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
Haven’t you ever noticed how after claying all day (or part of the day) your hands are dried out, your cuticles begin to tear, and you get a large amount of hangnails? This is because the clay (though non-toxic and gentle) takes the moisture that is in your hands and absorbs it…all of it.
This being said, there are several things that I have on my studio table at all times.
Repurpose x-acto blades? Absolutely you can do that! This simple and quick tip had a huge response in last week’s email, twitter, & even on FaceBook. It was shared, retweeted, and commented on more times that any previous tip I had posted. So today I will show you how you can take that old, grungy, and slightly beat up old cutting blade and repurpose x-acto blades into something more useful.
Have you ever taken the time to emboss something on your clay? I love to emboss patterns, stamps, and whatever kind of texture “catches” me at that moment. I love the crisp, clean, almost effortless and yet professional look it gives to my pieces. One of the hardest things for me however, is embossing with powders (i.e.: Pearl ex, Perfect Pearls, etc). A lot of clayers have problems with this as well.
I’ve read many articles that say you should slightly dampen your stamps first. *Sigh* This still didn’t help me. The result was half on and half off, dark in some places and not in others, you get the idea…I just wasn’t happy with the results. And I always emboss things…so I needed a solution that was quick, easy, and stress free.
You’ve heard it said many times in polymer clay books, in tutorials, and most likely many other places that there is “no such thing as scrap clay.” But there’s a trick to gaining usable scrap clay and not just a mess of murky, brown, dirty ugliness. Continue reading No Such Thing as Scrap Clay Tutorial
Minimum Supplies Needed: Basic Supplies & 1 Cup of Coffee
Time to make 1 Mokume Gane Loaf: Approximately 45 minutes
This is a great polymer clay tutorial that has many uses. Mokume gane can be used in beads, projects, jewelry, covering, and even as a background for textured and embossed pieces. Mokume gane is versatile and offers hundreds of color combinations, color palettes, and unique design patters, that you can not simply plan. Thanks for join us for this polymer clay tutorial. Read our other polymer clay tutorials here.
These are the basic supplies you will need:
Blades, needle tools, ball tipped tools, and other tools to indent your clay, as well as a piece of cardstock or other paper to work on, and a pasta machine.
As with all things in life, we pick some things up and get good at them…and yet with other things we need help. I am a 100% self taught polymer clay artist. I have never taken a class on sculpting, pottery, drawing or anything else. I have purchased several polymer clay books and use several very religiously. But over the past 3 years, I have learned many things about working with polymer clay. Today I will share with you 10 hints, tips, & tricks for working with polymer clay that you may not already know.