Good News For The Color Challenged

I freely admit that I am color challenged. Don’t even ask me to mix a certain shade of bluish purple, because it won’t happen. At least it wouldn’t have happened. I have already purchased the book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio. Haven’t gotten to far into it yet, but I am intrigued that it reads like a lesson book that teaches you how to create good color pallets.

FYI: Did you all know that Elise Winters’ Cascade Ruffle necklaces (her similar work is on the cover of Polymer Clay Color Inspirations) were in Cynthia Rowley’s Fall 2010 runway show during NY Fashion Week !!!!

Now I have my eye on Lindly Haunani’s new video From Abba Dabba Video called Innovations: Confident Color – Exploring Textile Patterns. Now this is more my speed. I am a visual learned. Reading the instruction sometimes just doesn’t sink in for me. Watching something being done is a whole different thing.

You will learn how to add harmony to your work with increased color confidence while learning valuable bench tricks and techniques for working with polymer clay. Lindly will walk you through making a series of color coordinated stripe blends that will be used to make eleven different laminated textile inspired patterns including: Ikat, Seminole Stripes and Flame stitch.

The video will be release in March. You can pre-order it from Lisa Clarke over at

Tips on Reducing a Square Cane

My pal Betty Jo shared a nice way to reduce square canes on her blog.
Check it out here.

New Tutorial: Golden Lace Heart Pendant

Just finished another tutorial called Golden Lace Heart Pendants. Just listed it in my Etsy shop. Great project fro beginners and advanced clayers alike.

Scrap Mokume Gane Bangle Tutorial In Etsy Shop

Just finished and listed the tutorial in my Etsy shop. It’s a PDF that will be mailed to you after payment is received. Click on the picture to go to my Etsy Shop.

These are some examples of the bangles I’v made using this technique.
Also earrings and pendants

What Is Mica Shift?

Some examples of Mica Shift. Believe it or not, the surfaces are very smooth πŸ™‚

This first is a faux wood technique using the mica shift effect

These 2 show the mica shift ghost imaging effect

This egg is covered with pinches of mica clay squished over the surface.

An explanation of the mica polymer clay may help you to understand. The metallic polymer clays are jam packed with teeny tiny particles of mica. When you condition the clay (using a pasta machine is the easiest way) and roll it out as a sheet it forces all the mica particles to lay down in the same direction. The sheet of clay will have a consistent color across the surface. When you disturb the surface of the sheet of clay by stamping, carving, combing, etc. the mica particles become misaligned (pointing in many directions). This misalignment of the mica is what we use to create the Mica Shift (some people call it ghost imaging).

I get the best mica shift when I use a stamp or texture with a deep etched design. I then use a sharp clay blade to shave off the raised areas of the clay. It takes a little practice to shave the clay evenly, but don’t fret. You are using one color of clay, so if you don’t like how it turned out just roll the clay into a sheet once more and try again. πŸ™‚ Lastly, after shaving the sheet, run it through the pasta machine on a setting thinner than the sheet to smooth the surface out.

I have a mica shift tutorial online that is beginner level and no stamps are required.

Great videos to buy or borrow:
1) Mike Buesseler – All-Polymer Metallic Clays (try your local clay guild for a copy, it’s out of print, but very worth the watch)
2) Grant Diffendaffer – ArtWay Studio: Marvelous Mica and Ghost Imaging

And a list of other online tutorials.

Claying Down Under With Ayelet Rottenberg

Ayelet Rottenberg of New Zealand has really caught my eye. Her cane work is stunning and I love the colors pallets she uses to create unique flowers.

She also has some wonderful picture tutorials on caning.

You can see all of her jewelry in her Flickr albums. Or perhaps I’ve inspired you to buy something from Ayelet’s Etsy shop.

A New Twist On An Old Extruder

Tina over at Polymer Clay Bytes shared a wonderful idea on how to make a add-on handle for your Makin’s brand extruder.

Photographing Glow In The Dark Art

Found a nice tutorial from Crafty Goat to help you photograph your glow in the dark stuff.

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. πŸ™‚
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. πŸ™‚

Best Faux Agate I’ve Ever Seen

When checking my blog reader for new posts I found the most fabulous tutorial for faux agate over at Parole De Pate. Credit for the tutorial is given to Florence of Creation My Way. You really need to check it out !

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