Thursday, August 30, 2012

Inspiration from Polymer Clay Books

There are so many polymer clay books on the market that it can be very overwhelming to choose which to start with. When I started working with polymer clay over 23 years ago there were no books at all on polymer clay. Its hard to believe that with all of today's options at your fingertips and all the resources available on the web that a little over 20 years ago there was absolutely nothing available. Boy times have changed but in a good way.

When ever anyone asks me what book I would start with I always refer to the very first book published on polymer clay and its called "The New Clay", by Nan Roche. The book was published by a little known publisher called Flower Valley Press but it was monumental in my clay experience. It let me know there were others out there that shared my passion for this amazing medium and showed me there were other creative things happening with this medium. So if you are just starting with polymer clay and want a book that has a little of everything in it, then I suggest you pick yourself up a copy of The New Clay and see where your imagination and creativity takes you!

Front Cover

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday Shmoozeday Video on Creating Molds

Like every Tuesday, yesterday was no different we had several live demos that were so much fun. Edie showed how to take a dollar store air freshener and turn it into a fun necklace. Kira showed how to make molds from every day objects. If you missed the live shows they are always recorded. Here is Kira's video on creating molds. You can see all the other videos in the community when you join the free Tuesday Shmoozeday group at

Here are product links to everything Kira used: Amazing Mold Putty
Alcohol ink: Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink Sets dockside picnic
Sculpey Etch & Pearl: Polyform Sculpey Tool Set Etch n Pearl

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday = Live Craft demos

This week we have an exciting line up for our weekly Tuesday Shmoozeday craft demos. Tuesday Shmoozeday is your chance to watch an informal demo by members of the Things Crafty design team. We will also be interviewing authors of craft books and all kinds of creative souls in upcoming events, so stay tuned for that.

Kira will be live at 9AM molding unexpected things from around the house. So get out your Mold Putty and mold along with Kira.

Kelly will be NOT be live at 2PM today as she is feeling under the weather but she should be back on schedule next week.

Edie will be live at 7PM showing how to take an air freshener and turn it into a piece of jewelry.

Annie will be live at 8PM making a wall hanging using old paint brushes.

How cool is this going to be, we hope you will join us! If you can't make it to the live event all of the shows are recorded so you can still watch.

We are always having giveaways and Kelly will be giving away this journal on NEXT weeks live event when she returns. The journal is handmade by one of our talented community members, Liz Rosky, make sure to be there NEXT WEEK when Kelly returns at 2PM so you will have a chance to win.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Giveaway of Polymer Clay Pendant

OK, so no one guessed correctly what the blue butterfly was made from, so I am going to make this one easier. Can you tell me what this was made from? If you guess correctly you will be entered to win the blue butterfly. I will pick a winner this Friday from all the correct answers. If you want to know what the butterfly is made of join us Sept 18th at our new season launch party on Tuesday Shmoozeday, I will be doing a demo of the techniques I used to make the butterfly. Its FREE to join us, all you need to do is be a member of our Ning and the Tues. Shmoozeday group to join in and chat live with us. Post your answers below, good luck!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Halloween Comes Early, Fun Placemat Repurpose

So I found this super fun placemat at Dollar General of all places and it cost me $3.50. When I looked at it I didn't see a placemat I saw some possible coasters or the cover of an art journal or perhaps something else entirely. I plan to repurpose it into something else more fabulous, so stay tuned for what I do as I will share it with you as it progresses. I might even share it on Tuesday Shmoozeday, which is a day we do live craft demos.

Friday, August 24, 2012

What is this Butterfly Pendant made from?

Can you figure out what this butterfly pendant is made out of? *Hint there are 3 things used. Post your answer below and if you get it right you will win the butterfly. If more than one person gets it right I will put the names in a hat and draw one. I will announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Polymer Clay is My Passion

I have been blogging for years on my other sites but never have really taken the time to create my own personal blog so here I am starting over and this time I plan to stick with it and share all kinds of goodies. I guess I should start by sharing some more of myself. I live out in the country in northern, FL in the most peaceful place to create and I just love it. I live with my boyfriend and black cat. We are quite isolated so I go days sometimes without seeing anyone, people say, "don't you get bored out there in the middle of nowhere?" I am never bored I have so many creative ideas in my head just waiting to get out. I share alot of them on my 2 online craft shows, Polymer Clay TV and Things Crafty We also live craft demos every Tuesday we like to call Tuesday Shmoozeday's as you can chat with the host of each show. There are usually at least 3 demos a day on Tuesday's and they are free to watch and chat. You must be a member of the community and Tuesday Shmoozeday group but it only takes a couple of minutes to join and then your in and you can join us every week. There is always a new schedule each week, we also have some author interviews coming down the pike. I will be sharing lots more as we go on, I would love to hear from you and I encourage you to leave comments.