August 2017 Review – WIP Wednesday

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WIP Wednesday August 2017 in Review at KatersAcres

WIP Wednesday is here again! It’s time for the August 2017 review at KatersAcres. If you are looking for more regular behind the scenes and in process stories, join me over on Instagram, as well as an occasional Insta-stories. These also may contain many of these behind-the-scenes photos, tests, life events, and what’s going on in my studio.

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Fairy Potion Bottle Tutorial with Teresa Pandora Salgado

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Fairy Potion Bottles with Pandora

Fairy Potion Bottle Tutorial

with Teresa Pandora Salgado

It is always such a joy to collaborate with other artists. A fantastic artist, fellow clayer, and friend Teresa “Pandora” Salgado has graciously volunteered her time, energy, and effort to bring you a free fairy potion bottle tutorial. This tutorial is not only brightly colored, unique, and a lot of fun, but is a great jewelry project for an artist of any skill level.

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Morning Dew Drop Color Recipe for Polymer Clay

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Polymer Clay Color Recipe for MORNING DEW DROP by KatersAcres

Morning Dew Drop Color Recipe

Polymer Clay Color Recipe for MORNING DEW DROP by KatersAcres

 

Polymer Clay Premo Color Recipe

Is there anything more special than looking at your window at all the gorgeous morning dew drops sitting on the lawn, flowers, and foliage? It’s one of my favorite sights, especially as we near the end of the hot season and usher in some of the cooler days of the year.

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Top Sculpting Books in Polymer Clay

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Top Sculpting Books in Polymer Clay by KatersAcres

 

My Top Picks (Not Sponsored)

Here’s my top sculpting books for polymer clay and a few brief recommendations on why they are my favorites. There are a lot of sculpting books for polymer clay. Digging through the masses of sculpting books to find your favorites can be tough, especially in such a niche market.

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Willow Tree Green Polymer Clay Color Recipe – Premo

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Polymer Clay Color Recipe for Willow Tree Green by KatersAcres

Willow Tree Green

Polymer Clay Color Recipe for Willow Tree Green by KatersAcres

Polymer Clay Premo Color Recipe

Royal Purple Fleck polymer clay color recipe for Premo polymer clay is a velvety purple color with just a hint of metallic. It’s vivid purple color will help to pull color to it. This cool toned purple is sure to be a winner in your next palette.

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Royal Purple Fleck Polymer Clay Color Recipe – Premo

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Polymer Clay Color Recipe for Royal Purple Fleck by KatersAcres

Royal Purple Fleck

Polymer Clay Color Recipe for Royal Purple Fleck by KatersAcres

Polymer Clay Premo Color Recipe

Royal Purple Fleck polymer clay color recipe for Premo polymer clay is a velvety purple color with just a hint of metallic. It’s vivid purple color will help to pull color to it. This cool toned purple is sure to be a winner in your next palette.

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WIP Wednesday – July 2017 in Review

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WIP Wednesday July 2017 in Review at KatersAcres

WIP Wednesday is here again! It’s time for the month end review at KatersAcres. WIP Wednesday posts are becoming further apart these days for many reasons. One is because I’m sharing more behind the scenes and in process stories over on Instagram, as well as an occasional Insta-stories. These also may contain many of these behind-the-scenes photos, tests, life events, and what’s going on in my studio. But for those of you who don’t have Instagram or a way to follow me on that platform, here’s just a smattering of what’s going on here and a few things I’m really enjoying in the polymer clay community as well.

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Easy Faux Crackle Tutorial – Overlay Technique

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Polymer Clay Faux Crackle Technique Tutorial by KatersAcres

Easy Faux Crackle Technique Tutorial – Overlay Technique

Polymer Clay Faux Crackle Technique Tutorial by KatersAcres

This easy, faux crackle technique can become the base for a multitude of clay designs. It works the best the easiest as a veneer technique on raw clay designs. And like many happy accidents and tutorials here at KatersAcres, this faux crackle technique has a story too. It also pairs nicely and easily with the Faux Collage Veneers tutorial too! Are you ready to try it? Let’s get started!

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Dark Green Shimmer Premo! Polymer Clay Color Recipe

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Dark Green Shimmer Polymer Clay Color Recipe by KatersAcres

Dark Green Shimmer

Premo! Polymer Clay Color Recipe

Dark Green Shimmer Premo Polymer Clay Color Recipe by KatersAcres

Dark Green Shimmer Premo Polymer Clay Color Recipe is reminiscent of Christmas, holly leaves, and the sparkle of a Christmas tree. I love green polymer clay, especially green polymer clay with a blue undertone. This metallic and luscious polymer clay will  brighten up those dull greens!

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Blue Ribbon Polymer Clay Color Recipe

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Polymer Clay Color Recipe for Blue Ribbon by KatersAcres

Blue Ribbon

Polymer Clay Color Recipe for Blue Ribbon by KatersAcres

 

Polymer Clay Premo Color Recipe

Blue Ribbon polymer clay color recipe for Premo polymer clay is that blue that first place dreams are made of. Reminiscent of country fairs, motor race ways, and 4H clubs. This blue means something … you’ve won! This blue carries a subtle purple undertone that doesn’t translate as well on camera as in real life.

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Faux Beach Glass Tutorial

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Faux Beach Glass Tutorial by KatersAcres

 

This Faux Beach Glass Tutorial will make the perfect summer accessories for home, decor, or even jewelry! The Whimsical Sculpting Tutorials Club is taking a dive into the sea with our Ocean Commotion theme this month and started things off with our über cute Puffed Fish duo. With all our ocean tutorials, it seemed only fitting to offer a free Faux Beach Glass tutorial here on the site for all my readers too!


Materials:

Faux Beach Glass Tutorial

  • Faux Beach Glass Tutorial by KatersAcresSeparate one full block of Premo! Frost polymer clay into 8 equally proportioned pieces.
  • Fully condition each piece of  Premo! polymer clay individually.
  • Choose 6-8 light colored alcohol inks (I chose inks by Ranger) to tint your clay.
    • If you choose 6 colors, you will use only 6 sections of your block. 7 colors, 7 sections, etc, etc, etc.
  • Add only 2-3 drops of each light colored alcohol ink per mini conditioned clay sheet.
    • NOTE: These drops will bake DARKER thank they currently appear. For this project, less is more.
  • Tip: If you are using a “bright” or “bold” alcohol ink by ranger, use ONLY 1 drop of alcohol ink!
  • Use a dry finger to swirl the alcohol onto the surface of the mini sheet.
  • Allow to dry fully.
  • Once the alcohol ink is dry, condition the clay again fully combining the ink into the clay.
  • When the ink is combined into the clay you will have new vibrant sheets of clay!
  • Form these sheets into small shards/pieces of beach glass using your fingers.
    • I got about 3 pieces of faux glass from each 1/8 portion of block I used.
  • Pierce with toothpicks or bead pins before baking.
  • Bake your faux glass for 45 minutes at 275 degrees covered in foil.
  • After baking use your faux beach glass pieces as desired.

To achieve a more realistic faux beach glass result, please see this fabulous tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Claying,

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