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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March Featured Tutorials

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Tutorials of the Month - March 2020 from Kater's Acres | Review and Links

Every month we feature one or more tutorials. Our March featured tutorials are a fun holiday edition! These tutorials vary every month and are not repeated during the entire calendar year. This is a great way to get an overview of what whimsical and character sculpting is all about, as well as how to make and create designs yourself.

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Crystal Hopson, Farmgirl Folly – Polymer Clay Sculptor

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Farm Girl Folly by Crystal Hopson, Polymer Clay Sculptor
Farm Girl Folly Rainbow Unicorn

Crystal Hopson is a delightful lady. She’s fun and has worked hard to develop her own voice that comes through in all her pieces. It’s my honor and joy to share her work and her love of working with polymer clay to each of you today.

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SMART Goal Technique, Setting Goals the Right Way

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SMART Goal Technique Checklist

Using the SMART Goal Technique to set and meet goals around your polymer clay work produce a real sense of accomplishment. A sense of accomplishment is very motivating.   Goals also give a sense of focus and direction.  But, it’s important to set goals the right way.  If you aren’t specific and realistic, goal setting can be a lesson in frustration. 

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Karolina Söderberg, Polymer Clay Sculptor & Artist

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Karolina Söderberg
Wedding Cake Topper by Karolina Söderberg

Karolina Söderberg is a polymer clay whimsical sculptor, artist, owner, and administrator at Hobbyrian. It’s my honor and joy to share her work and joy working with polymer clay.

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My Weekly 2020 Polymer Clay Challenge Results

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Do you ever know you need to get something done and you just can’t motivate yourself to do it? Well that’s me with this lovely gallery. You see I asked all my #2020PCChallege group members on FaceBook to please make sure if they had a blog to get their posts done and live so we could follow each others work and announce our projects to the world. And … I hadn’t even written my own yet. *Sigh* Major fail on my part. How does life get so busy anyway? Before I go on and on about how busy life is and how full I can cram things into a day, let me remind you a little bit about the project.

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The Wispy Realm with Summer Ross

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The Wispy Realm with Summer Ross

Summer Ross is a polymer clay artist, owner and designer at The Wispy Realm. She has been one of our dedicated moderators for over a year now at our FaceBook group, where she heads up our Finished Fridays. It’s been a joy to watch her grow and progress in her polymer clay sculpting skills. I’m so honored to have her here today and to share her art with each of you.

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Easy Canvas Background Creation

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Polymer Clay OWL Mixed Media Wall Hanging MAIN by KatersAcres
Polymer Clay OWL Mixed Media Wall Hanging MAIN by KatersAcres

Here’s a fast & easy way that I make many of my canvas backgrounds for my polymer clay creations. You can use this as a basis for your own or expound on it in any way that you choose. This is simple, easy, and can be done in about 15 minutes.

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Top Five Tutorials of 2019

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Top Five Tutorials of 2019

Every year the Kater’s Acres family [each of you who purchase, make, & support Kater’s Acres] has tutorials that they choose to adopt into the favorites more than others. What I mean is, these are the most purchased and most beloved tutorials of 2019.

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2020 Polymer Clay Challenge

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Cynthia Gougian
Cynthia Gougian

The 2020 Polymer Clay Challenge will begin shortly, can you believe it? I can’t. I can’t believe that I’m about to close the books on 2019 and start an entirely new year once again! So it’s onward with this years new challenge that opens on January 1st, 2020! Last year’s 2019 Polymer Clay Challenge was a success for everyone who tried to complete the entire year. It was highlighted by the wonderful weekly posts of Cynthia Gougian [read one of them here]. We were so fortunate to have her and even more fortunate to have her return and write for us this year. 

This past year more people were able to successfully able to complete all 52 weeks of the challenge. I am so proud of everyone who participated and was able to do this successfully. Again, for the second year in a row, I was not one of them that was able to complete the challenge. As I encourage EACH of those that participate every year, do not beat yourself up if you can not complete the entire year. Remember the goal of this project is that you continue to grow and that by the end of the year you find yourself being more creative, working harder toward your goals and most importantly seeing your work get better and better with each passing year.

The purpose of this project is to make sure that each polymer artist is pushing on and creating, growing in their creativity and their voice. As usual, I will attempt again in 2020 to complete the challenge. And if you didn’t get to complete it, barely got started, or just stumbled upon this post today. Now’s your chance to come and join us this upcoming year!

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Glow in the Dark Clay Product Review & Help

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Polyform Glow in the Dark Clays

The new Polyform Premo! by Sculpey Glow in the Dark clay is wonderful; except for one thing … because it is brand new, it is hard to sculpt with because it’s so soft. This video will walk you through a few helpful hints, tips, & tricks for making this and Sculpey III’s Glow a little easier to manage.

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