Weekend Polymer Clay DIY Snowman Kit Challenge

DIY Polymer Clay Snowman Kit Weekend Project on @KatersAcres Blog

Everyone Loves DIY Snowman Kits

DIY Polymer Clay Snowman Kit Weekend Project on @KatersAcres BlogThere aren’t many people who don’t like snowmen…unless you live in the tropics where snowmen do not exist because…well, they melt. But for those of us who live in areas with four seasons, we are blessed to have the ability to make snowmen when those gorgeous white flakes arrive.  Every year I anticipate the coming of the snow, making of snow angels, and building the cutest snowmen in our country acre.  But there’s always something missing…in my head, a snowman’s eyes tell his story.  Well, for clayers and crafters, here’s a great weekend project for you. A DIY Snowman Kit. Perfect for Christmas gift exchanges this year.

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HELP: My Polymer Clay is Rock Hard

Hard Clay Questions Answered on KatersAcres Blog

Yes, I Will Help You

Your Questions Answered

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have recently been receiving several questions sent to me privately from some of my readers.  I try to answer all questions as quickly as they come in.  Feel free to ask me a question anytime and I will answer it directly or here on the blog.

Since this is the first time I have reposted an email that has come to me, I thought it best not to use the name of the person who sent the email.  For this reason, I have “named” the letter and the person who wrote to me in the letter.

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How to Clean Your Studio in 15 Minutes

A Guide on How to Clean Your Polymer Clay Studio in Less Than 15 Minutes on KatersAcres Blog

Polymer Clay Studio Cleaning Tutorial

A Guide on How to Clean Your Polymer Clay Studio in Less Than 15 Minutes on KatersAcres Blog

There are a LOT of things that I love about having my own studio in a separate area from the every day areas of my house.  One of which is that I can shut the door (and even lock it if I want to)…and come back whenever I want.  But here’s the neurotic part of me…I like my studio clean.  In fact on any given day, my studio is cleaner than the rest of my house.  Why? Because that’s the way I like it! How? In less than 15 minutes I can clean the whole thing.  Read how to clean your studio in 15 minutes or less too…

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Polymer Clay Tip: Using a Heat Embossing Tool

On Tuesdays, I love to bring you a little polymer clay tidbit, tip, or trick.  Today is no different.  I’m going to be sharing with you how to use a Heat Embossing Tool with polymer clay.  This versatile tool finds its home in scrapbookers & card makers closets.  But as clayers, we share with a variety of arts, crafts, and mediums…and therefore…we stole this tool and claimed it as our own too.

 

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Polymer Clay Snowflake Millefiori Cane by Meg Newberg

Snowflake Cane Examples by MegNewberg on KatersAcres Blog

Polymer Clay Tutorial for Snowflake Millefiori Canes on KatersAcres blog by Meg NewbergDon’t you just love winter?  I know that I do.  Winter is my second favorite season, second only to fall.  Living in NW Pennsylvania near Lake Erie, we get a LOT of snow every year.  We live in the snow-belt region of the country and I love it!  Yesterday I was delighted to showcase the art and talent of Meg Newberg. Meg does a lot of awesome things with clay, but her best are made with millefiori canes.  Today she’s going to show us her snowflake cane and where you can purchase the tutorial to make it yourself as well.

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Meet Meg Newberg – Polymer Clay Millefiori Cane Artist

Meg Newburg Polymer Clay Artist

Polymer Clay Millefiori Cane Artist, Meg Newberg

Meg Newburg Interview

It is my pleasure, as always, to introduce to you polymer clay artists.  Polymer clay artists, designers, & sculptors are indeed a rare breed: always fun, unique, & joyful!  Today’s polymer clay artist, Meg Newberg, is no different.  She’s a wonderful polymer millefiori cane artist, who also sells her tutorials in her Etsy shop.  Tomorrow, I will feature a season cane of hers, how you can get it, and what she’s done with it.  It’s truly my honor to feature her today.
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Inspiration for the Creatively Dry Using Color Palettes

