Update on Crime Hits Our Happy Clay World รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Need Your Help

Jenny Pat has given me more information on the incident. The show was called the AQS Quilt show in Des Moines Iowa. The theft happened sometime between 8PM and 9:30PM, as they were loading up their trailer after the show. The case is silver, wheeled, with locks on it, about the size of a suitcase.

In Jenny Pat’s words “I do have to say the security at the event center was very good! I really have no clue as to how this happened, they even have video camera’s in the loading dock area, but unfortunately there was nothing to help me. The angles were wrong or something. I have been working closely with the police department there.”

The theft went undetected for 2 days. The case was found to be missing when they were unpacking the trailer. Please read my previous post to get the entire story. http://tonjastreasures.com/wordpress/?p=2103
And spread the word so the thief can be caught.

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Crime Hits Our Happy Clay World – Need Your Help

I just read a message from Jenny Pat of Quilted In Clay. She wanted to get the word out that she was robbed of a case of finished beads. This case had approx. 4500 clay beads in various sizes inside that case. The beads are in 4 different sizes and shapes, in 33 designs and Jenny Pat currently has them listed on her web site. Plus a number that aren’t on the website.

These shapes are 3/4″ mobius beads, 5/8″ square, 1/2″ square and 3/8″ square. All finished and drilled.

Please take a look at the beads on her website and if you spot them on Ebay, Etsy or a local beads shop PLEASE contact Jenny Pat via her website contact. This is such a horrible crime to commit to an artist ! So many hours of hard work lost, because some greedy thief thought nothing of her time, her monetary investment and stole her livelihood.

Quote from Pat “I am devastated! We are talking hours and hours of work just GONE! Some of these designs, I don’t have any cane left, so I can’t even make any more beads, unless I remake the cane. I am having to call customers and tell them I can’t sell them the items they ordered, and ask them to choose something I have on hand, or give them a refund.”

Here is a video interview with Jenny Pat that was posted on You Tube. It shows the designs she had on display. (Her interview starts at time stamp 2:33)

Let Your Extruder Do The Work For You

Now that I have souped up my extruder, I am thinking there are more ways I can use it other than extruding bracelet cores. These other techniques include making quilt canes, retro canes and filigree work.

Filigree is actually an old favorite of mine, but I quit doing it because it was so hard to get the clay out of my little Kemper brand clay gun, even using the adapted caulk gun idea designed by Nan Roche. Thank goodness Makin’s came out with a better extruder. Which I made the best by attaching it to my cordless drill. ๐Ÿ™‚
Here are a couple of my filigree project from the past.


Here you will find a gallery of filigree from a PCC Claypen.
Kelly Robinson wrote a nice tutorial on cover eggs.
Mia Rox shows here how to make a colorful barrette.
And a short tutorial over at Polymer Clay Express.
Ever wonder what to do with those old crumbly canes? Try this filigree technique.

I have made a couple retro style extruded canes, but I have no pictures. So here are a few wonderful projects by some talented artists.

Arzu Musa

Arzu Musa


Linda Sokovich

Linda Sokovich


Keila Hernandez

Keila Hernandez


Cindy Walcott

Cindy Walcott


Look at this amazing vessel !!!!!!
Extrusions by Susan Lomuto Rose

Extrusions by Susan Lomuto Rose

A picture tutorial on making the extruded retro cane
And another tutorial at the HGTV website.

I have never tried to make a quilt cane, so I was very interested when I came across this YouTube video.
You can buy these cool shape disks from Quilted In Clay to extrude all the perfect shapes to make your quilt canes.

There is a dvd you can purchase by Cindy Beljan called Extruding Polymer Clay Canes for visual learners like myself.

A list of quilt cane tutorials
Latin Square Quilt Cane by the late Alan Vernall (he will be greatly missed)
Ohio Star
Quilt Cane
There is also a book called Adapting Quilt Patterns To Polymer Clay by Judith Skinner and Sarajane Helm.

I don’t own it (yet) but I am sure it will be a wonderful addition to any personal library.

I hope this inspires you to dig out your clay gun and create. ๐Ÿ™‚

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