|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Mixed Media Bird Canvas|
|Date:||Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:54:14 +0000|
|Description:||http://www.polymerclaytv.comFollow along as Ilysa shares how she made this fun flying resin bird canvas. Add some polymer clay transfers, resin and wood embellishments and some rubber stamp designs and make it your own. Send magnets to Ilysa at P O Box 292Bell, FL 32619|
|Title:||Learn how to make polymer clay purse handles on Polymer Clay TV with Shirley Rufener|
|Date:||Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:33:00 +0000|
|Description:||http://www.polymerclaytv.comhttp://www.shirleyrufener.comLearn how to create custom purse handles or any polymer clay project using a simple technique for adding beautiful, undisturbed texture to both sides of the clay! Shirley also shares inspirational felted, fabric and upcycled purse designs with complimenting purse handles from her Craft E-Book "Polymer Clay Purse Handles". She has also put together a CD kit which includes two hard-to-find materials so you can get started right away making your purse handles.|
|Title:||How to Use fun deco edge scissors with Polymer Clay on Wondrous Wednesday|
|Date:||Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:23:55 +0000|
|Description:||Do you have decorative edge scissors and polymer clay in your craft room? Check out what you can make with them! Never thought of cutting your clay with scissors? Then you’re missing out. The technique shown in today’s video was used on some beautiful and unique art jewelry in our new book, too: Polymer Clay Art Jewelry, How to make polymer clay jewelry using new techniques, which is available on Amazon.com!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Creating Canework Bowls|
|Date:||Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:00:00 +0000|
In this episode our design team member Elizabeth Dyer shows you how to create a fun and funky bowl with polymer clay canes that she shows how to create. You are going to love ths project! If you haven't visited the community yet, make sure to join us its free to join at http://www.craftylink.com
We have free live craft demos every Tuesday, come join us!|
|Title:||PCTV 9/20/12 Patera Channel Beads, September Dreaming Kit, and Polymer Clay Image Transfers!|
|Date:||Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:29:00 +0000|
|Description:||See Ilysa create a simple beautiful bead using our newest kit of downloadable images, and a Patera bead. If you get our APP- we included a PDF download for you of the image from the video! Be sure to download and print it out for your own transfers!
Welcome back to the show! We will be airing Polymer Clay TV once a month, and ThingsCraftyTV once a month, from now on, every two weeks on Friday.
Each TUESDAY we have several hours of LIVE programming on our website, CraftyLink. If you would like more free content, please come join us there!
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV, Polymer Fabric|
|Date:||Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:39:02 +0000|
|Description:||In this episode of Polymer Clay TV, we show how to make polymer fabric using liquid clay. Come join us for this fun and easy technique and don't forget to enter our monthly challenge to win some awesome prizes. http://thingscrafty.ning.com/group/april-monthly-challenge
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV- Make your own rubber stamps at home!|
|Date:||Fri, 10 Feb 2012 01:15:09 +0000|
|Description:||For those of you who like to use texture and designs, image this- create a black and white image (you can even just draw something with a Sharpie marker!) and have a custom made rubber stamp to use on your clay or crafts in under 15 minutes from start to finish. So when you get a fabulous idea, you can create something right away! You can do it with the ultraviolet Stampmaker machine, at home! Check it out.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Fun Acrylic Paint Technique using Rubbing Alcohol|
|Date:||Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:20:17 +0000|
|Description:||In this episode of Things Crafty we show you how a simple product like rubbing alcohol can make the coolest patterns on acrylic paint. Use this techniques on paintings, art journals,scrapbooks, cards and more! You will have fun with this easy technique. Come show us what you make and join us in our community, come upload pics and share. http://www.thingscrafty.ning.com|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Carving Polymer Clay|
|Date:||Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:54:39 +0000|
In this episode of Polymer Clay TV we show how to get started carving already baked polymer clay. Once you carve your images you can backfill with liquid clay, press colored clay into the impression or leave as is, the sky is the limit!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Make You Own Bezel Cup Jewelry|
|Date:||Fri, 11 Nov 2011 02:00:00 +0000|
In this episode we show you how to create your own bezel cup using polymer clay and powdered pigments. This fun and easy technique will help you expand your jewelry design skills. Have fun! Don't forget to check out our other online show at http://www.thingscrafty.com for more tutorials, demos and books reviews. |
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Faux Raku with Jones Tones & Micaceous Iron Oxide|
|Date:||Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:26:39 +0000|
|Description:||http://www.polymerclaytv.comhttp://www.thingscrafty.comhttp://www.jonestones.comIn this episode we show you how to create faux raku polymer clay beads, this technique creates beautiful one of a kind beads that look just like raku pottery beads. A mixture of Micaceous Iron Oxide and Jones Tones is the perfect combination to create faux raku beads. This is a fun and easy project to do. have fun creating!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 178- 2011 planning!|
|Date:||Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:57:59 +0000|
|Description:||This week we're talking about our plans for the upcoming year. We will be going into an interview and reviews format for our podcast, and we've already taped a year's worth of Polymer Clay TV demos! We got really excited this summer when we realized we could get our demos ready and be able to also hopefully get some other artists in on it in January when we go to CHA. We are also starting to branch out into other crafts, and you can find us at ThingsCrafty.com as well, with craft podcasts and videocasts, and interviews with book authors and other accomplished artists and crafters!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast 176- Angelina Fibers!|
|Date:||Thu, 02 Jun 2011 23:26:53 +0000|
|Description:||We just got a bunch of Angelina in every single color to play with! Thanks to Embellishment Village for this incredible product. These fibers are so fun- they are heat compatible, plastic compatible, they change colors when you look at them from different angles, they can be embedded, included, ironed into "fabric", put inside of resin...what's not to like? Be sure to visit next time for Polymer Clay TV and we'll show you more about them.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV New Premo Sculpey Clay Colors|
|Date:||Fri, 20 May 2011 01:00:00 +0000|
|Description:||To see the HD (high definition) version please visit our You Tube channel at
http://www.polymerclaytv.comIn this episode of Polymer Clay TV we share with you some of the new colors available in the Premo brand & Sculpey 111 brand. Many of these new colors have unique inclusions in them, get a closer look.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Jones Tones Glitters & Crystal Inclusions|
|Date:||Fri, 22 Apr 2011 01:00:00 +0000|
In this episode we show how to add Jones Tones glitter and crystals into 2 colors of polymer clay. You can create totally different looks just by adding different colors to different colors of clay. In this video we show the same colors in Premo pearl clay and in black clay to demonstrate just how different the same colors can look depending on the color of clay you use. Have fun playing around with different combinations. |
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 171 - Sherri Haab|
|Date:||Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:03:57 +0000|
|Description:||This week, we review Sherri Haab's book Jewelry Inspirations, which covers many beginner techniques in a lot of jewelry styles, including resin, polymer clay, apoxie clay, macrame, metal, and more. It's a nice book full of different projects.
We also discuss our new contest which revolves around the use of our Magic Transfers, and some of the upcoming polymer clay retreats.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Whats Going On...|
|Date:||Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:25:20 +0000|
In this video we share a little about whats going on at Polymer Clay Productions. We have DVD's by Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg and Jane Zhou, we have a polymer clay mixed media course and polymer clay video library. We also have some new DVD releases this year, so stay tuned!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV 169- Karen Thomas beadable designs|
|Date:||Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:38:46 +0000|
|Description:||Watch as Kira shows you a couple of ideas on how you can use designs from http://karenthomas.us. Easily decorate and personalize lots of stainless steel blanks, such as pens, corks, letter openers...with your own sturdy polymer clay beads! It's fun and easy. Learn a candy making technique with a swirl, too.|
|Title:||Podcast 168- Karen Thomas Stainless steel blanks|
|Date:||Thu, 27 Jan 2011 01:54:01 +0000|
|Description:||KarenThomas.us has some fantastic blank items for beading! Wine corks, purse hooks, pens, serving ware, and lots of other functional objects are available, and many at bulk pricing if you sell your stuff at fairs. Next week we will show you some ideas of how you can finish these items off and make gorgeous items to keep, gift, or sell!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Using Magic Transfer Cling Amazing New Product|
|Date:||Fri, 14 Jan 2011 01:30:00 +0000|
In this episode we show you an amazing new product called Magic Transfer Cling, unlike Magic Transfer Paper that is only for raw clay, you can add Magic Transfer Cling to already baked clay, resin, metal, paper, the sky is the limit. We show you how to use Magic Transfer Cling and some of its uses in this video. This product will be available in our shop starting next week. It will be available with pre printed designs or blank sheets. Have fun creating!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV #165 Easy Earring Cards|
|Date:||Fri, 10 Dec 2010 03:00:00 +0000|
In this episode we share a great find! Have you ever wanted a great way to display your earrings, pendants and beads? Well we found the perfect way to get a professional look inexpensively. Easy Earring Cards is the answer! http://www.easyearringcards.com
These amazing punches make it easy to get that professional look for displaying and gift giving of your handmade creations. They are easy to use and are small enough to pack with you for last minute shows or events. We demonstrate how they work and share some tips and tricks in this episode. Enjoy!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 164- Easy Earring Cards|
|Date:||Wed, 24 Nov 2010 18:24:28 +0000|
|Description:||If you make jewelry or tiny objects and sell them, eventually you need a way to display them. We found these at www.easyearringcards.com, and they are basically a paper punch that you can use to make a beautiful, professional presentation for your small artworks or earrings and pendants.
