Sunday, September 7, 2014

Polymer Clay Tutorial Hollow Crescent Beads

These beads should probably be called "lost and found'. 

A while ago I was playing with different textures and inadvertently made a crescent bead.  I thought: "Oh, cool bead!  I shall figure out what do with it and then write a tutorial."  Then I completely forgot about it, and only recently came across it in my studio.  This time suddenly everything clicked in place and I immediately envisioned a project with this type of beads and metal filigree. 

So, here is my new tutorial, and it is available both on and in my etsy shop.

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cabin Fever 2015


When: February 12 – 18, 2015.

Where: at the Holiday Inn West, Laurel, Maryland.

Instructors: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

There will be full-day pre-conference workshops and 4-hour conference workshops. 

For more information, please check  Creative Art's Fest Blog.

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Tutorial Faux Cloisonne: Color

I am very excited about this new tutorial and happy to introduce it. 

With this tutorial, I invite you to return to my signature Faux Cloisonne technique and explore various possibilities for creating beautiful reach colors. 

This tutorial explains in a great detail how to add a metal leaf insert to your faux cloisonne project, how to color it with alcohol inks in a number of different ways, and how to expand your mica powders palette.  You will find in this tutorial numerous tips which will save you a lot of time and money not only with this particular technique, but with your polymer clay work in general.

To demonstrate this technique, I chose a project shown above - a colorful brooch in an interesting shape.  In this tutorial you will find step-by-step instructions for making this particular brooch (including a detailed demonstration of finishing its back and suggestions for choosing an optimal closure for your polymer clay brooches). 

In addition to that,  I included a page with a few other brooch designs, ready to be used in your projects.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bursting with Color

If you asked me any time up until recently what was my favorite color, I would say black.  I liked it in my clothes and I used it a lot in my polymer clay art.  Actually, most of my designs were about the line, and color was something secondary, and often an afterthought.

Now, I do not know what happened, but suddenly not only do I embrace color, but I am literally craving color - both in my art and in my wardrobe...

Here are a few examples of my latest creations (and yes - a tutorial is following soon).  These all brooches, and they all are done in my signature Faux Cloisonne technique.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Orlando Clay Fandango 2015

There are only 19 class slots left for the 2015 Orlando Clay Fandango.

If you want to participate in this event -  do not procrastinate.

You need to get your  $25 in to secure a spot before it is too late.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Two New Polymer Clay Tutorials

It's been a while since my last update, so am very happy to finally introduce two new tutorials for polymer clay. Both tutorials are available on my web site ( and in my Etsy shop ( One of these tutorials, "Polymer Clay Leaf Earrings", is intended for people new to polymer clay. It shows how to make a pair of polymer clay earrings with leaf design and hand-made sterling silver links. It does not require any special equipment or previous skills. 

The second tutorial, "Fantastic Filigree", is suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. It shows how to create necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with shining filigree designs formed with metal leaf.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Polymer Clay Class at Orlando Clay Fandango 2015

I will be teaching my polymer clay Faux Cloisonne class at Orlando Clay Fandango in 2015.

The retreat will be on Lake Yale, from April 30 to May 4 (five days and four nights).

You can find more information about this event and access the registration form on Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild blog.
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