Sometimes polymer clay inspiration runs out and your creative streak comes to a grinding halt. And personally, I hate it when that happens! I go along for weeks with thousands of ideas swimming around my head and then all of a sudden BAM all those ideas are just … gone! Where did they go? Chances are my inspiration got lost along the road of life and needs a little “revival” in order to come back to me. Delving into different craft mediums can be helpful to find your inspiration once again and art journaling is one of the ways you can find that inspiration again!
(Photo at right is linked to artists profile page here onPinterest)
One of my favorite things about working with polymer clay is that you can reuse everything … or should I say give your old things a new purpose, in other words: repurposed items you’ve already used! What kind of items can you reuse: everything. Well…okay, maybe not everything … but you certainly can reuse a LOT of things that you probably haven’t thought of, or may have thought of but haven’t taken the time to do so.
You can reuse or repurpose items like your shipping label backs, pickle jars, peanut butter jars, Carmex jars, cat food containers, and anything that is glass, metal, or heavy plastic. You probably already know this, but your question now becomes … but what do I do with them? Here’s a few examples & projects that you can do with things you already have in your house.
How to Cover a Bic Round Stic Pen with Polymer Clay
Well, it’s about time…my first ever polymer clay video tutorial! Perhaps I can get one of these made every month for all my wonderful readers and claying friends…but we’ll have to see. Today’s how-to is a polymer clay pen tutorial. Before you begin watching the video there’s a few things you will need.
I absolutely love meeting new polymer clay artists. The first thing they say when I ask if they have made a pen yet is: “You can do that?” I giggle to myself and tell them, yes, you can do that. It’s a simple, easy, & basic project. Even for beginners. This is not the first time that I have written about polymer clay pens, feel free to click the link to see some awesome talent. Tomorrow I am releasing a NEW tutorial on YouTube, just for you wonderful folks on how to cover a polymer clay pen.
There is truly nothing that makes me more sad and angry than spending hours making something gorgeous only for it to burn & or crack. This is horribly frustrating for every polymer clay artist. Today I’m going to give you my best hints, tips, & tricks to preventing this. We’re going to go back to basics and learn how to bake polymer clay.
In my opinion, cracking objects is often worse than burning objects. Objects that are burned can often be covered or disguised by antiquing, covering in a paint medium, using Perfect Pearls, or even Swellegant‘s line of products by Christi Friesen. However, when a project cracks, there is not a lot that you can do.
There 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.
[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.
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…
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.
Polymer Clay Tip & Tutorial How To Properly Use a Heat Embossing Tool ow.ly/ffEMf Great information for polymer clay artists!
Don’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.
Polymer Clay Tutorial of a Snowflake Millefiori Cane by Meg NewBerg ow.ly/fa7f3 Visit the blog to see this awesome cane today!
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. Continue reading Meet Meg Newberg – Polymer Clay Millefiori Cane Artist
Every Tuesday I bring you a tip, trick, hint, and occasionally a tutorial. Well…today I give you one of my secrets in my arsenal of claying, the trick uses the very reasonably priced and easy to find Super Sculpey.
Do 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
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
I 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.