Having a Color Palette is Essential to an Artist by KatersAcres

Having a Color Palette is Essential to an Artist by KatersAcresDo you ever have one of those times where the ideas just don’t come?  You sit … think … try to create … and after several hours, all you’ve done is play around and there’s nothing “new” produced?  Well I’ve been so busy that aside from my orders, I’ve had one of those spells.  I’ve frankly been in a creative rut.  And it’s not so much that I don’t have ideas, for I have an entire notebook of ideas…but nothing sounds appealing to me!  *Sigh*  So to help me to get through these times I have done several things to help myself get “into gear.”  I’m sure that some of these ideas may help you as well.   Continue reading Inspiration for the Creatively Dry Using Color Palettes

Lisa Pavelka “Complete Guide” Polymer Clay Book Review

Library Reading Parker - Polymer Clay Sculpture by KatersAcres

 

Library Reading Parker - Polymer Clay Sculpture by KatersAcres

I am a 100% self-taught polymer clay artist…and from being involved in many different polymer clay communities, I’m NOT the only one!  It turns out that most polymer clay artists are self-taught.  On Tuesdays I usually give you some kind of a tip or trick to working with polymer clay.  Today I’m going a step further.  I’m giving you an entire book full of tips & tricks to help you as you learn to clay.  That’s right, today I am doing polymer clay book reviews and hopefully will be able to do a book review every month for you!   Continue reading Lisa Pavelka “Complete Guide” Polymer Clay Book Review

Polymer Clay Pens Extravaganza!

Polymer Clay Pen by KatersAcres

 

Rollerball Pen Handcrafted from Polymer Clay Flowers by DesignedTurning.etsy.comI have an addiction…I am addicted to pens.  Not just any pens, polymer clay covered pens.  I have always been a fan of pens and have more pens than any 4 households need.  However, when I discovered that I could cover my pens in polymer clay…a new kind of obsession was born!  An obsession to creating and covering pens with polymer clay.  I’m showing off some very awesome polymer clay covered pens from artists around the globe.  Feel free to leave your comments and links to your own polymer clay pen creations at the end of this post.

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Spot Free Polymer Clay CAN Be Achieved

KatersAcres Polymer Clay Studio Working Area

KatersAcres Polymer Clay Studio Working Area

Working With Polymer Clay

I recently received an email from someone whose work I admire greatly.  She asked me how I kept my Parker colors so crisp and untainted from the other colors of clay.  I do have a “secret” method to keeping my polymer clay colors from mixing together that I will share with you today.  Working with polymer clay is always fun…but can often be frustrating too. In all honesty though, the “secret” is no secret at all…

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My Handmade Business Card Holder

I have been doing craft shows for about 10 years now.  Over time my designs and set up has changed…except for one thing…my business card holder.  I always put my business cards in a little flower shaped glass dish.  It matches my other “pretty” display fixtures…but seeing as I no longer sell the jewelry component of Kater’s Acres and function strictly on polymer clay sculptures, it was time for a change.  For this years’ fall craft show I decided it was time to spruce up my business card holder into something that matched my business…

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Tutorial: Cut Millefiori Canes Like a Pro

Cut Perfect Millefiori Cane Slices with this Quick Tutorial from Kater's Acres

One of the hardest things to do is to cut a cane in an even, thin slice, without any drag.  When I first began working with polymer clay millefiori canes, both raw & baked, I had the hardest time cutting them in thin, even slices.  One side would always be thicker than the other or I’d adjust my blade halfway through the slice and create very unpleasant “drag marks” on the sliced piece of cane.  After several years, I got smart and solved my problem…

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Polymer Clay Journals

UnderWater Journal Cover by KatersAcres

Polymer Clay Journal Extravaganza

Honey Dragon Fantasy Steampunk Polymer Clay Dragon by Amandarinduck.etsy.com
Honey Dragon by Aniko of Mandarin Duck

 

Today is Friday, so it’s another day that I get to share with you my love of clay and showcase some beautiful polymer clay items.  I recently joined a group on Facebook, called the Polymer Clay Swap [2017 edit: this group is no longer active and has since been closed].  It’s a group of polymer clay artists & enthusiasts who love clay.  They give a theme and then you sign up if you want to participate.  This swap’s theme is a polymer clay journal cover.   Continue reading Polymer Clay Journals