget you can still pre-order Bettina Welker‘s new book (in German – but comes with PDF English translation of projects) Edle Schmuck-Unikate & Accessoires aus Polymer-Clay

Also coming soon is the Complete Book of Polymer Clay by Lisa Pavelka.

US Clayers: Pre-order Bettina’s New Book !!!!

Polkadot Creations is hoping to get enough pre-orders of Bettina Welker’s new book, Edle Schmuck-Unikate & Accessoires aus Polymer-Clay, to make it worth importing to the US. The book is in German, but it will come with an English translation of the project section. There are also translations in French and Spanish available.

I’m saving my pennies to get my pre-order in. How about you? 🙂

My Premio Meme Award

I was given this award by my wonderful friend Moe of Moeart.
To be worthy of accepting the award, I must tell 7 things about myself and pass on the award to 7 more bloggers. I think this fabulous award deserves an image to represent it, so I just had to make one 🙂

7 things about me:
1) I am a junkie for paranormal romance novels. 🙂 Love them vamps and werewolves.
2) I once had such a crush on a boy (I was about 14) that I climbed over a fence while playing tag to catch him (well, tried to climb over a fence). I ended up hanging upside down caught on the barbwire. My stepsister got me untangled and we noticed something wet on my pant leg. The barb wire had cut my leg open and I ended up with a bunch of stitches. Never did catch that boy
3) I HATE liver or any other internal organs on my dinner plate. YUCK!!!
4) I have been with my sweetie Dan for 21 years (22 years on Aug 8th)
5) I’m no Martha Stewart. I need one of the plaques that says “My house was clean yesterday. Sorry you missed it” LOL But I don’t need a Clean House intervention either. Just so we are clear on that. 🙂
6) I’m an impulse buyer of craft supplies. (shut up, Moe LOL) I can’t help it. I love to shop. I’ve gotten a lot better over the past couple years. I actually put stuff back now before I check out.
7) I LOVE huckleberries !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am passing this special award on to 7 of my favorite bloggers:
1) Bettina Welker of Beadworx. She is a fabulous German artist with a very colorful style.
2) Julie Eakes the Queen of face canes.
3) Parole De pate a wonderful French blog.
4) Polymer Clay Chameleon a showcase for Etsy artists.
5) Cristalline always has great tutorials.
6) Libby Mills (Libzoid) I wanna be her when I grow up 🙂
7) Lauren Cole Abrams Her Nouveau Deco style is beautiful.

Inros Galore

Since I’ve been on an Inro making kick lately I decided to cruise around Flickr to get some inspiration. And did I ever get inspired!!! WOW !!! Take a gander at these beauties.

Randee M Ketzel

Randee M Ketzel

Randee M Ketzel

Randee M Ketzel

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Bettina Welker

Bettina Welker

Celia Campos

Celia Campos

Ana Belchí

Ana Belchí

arual creaciones

arual creaciones

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