Scrap Clay Canes

Sorting through scrap clay I did a quick kaleidoscope cane.  I have no real use for this cane so I may sell it on Facebook.

The shimmer comes from pearlescent clay.

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Agenda & Supply List: September 26 meeting

I’m planning on a three part-demo:

  1. The simplest kind of skinner blend;
  2. The two basic (and crucial) ways to fold (that is, make a cane out of) a skinner blend: jelly roll (bottom) and fan fold (top).  
  3. How to reduce a skinner blend cane.

I hope you will bring clay along so you can follow along as I demonstrate. We won’t have pasta machines for everybody, so we’ll do this mostly by hand with acrylic rollers

Supplies:

If you are starting from scratch and have no tools, there’s no need to spend a lot of money before you figure out how much you like working with polyclay. For this demo you’ll need only three things:

  • Two colors of polymer clay that are very different from each other (black/white; red/blue; green/yellow — you get the idea) .  For those who are just learning these basics, any kind of clay will do but you’ll have an easier time working with Sculpey Premo or Fimo.
  • A roller,  metal or acrylic (but not wood). We’ll have four or five of these on hand. If you want to get one before the meeting you’ll find them at places like Michael’s, or online.

  • A tissue blade or exacto knife. Again, some will be on hand to use.

Ginger at The Blue Bottle Tree is a great source of information about everything polyclay-related. She has a post on the basic tools that will serve you best, which you can find here.

If you have questions you can ask them here, or email Rosina or Mary. See you Tuesday at 7.

Tutorials

There are hundreds of tutorial available on the web.  They are not all of equal quality, but there are enough good ones — both text/photos and video — to make it possible to learn all the basic techniques.

You’ll find the tutorial page here.  It is a work in progress. Anyone who wants to contribute to this page is more than welcome to do that. Please let me or Alan know, and we’ll give you access as an author.

How We Got Started

Mid-summer 2017 a small group of people interested in polymer clay got together for the first time with the help of meetup.com. We met at the Colophon Cafe in July, and in August in the studio of one of our members.

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Mary is the most experienced of us, with more than twenty-five years of creating with polyclay. This pendant is hers.

Rosina has been working with polyclay for about five years. She has a lot to learn but is fully engaged in the polyclay world. The door plaque below  is hers.

If you’d like to meet the whole crew, please consider joining us. The discussion forum is only available to registered and logged in users of this website.

Please feel free to get in touch here, or by email at info@polyclaybham.org

 

A sample of what’s possible with polymer clay

Kathleen Dustin

Kathleen Dustin

Thermesos Purse

 

Srebrna

Srebrna

Translucent millefiori bowl by Srebrna

 

Dawn Schiller

Dawn Schiller

Oddfae sculptures

 

Mandarin Moon

Mandarin Moon

One of Mandarin Moon’s elaborate dragon eyes

 

Cynthia Tinapple

Cynthia Tinapple

Raw canes featured in Polymer Clay Daily (Cynthia Tinapple)

 

Lynda Moseley

Lynda Moseley

Faux Ivory

 

Randee Ketzel

Randee Ketzel

Texas Tornado RMK Design

 

Page McNall

Page McNall

Rolled and impressed beads

 

Lauren: Aqua Isle Design

Lauren: Aqua Isle Design

Handmade statement jewellery with saturated color

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Clever fishy beads