Don’t Let Frustration Be The End of Your Creativity

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Cynthia Gougian's Mermaid Box

Meet Cynthia Gougian

Cynthia is one of this year’s administrator’s for the 2019 Polymer Clay Challenge. She is incredibly devoted to the group and for that we owe her a round of applause! [Please clap here] Every Monday she writes us an inspirational message to keep us inspired and creating throughout the week. It’s just one of her ways that she keeps all of us on task; yes, even me. Today I’m sharing one of the posts that she wrote near the end of September. I’ve chosen this one to share here today because I think we’re often way to hard on ourselves and we demand perfection from our projects and our processes. But we need to keep in mind that we must also at all times be learning something from our own polymer clay work. So without any further ado, I’d like to share a few thoughts for you from Cynthia’s own experiences in her clay room.

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Fall Sunset Color Recipe for Premo Polymer Clay

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Fall Berries Color Palette & Color Recipe for Polymer Clay by KatersAcres
Fall Berries Color Palette & Color Recipe for Polymer Clay by KatersAcres

Since Fall has finally arrived in NW Pennsylvania, this polymer clay color recipe may be just what you’ve been waiting for. This color was the color palette that I showcased on my Facebook Page several weeks ago. The dark sunset fuschia color in the top right was the most highly requested from this color palette. So without further ado… here’s that color recipe for you.

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How to Make a Mold & Use It

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Bamboo Worksheet by KatersAcres

Many of you have likely wanted to use a mold with sculpting but not wanted to make it look like you used a mold, right? Well, in conjunction with this month’s free worksheet I handed out for your Club Membership, both the Basic & Premium Member’s are getting this free bonus video on how to make a mold and how I use it in sculpting polymer clay without it ever looking like I used a mold in the first place.

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Making Antiqued Tins

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There’s just something about a little antiqued tins that makes my heart sing! I’m not sure if it’s the way the metal is all sorts of shades of light and dark in some places and not in others, or what. But here’s what I do know … I’m absolutely in love with the look! So before you try to make these adorable little tins for this month’s project, you’ll want to be sure that you do a thorough job of antiquing your tins.

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Crystal Katana vs. Pick-Up Pencil

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Easy Sharpen White Wax Pick-Up Pencil | Polymer Clay & Craft Tool

You know that I want you to spend money where it counts and save money when you can. I want you to buy the best, high quality tools that you can afford that will enhance your work and last a lifetime. But sometimes the best tools don’t always come with the highest price tag. For July, here’s my review of the Crystal Katana vs. the White Pick-Up Pencil and which you need to have in your tool arsenal.

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CF Rainbow Tree 2019 Ornament Donations

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The CF Rainbow Tree is back! Once again this year we’re onto another donation adventure and I’m in need of polymer clay Christmas ornament donations. Are you willing to help? I’m calling on you; That’s right you. I’m calling on all clayers worldwide! I need your help decorating a Christmas tree for Cystic Fibrosis patients again this year. And this year we’re doing more, growing bigger, and are in need of many more ornaments! Are you willing to help me? Please see the information below for details on making your clay Christmas ornament donation.

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2019 Polyform Products Lineup

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The 2019 Polyform Products Lineup is pretty impressive this year. With a host of new products hitting the shelves and many already available at your local retailer, these tools will hit it big for a wide variety of disciplines in polymer clay. It’s no secret that Premo! is my favorite brand of polymer clay and one I readily rely on for all my projects. It’s relatively easy to condition compared to other clay brands, it has a versatile and wide color palette, and because of its true pigment properties the colors you think you will end up with when you create color blends & custom colors you actually get.

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Polymer Clay Lessons

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What if you could take polymer clay lessons from the comfort of your own home? And what if those polymer clay lessons were tailored to you and your needs? Wouldn’t it be even better if those lessons were one-on-one just you and the instructor! Well, now is your opportunity. Many people can afford the cost of a basic workshop, but when it comes to the cost of travel and lodging, that’s where the real challenge arises. Let’s bring the workshop, class, and instruction virtually, right into your home.

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Product Review: Original Sculpey

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Original Sculpey gets some really bad press and sometimes for good reason. It’s a very brittle and hard to sculpt with clay straight out of the box, but there’s a few tricks that you can use to get this clay into great working order and use it to sculpt with in your studio. So today not only am I sharing a product review, but some tips and tricks on getting the most from your original Sculpey and how to get it working for you so you too can learn to sculpt with it.

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Top Five Mixing Clay Colors

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Top Five Polymer Clay Mixing Colors by KatersAcres

If you are familiar with making your own color recipes or color palettes, then you probably have familiarized yourself with your favorite polymer clay colors to use for mixing clay colors. If you aren’t familiar with the way that I mix colors you can get my clay mixing worksheet here. Without further ado, let me show you what top five mixing clay colors I can’t be without.

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2019 Polymer Clay Studio Tips

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As you get into the new year, it’s always helpful to have a place to start. After all, this is where we get our “new year resolutions” from, right?! I’ve put together a list of 10 studio tips you should consider going into the new year. It’s always refreshing to start over and get a jump in the new year. I hope that you find these studio tips helpful as well.

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