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There’s something I really admire about other polymer clay artists: canes. Why? Because I can do simple canes, but complex canes that take time, perfection, & patience … they are just NOT for me! So when I make friends in the polymer clay community, I like to tell the world about it. Though I have never personally met Meg Newberg, I can say that she is a wonderful young woman with a heart of gold. One of the things I greatly admire about her and her talent (not to mention those gorgeous canes) is how she makes even the most complex canes, simple.
Okay, so “Meg, Meg, Meg” doesn’t have quite the same ring as “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” … but it’s still fun to say. Go ahead, you try it – no one’s listening, I promise! I have a treat for you today, as Meg is joining me once again on the blog. Get excited because she has some awesome stuff for you!
Meg Newberg continues to blow me away with her easy “recipes” (tutorials sounds too scary for canes in my opinion) for canes that appear very challenging and difficult. I can make leaf canes, flower canes, and about any other easy cane you can think of. But sadly, that’s where it ends. Until … I found Meg.
Meg has been featured in Polymer Clay Daily on numerous occasions and is eager to share her talent, time, energy, and love of polymer clay with everyone. Every Tuesday she offers a free tutorial on her FaceBook page. Often it is a simple cane (the kind everyone can do) or a sculpted project. And because Meg loves all of YOU (my readers) so much, she’s even giving YOU a free tutorial today on my blog. Everyone say, “Thank you Meg!”
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All this being said … Part of me wishes that this wonderful lady, Meg, lived closer to me, because I would be in her studio every week learning how to master caning. She has just recently opened her own studio in Tuscon, where she can be found skateboarding to and from work (or the hardware store to get sandpaper). Meanwhile, it’s 30 degrees and snowing here in NW PA.
Meg says this about her new studio & adventure: “Having a studio is like a dream come true. I’ve already had lots of visitors. My next dream is a train set to go around a polymer clay castle that I’m building for my studio! I think my younger students would love it!”
One of my studio goals for 2013 is to take the “fear of caning” away from myself. I get so hung up on whether or not I am doing it right that I seldom enjoy it. Did I mention that I have successfully ruined more clay through failed canes than many other people I know? This being said, Meg is fearless and says to experiment with your canes … oh if only it were that easy for me. I know however, that I am not alone in fearing canes and canework. I’m a sculptor for a reason, because my brain is imaginative and free … caning seems to harsh and realistic for me. Not to mention that I am easily confused with canes.
“Cane building takes patience. It’s very important to me that my students learn confidence. Sometimes I think it’s all about expectations. If I expect something to be easy and to work quickly the first time, I am always disappointed. On the other hand, I can’t expect something to be impossible, or I’ll never have the confidence to try. “Mistakes” teach me so much more than success. I find something that is really worth doing and I tell myself, “I’m going to learn how to create that. I will get it right even if it takes one hundred tries!”
Meg has an awesome outlook and a very easy way to make caning easy. For those of you who struggle with caning like me like me, take heart. Meg has a brand new monthly subscription where she is offering tutorials that will not be released anywhere but to her subscribers, also advanced notice of her free tutorials several weeks ahead of their publish date to her blog. And the best part? It’s only $5.00 a month! WOW! This is such a gift to the polymer clay community and her subscribers. If you are wanting to learn how to do canes and get Meg’s easy approach to caning, there’s no better time to sign up. I already did! You can read the whole article and get the information on her blog as well as sign up through Amazon Payments. Unsure whether you’ll like this? No worries, you can cancel at any time!
Thanks for joining me today,
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