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Polymer Clay Tutorial on Polymer Clay TV Flower Beads, Pendant, Earrings and Ring

This episode of Polymer Clay TV is jam packed with polymer clay jewelry tutorials. Join Ilysa as she shows you how to make some beautiful beads/pendants, a pair of fun earrings and a ring too! You won’t want to miss this episode! Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything. The Hollow Bead Maker is now available at Michaels and most big craft stores. You can also find it online HERE.

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Fun floral stamps for polymer clay

Fun floral stamps for polymer clay

 

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Polymer Clay Milagro Sacred Flaming Heart Picture Frame Tutorial

Polymer clay tutorial, learn how to make this fun flaming heart picture frame on Polymer Clay TV. Follow along step by step as Ilysa shows you how to make a cool picture frame. These make great Fathers day Gifts, you can customize them any way you want! You can find the heart and fancy scallop cutters on our cutters page. http://polymerclayproductions.com/clay-cutters/IMG_7803

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Polymer clay floating candleholders are a fun and easy project!

Want to liven up a party? Learn how to make these super easy and super cute polymer clay floating candleholders. We love to think outside the box and find new ways to use different tools and clay. Follow along with Kira as she shows you how to create a unique floating candle holder that you can use at your next pool party, in a punch bowl, in the pool or fountain and numerous other ways. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss anything we have a new show every week!

Polymer clay floating candleholder

Polymer clay floating candleholder

Polymer Clay Kaleidoscope Cutters are Amazing! Learn some Cool Techniques.

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Polymer clay kaleidoscope cutters

We have been having a blast with our new polymer clay kaleidoscope cutters, they come 4 to a set and the sky is the limit! They are great to use as is but when you think outside the box you can really come up with some creative uses. Watch this weeks Polymer Clay TV to see several ways Ilysa has stepped outside of the box with these fun cutters. You can find the cutters at this link. http://polymerclayproductions.com/clay-cutters/

 

polymer clay kaleidoscope cutters

polymer clay kaleidoscope cutters

 

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New Sculpey Product

New Sculpey Product

 

 

 

New Sculpey Product

New Sculpey Product

 

 

 

 

The winner of the Sculpey Souffle polymer clay multi pack is…

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the multi pack of the new Sculpey Souffle polymer clay. We used Random.org to choose a winner and the winner is Janell S.

Congrats Janell, we have sent you an e-mail, just respond to that with your mailing address and we will get it mailed to you. We jhave lots of other fun giveaways planned and if you want to make sure you get in on them then make sure to subscribe to our You Tube channel for all the latest info. Polymer Clay TV

Sculpey Souffle clay multi pack you could win this.

Sculpey Souffle clay multi pack. Janell will receive this prize.

We have been getting lots of questions about where you can buy these new Sculpey products and I spoke with Iris Weiss the education manger at Polyform and she said the silkscreen kit will be available at Michaels at the end of the month. The Hollow Bead Baker will be available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and AC Moore. I did find the silkscreens online but not the hollow bead baker.

Polymer Clay Tutorial and Win New Sculpey Souffle Clay Multi Pack

Today we have a super fun episode of Polymer Clay TV, Ilysa demonstrates how to use a brand new product from the makers of Sculpey, the new Souffle polymer clay. Check out today’s show to see how these gorgeous designs are created! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Polymer Clay TV channel so you don’t miss a thing.

Want to be one of the first to try the new Souffle clay, well we have a brand new multi pack of clay to give away and you could be the lucky winner! Just share a link to Polymer Clay TV on your Facebook and fill out this form with your name and e-mail and you will be entered to win.  **Please note if the winner is outside of the USA, you will have to agree you are willing to pay the shipping costs, inside the USA shipping is free.** Thanks for understanding.

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Sculpey Souffle clay multi pack you could win this.

Sculpey Souffle clay multi pack you could win this.

 

New Sculpey Product

New Sculpey Product

 

New Sculpey Product

New Sculpey Product

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous filigree polymer clay and metal earrings tutorial

I have been in such a creative mood lately and I am having a blast creating all kinds of things. I made a super cute pair of earrings using the filigree bezels from the art jewelry kit and I share a step by step tutorial on Polymer Clay TV  I also share some tips on how to get both earrings to be the same amount of clay, no one wants two earrings that are different sizes.LOL

In case you didn’t know we have added some clay cutters to our shop, they are super cool but we have almost sold out of them all they were so popular. You can check them out in the shop there are still a couple left and you can pre order the ones that sold out, we should have them restocked in the next couple of weeks. We have several shows planned with tutorials on how to use them to make awesome things! Check out the jar I made below with the Fancy Scalloped cutters.

