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I’ll admit, I was drawn in by the polymer clay pop tart pin and earrings on young Mossy Owl’s site. She’s one of those Etsy 20-something girls who delights us with her intriguing mix of talent and silliness. And while I was looking at her deliciously crafted inedible edibles, I realized that she has compiled a comprehensive list of video tutorials . Most are only snippets of the full videos. The short segments give you a good idea of what’s covered in the session. Mossy Owl has even catalogued the YouTube polymer video tutorials.
Apr Studio by Sculpey is the new formula of clay that has been on the market for a few months now.Â It’s received some mixed reviews. Depending on what projects you are working on or what brand of clay you use, it may or may not work for you.Â I would sayÂ Studio is ideal for stamping, decorative crafts and using with molds, just as the projects on their website suggest. With that said, I love this new clay.Â While it won’t take the place of my precious Premo, I have beenÂ having funÂ experimenting with the stash that I purchased.Â (I ordered every color after I tried out a few samples.)
I plan to say more about these two great artists later, but for the time being, be sure not to miss the new website and blog from Dan Cormier and the excellent Polymer Art Archive from Elise Winters , which features a look back at the young history of polymer clay from the viewpoint of insiders and fellow “Polymer Clay Beads” artists Elise, Lindly Haunani, Kathleen Dustin and more. Elise has a fantastic cache of imagery and recently shared these great images of the work of Cynthia Toops , who I will have the good fortune to see when I go to Seattle next week to speak to the Northwest Bead Society. The first shot is a step by step and a great insight into Toops layer by layer graphic process. I don’t know about you, but I’m always a sucker for the sea.
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Drilling Drill Jig : I prefer to drill along the length of the bead instead of across it. If you are lucky enough to have a drill press, this kind of drill press setup will work best. Pin Vise : (For those who aren't that lucky): If you didn't dimple the bead prior to baking, use something like an Xacto blade to start a pilot hole. This helps prevent the drill bit from wandering. If it wanders, it might scratch your lovely sanded bead.
No More Colors This weekend I was in Tucson teaching two one day workshops billed as beginner and intermediate variations of the Watercolor technique. At the beginning of the day on Saturday, I confessed to my students that every workshop I teach is really an excuse to explore color and that these two workshops are specifically designed to play in the mud. The rainbow colors get all the glory while most of the lowly mud colors do not even have names!