Julie Picarello – Boheme

I have admired Julie’s work for a very long time. Her Mokume Gane style is outstanding, but take a gander at this custom order piece she just finished. It’s a mixed media piece that breaks away of her usual design style. And I LOVE it !!!!!!!!! The mica shift beads are stunning and the added metal components truly make the piece come alive. I look forward to seeing more of this style from Julie 🙂

Boheme by Julie Picarello

Boheme by Julie Picarello

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New DVD – Secret Shapes Inros

Jana Roberts Benzon shows how to make to most amazing Inros. How the shapes come about is the secret and you won’t get that secret out of me. 🙂 I will say Jana is a genius for coming up with the idea. I had a V-8 moment and thought “why didn’t I ever think of that”. LOL The DVD was well worth the money and can be purchased from www.polkadotcreations.com Lisa Clarke, the owner of the online store, is also a polymer clay artist and I like to support artists in the clay community.

I had been in a creative rut, my muse had left me about the same time Winter hit (she hates the cold), then I received Secret Shape Inros as a Valentine’s Day present and it gave me the jolt I needed. I haven’t stopped creating and it feel wonderful to be back in my studio 🙂 Here are 2 heart shaped Inros I made a week or so ago.

Heart Inro 1

Heart Inro 1

Heart Inro 2

Heart Inro 2

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

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 !!!

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