To Clay or Not To Clay! That’s The Question?

My very first polymer clay cane I made four years ago.

Polymer clay is a fantasy material to work with to create anything. If you can dream it, you can create it if you have the skill levels to make it. Also, other clays, paints or materials can be added to create special effects, color recipes, and clay art on an infinite level. Guest what? I didn’t know that four (4) years ago.

“My Story”

My clay journey started approximately 10 years ago with Donna Kato, polymer clay artist/teacher. I can’t really remember how I even came across Donna Kato. I will say that I research a lot information, so it’s possible that I came across her advertisement about polymer clay that way. Anyway, I was intrigued by her, so I purchased a book and her DVD video called ” Master Artisans (Polymer Clay Series) Millefiori Basics”. I focused more on the video because I watched it more times than I can mention. As for the book (The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques), I perused the book a couple of times, but there wasn’t a connection for me. However, I didn’t let it deter my continued research about polymer clay. My journey as a handcrafted jewelry design artist continued. It wasn’t until 2015 that I felt the urge to try polymer clay again. This time I took to YouTube. I put polymer clay in the search bar, and the journey began. I watched many videos until I came across a YouTube polymer clay teacher, who I had connection with immediately. I was definitely encouraged to try my hand with polymer clay. It was such a major connection ( I will share the teacher as well as the polymer clay journey we share together in another post) that I will never forget. Well, I watched this teacher’s videos until I had the courage to open my first package of polymer clay, which was Kato Poly Clay by Donna Kato ( definitely not my favorite polymer clay brand).

Took my first clay cane and turned in to a butterfly brooch.

I learned enough to know how to cut and condition polymer polymer clay. I will never forget that I chose these polymer clay colors neon pink, violet/purple, orange, and black for my first ever polymer clay cane. So, I open, cut, and condition (with great difficulty because Kato Poly Clay is a harder, stiller polymer clay right out of the package – more about this clay brand later) by Donna Kato. Then, I used some techniques that was new to me to create a polymer clay cane. I was excited that I could make the clay cane, but I really wasn’t happy with the picture inside the clay cane. I showed the clay cane to the YouTube teacher in a message on Facebook. She told me that I did a good job on my first clay cane. However, she shared that colors were to close together and purple lines were too thick. So, I quietly soaked in the constructive critique (I am not going to lie it hurt just a little bit to hear), then I continued to study and experiment with colors and shapes over a period of three (3) years. I eventually mastered polymer clay caning in terms of understanding color and shapes. I learned many techniques along the way. I mostly create millefiori clay canes. I am constantly, learning new skills and techniques in the world of polymer clay. I am a firm believer that practice makes you better at your craft. This same principle applies to polymer clay. Continue to clay, experiment, and have fun. Stay creative.

Published by stohandmadecraftspot

I am a mixed media handcrafted jewelry design artist. I have been designing and handcrafting wearable art jewelry for 14 years. I started designing and handcrafting jewelry many years ago because I want to share my gifts and talents with the world. I wanted individuals, who have an independent story to share with the world to be able to express themselves my wearable art jewelry. Now, the journey moves into a new direction by sharing some of my styling of handcrafting jewelry with aspiring jewelry and mixed media artists, My shop STOHandmade Supplies has beautiful handmade craft supplies that can be used to create jewelry and/or art. These are some of same supplies, findings, and components that going my jewelry wearable art pieces and artwork. These are readily available in the store. There are times when I will put some special pieces in the store that will be limited edition and/or one of a kind. My goal with my shop is to have makers, artists, designers, have a special place that they can come to to purchase custom supplies that is interesting and never seen before that they can add to their gorgeous designs and artwork. Happy Creating!

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