News in the Polymer Clay World

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Life…… you know how it can be. Flu bug, hard drive crashed, making stamps. Keeping me busy. Too busy sometimes. Feeling better, computer fixed, stamps made……….at least the orders that are due to ship today are made.

News on the street:

The new Premo colors are now available in several online shops and Munro’s Craft locally. Hopefully more of the brick and mortar stores will have them soon, too. Look out Michael’s ! First 4/$5 sale you have with the new colors in stock will have me hopping like a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. LOL For now, I am lucky enough to have clay pals that live near Munro’s in Detroit that can go there and pick it up for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Claudia and Kimba !!! You’re the best !

Just read on Facebook that the Kato Polyclay line may be getting expanded. New colors are being looked at and they want your opinions. What new colors would you like to see most? Tony, the wiz behinds the scenes at Kato Polyclay, has shared some fabulous color mix recipes for metallic clay you can find on Facebook, too.

Christi Friesen’s new book Woodland Creatures is available for sale on her website or Polka Dot Creations. I got my copy a few days ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the back of the book it says that the next book in the lineup is Dogs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to get it.

I have a cute a Valentine’s Magnet tutorial I saw that I’d like to share. Fun project to do with your kids, student or just for yourself.

Sarajane Helm’s new book A Collection Of Polymer Clay Masks is also available. It’s a coffee table book, no projects, but what a great example of masks. All kinds of masks. And I have 7 in there ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so honored that Sarajane felt they were worthy. Purchase your autographed copy from Sarajane directly or you can find it at Amazon.com and get free shipping.

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Polymer Clay Buttons: A Beginners Class

Beginner Button Class at Polka Dot Cottage

The wonderful and generous Lisa Clark over at Polka Dot Cottage is hosting a five-week button-making workshop on her blog.

The classes are “Aimed at beginners with little knowledge of polymer and few clay-related supplies at their disposal, this class will teach you to make all of the buttons pictured above using nothing more than three blocks of polymer clay and a few inexpensive tools.” Lesson will be posted each Monday morning.

I may not be a beginner, but I have always wanted to learn to make buttons the proper way so they will hold up to wash & wear. Thank you Lisa !

The Amazing, Talented Christi Friesen !

She is so inspirational. I haven’t clayed in ages, because of all my stamp business stuff, but I got Christi’s monthly newsletter “blather & fun stuff” yesterday and it made me really want to clay ๐Ÿ™‚ If you haven’t signed up for it yet, you really should ! Snooze, ya lose folks ๐Ÿ˜› Sign up right here.

There is a link to the video showing us how to make her Screwed Heart, but I’ll add it here so you don’t have to leave my blog <G>

You will also find a great tutorial on making the “I love your cupcake” monster topper. Here is a sneak peak. If you want the direction you have to get the newsletter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christi’s web site has several free projects you can download. But better than all that……………. the announcement that her newest book Woodland Creatures is here !!!!!!!!!!! Because Christi’s been so busy, she extended the Pre-Order date to Feb. 11. Only $9 + $2.50 shipping ! Plus get a free limited edition Woodland Creatures Collector Card. Like I said before. Snooze ya lose ๐Ÿ™‚ It will cost you $12 + shipping later.

Free Rock Purse Tutorial

Over at the Blue Damselfly Jewelry Blog, I believe the writer’s name is Julie, you will find a really fun tutorial on making rock purses. While not a new idea, it’s always great to have a new take on an old technique.
Rock purses are pretty much what it sounds like. You use a real rock as a shape form to bake the clay around.The possibilities are endless considering every rock is different.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ Years ago I made a bunch of Rock Purses. This was after I spent many weeks searching for the perfect rocks on job sites I visited with my hubby.

This one is in Linda Geer's collection

My very 1st try many many years ago

made with Sculpey Ultralight clay

With a larger rock you can make bowls and covered dishes like these 2 I made.

