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Creating a Polymer Clay Bowl - Using the Canes We Made

This post is where I demonstrate how I use the polymer clay canes I make to create bowls, dishes, plates, and jewelry trays. I'm going to show the making of a ring dish, but the basic process is the same for all of the dishes I make.

 

To make a bowl we need some supplies: a small oven-safe glass bowl with a clean underside surface, an acrylic roller, a tissue blade, and some extra bits of clay for filling in and covering the underside of the bowl.We start with the canes I made in my last post plus a few extras. 

Creating a Polymer Clay Bowl - What is A Cane?

In my product listings, you've probably seen me say that I used polymer clay canes to create a bowl, plate, or jewelry tray. What does this mean, you ask? Well, a cane is a length of clay which has a design running throughout its length, meaning that each slice taken from that cane will be exactly the same. This post will demonstrate how I make a leaf cane. My next post will cover how I make a bowl using this cane.

 

To start, I need some blocks of colored polymer clay, a tissue blade, and a pasta machine or an acrylic rod for rolling.

 

Polymer Clay Feathered Wings

More new work in my studio takes wing with these feather-light earrings: 

Handmade from polymer clay, each feather was applied and textured one-at-a-time.

 

After the textures were finished, I baked the wings. When cool, I coated the pieces with black acrylic paint and wiped it off, leaving the paint in the crevices. Once the backing clay was added and the jumprings inserted, I baked them again.

New Work: Painted Polymer Clay Feathers

Feather-light polymer clay earrings are in process in my studio this week.  Several sets of individually hand-painted polymer clay earrings are now listed:

.You can find them listed here.  They were such fun to do - I'll be working on more of these throughout the year

 

Designing a Gift

I took some time this past week to make a gift for a dear friend, which gave me an opportunity to explore new designs. I settled on a mirror as the finished piece, which led to sketches. I let my mind and pencil wander, and came up with an Art Nouveau-inspired theme of flowers and intertwinining vines.

                                            

Hearts and More Hearts

The last batch of heart pendants is nearly completed! The clay pieces have been painted, silkscreened, foiled, baked, and a coat of resin applied for depth and protection. I'll be adding the crystal drops and the finishing touches this weekend. They should be listed by Tuesday or Weds next week at the latest, so stay tuned...

Valentine's Day

I dusted off my college screen-printing skills last week to make some lovely polymer clay veneers for pendants.  Hearts are a nice, small, area for practicing, and have such an  appealing shape, don't you think? Thanks to a video tutorial by Alison Merrit, I have some new products to add, as well: foil shimmer flakes make a glorious surface, and Interference Paints add a deep, rich color to a veneer's background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evolution of New Work

2017 turned out to be a terrible year. My mother died suddenly and unexpectedly, which threw me for a loop. This caused me to re-evaluate the work I've been doing: do I love making it, and if not, why? Do my customers love it? The answers I came up with are that I do love creating the intricate beadwork, but lately it has felt too much like work. As well, my customers at shows admire the sparkly beaded work, but tend to choose smaller, less blingly pieces for themselves. So, I will keep the beadwork as inspirational and occasional projects.

Sweet and Simple

Today is the day I finish up half-done work leftover from last year. These sweet and simple polymer clay pendants don't need much embellishment. A few crystals, some bead caps and some gold-plated wire combine to make a lovely piece of jewelry. Affordable too, at $29.00!

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