There's been a lot of news lately surrounding Polyform products- they are announcing their new color line up and have made some surprising choices. Check out Polyform on facebook to see what the buzz is about.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Epsiode 163 Creating Hollow Beads With Magic Transfer Paper|
|Date:||Fri, 05 Nov 2010 02:00:00 +0000|
|Description:||http://www.polymerclaytv.com In this epsiode of Polymer Clay TV we show you how to take hollow copper pipe, polymer clay and Magic Transfer Paper and make hollow beads with a transfer all the way around them. One of the advantages of using Magic Transfer Paper is that you can bend the paper around something and it won't crack. This is a great technique to make a continous design. We will also show you how to cut the pipe into sizes good for making beads. Have fun!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 162 - transfer tube beads|
|Date:||Fri, 22 Oct 2010 01:52:57 +0000|
|Description:||We've discovered a great trick to keeping your tube-shaped beads from collapsing and changing shape. Plus, with Magic Transfer Paper for polymer clay images, you can actually transfer all the way around the bead with no danger of crackling or smushing your bead shape. Be sure to come back next time for our video on this technique!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 160- time to sell your stuff online!|
|Date:||Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:08:51 +0000|
|Description:||We would like to encourage you to get a website, and soon! It's so easy these days. On Etsy.com, you can set up a page full of items in a few minutes, for about $3. Artfire.com has a different kind of deal, right now (Sept '10) you can get a LIFETIME pro level account for $5.95 a month. There are dozens of other sites where you can list your items and sell them. Indiepublic is a great place to set up a free gallery. There are place to get inexpensive business cards, too. There is no excuse to not be accessible to potential customers online. It's easy and in many cases very affordable. Listen in, we'll guide you thru!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Magic Glos and UV Lamp|
|Date:||Fri, 10 Sep 2010 02:00:00 +0000|
|Description:||In this episode we show you how fun Magic Glos can be to use with polymer clay and mixed media. Learn how to add Magic Glos to paper items as well as to fill in recessed areas of your clay designs. We also show you the UV lamp that works so easily to cure the Magic Glos resin.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 158 - Magic Glos and Magic Transfer Paper- the perfect match|
|Date:||Thu, 26 Aug 2010 23:23:32 +0000|
|Description:||We've decided to carry wonderful Magic Glos- a UV curing resin. It's the perfect companion for your Magic Transfers, since they really should be sealed with something that will bring out the colors in your designs. All you need to cure Magic Glos is the sun- or a small UV light (the kind you see at nail salons.) If you choose to get a light, you can get it from Lisa Pavelka's site for about $36. Come back for PolymerClayTV, where we will show you how to do this!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 156 - cover aluminum beer bottles with clay!|
|Date:||Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:29:20 +0000|
|Description:||In these green days, when we are all looking to conserve, reuse, and recycle, why not make something beautiful out of something totally mundane? There must be an economic advantage to putting beer in decorative aluminum bottles. Whatever the reason, it leaves us with great raw material to decorate with clay! Think of the possibilities. The bottles are lightweight enough to use tin snips to change the shape of the top, or put a decorative hole in the side. Be sure to cover the entire thing, or you may experience cracking of the clay or sharp edges- you don't want to hurt anyone! So find your beer-guzzling friends, and next time a bottle is headed for the trash, ask for it so you can purposefully recycle it into art.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast 154- Walnut Hollow new Embossing Set|
|Date:||Thu, 01 Jul 2010 22:04:30 +0000|
|Description:||This week, we tried out our new Walnut Hollow Embossing sets, which you can get at Michael's. Our verdict? Some great fun tools, worth having, and a really great little storage box comes with it, but try to use a coupon- the retail price seemed high to us. And try using the letter makers freehand for a fun effect! Be sure to come back next week to see it in action on Polymer Clay TV. And, we're releasing a new ezine soon- so if you are not currently subscribing to our newsletter, or even if you ARE- be sure to visit our newly designed site and sign up on the sidebar for the ezine. It's going to be project oriented now, not just "news!"|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 152- Walnut Hollow, new tools|
|Date:||Thu, 03 Jun 2010 23:17:54 +0000|
|Description:||Walnut Hollow has made a commitment to polymer clay, and their new products are being shown right along side the new Sculpey display- at least at our local Michaels! We got the new extruder, which is like other extruders except for the folding heavy duty handle with turn-crank! It makes it much easier to squeeze out your clay. Check out polymer clay TV for our upcoming demo. Also be sure to check out our sponsor, Audible audiobooks, where you can sign up for a free, no-strings-attached 2 week trial and download a FREE book! just use this link: http://audiblepodcast.com/polymerclaytv, and have fun!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 150 - Daylight Lamps make all the difference!|
|Date:||Fri, 07 May 2010 02:16:19 +0000|
|Description:||Kira and Ilysa have new Daylight lamps, from www.daylightcompany.com. They really make a big difference in your workspace. It helps to see what you are doing- from a color and brightness point of view! Especially if you are like many home crafters and you use a corner of your living or dining room or kitchen :) On our next video, we'll show you Kira's workspace under Daylight!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast 148- Ilysa in Connecticut!|
|Date:||Fri, 09 Apr 2010 01:46:35 +0000|
|Description:||Well, Ilysa has completed her move to the North. She'll be going to a big bead show this weekend, the Innovative Bead Expo. She is going as press, so next time you'll see what she saw- on Polymer Clay TV. Be sure to contact us quick if you plan on attending so she can meet you! We love to meet our fans :) Who knows, you might end up on PCTV or on our blog!|
|Title:||Polymer clay TV # 147- New Creative Options bags|
|Date:||Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:09:00 +0000|
|Description:||Check out three new Polyclay-friendly craft tote bags from Creative Options.com! The hardbody one is great for demos, retreats, or clay play dates. The little bead box is awesome and looks like a purse! And the soft-body Project Tote is so pretty and has room for your tools, books, and transfer paper. Enjoy!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 142 - Rings and Resin|
|Date:||Sat, 13 Feb 2010 00:08:00 +0000|
|Description:||Ilysa and I talk about making rings with Polymer Clay elements, and we review this months Bead Style Magazine, which featured articles about choosing bails, and using various kinds of resin. We will explore both topics further in future episodes. Next time visit us on Polymer Clay TV, where we'll demonstrate creating rings with adjustable finger rings and polymer clay tops.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 139 - Last video of 2009!|
|Date:||Fri, 01 Jan 2010 02:47:00 +0000|
|Description:||Well, Ilysa decided to show the incense burner idea this week! They are fun to make in clay, since you can either just make a tray to catch the ashes, or if you want to burn the cone kind, you can actually embed a small tile of glass to burn it on and that way you won't damage your clay. This is a great way to try out different surface decorations, including canework, since the whole point is just to make something pretty.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 136 - Japanese Resin Clay|
|Date:||Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:40:00 +0000|
|Description:||This is the coolest stuff since Premo! Watch as Ilysa shows you what Sukuruken Resin clay is capable of. I'm also going to do some tests soon, because I want to know if I can cure a piece, combine it with polymer, and then bake the whole thing. It's very interesting polymer clay that air drys almost crystal clear, even at a great thickness. EXTREMELY translucent stuff, and flexible.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 132 - making mosaics|
|Date:||Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:14:00 +0000|
|Description:||Polymer Clay is such a fun medium to use for your own mosaics. You can use it cured, partially cured, or fully cured! Do soft on soft, bake your tiles and push them into soft clay, or bake your tiles and use them like a traditional mosaic with grout and everything. You can even use them in the kitchen or bath, as long as you seal them with a resin to make them easier to de-germify (polymer clay is porous, so it can harbor germs if not sealed.) Ilysa's mom is not well, so it's a short podcast this week while Ilysa hangs with her. See you next week on PCTV!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 130 - color mixing|
|Date:||Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:54:00 +0000|
|Description:||Ilysa and Kira discuss the advantages of knowing how to mix colors, and how to learn more! Your designs will almost always look better if you don't use the clay directly out of the package, but learn to create your own variations. Be sure to visit next week, when you can see some ideas on how to mix your own clay colors.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 127 - Molding UV Resin|
|Date:||Fri, 09 Oct 2009 00:29:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, I'll show you how easy it is to use a silicone mold, UV resin, and polymer clay to make a beautiful pendant. You can use any silicone mold that is not too deep- the UV light from the sun or a special lamp has to be able to penetrate all areas of the mold. You can also layer the resin in a deeper mold, it will stick to itself. And you can bake it! We used Magic Glos, a Lisa Pavelka product.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 126 - UV Magic Glos resin, and Amazing Molds!|
|Date:||Thu, 01 Oct 2009 23:54:00 +0000|
|Description:||Listen as Ilysa and Kira discuss what's going on this week in polymer clay. Kira has a special technique to share with you, making a mold with Amazing Mold Putty and then layering UV curing resin to create her own molded clear beads! Next week she'll show you on Polymer Clay TV.
If you are new to clay, or even an old hat, be sure to check out our workshop on www.CreativeWorkshops.ning.com. With over 2 hours of video, 10 videos on techniques and 2 project videos, plus direct interaction with us in a private forum, it's well worth it, and it will be fun!
