Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Openwork Tutorials, Revision 2

I am happy to report that after multiple experiments I was finally able to find a way to reduce the waiting step in my Openwork Pendants and Openwork Bracelets tutorials from up to a few days to a couple of hours.   The Openwork Pendants tutorial now also has a separate troubleshooting section with explanations about possible errors and how to avoid or correct them.

If you purchased any of these tutorials through my website polymertutorials.com, please visit your account to download the new version.  All tutorials purchased through my web site remain in your account, and any updates appear in your files automatically.

If you purchased any of these tutorials through my shop on etsy (etsy.com/shop/PolymerClayTutorials), please expect to see an email from me with the new file attached.  If you do not receive an email within the next two days, please contact me.

I demonstrated the new version of the Openwork Pendants technique at Philadelphia Polymer Clay Guild this Sunday.  The pendant I showed during this demo was ready in less than an hour.  Yay!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pictures from Fandango 2015

Fandango 2015 Retreat on Lake Yale near Leesburg, FL
Below are a few pictures I took during my classes at Fandango this year.  These are work-in-progress faux cloisonne pieces that my students were working on in the class.


 There were fifty ladies in my classes over the course of three days.  Each of them made more than one beautiful faux cloisonne piece.  I wish I took pictures of all of them.

There are a few more pictures from this retreat in my photo album on Facebook.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Register for my class!


Registration is now open for Master Camp 2015 (July 8-13, 2015 in Laurel, MD.) Instructors include: Jana Roberts Benzon, Dan Cormier, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani, Tracy Holmes, Anke Humpert, Doreen-Gay-Kassel, Jana Lehmann and me.  The event is hosted by Kathryn Ottman.

In my 2-day class I will show how to build my wonder-stamps and how to use them with polymer clay.

For years, I’ve been searching for a way to turn my own designs into stamps. Sculpting or carving them out of polymer clay was an obvious first choice, but the stamps turned out too crude and small details were impossible to recreate.

Then, I tried ordering custom rubber stamps online. The cost was a bit too high for me and the turn-around time was way too long. As for the stamps, they were better than my first ones, but still not detailed enough. In my search for the perfect stamp, I even considered 3D-printing at some point (which did not work out either).

Finally, one day, I came up with an idea that produced stamps with thin, tall and strong walls. These could be created on my own time, and with no cost at all. With these, I was ready to conquer many different techniques. My own faux cloisonn̩ Рcheck! Back-filling Рcheck! Sutton slice Рhave never been easier! Mokume-gane Рany design is possible! But, making the stamps themselves was too cumbersome to explain to somebody else.

It took me another year to put the polishing touches on this technique. Finally, I am ready to present it!

Spaces are still available and it is time to register. Follow this link to the registration form:
 https://creativeartsfests.wufoo.com/forms/znmjqnl176o6ft/

The pictures in this post show the pendants made in a few of many polymer clay techniques using my wonder-stamps.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Leaving for Orlando Clay Fandango

Faux Cloisonne necklace by Eugena Topina
I am going to Orlando Clay Fandango in a few hours to teach my Faux Cloisonne technique

It is going to be fun!  I am really looking forward to this retreat. 

Here is my donation piece: a garnet asymmetrical necklace with two faux cloisonne elements.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Tutorial Sea Creatures


Are you ready for a few new ideas?

Make yourself some new jewelry in trendy organic style inspired by sea creatures - just in time for summer.



Follow my new tutorial to learn how to make fifteen different textures with a few simple tools.

I am offering this tutorial for an introductory price for two days only. The sale price expires on Monday, April 20, 2015, at noon (EDT). 


 This new tutorial is available on my web site (polymertutorials.com) and in my Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/PolymerClayTutorials).

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Class: Multifunctional Hand-Made Stamps

 I am happy to unveil my new 2-day workshop that I will be teaching in Master Class Camp in Laurel, MD (July 9-12, 2015):

Multifunctional Hand-Made Stamps with Eugena Topina

Hand-made stamps for polymer clay
I am sure a lot of fellow polymer clayers can relate to this story.

For years, I've been searching for a way to turn my own designs into stamps. Sculpting or carving them out of polymer clay was an obvious first choice, but the stamps turned out too crude and small details were impossible to recreate. Then, I tried ordering custom rubber stamps online. The cost was a bit too high for me and the turn-around time was way too long. As for the stamps, they were better than my first ones, but still not detailed enough. In my search for the perfect stamp, I even considered 3D-printing at some point (which did not work out either).

Finally, one day, I came up with an idea that produced stamps with thin, tall and strong walls. These could be created on my own time, and with no cost at all. With these, I was ready to conquer many different techniques. My own faux cloisonn̩ Рcheck! Back-filling Рcheck! Sutton slice Рhave never been easier! Mokume-gane Рany design is possible! But, making the stamps themselves was too cumbersome to explain to somebody else.

It took me another year to put the polishing touches on this technique. Finally, I am ready to present it!
I'm ready to teach, are you ready to learn? If yes, then come to my 2-day workshop. During the first day, you will discover how to build these stamps. And on the second day you will be able to explore their many possibilities. Let's stamp!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Work In Progress: Sea Creatures

I am working on a new series of polymer clay pendants - with a corresponding tutorial, of course.




Coral and sea urchin inspired pieces are very popular right now, especially in ceramics.  I did not want to copy anybody's work, even if it is in a different medium, technically speaking.  It took me a good number of hours in my studio to finally come up with something that I actually like.  My husband had to listen to a lot of my grumbling, but he is finally rewarded by seeing me happy and inspired.  I see so much potential for these designs!


In the tutorial, I will describe five pendants, each constructed from three parts with different designs (that is a total of fifteen different components that can be arranged in various ways).  Each pendant will be represented in three finishes: all white, white and black, and colored.
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