Saturday, September 28, 2013

Polymer Clay Chameleon: Cheerful

These lovely birds caught my eye the moment I saw Rica's shop on Etsy, Ceramystica.etsy.com.

Her designs combine simple form with rich textures and amazing colors.  The results are simply delightful. 

Rica is working with regular clay (not polymer clay).  She fires her creations in a kiln and covers them with special glazes.  As a ceramic artist in the past, I have special respect for Rica's skills.

Although this is sister material to polymer clay (so to speak), I am sure that colors and textures found in Rica's work will provide a source of inspiration for polymer clay artists.


Please refer to my old blog, Polymer Clay Chameleon, to see many more exciting works in polymer clay.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ask Eugena - Polymer Clay Help

The most frequent questions I receive are about baking polymer clay.  Here is one recent email, for example:

"Hi 
I purchased polymer clay for the first time probably two years ago, made very cute pieces for being the first time, and unfortunately burned them and quit. 

I recently started using polymer again.

...after watching videos and using precautions, even bought parchment paper, used the toaster oven, kept an eye, and in a fraction of a second noticed a piece burning. 

I found out that it was the tray, it was the toaster tray, regular metal, like a cookie sheet. I'm completely disappointed! I wanted to buy an oven specially for this, but I guess is what I baked them ON. I've read that glass is a good option too, BUT I'm wondering if silicon pan could be more useful. 

Thanks for your time :)
 Mari"

Below is a copy of my answer:

"Mari, 
I am sorry to hear about your struggles with baking your polymer clay pieces.  However, I think you are on the right pass, and once you figure this process out, working with polymer will be much more fun. Yes, your metal cookie sheet could be the culprit, and silicon pan could be a better option. I personally prefer ceramic tiles, because I use them both for working with polymer clay and for baking it. It also allows me to avoid any possible distortions that may happen when a raw polymer clay piece is being transferred from the working surface onto the baking sheet. 

Here is another idea for you to consider. Very often the ovens are not quite accurate. You may set it up to 270F, while in reality it heats up to 305F, for example. I strongly recommend checking the actual temperature of your oven with a separate thermometer. You can read more about it in my tutorial here: 

http://www.polymertutorials.com/catalog/polymer-clay-baking-tutorial.php 

Good luck and happy claying! 
Eugena"

Friday, September 13, 2013

Free Polymer Clay Tutorial Faceted Beads




I have a few tutorials on my site, PolymerTutorial.com, priced just $0.50 each.

Obviously, I am not making any money with these tutorials.  The idea is to let my potential customers test my instant download system before they commit to purchasing a more expensive tutorial. 

Anyway, for a number of reasons I decided to provide a free version of these "trial" tutorials in picture format as well.

Here is the first one of them, Polymer Clay Faceted Beads.  There will be more as I assemble the pictures.

This project is very easy and intended for beginners.

Enjoy!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Coming Soon: New Tutorial


I am working on a tutorial for a fun and easy embossing technique for polymer clay.  I want to make it with the Holidays vibe and show two or three projects that can be turned into fabulous hand-made gifts.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Polymer Clay and Resin Cufflinks

Custom order:
Round cufflinks, 18 mm diameter, platinum finish, decorated with polymer clay in royal blue and watch parts, and covered with clear resin.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Polymer Clay Chameleon: Cute

These tiny polymer clay animals are made by Emily Bibler. Aren't they cute?!  I love the variety of species in Emily's polymer "zoo".  She sells her tiny creations in her shop on Etsy.com.




Please refer to my old blog, Polymer Clay Chameleon, to see many more exciting works in polymer clay.
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