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…
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…
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, Aniko Kolesnikova, is no different. It’s my honor to feature her today.
Continue reading Mandarin Duck, Aniko Kolesnikova
Polymer Clay Journal Extravaganza
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 I recently joined a group on Facebook, called the Polymer Clay Swap [2017 edit: this group is no longer active and has since been closed].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
Polymer clay got it’s start as an art medium in the 1960’s, while it was developed in the 1940’s during WWII. While it has slowly picked up steam amongst the United States population as a versatile & enjoyable art form and craft medium, those on the creative force are those artists in Europe, where polymer clay is seen as an art-form and less as a child’s play medium. Artists all over the world are working hard to spread the word about polymer clay.
Polymer Clay Millifiori Canes:
Since my studio is in a state of flux, it has been hard to dedicate time to sitting down for several hours and claying. There are pieces of my old studio here, pieces of my old studio there, and new studio about 2-3 weeks away from completion. So what have I been doing? Well, life has been keeping me very busy, as it tends to…but aside from this, I have been doing something I haven’t done very well in the past…making polymer clay millifiori canes. But I’ve been doing 1,000 times better this time around. Want to know what I’m making? Keep reading for a sneak peak at an unreleased Parker StoryBook Scene and a video tutorial.
Color Palette Ideas
It really helps to create something beautiful when you have a general sense of color. Not everyone is born with this knowledge or we could very easily all be distinguished artists. I’ll be honest, sometimes I pick colors because they look really good together. But for me, this doesn’t happen often. I love polymer clay dearly, but I love even more to make it my own by blending colors, creating tones, complimentary colors, triadic colors, and even colors just because. But not everyone is a color palette expert and often finding the right color combinations can be equally as tricky. So what do you do when you aren’t color savvy? Continue reading Color Palette Generator
Why You Should NEVER Say & Do the Following:
“I only use one brand of polymer clay.”
Has someone said this to you before? Or have you said it yourself? It doesn’t have to be Pardo polymer clay. Maybe someone has said to you, “I only use Fimo Classic polymer clay.” In either case, I call this the “polymer clay snob syndrome.” I’ll be honest, I too prefer a certain brand of clay over others, however, I will use whatever I have and often times clay that I have found on sale or on clearance. So why am I against “polymer clay snob syndrome?”
Polymer Clay Tools from Every Department!
My tip for you today is a reminder of what you can use when working with polymer clay. Working with polymer clay takes time, energy, and is the best reason to dig into every other craft & hobby out there! My husband said to me one day while wading through every single aisle in my local Pat Catan’s, “why can’t you just crochet or something?” I laughed because I knew exactly what he meant. What he meant was that there’s a clay/sculpting aisle and we go down it to shop, but then I hit up the stamp section, knitting section, button & sewing aisles, plus the flower section, baking/cooking section, jewelry section, and eventually end up in the paints with a final trip through the clay aisle again (just in case I missed something). What is it about clayers that makes this happen?
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Colorfast? Not really.
Have you ever sat down to to clay and accidentally mixed your colors? I don’t mean mixing your colors on purpose either. Last week I had just finished an entire batch of Parker characters. My hands were stained yellow from the pigments in the clay. So I did my usual, washed my hands and used baby wipes. Well….that didn’t do the job apparently. So here’s my polymer clay tip for the week.
Continue reading Rubbing Alcohol & Using It to Clean Your Hands
Polymer Clay Beads
Introduction to Bead Making for Beginners
This fall is bringing something new to Kater’s Acres, classes! That’s right. We’ve been hired as the instructor for polymer clay beads, buttons, sculpting, and everything clay related. I will also be offering private lessons and classes in Parker’s NEW studio beginning the second week in September. Read the details below… Continue reading Polymer Clay Bead Making for Beginners
Hard Clay? No Problem!
My Easy Blending Polymer Clay Tip No Special Tools Required
One of the things that every clayer struggles with at times is rock hard clay. Clay that does nothing but snap, break, and never get soft. The easiest answer to this problem is a food processor. But, you may not have a food processor and that’s okay.
Today’s polymer clay tip will show you how to become friends with your clay, warm it up, soften it, make it malleable again, and even blend it to perfect. In fact, with this easy polymer clay tip, you don’t need any special tools or machines. You only need your hands, clay blade, acrylic roller and pasta machine.
It is with sadness that I do this artist feature on Trina’s Clay Creations. Why is this sad you might ask? Almost 2 years ago, Etsy created “Teams.” From the outset, I began an all polymer clay team, The PCETeam (Polymer Clay Enthisiasts) of Etsy. I sought out inspiring artists of different clay disciplines to aid in the creation, growth, and promotion of our mutual love, polymer clay. One of those people that I was blessed enough to meet was Trina Prenzi. She has a natural sculpting ability with clay that is immediately noticeable. Her fine attention to detail and adorable whimsical creations is uncanny. It has been my honor to know her, work with her, & feature her today.
Clay storage is a challenge for any clayer, especially when 80% of clayers are working in a space the size of a closet. One of the hardest things about having a small studio is having adequate space to store things in, especially blocks, more blocks, and pounds of clay. This is especially hard for me, a clayer, who may need multiple brands of clay, custom blends, inclusions, etc. Today I’m going to share with you how I store my opened packs of polymer clay, the clay that is constantly being used.
Continue reading Floss Box Clay Storage Solution