Polymer Clay Snowflake Millefiori Cane by Meg Newberg

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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

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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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My Super Sculpey Trick for Polymer Clay Artists

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Polyform-super-sculpey

Polyform-super-sculpeyEvery 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.

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Inspiration for the Creatively Dry Using Color Palettes

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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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Mandarin Duck, Aniko Kolesnikova

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Aniko from Mandarin Duck

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.
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Polymer Clay Journals

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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

Polymer Clay Extravaganza

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Polymer Clay CD ClockBeauty in Polymer Clay Art

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.

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Cane Making

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Fall Leaves Golden Parker StoryBook Scene by KatersAcres

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.

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Color Palette Generator

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Having a Color Palette is Essential to an Artist by KatersAcres

Having a Color Palette is Essential to an Artist by KatersAcres

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

Polymer Clay Brand Review

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Polymer Clay Blocks

Why You Should NEVER Say & Do the Following:

“I only use one brand of polymer clay.”

Polymer Clay Brands on KatersAcres Clay Blog https://katersacres.com

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?”

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