 

polymer clay and filigree flower earrings

polymer clay and filigree flower earrings

polymer clay and glass jar made using fancy scallop cutters

Polymer clay and glass jar made using fancy scallop cutters

Polymer clay and glass jar made using fancy scallop cutters

Polymer clay and glass jar made using fancy scallop cutters

 

 

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Polymer Clay Tips and Tricks E Book Released

The Polymer Clay Ultimate Guide: 202 Polymer Clay Tips and Tricks to Make Working with Polymer Clay Easier

This is the 2nd in the Ultimate Guide E Book series and its jam packed with polymer clay tips and tricks, in fact there are 202 of them. Kira and I have both been working with polymer clay for over 20 years, I started in 1989. When I started there weren’t even ANY polymer clay books on the market. I know that is hard to believe but its true. Shortly after the very first book came on the market it was called The New Clay and it changed my life to see all of the different things being made with the clay. At the time I started I was living in NYC and only knew a couple of people that worked with the clay that were putting themselves out there. Some are still around now and I have admired their work from the start. Boy has polymer clay evolved and I am happy to say I have been a part of it. I have NEVER been bored with the clay and am still learning over 25 years later. Its a clay of infinite possibilities, in fact back in 1995 I owned an art gallery I called Infinite Possibilities and now that I have moved on to my own studio I have also decided to call my studio Infinite Possibilities. I got the name from a lyric in a song by Tracy Chapman, she said something to this effect. We are living in a world of infinite possibilities so always keep dreaming!

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The Polymer Clay Ultimate Guide: 202 Polymer Clay Tips and Tricks to Make Working with Polymer Clay Easier

The Polymer Clay Ultimate Guide: 202 Polymer Clay Tips and Tricks to Make Working with Polymer Clay Easier

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The Polymer Clay Ultimate Guide: 202 Polymer Clay Tips and Tricks to Make Working with Polymer Clay Easier

New Year and Positive Changes

First we would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday. We want to thank everyone for all of your support throughout, it means a lot to us. This will be the 7th year that Kira and I have produced Polymer Clay TV and started this online adventure and our 8th year working together. There have been ups and there have been downs along the way and let me tell you we have learned enough for a lifetime in just a few years.lol With that being said I wouldn’t change a thing, I have learned things I will have forever that will only help me on this journey in life. I have traveled places I have never been and I have met so many wonderful people along the way. So a big thank you to everyone!

As we move toward 2014 as we do each year we evaluate what works for us and what hasn’t. We plan for the future as best as we can but the life of an artist has so many twists and turns on the road it’s sometimes hard to plan everything. We also try to evaluate what we enjoy doing and what we don’t and factor that into the mix. Life is too short to be doing things you don’t enjoy artistically. So that brings me to some hints about what we have upcoming in the new year. You will be seeing some changes around the websites to make navigation easier and for you to find what you are looking for. We will be going back to the format of creating a new show for Polymer Clay TV every week (when possible, remember what I said about the twisty turning road of an artist).lol We plan to stay on that schedule for all of 2014 and then of course re evaluate in 2015. So we will have lots of fun things going on in the new year you won’t want to miss. Make sure and sign up for our newsletter and subscribe to our You Tube channel so you don’t miss anything.

We also have something so spectacular in the works and if all goes well it will make a huge impact on the community. I can’t say any more other than its never been done before and it will be amazingly terrific if it all works out. That’s all I can share about it for now but I promise I will share more when I can so keep checking the blog for updates.

One of the things that has been hard for us to manage are the multiple blogs so we have decided to stick to having just the one blog for our business,  Polymer Clay TV blog and the Craftylink Community.

Kira and I also have our own personal blogs that we try to maintain as well.  Mine is Emerald Earth and Kira’s blog is KiraSlye

So in the new year the Things Crafty blog will instead take you to the community where you can access everything you need.