Also check out the challenge at www.PCAGOE.com this week, you could win a prize just for voting!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 125 - Clay Characters|
|Date:||Thu, 24 Sep 2009 22:47:00 +0000|
|Description:||Clay characters are fun to make. Thanks to Owen, who was interviewed last week on our show and has the website address www.FiendishThingies.com, we have taken a fresh new look at the category of funky polymer clay characters and monsters. Enjoy this little tour through Etsy and Flickr!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 121 - PYMII- Preserve Your Memories 2, sealer and coater|
|Date:||Thu, 27 Aug 2009 22:20:00 +0000|
|Description:||The company sent us some to try, so Ilysa will tell you all about it in today's video. It's a spray, and lots of sprays do pose a problem with polymer clay. I suspect it's something in the propellant, although I'm not a chemist. But most sprays stay sticky and never dry on cured clay. I learned that the hard way long ago when I spray-sealed something with a Krylon fixative and ruined a large, important piece. The stickyness often doesn't show up until later- sometimes months later, so be warned- when trying a new sealer, use test pieces and give them time to age. But PYMII appears to test well with the clay. We suggest sealing your pigment powder and Magic Transfer pieces with it for longevity of the finish. Enjoy!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast 120 - try out PYMII|
|Date:||Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:20:00 +0000|
|Description:||Next week, we'll be showing PYMII- Preserve Your Memories II, as a sealer. It is a spray that was sent to us by Precision-Blue.com, and some folks in the polymer clay community have been mentioning that it works great as a sealer, so we're going to test the theory! We also reviewed this month's Art Jewelry mag, so have a listen!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 119 - Pardo Clay|
|Date:||Fri, 14 Aug 2009 01:16:00 +0000|
|Description:||Check it out- Ilysa playing with the "new" Pardo clay from Viva-Decor.
We got some from them at CHA this summer, and we'll be showing it and talking about it some more soon. We even have some to give away, so if you want to win, just send us a nice email to email@example.com.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 118 - Post CHA, 2009|
|Date:||Fri, 07 Aug 2009 11:46:00 +0000|
|Description:||Sorry folks, a little late due to the fact that we have Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg in the studio filming her first DVDs, as well as Tommie Howell doing some video with us on his area of expertise- figure sculpting. Their videos will be released in time for the Holiday shopping season- so stay tuned for that!
Well, the CHA show was a blast as usual- although the only clay company in attendance was Viva-Decor, who gave us lots of Pardo, as well as a couple other products, to try out. The one I am most excited about is actually an air-dry clay that can be reconstituted with water. I am imagining the possibilities right now. Next week we think we'll show our tests with Pardo clay, so be sure to come back for Polymer Clay TV.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV #117 - Lisa Pavelka at CHA Summer 2009|
|Date:||Fri, 31 Jul 2009 02:12:00 +0000|
|Description:||Thanks to Lisa Pavelka and Viva-Decor, who discussed and showed off the new Pardo Clay from Germany. By the way, Viva-Decor has WAY more than just the clay. I am very interested in some of their paint products, and plan to try them out on some mixed-media projects I have coming up. We got lots of Pardo to try out, and we'll be doing a PCTV on the clay in the next month or so, so stay tuned!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 116 - Pre-CHA show summer 2009|
|Date:||Sun, 19 Jul 2009 23:25:00 +0000|
|Description:||Well, next week we're off to the Craft and Hobby Association show. It's always a lot of fun to go and see what's debuting in the crafting world. This time we plan to do, and film ourselves doing, a lot of the make & take activities. We figure if we try out some products and tools we'll come up with new ways to use them with clay!
Be sure to visit next week, we'll be putting up some of that footage for PCTV.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV #115 - Faux Food on Flickr|
|Date:||Fri, 17 Jul 2009 02:29:00 +0000|
|Description:||Today, let's take a tour of flickr. I searched for "polymer clay food" and these are some of the wonderful artists that came up.
Shay Aaron appears to be a pro- creating a prolific variety of perfectly executed miniature food items in dollhouse scale. Other artists, such as FilthyFox and Weggart, create food novelty item jewelry with realistic pizza, desserts, donuts and other sundries!
Check them out, all their names are in the video so you can find them on flickr.
We've created a fun project related to faux food, over at Polymer Clay Classroom-learn a citrus cane and make a fun dessert!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 114- polyclay makes awesome Faux-food!|
|Date:||Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:20:00 +0000|
|Description:||We decided to talk about faux food this week. Polymer Clay can mimic almost anything, and many artists are using it to make very convincing food. You could make miniature food, for say, earrings or a dollhouse...and you can also make food intended to trick the eye. I have seen faux chocolates made from pc that I would pick up and try to take a bite out of! Just google faux food or do a search on youtube, and you can find lots of ways to try this technique. We'll show some next week on PCTV.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 111 - the new Bake Shop clay by Polyform|
|Date:||Fri, 19 Jun 2009 02:23:00 +0000|
|Description:||Last week we talked about how even a 15 year old boy loved the new polyform Bake Shop clay, which is really economical at 99 cents per 2 oz pack, very soft and smooth out of the package, comes in 12 colors, and is just fun to work with. We didn't feel that this is a "professional" grade clay, as it remained pretty soft and spongy after baking and we're not sure about it's strength- but we don't think that's the point. It was just plain fun. Watch Ilysa's demo and see!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 110 Bake Shop clay|
|Date:||Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:51:00 +0000|
|Description:||We tried out Bakeshop, I tried it with 11& 15 year old boys, and they really loved it. They used it all up! I taught them basic sculpting and caning and they were able to do lots with the clay. It's a bit rubbery both before and after baking, and we haven't strength tested it yet, but be sure to come back next week- Ilysa is going to try it out and do some tests.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 109- Magic Glos UV Resin|
|Date:||Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:25:00 +0000|
|Description:||Magic Glos is a UV cure resin, single step product that has so many advantages over 2 part resins. First of all, no mixing. Second- it cures in 15 minutes! No waiting overnight to work on a piece. Third, you can bake it!!!! Think about what you could do with this stuff. Best of all, if you live in a sunny area, you don't need special equipment- you can use the sun to cure your items. But, if you're in an area where the sun is unreliable, you can always get a little uv lamp, like the kind at nail salons, to cure your stuff. Check it out. Thanks to Lisa Pavelka, www.heartinhandstudio.com, for letting us try it out.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 106 - you can enhance a vinyl wall decal with polymer clay!|
|Date:||Fri, 15 May 2009 00:13:00 +0000|
|Description:||Those vinyl decals for walls are so pretty. Did you ever think about adding some clay embellishments to make them even cooler and more personalized? Be sure to come back next week to watch Polymer Clay TV, where we will show you what to do.
Other talking points this week- the book Handmade Nation, the Rise of DIY - was an awesome read. Be sure to check it out. It's about DIY craft artists in America. We also discussed Penni Jo's generous gift- 10 kits to make the cameo you saw last week. Listen to find out how you can win one.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 102 - We're writing a book!|
|Date:||Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:26:00 +0000|
|Description:||Be sure to sign up for the Mother's Day Gift Guide, as well as to submit yourself and your Polymer Clay Guild for possible inclusion in our new book about Polymer Clay Guilds around the world! Check out our site for the details. Be sure to come back next week for Polymer Clay TV- a very special demo by Christi Friesen that she did at this year's Orlando Clay Fandango retreat.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 100 !|
|Date:||Thu, 02 Apr 2009 22:11:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week we're talking a bit about Fandango, also commenting on the articles in the Kalmbach mags Bead Style and Art Jewelry (a good one about Melanie West!) and inviting you to be part of the Mother's Day gift guide- a video with your photos and shop url that will be posted on April 24, all around the 'net. We won't take it down, either. So you'll be advertised forever. For just 5 bucks. Sign up on our sidebar and email us your photos.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 97 - a tour through Ilysa's studio|
|Date:||Fri, 13 Mar 2009 01:05:00 +0000|
|Description:||Take a guided tour through Ilysa's studio, featuring her new glass-topped office table from Office Depot. Who knew an office table would be the perfect alternative for working with polymer clay? And this one was a steal, price-wise, at only $99. So keep your eyes open for new ways to work with clay- we do! Also check out some of the ways she stores her stuff.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast 92|
|Date:||Fri, 06 Feb 2009 00:38:00 +0000|
|Description:||What could be a better introduction to your work, than whipping out a beautiful card case covered with your style of polymer clay art? Next week you'll see Ilysa's version. I should do one too, I'll show you whenever I get to that!
Also, coming up is the Orlando Clay Fandango in March. Be sure to stop by their website to see what's new. We'd like to thank them for sponsoring our trip- last year, and this year coming up. It is so great to be able to visit the show and film the artists and share it with the greater community!
Speaking of sponsors, we needed to make the business decision this year to skip the Winter CHA show due to lack of personal funds to make the trip. We were contacted by several companies asking us if we would like to film at their booths- which is a great offer, however, first we need to get there. So this year we'll be working on ways to fund upcoming travel opportunities. You can help, just go to the Support our show page and see what you can do to contribute.
Thanks everyone, and enjoy!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 88 - embed a small mirror in clay to make a pocket mirror|
|Date:||Fri, 09 Jan 2009 00:37:00 +0000|
|Description:||Ilysa and I talk about how, once again, polymer clay can do almost anything! Pocket mirrors are a great small item that you can do so much with. Ilysa will show you next week how she made hers, using colored pigment powders graciously sent to us by Jacquard to add to our collection! Think about the little blank canvas presented by the pocket mirror- steampunk, caning, mosaic, image transfer...anything goes. Just be sure to embed the mirror securely so it doesn't break or fall out.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 84 - making faux candy garlands for the holidays|
|Date:||Fri, 12 Dec 2008 02:07:00 +0000|
|Description:||Today we discuss how fun it is to make your own garland that looks like cookies or candies, but will last a lot longer than the real thing! And we give a shout-out to our Holiday Gift Guide winners, plus we discuss the French Blue craft totes we got from Creative Options. You won't believe what we fit into these amazing bags. We both brought them to our last filming session, filled with the supplies we would need to film 6 projects! Including pasta machines, tools, clay, and everything else we use. It's amazing. We love these bags and highly recommend them for anyone who travels with any type of craft. I have put yarn and needles in mine for crocheting, and am considering giving one to my sister who knits, too.
