This polymer clay Scrappy Tutorial is by Martin Pottjewijd and is used here with his full permission. Martin is a polymer clay artist from the Netherlands. He makes a wide variety of work including his elaborate and breathtaking castles built on large rocks and his adorable Polly & Mur. You can read Martin’s interview with Polyform here. Martin has graciously agreed to shared this tutorial here with each of you!
If you’ve been around KatersAcres for awhile, you already know that one of my favorite seasons is winter. In honor of that, here is a FREE polymer clay winter steampunk pendant tutorial you might enjoy. Feel free to share it with others.
Why throw out all those tiny little cane ends? You can still use them, even if there’s not enough for a large project. I’ve been making these little flower head pins ever since I began making my own canes. For those of you who don’t already know, I have a thing for flowers. I LOVE them. But … I live in the woods. Flowers don’t grow well here. So instead, I made a TON of flowers in the spring & summer months from clay.
This project is a fun & quick way to use up those wonky ends & slices you may have cut from your canes. Placing these flowers on longer pieces of wire will allow them to be used as plant pokeys, tied into the center of a bow for a gift, jewelry head pins, and so much more.
Scrap polymer clay can bring on notions of joy, fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, and elation all on the same day. Today I’m going to show you a brief video that hopefully will inspire you NOT to throw every piece of clay into the mud bin, but to salvage your clay scraps.
This past week I had a guest in my studio. They saw this unique and lovely colored bunch of clay on the back of my work surface and stated, “WOW! How did you get those colors?!” I laughed and said, “It’s scrap clay!” Needless to say, they didn’t believe me. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love to write about scrap clay and how you can reuse it and do something wonderful with it…so today’s post is all about what I did with my scrap clay and how I got those beautiful colors to make more colorful things.
Welcome back to “Work in Progress Wednesday!” Just so you know, “a scrappy week” is not a metaphor or a replacement for another word. Rather, it describes exactly what most of my time in my studio was spent doing … playing with scrap clay! I’ve been so busy creating the past several weeks that I have generated a lot of scrap. Often, I just throw it in a giant glass bowl awaiting future use. When I’m caning however, I will often have a sheet of clay ready to make a Stroppel Cane to help absorb those wonky cuts.
It’s always a challenge to figure out what to do with all those scraps that you have left over from making a cane. I have more scraps from making canes than any other single thing that I do in my studio. I suppose it’s just the nature of the beast.
I like to use up my scraps when I can and these past several weeks I have been so busy in my studio that I have had lots and lots of scraps. So … when scraps take over your work surface, find something cute and fun to do with them.
I love it when my fans & readers have specific polymer clay projects in mind. I have had several requests lately for a fun beaded project tutorial. As many of you know I’m not really a jewelry person, not because I don’t like it, because I most certainly do, but rather because I’m not a person that tends to “accessorize.” I wear a wedding ring & my earrings and that’s it. Sometimes you’ll catch me wearing a watch, but other than that … nadá. So while I love to make beads, since I don’t wear jewelry (or sell it in my Etsy shop), I’m never sure what to do with the beads. So for those of you who are like me, here’s a really fun handmade Natasha Bead Keychain. Let’s get started, shall we?
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.
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