Kira and I are also working on another e-book that we hope to have available sometime in January 2014 so stay tuned for that. If you haven’t seen our latest ebook you can check it out at this link to purchase on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Crackle-Techniques-Ultimate-Polymer-Guides-ebook/dp/B00H3JQ4AG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386551165&sr=8-2&keywords=crackle+techniques

or at the following link to purchase instantly as a PDF online:

https://gumroad.com/l/BtXe

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Also you can still get our awesome Art Jewelry book on Amazon too!

Polymer Clay Art Jewelry book

We have so many amazing and exciting things planned we hope you will continue on with us on the journey in the new year. Until then, be safe, be happy and by all means be creative!

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing A Polymer Clay Brand For Your Project

There are so many brands of polymer clays on the market it can be confusing to decide which one to use or try. Here are some basics, followed by a comprehensive listing of why you would want to use each brand. Feel free to share this with your friends so they can learn too!

Ultimate Guide to Polymer Clay Brands

The Big Questions:

Yes, You CAN mix brands of clay together.
You usually bake at the lowest temperature for the longest time suggested by the manufacturer. Example: Mix Fimo (bake at 265 for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch) and Premo (bake at 275 for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch): so you would bake for 30 minutes at 265.
You can try, by making test strips, to experiment and find the baking time/temp combination that works best for what you are making. Just remember that the clay manufacturer knows best- clays are a combination of chemicals, and they “set” at the correct temp and time combo listed on their package- the risks are that you will either burn the clay (at too high a temperature) or that it will be brittle after baking (too little time.)

How Strong/Hot are your hands?
If you have weak or cold hands, you will want to start with a softer clay that responds well to conditioning with a pasta machine or roller. If your hands are strong and hot, soft clay will turn to mush and you are better off starting with a harder/firmer clay.

What are you making?

Wearable items, such as jewelry, buttons, zipper pulls, and the like, require strength. So do some home decor items that will get “used” or touched a lot, such as light switch covers, knobs for drawers and doors, fan pulls, and wine corks. However, if you are making art items that are meant to be set on a shelf and looked at, you can go with a clay that leans more toward “pretty” and less toward strength. You can also use a very basic clay like Sculpey original, and paint over it.

Are you comfortable purchasing online, or would you rather buy at a store?

Premo, Sculpey, Sculpey III, some kinds of Fimo and Cernit- these are available in most craft stores such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joanne’s, Pearl Art Supply, and others. Kato, PuppenFimo, Cernit Doll, and other specialty types (and in many cases, expanded color choices) are only available online. Of course, if you want to buy clay at the store, you can also wait for a good sale- Michaels periodically sells blocks of clay 5 for $5 or 4 for $5, and you can also use a 40% off coupon at most stores to buy something bigger, like a variety pack of colors. Most online stores don’t offer that option. www.MunroCrafts.com offers 50% discount if you buy more than $200 worth of product- so give it a shot if you want to buy bulk.

THE BRANDS:

Original Sculpey 

Comes in white or terra cotta colors, is VERY soft out of the package. This clay is best used to work out your claying problems- keep some in the studio to make “mock-ups” of new ideas. It is a good choice for small art projects, items that you might want to paint with gesso, acrylic colors or sprays. Make little pieces to affix to a larger mixed-media wall hanging or sculpture. It is not a good choice for anything wearable, touchable, or needing strength, as it has almost none after baking and is very brittle. It also does not hold up well under it’s own weight, so don’t make any LARGE art projects with it. Great for quick projects with the kids.

Sculpey III 

Sculpey III is soft and easy to work with. Easy to condition by hand, and to push through clay guns. This clay is available in lots of colors. The colors blend easily, which is good for color mixing, however it is fairly soft and brittle after baking- especially when you make thin pieces. It is usually used as a children’s or school clay. Do not use it for jewelry, it is not professional enough for a wearable item (it could break). However, it works GREAT for art projects that won’t be touched much. Not good for cane work in our opinion but there are people who do have success with it,  we don’t prefer it as it will mush together under pressure.

Souffle by Sculpey

Souffle clay is the newest version on the market, now available in the craft stores in the US, and on some websites. It is soft and extremely easy to condition by hand. When baked it is very flexible and strong. We’ve got a recent Youtube video featuring this clay so you can see it’s features. This clay comes in 22 opaque matte colors, and has an interesting smooth suede-like finish after baking. It takes mixed-media products very well due to it’s surface qualities, because unlike other clays it has a bit of fine texture or “tooth” to it. A great clay for entry level, because unlike Sculpey III, which can become brittle after baking, this clay is super-strong. It hasn’t been extensively tested yet, we will update as we find it’s pros and cons.