Be sure to come back next week to see the video. And, making faux candy garlands will be available as a video project at www.polymerclayclassroom.com.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 81 - creating with Glimmer Mists|
|Date:||Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:16:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, watch what we've done with waterbased Glimmer Mists by
Because they are waterbased, they create a puddled or droplet affect on
the clay. They do not mix into the clay like a dye, and they must be
sealed. But watch out- some of the darkest colors, like Red Velvet,
don't take well to sealing- they might smear. But the lighter colors
didn't smear and look great! Use on cured or uncured clay, just be sure
to let it dry before touching the clay.
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 83- Embossing on Clay|
|Date:||Thu, 04 Dec 2008 21:38:00 +0000|
|Description:||Check out how easy it is to add color, depth and sparkle to your polymer clay art. Use embossing powder to create raised, stamped effects on clay that is already cured, or mix it into your clay to color the clay and create faux stone effects. There are hundreds of colors of powders available from many different sources, and they can all be used. UTEE can even be used as a glaze for polymer clay. Have fun and experiment!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 82 - embossing powder and new Cernit|
|Date:||Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:05:00 +0000|
|Description:||Well, we decided to go nuts with embossing powder. We used it in the clay, one the clay, and made some beautiful stuff. Be sure to come back next week to see polymer clay TV and the embossing powder demo.
We also received play-packs filled with new Cernit clay from Jacquard. The new colors are beautiful (there are 35) some of them even have inclusions built right in. This is the new series, which unfortunately is indistinguishable from the old series in the stores because the manufacturer didn't change the packaging. But it's pthalate-free, which has become a concern in the clay industry. The consistency is great, and we'll have more to say about it in the future. It's a new clay for both of us. If you want to try some, check out www.clayfactory.net, or go to your nearest Pearl Art Supply store.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast #80- Adding Glimmer Mist to your projects for sparkle and shine|
|Date:||Fri, 14 Nov 2008 01:21:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week we're talking about a product we discovered at CHA, called Glimmer Mist, and offered by www.mytatteredangels.com.
It's an acid-free, archival, water-based mist that includes color and micro-glitter. Next week we'll show you how we used it on our polymer clay designs. I made a flower, and Ilysa created some gorgeous silk-screens that started off with a sheet of clay spritzed with this stuff!
Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter or give www.polymerclay.ning.com a try, we'll be choosing winners for our two Polymer Clay Holiday Gift Guides from among our community soon!
And stay tuned- Cernit has agreed to send us some of the new formulation to try our and review on the show! I saw it at Pearl Art Supply last week and nearly flipped my lid. Our friend Marie's artwork is on the point-of-sale display and it looks great!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 79 - 2008 Holiday Gift Guide|
|Date:||Fri, 07 Nov 2008 02:16:00 +0000|
|Description:||Check out the fun and amazing polymer clay art being offered this year for your Holiday Gift buying season!
Don't forget, we have two prize packs, including some of the artwork shown, to give away to a ning network member, and a newsletter subscriber. Stay tuned to your email to see if you're a winner!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 76 - the men of clay part 2|
|Date:||Fri, 17 Oct 2008 00:44:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, we'll talk about two more men we met in Baltimore this past February- one at Synergy, and the other at the ACC show. Two very different styles which you'll see next week on polymer clay tv.
We also talk about Kalmbach's new book, Bead Journey: Jewelry from around the world. We loved this book, and there are lots of ethnic-style ideas that could be easily translated into polymer clay beads, especially for the large gemstone and wood beads featured.
Please take a moment to vote for us, and don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter to become eligible to win all our monthly giveaways! (and put our email addy, firstname.lastname@example.org, in your friends list so we don't end up in spam!)|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 75 - Halloween Skulls with magic transfer paper|
|Date:||Thu, 09 Oct 2008 21:40:00 +0000|
|Description:||Get out your spooky and macabre images folks, because today you're learning how to transfer them onto polymer clay to make one-of-a-kind, funky Halloween jewelry. Not just for the holiday, these designs will inspire the skull-lovin' crowd any day of the year. Now gather up your tools- you need Whipped Cream Studio by Sculpey for a super-fine transfer, or regular white of any other brand of polymer clay- and some magic transfer paper, and an image. Try Ken's images from www.craftedonline.com, that's what we used!
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 74 - Halloween jewelry with skulls and magic transfer paper|
|Date:||Thu, 02 Oct 2008 21:33:00 +0000|
|Description:||We decided to do something a little different this year for Halloween. There are many tutorials online about how to make things like pumpkin canes and ghost beads..so we thought some skull imagery would be fun. We used Magic Transfer paper and Ken's mortality images from Craftedonline.com, and created some fun earrings and necklaces! Check out our different styles next week on polymer clay TV, the free demo, and also at www.polymerclayclassroom.com, where you can download complete projects from start to finish.
We also have some news about the Jaquard new G-clay series, which has been stopped in favor of just adding the planned g-clay to the Cernit line (we think.) Stay tuned, we will be getting an update from Jaquard representatives soon.
And, don't forget to link to us and let us know- you'll be entered to win prizes from our Holiday Gift Guide. And, please come to www.polymerclayproductions.com to vote for us in the Start-up Nation competition- you can actually vote once a day, through October. Your votes help us to rank in the contest, thank you so much for helping out!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 70 - about our new Creative Options bags, and retreat happenings|
|Date:||Fri, 05 Sep 2008 02:19:00 +0000|
|Description:||We got some great bags from Creative Options recently, and we are giving one away to a lucky newsletter subscriber- so hurry up and sign up if you're not on our mailing list. Subscribers are always included in our contests.
Also, check out www.polymerclayworkshops.com. There's been a lot of activity over there and lots of new polymer clay classes and events are posted for your reviewing pleasure.
Next week be sure to come back and see Creative Options' booth at CHA where they are demonstrating some of their beautiful crafting totes and storage items.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 68 - Lisa Pavelka's Angelina fibers demo from CHA|
|Date:||Thu, 21 Aug 2008 20:46:00 +0000|
|Description:||Ilysa got to visit with Lisa again at CHA, I'm sorry I missed this one. I have a packet of Angelina fibers just waiting to be played with. Next week we'll all see what Lisa does with it.
Don't forget, Ilysa is putting together a Polymer Clay holiday gift guide, that will be uploaded as a vodcast to itunes and a bunch of other places, so if you would like to be featured be sure to read all about it on our site and get pics and/or items to Ilysa.
Visit www.magictransferpaper.com to bypass our site and get magic transfer paper if you want some-
and enjoy this week's conversation!|
|Title:||Polymer clay TV # 67 - video demo of how to make a leaf cane, using Studio by Sculpey|
|Date:||Thu, 14 Aug 2008 23:13:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, I will show you just how easy it is to create a leaf cane. It's all in the cut and flip!
And, as a bonus, I am caning with Studio by Sculpey clay. Some people say don't bother caning with it, I say- you just need to work with it a bit and learn its properties. You can't have-at-it as if it were Fimo or Premo, because it's not. It goes thru a pasta machine like silk- even to a number 9, without rippling like the more sticky clays.
Enjoy, and don't forget to check out Polymer Clay Classroom.com, where I will be doing a project using this cane and show you a Palm leaf too.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 66 - current events, and the leaf cane|
|Date:||Fri, 08 Aug 2008 00:40:00 +0000|
|Description:||Next week we will be demoing the leaf cane, as I do it.(Kira) It is an exciting cane because there can be so many variations! And I will be doing a full length project for Polymer clay classroom, as well.
Our site has a virus linked to it, not our fault and it's been a heck of a thing trying to get rid of it. But we're working on it. You are safe if you're on a MAC or if you have anti-virus software, which most people do. You have to click the link to get the virus, so just don't click anything fishy-looking.
Enjoy the podcast- I created this one using Garageband and my system audio, so Ilysa sounds a tiny bit far away, but heck, my voice is always softer than hers so this week I get to be the star :)|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV # 63- Amazing mold putty is amazing!|
|Date:||Fri, 18 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0000|
|Description:||A slightly different video format, Kira has gone it alone this week but we think it works! Let us know, we would love some feedback.
Amazing mold putty molds almost anything in about 15 minutes. Check out the video to see us mold a brass filigree! And check out polymer clay classroom for a full length video project using brass and molds to create gorgeous pendants.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast #62- Amazing Mold Putty for moldmaking|
|Date:||Fri, 11 Jul 2008 02:00:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, Kira is in NY at her sister's wedding... and Ilysa is preparing for a trip to CHA next weekend. We talked about a fantastic new product we found for making molds and textures. It's silicone based, and you just have to push it onto whatever you are molding. No release is required, and the mold putty sticks to itself- so if you don't make the mold perfect the first time, you can add a little and make it perfect. You can also bake your clay right in the mold! That makes it easy to use your liquid clay in the mold and also helps when you have a delicate mold, so you bake your piece in the mold and then pop it out- no distortion. Be sure to come back next Friday, to see a demo of how Amazing Mold Putty works with your polymer clay.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV #61 Silkscreening on Polymer Clay|
|Date:||Sun, 06 Jul 2008 10:27:00 +0000|
|Description:||Today we have a new episode of Polymer Clay TV for you to enjoy.