A few more tutorials you can find on the web to make rock purses, vessels, bowls and boxes.

http://www.oocities.com/turkeymama/Clay/ClayPurse.html

http://beadyeyedbrat.com/interactive.html

http://members.tripod.com/PolymerClay_Interest/amacord.htm

http://www.pcpolyzine.com/august2001/fish.html

http://www.dianeb.biz/polymer/MainPages/vessels_rock-alum.foil.htm

And some great pictures of rock purses and vessels.

http://www.pbase.com/joanie/rocks

http://beadyeyedbrat.com/rockgallery.html

Made by Karin Ashdown

MAde by Jeanette Easley

Made by Tejae Floyde

Short and Sweet Covered Cabinet Knobs Tutorial

Amy Crawley over at Musings from the Moonroom sharedย  his great little tutorial on covering wooden knob with clay.

Kim Detmers’ Tutorial Or As I Call It…. A Pic-Torial :)

I saw this beautiful necklace in Kim’s Etsy Shop and just fell in love.

Then I stumbles on her pic-torial on how she made the necklace !!!

Follow this link to her Photobucket Album to see the tutorial in pictures.

Build Your Own Photography Light Box

Saw this link on FaceBook and had to share it with my readers.ย  Looks like an inexpensive way to take great pictures.

http://wire-sculpture.com/jewelry-making-blog/268/take-photos-of-your-wire-jewelry-using-a-lightbox/

2 New DVDs by Ronna Sarvas Weltman

Beading Daily: How to Shape, Texture, and Antique Wireworked Jewelry
Description:
Join artist and best-selling author Ronna Sarvas Weltman in 5 watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step by step how to add depth and sophistication to simple wire jewelry.

Master texturing and antiquing basics as you boost your jewelry-making skills with a variety of fun techniques! Enhance your designs as you learn how to:

* Perfect your technique with tool and material tips.
* Add a personal touch to jewelry with your own clasps.
* Make a fabulous ring in only 5 minutes!
* And more!

Take your wire jewelry from simple to stunningโ€”get started with these fun techniques today!

Beading Daily: How to Make Polymer Clay Beads
Description:
Join artist and best-selling author Ronna Sarvas Weltman inexciting watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step by step how to create fun and fabulous polymer clay beads.

Master polymer basics, such as proper conditioning, shaping, curing, and texturing. Boost your jewelry-making skills with a variety of fun techniques to make your own round beads, discs, and more!

Enhance your designs as you learn how to:

* Find perfect harmony between color and form.
* Shape easier with tips to keep clay from cracking.
* Create one-of-a-kind beads from fat and funky to thin and delicate.
* And more!

Shape your jewelry to fit your styleโ€”get started with these fun techniques today!

Both are available now at PolkaDot Creations for the low price of $24 each (MSRP is $29.99)

Zentangles In Polymer Clay

I recently saw online that people were talking about and making something called Zentangles. I had no idea what a Zentagle was so I had to check it out for myself.

What is a Zentangle? It was developed by Maria and Rick of Zentangle, Inc. and they define zentangle as a “fascinating new art form” in which beautiful images are created “one stroke at a time” from repetitive patterns. For me it boils down to doodling ๐Ÿ™‚ Not mindless doodling that we do while on the phone, but doing it deliberately. I have seen it described as abstract doodling, abstract drawings and monochrome pen drawings. People making zentangles find it therapeutic, mesmerizing and well….. zen like. All you need is a sheet of white paper, a fine tip black pen and your imagination to get started.

Of course polymer clay artists have taken zentangles to a new level. ๐Ÿ™‚ Interpreting their drawing into polymer clay art. You can interpret the drawing literally and create a black & white clay “drawing” like Dora has done.


Dora also has a tutorial on making clay zentangles you can check out.

You can take it a step further and add some color to your clay zentangles like Rev Byrd has done.


Check out Daily Art Muse’s article called 6 Ideas for Polymer Clay Zentangles. Many helpful hint are shared to get you going.

You may like to purchase the Design Originals book called Zentangle Basics By Susanne McNeill.
zen

Dora’s Tutorial – Building a Kaleidoscope Cane

Follow this link over to Dora’s Explorations for a great tutorial on putting together Kaleidoscope Canes.


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