Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tutorial Scrap Polymer Clay Vase

Another tutorial re-worked from my earlier publication in Polymer Cafe magazine is now available on my site, PolymerTutorials.com.
This is a fun and easy project. There are many ways to utilize scrap polymer clay, but many of them require colorful piles of scraps and offer ideas for relatively small quantities of them. This project helps to take care of a relatively big amount of clay in similar colors.

I listed this tutorial for $0.50. I would love to be able to offer it for free, but I am missing this option on my site at the moment. You will need to create an account on my site and go through PayPal payment in order to obtain this tutorial.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Student's Work, Faux Cloisonne

I love, love, love it when my customers (my "students") send me pictures of their works done following my tutorials.

I received the sweetest e-mail from Donna P.  She wrote:  "Hiya Eugena,  I have been busy at work enjoying your tutorial. I found the directions thorough and concise and the corresponding photos excellent. Even I could follow them!..."

And then Donna included a picture of a few of her pendants she made following my Faux Cloisonne Tutorial.

I already told Donna (and I would like to repeat it here) that I especially like the one with a tree. She has a really nice a clever design here - the wire is used for the roots and branches, and everything else is painted with mica powders. I like how the wire gives just enough highlights for the design, but does not overpower it. Nicely done! This tree pendant is a perfect example how this tutorial may be used to learn a technique, not just one project (although Donna did a fine job with the three heart pendants made following the instructions for the Faux Cloisonne heart described in the tutorial).

Donna gracefully allowed me to use her photo and comments in this blog.

Thank you, Donna, and happy claying!

New Polymer Tutorials Catalog

I am very happy to announce the release of my new Polymer Tutorials catalog, designed with a fresh new look, user-friendly navigation, and (the best feauture!) an instant tutorial download option. Now you may have your new tutorial within seconds from purchasing it!

Here is the link that will take you directly to the catalog: http://polymertutorials.com/catalog/index.php
Let me also clarify that the rest of my web site is still up and running.  For example, my Beginner's Page (http://www.polymertutorials.com/polymer-clay-advice.html), offers a lot of information about basic steps of working with polymer clay, such as conditioning, baking, sanding, and more.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tutorial Polymer Clay Vase with Sculpted Lilac Flowers and Gemstones

I just finished writing a tutorial for my polymer clay vase with sculpted lilac flowers and leaves.  The vase is decorated with amethyst gemstones and has a lot of texture.  I am very happy with this project!

This tutorial is 23 pages long and has almost 60 pictures. I organized my instructions in 18 sections, and broke each section into a few steps.
This tutorial is now available in my Etsy shop and on my site, PolymerTutorials.com.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Blank Brass Bracelets

I am expanding Supplies section in my Etsy shop.

Two types of blank brass bracelets for polymer clay embellishment are now available.

I have ideas for tutorials explaining how to cover these bangles with polymer clay. Keep an eye on my shop - the tutorials are coming up soon.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tutorial Steampunk Business Card Case

Polymer clay and resin tutorial explaining how to decorate a blank business card case in Steampunk style is now available in my Etsy shop and on my site, PolymerTutorials.com

I also have metal blank business card cases there and the two-part epoxy resin needed to complete this project.

This project was fisrt published in Polymer Cafe in 2009.

Now  I edited it to put it into my usual step-by-step format and added more pictures.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Coming Soon: New Catalog

My husband and I are working on a new version of my on-line catalog of polymer clay tutorials. The picture above is a snapshot of an individual tutorial page in the new catalog. Currently I offer these tutorials through my web site, PolymerTutorials.com. I did all programming there myself, from scratch. While I am obviously proud of that achievement, I also know that quite a few things can be improved on my web site, and the catalog is number one of them.

We are installing a commercial shopping cart that will allow my customers to see the tutorials instantaneously in their accounts. Right now I have a system that e-mails the files as soon as a PayPal notification about the payment is received. Every so often these e-mails land in bulk e-mail boxes or do not get delivered because of various safety features in my customers' e-mails (such as restrictions on attachments, for example). I hope that the new system will make the future shopping experience on my web site much smoother.

Stay tuned for the grand opening announcement! We plan to have the catalog fully functional in about two or three weeks.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Two More Polymer Clay Vases

Here are two more polymer clay vessels I mentioned earlier this week.  The first one has amethyst inlays and hand-sculpted leaves and lilac flowers.  I am currently working on a step-by-step tutorial explaining how to make a vase like this.
The second vase has a white clay base with crystal quartz chips.  The leaves are made out of two complimentary leaf canes.  These leaf canes (and many more) are described in my Polymer Clay Leaf Canes tutorial.  There are also emerald green Swarovski crystals among the leaves. 


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Vase: a Gift for a Friend

This new polymer clay vase is a gift for my friend.  I just finished it last week.  In fact, I made three vases, all with different variations of polymer clay-covered base and sculpted leaves. I will show the other two later this week.  This red one is about 3" tall.  The base is covered with black polymer clay treated with gold acrylic paint.  This teachnique is described in my Tutorial Polymer Clay and Pearls Vase.  The leaves are made using one black and burgundy polymer clay cane.  You may learn how to make leaf canes following my Polymer Clay Tutorial Millefiori Leaf Canes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tutorial How to use EnviroTex Lite or ICE resin to cover polymer clay pendants and other small objects, version 2

A new version of my popular tutorial for using resin with polymer clay is now available in my Etsy shop.

This is an improved and extended version of this tutorial, with more tips and more pictures than before.

The tutorial includes step-by-step instructions for measuring and mixing the resin in very small quantities. This is very helpful when you do not want to waste any resin. I also included pictures and instructions showing how to apply and degas the resin and how to deal with a few most common mistakes (such as resin spills or trapped air bubbles). Descriptions of the best conditions for working with two-part epoxy resins, drying times for different temperatures, and tips for accelerated curing of the resin are also provided.

The best places to buy EnviroTex Lite and ICE resin are listed in this tutorial. A trial kit of EnviroTex lite resin is available in my etsy shop.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Switching Gears

Welcome to my new blog.  I am planning to concentrate on my polymer clay tutorials in the near future and want to make sure that my blog reflects these interests.

You may find my previous posts in my old blog, eugenascreations.blogspot.com.

Here are a few examples of polymer tutorials already available on my web site, PolymerTutorials.com, and in my Etsy shop.  More are coming soon!

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