This week we show you how to silkscreen on polymer clay. This is an
easy and fun technique that anyone can master. All you need is some
clay and acrylic paint. You will have to do some testing to see what
brand of paint works best on the brand of polymer clay you are using. I
had good luck with the Folk Art & apple Barrel brands on Premo
brand clay. Enjoy!
If you would like to try our Magic Transfer Paper which we
demonstrated on last weeks video just send an e-mail to
email@example.com with your mailing address and we will get
it in the mail.http://polymerclayproductions.com/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=15&zenid=a7550bd390b0e8361254632e8ffeb424
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 60 - silkscreening your clay, and What's a Podcast?|
|Date:||Thu, 26 Jun 2008 22:42:00 +0000|
|Description:||Please stop by our main site, www.polymerclayproductions.com, to take our demographics survey. We would really like to know who our listeners are, and so would our podcast sponsors. Ilysa is going to CHA next month, and is planning on talking to the companies that would be interested in our show, and they will want to know the info we are asking. It will really help us and will take less than a minute of your time. Thanks!
This week, Ilysa talks about how wonderful it is to use tiny silkscreens to transfer patterns onto your clay. We also discuss the internet topics, What is a podcast, and What is an RSS feed? It appears that some of our audience aren't totally familiar with the terms. A Podcast is basically a privately run radio show (videocast being the privately run TV show) and an RSS feed is a way to search blogs and sites for a specific topic, and have updates delivered to you via a "feed" that comes through a feed site, or your email. It's a quick and easy way to get updated information from your favorite sites on your favorite topics, without having to visit 50 websites every day to check for updates manually.
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV video episode #51 - how to make clasps with embedded magnets|
|Date:||Fri, 25 Apr 2008 00:22:00 +0000|
|Description:||We’ll show you our two different takes on how to embed tiny but strong rare earth magnets into your clay. I pushed mine into the clay and baked them right in, while Ilysa made impressions in the clay to fit the magnets and glued them in after baking. Either way, adding magnets to your clay is a fun new way to create an easy but strong clasp. Ours are a bit chunky because it was our first time trying out the technique, but I could see how with some practice you could make some really interesting magnetic items with your clay.
We’ve added in some other tidbits of footage from our travels this spring. Enjoy! And don’t forget to visit Polymer Clay Classroom for two full projects using magnetic clasps to make necklaces.
One more thing- be sure to come back on Sunday to view and upload pictures of this week’s bottles of hope in our Sunday guestbook. This week's theme is Pink! Thanks for posting last week, there were some awesome animal-themed bottles!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast Episode #50 Creating Magnetic Clasps|
|Date:||Thu, 17 Apr 2008 22:39:00 +0000|
|Description:||In this episode of Polymer Clay Podcast we show how to make polymer clay magnetic clasps. Magnetic clasps make putting on jewelry a breeze. These type of clasps are perfect for older folks and for people who are disabled as you don't have to fumble with a clasp. We also share a book review and share some other news.Make sure to check back next week for a new episode of Polymer Clay TV & Polymer Clay Classroom. Don't forget to check out our latest endeavor http://www.craftedonline.com|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Episode #45 Christi Friesen, Mokume Gane & Ann & Karen Mitchell|
|Date:||Thu, 13 Mar 2008 13:18:00 +0000|
|Description:|| Today we have an early new episode of Polymer Clay TV as we will be heading out of town to attend the Orlando Clay Fandango tomorrow.
They have this really cool thing called a day tripper pass, so if you
are in the area and just want to come spend the day at the event and
get the retreat experience, come on down, we would love to meet you! We
will have a ton of footage to share when we return.
You can check out more of Christi Friesen’s work at her website and she will be teaching at the Fandango so I am sure we will have some more footage of her but enjoy the interview!
We did an interview with Ann & Karen Mitchell while we were at CHA and we share that in this episode as well as our regular scheduled programming mokume gane demo. Enjoy!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV visits the CHA, Craft and Hobby Association Winter show to film the Bottle of Hope Winter Awards Ceremony|
|Date:||Fri, 15 Feb 2008 01:53:00 +0000|
|Description:||To see more about Bottles of Hope, visit www.bottlesofhope.org
Our friend Lisa Pavelka once again served as the Master of Ceremonies for this winter's competition, entitled "Hope on a Rope." Contestants created themed necklaces each featuring a bottle. Necklaces will be auctioned off and the proceeds given to cancer research charities. One of our PCAGOE members entered a cute necklace with a delightful sculptured monkey, and the Best of Show award went to an incredible rendering of the familiar monsters from "Where the Wild Things Are."
Watch and see... and we'll be creating a slide show of closeups of the entries for you to enjoy.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 13 - covering items with cane slices|
|Date:||Fri, 28 Dec 2007 03:17:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, we had some news- Amaco and Staedler are joining forces to bring you the Spring Bottle of Hope awards at CHA in California, and we will again be covering the show.
We will also be going to Synergy soon, and then the Clay Fandango retreat in Orlando.
Studio Clay by Sculpey is going to be $2.99 a bar for 2.8 ounces. A pretty good deal (unless you're used to getting your clay at Michael's on sale, unfortunately Michael's isn't carrying it- yet.)
We discuss the Jan/Feb Belle Armoire Magazine, graciously given to us by Stampington and Co, and there will be links to two polymer clay artist's blogs for you to learn more about color- come check out polymerclayproductions.com to find out more about that.
Finally, our topic for today is covering lumps of scrap clay with slices of cane. A very useful technique. In Polymer Clay Classroom, we show you how to make a bullseye skinner blend cane and then cover clay and shape it to make a pretty fan pull. A great way to decorate!
|Title:||Learn about making Holiday Ornaments with polymer clay|
|Date:||Fri, 21 Dec 2007 00:55:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, Ilysa went-it alone for our video. I am studying for the Florida teacher's exams, and felt a little stressed about meeting for a weekend to film our next episodes before the test which is in early January. We hope you enjoy the show, and later next month we'll be filming the next series.
Ornaments are fun- you can cover glass, or just use clay. Use all the techniques you have learned so far- texture them with texture plates or stamps, run pigment powders and inks on them for sparkle and color, embed things into them- I wonder how much cinnamon you would have to put into the clay to make it smell like cinnamon even after curing? If someone wants to do an experiment and share the results with us, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org- Ilysa and I will randomly pick a winner and I'll send you a New Year's gift.
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast interview with Tamara Marble of Designer Canes|
|Date:||Thu, 29 Nov 2007 19:56:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week we bring you an interview with Tamara Marble, who created the company Design Canes. She makes very cute small canes, in shapes (no filler around the shape). For example, a fish cane would have the outline of a fish, a bunny will have a bunny outline, etc. She then bakes the canes and cuts them into 1 inch pieces that are sold on her site, www.designcanes.com, and at various retailers. We saw some at the Orlando show being sold by a company called Sparkle n’ Sprinkle (we talked about her millions of colors of glitter and embossing powder, which you’ll see next week in part 2 of our video tour of the show.
Tamara tells us how to use her canes, how she got started, and about her success. With a simple creative idea, this interesting lady has created a business – Think about what you could do!
Enjoy the podcast and be sure to visit Tamara’s site to see the hundreds of canes she has designed. If you live in her area, she is now teaching classes, too. Be sure to Sign up for our Newsletter, and you will be entered to win the generous prize Tamara gave to us this month- three sets of canes and a slicing board.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Bead & Art Glass Fest|
|Date:||Wed, 21 Nov 2007 13:26:00 +0000|
|Description:|| In this episode of Polymer Clay TV we
attended the Bead & Art Glass Fest in Orlando, FL and we want to
share an interview we did with Poly-Tools, Sue & Gale Lee. Sue also
does a demonstration on how to work with Poly-Tools bead rollers that
you won’t want to miss. You can check out their products at the Poly-Tools website.
Sue & Gale were a delight to talk to and were so willing to share.
Sue also shares with us how they got started making bead rollers. Sue
& Gale have also given us the same bead roller that Sue
demonstrates in this episode of Polymer Clay TV to give away to one of
you lucky winners. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to
automatically be entered to win. If you leave a post on the website we
will also enter you in the drawing. Good luck! Hope you enjoy the video
and for all our listeners and viewers who celebrate Thanksgiving, we
hope you have a happy healthy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for all of
the support you have given us and all of the suggestions and comments,
they mean a lot to us, so thanks!!!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast interview with Judy Belcher|
|Date:||Fri, 16 Nov 2007 01:10:00 +0000|
|Description:||Judy is the current President of the National Polymer Clay Guild- npcg.org. She is very interesting and a great talker, so we hope you enjoy listening to what she had to say about her art, being the big-cheese, and the Synergy conference (where we will get to meet her!)
