Monday, June 30, 2014

Polymer clay Ideas have been coming at the speed of light

Hello to all of my creative friends! This has been a busy month full of experimenting and creating with polymer clay. We have been getting in some of the coolest clay cutters and I have been so inspired to create! There is nothing like a new product to get the juices flowing. I have so many ideas that I will be sharing with you and you can always catch a new episode of Polymer Clay TV every Wednesday.  Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss anything.

Below is one of our recent, most popular shows. The products should be available by now at your local Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I haven't seen them many places online so your best bet for locating them is at your local store. I saw them at my local Michael's and Polyform said they were carrying them there too.

I will be filming a new episode of In the studio with Ilysa as soon as my contractor comes to help hang some things for me in my studio. It's funny but I have such a hard time getting things straight and hung properly so I am waiting for John so it can be done right. I am loving my art studio and until now have left the walls bare, not sure what I wanted to do with them but I have figured it out so stay tuned for the show and see what I came up with. Hint Hint it has something to do with jewelry.

I also had a little visitor drinking out of my cats bowl this month. I was INSIDE the house taking the photo. LOL I was actually on the screened in porch when he walked by and I saw him out of the corner of my eye, I thought it was the black and white cat I rescued but boy was I surprised when I saw who it was drinking from the bowl. I grabbed my other cat and ran in the house until he was done and wandered back into the woods. I found out an interesting tidbit, most people think that if you see a skunk out in the day that its rabid, well the truth of it is that its usually a mommy skunk getting food for the babies, so by all means let it do its thing and don't get close!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Polymer Clay Happenings and Lots in Store

We have just started to settle into our new community on Ning, you may notice that some of the pages are still being worked on and built. The chat is not working yet but we are hoping Ning gets that going soon so we can once again start up some live demos and fun interviews. We have a lot in store but it's out of our hands until Ning gets it completely built on their end. Cross your fingers it will all come soon.
On another note we have been finding really cool cutters in our travels and have added several new designs to the shop.
New clay cutters!

48 hour sale!
This week on Polymer Clay TV we demoed some fun ways to use our brand new Kaleidoscope Cutters and you can watch the show at this link. Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss anything!
**We also have a 48 hour SALE going on now on the Kaleidoscope cutters so get them for a super great price while you can!

Learn new things!
Last week Kira showed you some fun ideas on how to make a really cool bird plaque, you can watch it here.

Got Soft Clay?
One of the things you will start to notice as we get into these summer months is how soft your clay will get, which makes it stick to things. This is never fun but rest assured there are ways to rectify that. You can use a release! You will discover your favorite release but I prefer using some water on the clay and some water on my stamp or cutter and that usually does the trick. Kira prefers to use Armor All, yes the stuff you use on cars. You can also use cornstarch powder, it will show in your finished design so you may need to wash it off. Experiment with these releases to see what works best for you. You can also put your clay in the fridge to cool it down too! I live in northern FL where the last few months we steadily saw temperatures above 90 degrees and I know how frustrating soft clay can be!
We have created an Ultimate Guide to choosing a  clay brand that you can check out to help you decide which brand is right for your project. Here is a link to it.