Monday, November 23, 2015

First Results!

Student Work, Wonder Stamps

Wonder Stamp Made by Kathryn Peters
I was so happy to find this picture in my email this evening!

Kathryn Peters made it following my new tutorial Wonder Stamps for Polymer Clay.  She had all the necessary tools and materials on hand and was able to try the techniques described in the tutorial right away. 

Kathryn wrote: "This has supplied an easy and inexpensive way to follow through on some projects that I've been batting around in my head".

It is so nice to have feedback from people who are using my tutorials, especially with such a positive result.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

New Tutorial: Wonder Stamps for Polymer Clay

When my class Handmade Stamps for Polymer Clay at Master Class Camp was advertised this summer, quite a few people contacting me asking whether I have a tutorial for this technique.  I promised to have the this tutorial ready a few months after the class.

 The wait is over!  This long-anticipated tutorial is finished and available both from my website ( and from my etsy shop.

The tutorial is currently being offered for a 20% off introductory price until until 9 pm (EDT) on Monday, November 23, 2015.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make your own Wonder Stamps with very thin and tall walls. Not only will you have your own unique stamps, but you will be able to use them for countless different polymer clay techniques and variations of them: mokume gane, back-filling, cutting, carving, raised design, and more.

This tutorial explains how to make a Wonder Stamp based on ANY design. It does NOT explain how to use the stamps. I am sure you will be able to come up with many applications on your own, but I am also going to prepare a few project-based tutorials for these stamps in the nearest future.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Polymer Clay Lentil Beads

Polymer clay lentil beads fantastic filigree technique by Eugena Topina
Fantastic Filigree beads
Just want to show a set of lentil beads made in my Fantastic Filigree technique.  These beads are hollow, framed with antique brass round links, about 1.5" in diameter.

Making convex framed necklace parts is described in my tutorial  Faux Metal Necklace.  Creation of a pattern similar to the one on these beads is covered in my Fantastic Filigree tutorial.

Polymer clay lentil beads
Fantastic Filigree beads

Fantastic Filigree beads, fragment

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Polymer Clay Tutorial Fall Leaves

Deeply textured and brightly colored polymer clay leaves look gorgeous as necklaces or brooches.  I just finished a new polymer clay tutorial for these projects.  It is available on my website and in my etsy shop.

The tutorial is on sale until Monday, September 28, 2015.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Openwork Pendants: Now in Color

 Experimenting with adding colors to my openwork pendants.

How to make these shapes is described in my tutorial Openwork Pendants: Under a Microscope.

I am using the coloring techniques shown in my other tutorial, Polymer Clay Cabochons Sea Creatures.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Cool Tool for Polymer Clay

One of the fun things about polymer clay is that many tools used for other arts and crafts can be successfully adopted for polymer clay projects.

For example, the tool shown here is actually used in cake making.  It is an embossing plate for fondant.

Can't you just see it being used for mokume gane?!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Polymer Clay Texture Ideas

Peach stones make excellent organic texture tools for polymer clay.

To transfer the texture onto the polymer clay, drape a sheet of polymer clay around the stone and press firmly.   When done, re-position the sheet of clay and repeat.  Actually, it is better to have a few of those peach stones to avoid obvious repetition of the texture.

To prevent the clay from sticking to the surface of the peach stones, spray the polymer clay sheet with some water first.  Other release agents could be used as well, such as mica powders or corn starch.  I personally prefer water.

Look for more ideas for various texture tools in my Faux Metal Necklace Tutorial.
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