We also discussed her book and dvd, which she was kind enough to donate to us to watch and read, and she also sent a signed copy of each- which we will be giving away to two lucky newsletter subscribers, so make sure you sign up.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 11, using inclusions to change your clay|
|Date:||Thu, 01 Nov 2007 22:42:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, we are talking about inclusions- that means putting something that is not clay, into the clay to change it. You can use lots of things- including baked bits of clay. Spices such as oregano and parsley create great faux stone effects. Make sure if you use anything organic (once alive, such as plant parts) that they are completely dried out before including them in clay. Otherwise the water content could bubble or cause "mooning," especially in translucent, which is the best color of clay to use with inclusions. You can tint translucent clay with a bit of colored clay, and then add inclusions. You can also use the following things to change either the color, or the interior look, of the clay:chopped up crayonsplay sand, or colored craft sandinks- dye or pigmentpowdered pigment, chalk, makeup, spices, metalsacrylic paintglitter, metal leafs and foilsembossing powdercrystals, beads, micro-beads (beads without holes)The way you add inclusions makes a difference too. If you mush and twist it in with your hands, you will get a swirly marbled effect. If you use your pasta machine and keep rolling, you will get even distribution. You can harden your clay in the fridge and grate it into piece with a cheese grater, then add your inclusions and mush it all back together just enough to stick- then you can create convincing stone-matrix effect that mimic marble, lapis, jade, and turquoise.
We decided to review Judy Belcher's book, Polymer Clay Creative Traditions. In it, Judy has created projects that showcase the incredible versatility of the clay. With practice, you can make polymer clay look like almost anything else, and you can emulate techniques used in different media, such as quilting, batik and fabric crafts, paper crafts, metal crafts, painting, stone and jewelry craft, enamelling, almost any other art media you can think of. The galleries in this book are amazing and there is plenty of inspiration here. We highly recommend it, and we thank Judy for sending us a signed copy.
This also led us into a discussion regarding the "value" of polymer clay artwork. Some people still see it as an intrisically worthless art media, saying things like "I can't bring myself to spend that much on something my kid could have made at summer camp." Well, we encourage an open mind when viewing all kinds of art- the worth of the materials used may be close to nothing- but the skill and creativity of the artist who made it may be priceless. Art is largely subjective- being an art teacher, I could say that I can objectively view a piece of artwork and tell you whether the composition, use of color, balance, harmony and unity are "good-" and even if they are, I might not like it because I don't relate to the message, or the colors, or whatever. When viewing or creating polymer clay art, think not only about the dollar value of the clay used, but about the color, the finishing, the overall presentation- is it worth something to you? Or does the artist need more practice? That is important- just because you can make something, doesn't necessarily mean it's ready to be sold. You need to be your own critic first. You can read a great thread over at Etsy.com regarding the value of polymer clay beads- http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5288983
Enjoy the show, and be sure to come back next week for the demo on Polymer Clay TV.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 10 - making masks, to wear or display|
|Date:||Thu, 18 Oct 2007 18:54:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week, in preparation for the American holiday of Halloween on the 31st, we decided to explore the making of masks from clay. Remember to make them light and thin if you want to wear them! You can use all clay, or embellishments like scrapbooking brads or metal parts, glitter, metal leaf, Jones Tones foils, crystals and stones, anything you want! Here's a tip- buy a simple plastic mask to use as a template, that way your eye holes will be in the right spot.
Enjoy, and come back next week for the video!
|Title:||Polymer Clay Video # 9 - how to work with molds|
|Date:||Thu, 11 Oct 2007 21:40:00 +0000|
|Description:||A great video showing you how to use a mold made from polymer clay. You can mold almost anything, using either scrap clay, or products made especially for moldmaking like Superelasticlay or silicone rubber. For a clay mold you will probably need a mold release- this gets between your clay and your mold and helps the clay to “pop‿ out of the mold, instead of getting stuck in it. You can try cornstarch, powdered pigments, water, or a silicone spray.
Enjoy the video- later this week we will release our full-length downloadable tutorial on how to make buttons and pendants, and how to make your own mold.
Don’t forget to enter our Call for Creativity- if you didn’t listent to last week’s podcast, please do to get all the details!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast # 9 - working with molds, and a talk with Lisa Clarke of Polka Dot Creations|
|Date:||Thu, 04 Oct 2007 23:14:00 +0000|
|Description:||This week we want to encourage you to work with molds. Molds are fun, you can take them of almost anything. You can use polymer clay to make a mold, or silicone rubber, or SuperElasticlay (a sculpey product). I mix superelasticlay with premo, about half and half, to get a flexible mold, and Ilysa prefers a hard mold so she just uses clay. You must bake your polymer clay molds before using them! Be sure to return next week for our video demo.
We invite you to listen to our discussion with Lisa Clarke. She operates a Polymer Clay (mostly) bookstore, a blog, and her own radio podcast at her site, www.polkadotcreations.com. She also has an Etsy.com shop for her own polymer clay creations. Lisa is an great person with interesting experiences to share. We hope you enjoy our interview with her as much as we did.
Don't forget- the Call for Creativity starts this month. We encourage you to try out translucent clay and effects, using a fall palette of golds, reds, oranges, and turning-greens (think leaves). If you need more direction, feel free to create a votive candleholder. If you crave an open challenge, make anything you like- using translucent clay. Then load it up on the forum board or our flickr account, and later in the month I'll be making a collage out of them to display here for everyone to see.
Last but not least, the PCAGOE had our monthly Challenge, based on our Favorite Books, in September. The winner was humblebeads- check out her work. http://humblebeads.etsy.com.
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast - gold and silver leaf|
|Date:||Fri, 21 Sep 2007 05:06:00 +0000|
|Description:||Hi Everyone! We're back in action- we filmed 12 episodes of Polymer Clay TV and Polymer Clay Classroom last weekend and had a blast. We're doing the videos in a new format and we hope you love them. We will be showing basic gold leaf techniques next week, so don't miss that.
LISTEN to to podcast right here![display_podcast]
We reviewed a book called Clay Techniques with a Pasta Machine, by Maureen Carlson (who we interviewed in the Synergy podcast- be sure to listen to that one.)This book is published by Design Originals- www.d-originals.com. We really like it, it is my favorite book to point people to when they want to know why they need a pasta machine. I don't know what I did before I got mine (actually, I remember lots of failed attempts to make nice smooth flat sheets) and we highly recommend it. We will be giving a copy away to a lucky listener this month, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter or comment on the site. We enter everyone who does into our monthly contests.
Next month, we will be unveiling the first of several new elements of Polymer Clay Podcast - our Monthly Call for Creativity. We are hoping that with a little "directed inspiration" we can all challenge ourselves to be creative and learn new techniques. So each month, we will announce three things- an overall theme, a technique, and an object to focus on. For example: Theme: Ocean, Technique: Silver Leaf, Focus object: lightswitch plates. Then, you can show us your creativity by making something either for the focus group (a lightswitch plate) or the Open Call- which means you would make anything you are inspired to make, using the Ocean theme and silver leaf. We will be building a special board in our forum where you can discuss the theme, show your pictures, and vote for the People's Choice Awards. The winners will receive a gift from us- and we will also randomly choose a winner from the folks that come over and vote. We haven't completely "fleshed out" this idea yet, but we will be announcing our first Call on October 1 in our Newsletter and we hope that our first month is fun and inspirational for everyone.
Please consider donating Bottles of Hope or polymer clay supplies to our friend Barbara Reider for distribution at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in MA. She has been very active in getting a Bottles of Hope program going there, and we think it's a great cause to support.
Please support our show by reviewing our podcast, either at itunes, Meefeedia, or anywhere else you pick up our podcast or videos (youtube, google, myspace, etc.) We really appreciate the kudos, thanks to everyone who has helped to increase our rankings!
Be sure to sign up for the newsletter this month, and come back next week for our Silver and Gold leaf video!|
|Title:||Synergy- the National Polymer Clay Guild's conference, four interviews with presenters|
|Date:||Fri, 24 Aug 2007 02:44:00 +0000|
|Description:||Today we give you interviews with Seth Lee Saverik, Sarah Shriver, Maggie Maggio, and Maureen Carlson.
They have each told us a little about themselves, and something about the conference, which is happening next February in Baltimore, Maryland on the East Coast of the US. It promises to be an exciting event, so be sure to check out the class catalog at the NPCG's website.
Enjoy. This is a long podcast- an hour and 3 minutes. It may take a few minutes to download.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Video # 5- working with dye ink|
|Date:||Fri, 17 Aug 2007 00:48:00 +0000|
|Description:||Watch today's video and see us demonstrate the use of liquid dye inks with polymer clays such as fimo, premo, sculpey, kato, and cernit.
Dye inks change the color of clay, are a little messy to work with, can be mixed into new colors, and are not the right inks to use with stamps. The color will bleed. But that quality makes them fun to use!
Listen to last week's podcast for more information about dye inks.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Artist video interviews- Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg, Tommie Howell, and Cat|
|Date:||Fri, 03 Aug 2007 00:56:00 +0000|
|Description:||While at Summer CHA 2007, Ilysa and Kira met three of the polymer clay artists that we "knew" from other places- the forums at Polymer Clay Central, various places where clay, canes, and beads are sold, and Kira and Lynne Ann did a swap a while ago. It is nice to finally put faces to names. Lynne Ann and Tommie were winners in the Bottle of Hope awards, too. Enjoy, we did.
