Polymer Clay Symposium 2021

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How you would like the opportunity to take lessons from 25+ of some of the world’s best polymer clay instructors for free? Sounds like it’s too good to be true, right? Well, it isn’t! I’m one of the instructors at next year’s fabulous Polymer Clay Symposium, hosted by Curious Mondo February 5th-13th, 2021. If you want to learn more and sign up for free, all you have to do is click the link below.

CLICK HERE NOW TO JOIN THE 2021 SYMPOSIUM

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Helen Terlalis Dorn from Clay Babies, Inc – Polymer Clay Whimsical Sculptor

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Helen has been around the polymer clay world for quite some time. Her work has appeared in magazines, on Sculpey’s website and in their tutorials, and pops up on Pinterest too. Today, I’d like to share Helen’s adorable character creations with each of you.

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Customer Favorites

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Do you ever visit a site and wonder what the favorites are? Do you ever wonder what people really love? What customers are purchasing? Since I’m a polymer clay whimsical sculptor, teacher, and basic tools & supplies shop there’s a lot here and a lot of things you can miss. So I’ve made it really easy for you to find the Customer Favorites and try out some of the things sculptors and artists love most from the site.

View Customer Favorites Here

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Why a Whimsical Sculptor?

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Why Choose to Be a Whimsical Sculptor? from Kater's Acres

There are lots of things that you can do with polymer clay. From making gorgeous jewelry, creative millefiori cane assembly, realistic sculpture, tiny canvas creations, mind-bending geometric designs, steampunk faux metallic pieces, and a huge variety of other things you can come up with that is only inhibited by the size of your imagination! So then why would you choose to use polymer clay to by a whimsical sculptor?

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ROCK-Tober

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Polymer Clay Face Rock by Kater's Acres

Rock-Tober is here! If you and your sculpting ideas have hit rock bottom, there’s no need to worry because this month we’ve got you covered. Here’s some concrete evidence that this month’s projects will help you be boulder in your creativity. Learn my secrets, tricks, and insightful tips to make you a better whimsical sculptor.

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Sunflowers of Fall

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Polymer Clay SUNFLOWER WALL HANGING by Katie Oskin of KatersAcres
Variegated Sunflowers by Katie Oskin

There’s something special about seeing Sunflowers start to bloom. Here in NE Ohio, when they start to show their gorgeous colors it can only mean one thing … fall is on its way!

I love sunflowers, for their bold and vibrant fall hues and for the way they look up at the sky both innocently and sweetly. I love them for their variety of size and color. I love them for the way they herald in a misty fall morning, say goodnight on a crisp cool evening, or welcome me into a fall harvest festival.

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CF Rainbow Tree 2020 Ornament Donations

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Clay Christmas Ornament Donations SLIDER

The CF Rainbow Tree is back once again! This year we’re onto another donation adventure. Although the pandemic has changed hospital life and policy, we are still able to go forward with this project. So … I’m in need of your help and your polymer clay Christmas ornament donations. Can you make polymer clay Christmas Ornaments? 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. Please see the information below for details on making your clay Christmas ornament donation.

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Shirley from Shirley’s Studio Art Dolls – Polymer Clay Art Doll Sculptor

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I stumbled upon Shirley’s Studio on Instagram several years ago. I fell in love with her whimsical art dolls, their expressions, and their elaborate costuming. Today, I’d like to share her work and her love of working with polymer clay and doll making with each of you.

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Carousel Magnificence

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Full Sized Carousel Horse from Kater's Acres
Carousel Stained Glass Window by my Mom, Diane Dillon
Carousel Stained Glass Window by my Mom, Diane Dillon

In some of my YouTube videos (or here on the blog) you’ve probably heard me talk about one of my best friends, my Mom. She’s an artist of many talents. As a child, I grew up with her having a huge talent as a Stained Glass artist. She had a huge workshop in our home, a large number of clients, and even taught lessons.

Over the years I had many favorite pieces that she made, but one of my very favorites was this Carousel Horse. My Dad, an engineer by trade, always hand drew all of her patterns for her. This meant that every single window was customized for all of her clients and perfectly made to order. This particular window was made for her best friend’s home. Even though Mom would make several different versions of this horse, this one was always one of my favorites. This whole month’s tutorials for Club Members are based around the nostalgia of the Carousel.

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How to Use Our Mica Powders

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Mica Powders from Kater's Acres

So what is mica powder? In a nutshell and simply explained, mica is a mineral [a rock] that has a reflective and metallic look to it. When it is ground and made into a powder it retains those natural properties. Make is found both in the earth, from the ground and is lab-created (which is most often these days). The larger the particles that mica contains, the more sparkly and shiny it is and becomes.

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Mermaid Teal Color Recipe Card

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Polymer Clay Color Recipe for Mermaid Teal by KatersAcres

I’ve written color recipes for polymer clay for a long time here on the blog. I use mostly Premo polymer clay in my studio, so I specifically write recipes for Premo polymer clay. All polymer clay artists have favorite color recipes. Mermaid Teal has shown to be one of them. It has been used by other artists, revisited consistently, and has been well-traveled on Pinterest. So today, I thought that I would take a minute and share with you a printable version of the color recipe so you can continue to use it.

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The Flight of the Macaws

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This month I wanted to try and do something new, fun, & different. Every once in a while I get so inspired by photos I take in nature that I feel the need to try my hand at making my own. This month, that’s exactly what happened. Last fall I went on vacation and saw a gorgeous display of tropical Macaws at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I was even quick enough to capture a perfect photo of multiple birds of paradise in flight. This whole month’s tutorials for Club Members are based around this photo.

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Springtime in Paris

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French Parker with Eiffel Tower by KatersAcres

With the shock of the pandemic and coronavirus making its way around the globe, most of the world is stuck ‘sheltering in place.’ Here in the United States, this means most of us are only allowed away from our homes for essential needs unless your job is deemed necessary and essential by your state. With so much sadness, stress, and unrest, I thought this month would be best served if we all just took a vacation! But since we can’t really do that, let’s take a virtual one … to Paris!

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