Super Sculpey 

Beige or “flesh colored,” this clay is easy to condition and very firm when baked. It makes a great armature for a larger piece, great “bones” for dolls and creatures, and also makes a good baking support- for example, if you wanted to make a large item that needs to be propped during baking, you could make the “prop” from Super Sculpey and then use it while baking the large item. Dust it with cornstarch first so it doesn’t stick together.

Super Sculpey Firm

Comes in gray only, great for making a master of something you would like to mold. It is strong and holds details very well. So for example, you could create a beautiful sculpted object in SSF, bake it, and mold it to make duplicates. That is its intended use, and it is used by the guys who sculpt action figures.

Sculpey Ultralight 

This clay is extremely soft and easy to knead, and becomes very hard after baking. It is only available in white, but you can gesso it, color it with markers, paint it with acrylics, or even spray mist it with colored inks. You can carve into it too- it carves like butter when baked, making it a great choice for “faux wood” projects. It makes an excellent filler for larger polymer clay beads. Make your bead shape with a hole in it, bake it, and cover it with another kind of clay.

Pluffy

Seems a lot like colored Ultralight, although after baking it is incredibly hard and not flexible in any way. It is sold in project kits for kids, and that is a really great use for it as it is VERY soft, requires no conditioning, but it also has a “mushy” consistency and it is difficult to get it to hold any specific details. Not quite as lightweight as Ultralight when baked. Overall might be the best brand for making kids projects that will last for a long time- perhaps holiday ornaments, because it is not brittle after baking and projects made from it are pretty durable.

Bake and Bend & Eraser Clays by Polyform

Interesting clays for kids projects, they come in project kits. Some people have successfully mixed the Bake and Bend clay with regular Premo to create a mixture that can be bent without breaking, after baking. Imagine knitting or tying knots with ropes of it!

MoldMaker by Polyform

This is a white/ecru colored clay that can be used to create impressions or molds. You can also mix it with Premo to create a flexible clay, about 50% each. Molds or texture sheets made with MoldMaker will require a mold release (dust with cornstarch) to get clay out of them, because it WILL stick. Overall not really the best choice to make a mold with, you would be better off using a 2 part silicone molding putty like Amazing Mold Putty, but it’s good in a pinch or if it’s all you have available.

Living Doll by Sculpey

Comes in 4 multicultural skin tones and large bricks, has similar properties to Premo and PuppenFimo. Great for, you guessed it, doll-making!

Premo! Sculpey and Premo! Accents 

Premo! Sculpey and Premo! Accents are softer than FIMO Classic, but stiffer than Sculpey III. Premo clays are fairly flexible after baking, making it less breakable even in thin pieces, and they are pretty strong because of this. The “Accents” line includes loads of sparkling and metallic mica and glitter colors, and the regular Premo colors come with traditional-style names such as Aquamarine or Cadmium Red. Premo is our preferred brand because it has a good mix of properties, colors, and is very workable and strong after baking. Ilysa has hot hands, Kira’s are cold, and they can both work with Premo just fine.

Fimo Classic 

Fimo Classic is stiff and harder to condition, so it keeps the shapes and colors you want, making it a very good choice for cane-work but not a super choice if your hands are cold or weak. It takes a lot of conditioning in a pasta machine to get it moving, but don’t let that stop you- it has the same excellent mix of properties as Premo- good colors, excellent strength. Just harder to work with- literally.

Fimo Soft & Fimo Effect

Fimo Soft is very similar to Sculpey III in its properties. Lots of colors, soft to work with, not as strong in the finished product.

PuppenFimo

Comes in big 500 gram bricks, in 4 colors. Has very nice translucent properties, similar to the Cernit doll colors. Soft-ish in feel, has a very light color that is great for Fairy or baby dolls.

ProSculpt

A doll clay, ProSculpt requires very little kneading, it seams together without showing the joining lines. Two of its most outstanding features are its malleability when it is uncured and it’s strength after it has been cured. Comes in a range of multicultural skin tones, in 1 pound bricks. This one is harder to find, but the doll suppliers on Ebay sell it.