Thanks, you guys! You Rock.|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast- we visited the CHA show, Summer 2007 in Chicago|
|Date:||Fri, 27 Jul 2007 02:18:00 +0000|
|Description:||If you get this on an RSS feed, you will have to visit our site to watch this week's video-
Join us as we discuss our experience at the CHA show (Craft & Hobbies Association) in Chicago last weekend. It was great fun. We met a few polymer clay artists as well as representatives of the three polymer clay suppliers- Amaco, Polyform, and Makins. We did video interviews with Lynne, Tommie, and Cat which will air next Friday, and filmed Amaco’s Bottle of Hope awards. You can watch part 1 today, and part 2, as well as the interviews, will air next week. We saw Polyform’s new product, Studio by Sculpey, and got a few samples to share with you. We also talked to Donna Dewberry about the upcoming release of Studio clay in December, as well as the Home Décor projects she has planned. Some of the things displayed in the booth included wall mirrors, vases, candlesticks, votive holders, and garden tables. The clay was used sculpturally to make floral and leaf designs, as well as made to look like faux tiles. It was interesting and we will share more about this new clay as Polyform gives us the info.
It was so much fun to visit the show as Press. We were treated really well by CHA, the Press has a quiet room away from the hustle where we could have a hot drink or get cold water, sit for a minute, and conduct our interviews. This is also where we picked up catalogs and samples left by companies that wanted to get the word out about their new products. Definitely visit a CHA show if you get the chance!
We also picked up some great product samples to review and try, and some to give away. Coming soon to our shop- a prize gallery, where if you win a monthly giveaway, you can pick your prize!
Here are some links to things we talked about today-
www.studiobysculpey.com (nothing there yet but stay tuned)
www.makinsclay.com (air dry polymer clay…and wonderful tools)
www.amaco.com (check out the Bottles of Hope auction!)
www.riverpoetdesign.com (Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg- check out her classes)
www.catherienarts.com (Cat- check out her free video demos on Monday nights)
www.pcagoe.com – vote on your favorite representation of “Summer memories‿ to win a prize!
Don’t forget to leave us comments on our site in order to be entered to win one of our Studio by Sculpey clay samples. Also please consider writing us a review wherever you download your podcast- itunes, meefedia, yahoo, google, odeo….reviews help our rankings, so we thank you for taking the time!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Videocast #4 - a demonstration of how to work with pigment ink and stamp pads|
|Date:||Thu, 19 Jul 2007 00:15:00 +0000|
|Description:||Surprise! Your video is one day early. We hope you enjoy it, and we can't wait to report back to you from CHA! It's been an exciting week as we get ready and hope that we don't forget to bring anything with us!
Last week, we talked about pigment inks and now you get to see them in action, being stamped, rubbed, painted, and mushed onto and into polymer clay. We used Tsukineko Brilliance Dewdrops, which are small but thick and juicy stamp pads. They have a pointy edge so you can really get them where you want them to go, and a broad end for bigger areas.
We would like to take a moment to gently remind you to give us a review wherever you pick up your video and podcasts- itunes, meefedia, youtube, google videos- they all have a review system in place and it would really help if our audience members started telling others how they feel about the show. Thank you and we'll talk next week!
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast Episode 4 - working with Pigment inks|
|Date:||Thu, 12 Jul 2007 22:31:00 +0000|
|Description:||There are two general types of inks that you can use, referred to as Pigment inks, which we talk about today, and Alcohal or Dye inks, which we saved for our next podcast in two weeks.
The main difference between the two is that pigment inks stay where you put them, and dye inks "bleed" and tend to dye whatever clay is around them a new color.
Pigment inks are created with ground pigments, much like the pigment powder we discussed last week, and a wetting agent or "binder." The simplest binder is water, but the company creating the ink decides what else to put in the ink to create it's many properties- such as how long it stays wet, how flexible it is, how opaque it is, and whether or not you need to heat set it. Most pigment inks need to be heat set on polymer clay so they won't smear. That makes using them with clay very convenient, since you have to bake it anyway!
You can use pigment inks on top of uncured clay, you can mix it in to change the color of the clay, you can partially mix it in- which creates a marbled effect, you can use a stamp to make an image, you can use the stamp pad, your finger, or a brush to put ink exactly where you want it. You can put it on the raised areas of a design, or you can paint it into the cracks of a textured design. You can even use it as a mold release instead of water or cornstarch. You can stamp onto a baked piece of clay if you want to see the stamped image clearly. You can brush or smear it onto baked clay to create antiqued effects or to highlight a portion of a design. Pigment ink is so versatile with polymer clay you will never run out of ways to use it. Be sure to come back and watch Polymer Clay TV next week, when we will demonstrate everything we discussed in our podcast.
Special thanks to Tsukineko- they sent us a box of goodies to try out and we selected DewDrop inks in metallic and pearlescent colors to feature in this episode, and also in Polymer Clay Classroom- our downloadable full length project tutorial where you can watch, learn, and create along with us as we make two different light switch covers using polymer clay and DewDrop inkpads.
I'm publishing early tonight- Harry Potter 5 is calling and I must answer the call! I will never grow up...|
|Title:||Polymer Clay TV Episode # 3 - Demonstration of how to use powdered pigments to decorate polymer clay|
|Date:||Thu, 05 Jul 2007 23:26:00 +0000|
|Description:||In this third edition of Polymer Clay TV, Ilysa and Kira demonstrate how to add some flair and flash to your polymer clay artwork using powdered pigments. We show you how to put it on top of a raised area of clay to highlight it; how to use it as a mold release to keep your clay from sticking to a stamp, texture sheet or mold; how to make your own pigments from chalk, pastel, or makeup; and other types of powdered pigments available at the store. We demonstrate the Pink-Gold powdered pigment available in our shop, beautiful on black clay or colored clay. And finally, we show you how to use pigments as an inclusion- this means putting it inside the clay to change the actual color of the clay from the inside out.
After watching and playing with your clay and powdered pigments, why not stop in at our forum or flickr group to show us what you made, or discuss your learning process, or ask questions if we weren't clear to you? We look forward to hearing from our viewers! Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter. You could be a winner, like Cynthia T. who won our monthly prize for June and got a free kit!
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast Episode 3- how to work with powdered pigments including metallics and mica|
|Date:||Fri, 29 Jun 2007 01:24:00 +0000|
|Description:||So, you've seen powdered pigments at the craft stores, packaged under names like Perfect Pearls and Pearl-ex, and even online manufacturers of beads and scrapbooking supplies have gotten into the idea of selling pigments. What are they and how do you use them? ThatÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s what we are talking about today, and will be showing next week in our videocast. You must come back next Friday to watch the show, because thatÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s how you will really understand what we are talking about.
Pigments have been used since art was born. Cave dwellers used natural materials such as plant parts and iron ores to leave marks on cave wallsÃ¢ï¿½Â¦now kids have the same idea when they use manufactured chalks on the sidewalk. A powdered pigment is by nature, dry. You can try anything with polymer clay- eye makeup, shavings from pastels, fine glittersÃ¢ï¿½Â¦but you will really want to try using finely ground powdered pigments made especially for the task. We have our own line, and in the future you will see many more carefully crafted colors.
Powdered pigments work great with clay because the clay is tacky before baking, and anything (everything!!! Including lint and cat hair!!!) will stick to it easily. So for this technique, you will be exploiting the tacky nature of the clay. Powdered pigments go a long way. You do not need a lot to cover a piece, in fact when you get really excited and work with it a lot, you will probably lose/waste as much as you put onto the clay. DonÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t use it on a windy dayÃ¢ï¿½Â¦it will blow away. In fact, donÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t sneeze in itÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s presence- same result. You can apply it with your fingers or a brush. Ilysa likes to use her fingers, Kira has a special soft brush that was actually made for watercolor painting. You can use one color, or a few, on the same piece. As long as you have bare clay showing, you can get pigment stuck to it.
HereÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s a starter list of ways to use powdered pigments:
Ã�Â· highlight the raised areas on a textured piece of clay
Ã�Â· use it on a stamp as a mold release
Ã�Â· mix it into translucent clay to add tint and sparkle
Ã�Â· mix it into liquid clay to add color
Ã�Â· mix it into your sealer as a final splash of color and sparkle
coat your clay, stamp into it, bake, and then sand off the high parts- see the pigment stuck in the cracks?
You will invent your own ways of using powdered pigments, why not come over to the forum or post on our flickr group to show them off?
Next week we will show you all this and more on Polymer Clay TVÃ¢ï¿½Â¦and we are also releasing our second Downloadable tutorial. This one shows us making mini books using textured clay covers with pigment powders and papers by Basic Grey. They were kind enough to sponsor the show and sent us a selection of papers and fibers to play with. Their paper is so fun we had a really hard time deciding which ones to use! But we have created three fun kits for you, if you purchase the kit you can follow right along with the video to make your own book.
Remember to sign up for the newsletter this week! We will be releasing our first one shortly, and also announcing the winner of this monthÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s contest. All newsletter subscribers are automatically entered. This month you could win one of our kits!
|Title:||Episode two of Polymer Clay TV- working with rubber stamps and texture sheets|
|Date:||Tue, 26 Jun 2007 23:09:00 +0000|
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Have you ever wondered how polymer clay artists get such wonderful visual textures on their clay pieces? This episode will show the basics- how to choose a texture tool with a nicely impressed image or design, and how to get your clay into and out of the texture tool easily.
First of all, you need a rubber stamp, texture sheet, rolling pin, or some other tool with a texture on it- and that texture should be “deeply impressed.‿ What that means is if it isn’t deep enough, it won’t leave a good mark in the clay. Here are some pictures of the stamps we used.