Kato 

Kato is the stiffest of all of polymer clays, but it is also the strongest when baked. The best way to condition it is to hit the closed package with a hammer HARD a few times to get it moving, then roll it through a pasta machine. It has a distinct plastic smell- when you open the package, it will smell like a plastic shower curtain. For this reason, we stay away from working with it, although it has great working properties. You must be able to deal with the smell, we warned you. It comes in basic, mixable colors, and also has a line of liquid pre-mixed color concentrates which are great for special effects.

Cernit 

Cernit comes in lots of colors- and has a full spectrum of multicultural doll-skin colors too. All of the colors (except the glamours, which are pearlized) have a translucent quality, making them a great choice for skin, scales, faux-glass effects, and more. This clay is easy to condition, but is susceptible to the heat of your hands and can become mushy if you overwork it. It is very strong after baking and is great for dolls, sculpture, and jewelry making. Not as easy to find in the stores, but available online.

Craft Smart 

Craft Smart is Michael’s store brand. It is very similar to Sculpey III in that it has lots of colors and is soft and easy to work with when you first open it. But it quickly dries out and becomes too hard and crumbly, which is not a feature of any other brand. Definitely not a good choice for any serious work, but a great cheaper choice if you just want to make a quick project with children and you don’t care if the end project will last forever (because it won’t).

Sculpey Bake Shop

Very similar to the Craft Smart brand above. If you want to do projects with the kids, try Sculpey III instead. This is more like playdough- fun for a minute, but won’t last.

Pardo 

If you can find Pardo, you might want to give it a try. It’s by a German brand called Viva-Decor, and we aren’t quite sure if it’s been discontinued or not because it has gotten hard to find. It comes in some beautiful colors including a spectrum of sparkling mica colors unrivaled in any other brand, it is easy to work with (softer feel) and fairly strong when baked. It has a VERY good translucent white color, one of the clearest translucent clays. It hasn’t been popular in US markets, possibly due to the fact that it is 2x as expensive as other clays, ounce for ounce. But worth trying if you like a soft feeling clay.

LIQUID CLAYS:

There are three major liquid clays on the market by Kato, Fimo, and Polyform.

Translucent Liquid Sculpey: the least translucent brand, it is milky-white when cured. It makes a great softener, mix some in to hard clay to help in the conditioning process. Also good as a “glue” when you need to make sure two pieces of unbaked clay will really stick together. Another use for it is as a topcoat for “skin.” You can brush it on, let is sit for a minute to self-level, and then bake- this will create a translucent top coat for creature or doll skin. Tint it with alcohol inks.

Fimo Gel and Kato Liquid: these are so similar the description is the same. The difference is that Fimo comes in a small container with a great pouring spout that you can control, but Kato you can get in a large 8 ounce jar. Very translucent glass-like effects can be created with these. The best way to use them is to bake them first, for the recommended time, and then blast them gently but quickly with your crafting heat gun. Watch the finish go from translucent to glossy- and then back off, because if you aren’t careful you will burn it. Practice makes perfect, so make a bunch of test tiles and practice with your heat gun before trying this with a finished piece. If you want a nice thick glassy coating, you will need to build up thin layers. You can also mix colorants into the liquid, such as alcohol ink, pearl powers, and acrylic inks. You can do convincing faux-enamels by using a combination of inks and pearl powders in the liquid.

In a Nutshell:

If you like soft clays, try Fimo Soft, Sculpey III, Cernit, Pardo and Original Sculpey.

If you want to cane, use Premo, Premo Accents, Fimo Classic or Kato Clay.

If you are playing with kids, use Sculpey III or Fimo Soft for colors, and Original or Terra Cotta Sculpey if you want to paint the baked items.

If you are doing mixed-media and want to gesso or paint your finished product and attach it to something else, use Ultralight or Original white Sculpey.

If you want a poured or glazed glassy finish, use Kato or Fimo Gel liquid clay.

If you are making dolls, use any of the brands advertised for doll making, they all work well and differ mostly in how soft they get when heated by your hands. In order of softness: Cernit, PuppenFimo, Living Doll, and ProSculpt.

For more information and tutorials on creating with polymer clay, please visit the community and join the Polymer Clay Crew group. Want even more polymer clay and mixed media instruction you can join the CraftyLinkers Club.

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