Before and while using your texture tools, you need to decide if a release is needed. If your clay is too mushy and sticky, or if it’s hot and humid, or if your stamp or tool is really deep and your clay gets stuck in it when you practice, you will probably need a release. This is just something that will get between your clay and your tool and keep the clay from sticking inside the tool. Water is a great release with polymer clay because the clay is not water soluble. Cornstarch is another good one- but only in certain circumstances. Cornstarch will stick to your clay and get onto it- but after baking, it dissolves in water. So it’s a good choice if you are going to decorate your clay after baking it. Not a good choice, say, if you want to decorate your clay with powdered pigments or inks prior to baking, because the cornstarch will stick to the clay and get in the way of the other things you might want to put on the clay. If you have some pigment powders you can try using that as a release. Just dust the clay and stamp with powdered pigments and stamp away. You can also try using pigment inks- I stamp all over the texture sheet and press my clay onto it. The ink gets into the crevices of the stamp and the wetness keeps the clay from sticking. Experiment and see which release works best for you!
We will be releasing our first downloadable project in our Shop shortly, and it is a full length video that teaches you how to make four polymer clay magnets from start to finish, using the texture sheets available in the shop. A companion kit will be available too, so check it out!|
|Title:||Polymer Clay Podcast Episode 2 - How to work with rubber stamps and texture sheets|
|Date:||Fri, 15 Jun 2007 00:52:00 +0000|
|Description:||Welcome to Episode 2 of Polymer Clay Podcast! We hope you enjoy listening all about how to add texture to your clay pieces using rubber stamps and texture sheets. Make sure to visit us next week when we do a video demonstration of everything we talked about.
Some key points when using stamps- you need to test the compatibility of your clay and your texturing tool of choice. Sometimes the clay will stick and if it does, you will need what's called a release agent. That's a fancy way of saying something needs to help the clay not stick. You can try cornstarch baby powder, because it will wash off the baked clay with water. You can also try spritzing the stamp with water before applying the clay. Also try putting the stamp onto the clay and refrigerating the whole thing for a few minutes to firm up the clay, then peel the stamp off (gently!) Another success we've had is actually using the powdered pigments that you want as part of the surface design as a release- just powder up your clay before impressing the stamp and the powder gets between the stamp and the clay and helps it peel off easily. One more thing- try putting your stamp and your clay right into the oven. Only try this with unmounted sheet rubber stamps. The 275 F heat won't hurt the stamp, and this way you can let the whole thing cool down before removing the stamp and there will be less chances for your design to get smushed in the unpeeling process. DO NOT try this with sheet plastic texture sheets or clear "rubber" stamps. Any clear plastic item can not withstand the heat and it will melt, curl, or catch on fire. This tip goes for those of you who want to make clay covered pens- never use the clear kind.
What kind of stamp or texture sheets should you use? You need to find ones that are deeply impressed. That means that the stamp is actually deep, so it will make a good mark in the clay. Try buying unmounted rubber stamps- they are nice and flexible so you can have more control. Plastic texture sheets for embossing paper work well, as do the clear ones by Scratchart that we will be featuring in next week's video. We love these because they are big, so your design can cover a larger space. They also allow you to get two designs for the price of one- an "inny" and an "outy!" Ok, I'm just being silly- what I mean is, one side impresses the design into the clay, and the other side causes a raised design to be left on the surface of the clay.
While you are working with stamps and texture sheets, you will need to develop the skill to create a good impression. Ilysa puts her clay on her work surface and pushes the texture into the clay, sometimes using her acrylic roller to assist. I, on the other hand, usually put my texture tool down on the table and push my clay into it with my fingers. Practice makes perfect and the great thing about polymer clay is that you can just mush-up your mess-up and try it again. Next week when you watch the video you'll get to see both techniques in action.
|Title:||Welcome to Episode 1 of Polymer Clay TV, all about tools|
|Date:||Fri, 08 Jun 2007 02:40:00 +0000|
|Description:||We enjoy demonstrating many ways to use tools with your polymer clay. We are using Premo Sculpey in this demo. Tools used include cutting blades, acrylic rod roller, fondant roller, rubber stamps, plastic texture plates for scrapbooking and plastic double sided texture sheets, rubber molds, pasta machine, knitting needle, bamboo skewer, tile, cornstarch, pigment powders, water, and I’m sure I missed some. We look forward to our future episodes when we will concentrate on one tool at a time, but for now enjoy learning all about the basics.|
|Title:||Episode 1 of Polymer Clay Podcast, a brief history and discussion about tools and clays.|
|Date:||Fri, 01 Jun 2007 01:49:00 +0000|
|Description:||Award winning Polymer Clay Artist Ilysa Bierer and Art Educator Kira Slye introduce you to Polymer Clay Podcast this week. We offer an introductory exploration of the history of polymer clay, the popular polymer clay brands, and the many tools that can be used to create art and crafts with polymer clay.
A brief history: in the 1930s, a German doll artisan was looking for a new material to make her doll heads, hands, and feet. She explored the polymers that were available and was dissatisfied. Eventually she handed off the project of finding a new clay to her daughter, whose nickname was FiFi. FiFi developed the product we know today as Fimo, named after herself. When Fimo hit the artist’s market as a colored clay with no special kiln required to cure it, a few artists became involved in pushing it as a medium for more than doll art. Nan Roche wrote the first book on polymer clay as an art medium, and called it The New Clay.
Now, in 2007, there are several brands of artist’s polymer clays available on the market. Some are easier to find than others, such as the Polyform brands of Sculpey, Sculpey III, and Premo Sculpey, as well as the Fimo brands called Fimo Classic (harder to find) and Fimo Soft. Cernit is a popular German brand that is only available from retailers who import it, all online. Kato Polyclay was developed by polymer clay artist Donna Kato and it is the newest formulation of polymer clay. Ilysa’s experiences with creating art with polymer clay focused mainly on Fimo Classic which tends to be a more firm clay, very good for canework which she excels at. Kira’s experience has focused mainly on Premo, which is a softer formula. In the podcast they discuss in depth why each of them has used their favorite brand of clay.
Polymer clay has become a popular material for art and craft due to it’s working properties- you don’t need any special tools or materials to work with it, and most of them can be found in, you guessed it- your kitchen! But we caution that even though polymer clays are non-toxic, any tools, including ovens, that are used with clay should be dedicated to clay and not returned to food use. Polymer clay does release fumes during the oven curing process, and these will coat the inside of your oven. For this reason some artists will bake pieces inside an enclosed metal roasting pan, a dedicated toaster, or a dedicated countertop convection oven. Many professional artists prefer the convection oven because it has the most even cooking temperatures. We recommend that you purchase an oven thermometer to be sure your oven dials are accurate and that your clay is being cured at the right temperature.
Some popular kitchen items that can be used with clay: marble rolling pins and cutting boards, garnishing tools, pasta machines, cheese graters, food processors, bamboo skewers, fondant shapers, and vegetable peelers. Other necessary tools include a work surface such as a tile or piece of glass, a sharp thin blade, an acrylic rolling pin, rubber stamps, texture sheets, interesting textured materials such as fabric or tree bark, inks, linoleum cutting tools and brayers, wax carving tools, wire, tinfoil, magnets, and leather tools. In fact, almost any tool that can be used to shape, cut, or impress can be adapted to use with polymer clay. Any material that can withstand the usual curing temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit can be stuck into the clay and baked along with it and a few artists have taken this technique to interesting limits. Gemstones, Swarovski Crystals, Pearls, glass bits, metal parts, and other found objects have all been baked into polymer clay artworks with great success.
We hope you enjoy listening to our first podcast dedicated entirely to polymer clay. Make sure to come back next week and watch Polymer Clay TV- where we will demonstrate in detail the use of many tools we talked about today.
Please subscribe to our newsletter as well, so you won’t miss a thing.|
|Title:||Episode 0- polymer clay podcast. Meet your hosts, Ilysa Bierer and Kira Slye.|
|Date:||Fri, 25 May 2007 19:01:00 +0000|
|Description:||In this episode, Ilysa Bierer and Kira Slye discuss how they met on Etsy.com, through the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy.com also known as PCAGOE. Both hosts live in Florida, Ilysa in North Florida and Kira in South Florida. They meet to film their videocast and use the internet to record their podcast about the popular art and craft medium of polymer clay. This includes the oven bake clays you can find at craft stores under the brand names Fimo, Premo, Sculpey and Sculpey III, as well as Cernit (another German brand) and Kato Polyclay. Listen to hear all about their upcoming plans for tutorials, webisodes (videocasts), podcasts, and products.
Make sure to tune in on June 1 at Polymerclayproductions.com, when Episode 1 is released. You can also browse the shop and talk in the forum and read much more about your Hosts and polymer clay in general on the website.|
|Title:||Welcome to Polymer Clay Productions, the podcast and videocast about creating with polymer clay.|
|Date:||Sat, 12 May 2007 14:43:00 +0000|
|Description:||This post is just an FYI. Our first podcast will be officially launched on June 1, 2007. Prior to this, we will be releasing Episode #0- an introduction to your hosts, and a brief overview of our project and intentions.
If you find us here on libsyn, feel free to listen. However, you will want to visit our site, www.polymerclayproductions.com, to get the whole story of our friendship and our business. You can also shop for kits and downloadable projects, make friends and discuss polymer clay in our forum, and sign up for our monthly newsletter.
We have a great passion for polymer clay- this includes Fimo, Sculpey, Premo, Cernit, and other brands of oven-curing polymer based clays. We will be showing you how to use them, talking about news in the clay world, reviewing books and products for use with polymer clay, and doing interviews with artists who use polymer clays as a medium for their work.
Thank you for checking us out, and we hope to see you soon!|
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