During this past summer, I posted some polymer clay canes on my Instagram page (STOHandmade Jewelry Supplies) page. A fellow clay artist saw the clay canes that was posted. She asked if I could create a clay cane with FIMO clays. I told her that I would experiment with that clay brand. Since I had never used this clay brand before, I realized that I was at ground zero. So, I went to my local craft store and purchased four packages of FIMO clays (Professional Black, Professional Dolphin Grey, and 2 Effects Jade Green).
So, I took notice of the FIMO Effect Jade Green. I wondered if this clay really took on the effect of jade like the gemstone “jade”. I was excite about this clay’s potential. See, I have a thing for gemstones ( I will talk about that in another post). Anyway, I created the clay cane. I was amazed to see the jade gemstone effect. Talk about being in awe of seeing this effect in action.
Now, I wanted to see what this clay looks like without any other colors or designs. I cured a few sample pieces (3 – beads, a cabochon, and a textured clay sheet). All I can say is that “Straedter maker of the FIMO clay brand “got it right”). I will definitely use this particular FIMO Effects Green Jade color clay in more of my polymer clay cane designs. The color is spot on. It definitely shares the same color as jade. It is much easier see the apple green color when the clay is cured by itself at the recommended temperatures on the package.
In share this information about the color, the FIMO Effects Green Jade Color will change from it’s original color in the package to the gemstone jade green color. The color change is the desired effect of the clay. It’s a beautiful color that will work well with so many other colors, and designs. Also, FIMO Professional and Effects clays will create beautiful polymer clay canes. I haven’t tried that other clays under the FIMO brand, but I am planning to do a complete review of FIMO clays, and the other products. I highly recommend FIMO Professional and Effects clay as a brand of clay to use in your polymer clay projects. Happy creating.
Polymer clay, polymer clay! Which one works the best? Is it the one you first encounter? Of course, your first choice is the one. You have learned it nuances. The trial, error, and experiments with your new found clay brand has made you loyal to the brand. There’s no other brand of clay and products for you, right? Until, you hear about another brand that does something a bit better. There may be more colors, the strength of the clay may be better, more flexible, or holds its shape. You might want to try some new ideas that doesn’t work with the current brand that you are using. So, the thought goes through your mind to step out on your current brand, to try something new. Well, here’s the problem with that idea. You could potentially get overwhelmed with so many choices. Here’s a suggestion, stick with your brand of clay and products, unless you find a clay brand love affair that works for you.
Anyway, you can add new products to the ones you are already using in your clay project, especially if you are new to clay crafting. This kind of clay brand loyalty works for polymer clay veterans as well. It is always okay to try new products to add to your repertoire of products you may have in your craft space. You will over time come to realize that you can mix other clay brands as well as the other products with the main clay brand in use.
I personally mix products with the main clay brand that I use on the regular basis. Also, I did change brands in the beginning of my polymer clay journey. I definitely fell in love with the second product brand (Sculpey polymer clay and related products) that I tried after some additional research. I have been using Sculpey clays and products for approximately three (3) years. Now, I just experiment and add new products to my current supply stash.
So, there’s a plethora of polymer clay brands and products out there in clay land. You decide which ones work better for your craft needs, and have fun. Stay creative!
Have you ever seen a breathtaking picture inside of a polymer clay cane? You are in awe of the beautiful work. The question comes to mind, ” How did the clay caner do this with clay?” How can I make a polymer clay cane like this one? A couple of YouTube videos, and some research gives you the inspiration to try to make the clay cane that was seen in a picture from a post or an art magazine. Off to the space of creativity to create a version of the beautiful pictorial clay cane, or maybe the actual clay cane. Opening up packages of clay, pulling out the tissue blade, the acrylic roller, and the pasta machine. Ready, set, create! The polymer clay cane is finished. Ahhh, yes! Feeling good about the completed clay cane. Now, it’s time to reveal the new master piece, just like the one seen in the mind’s picture. Gently, slicing into the clay cane with excitement and expectation. As the tissue blade is set aside, the clay cane end is pulled apart from the rest of the clay cane. The smile turns into a frown, while wondering what happened? How did this happened inside the clay cane. It doesn’t look like the gorgeous pictorial clay cane from picture, the post, or what was envisioned.
Well, let’s talk about what happened. Polymer clay canes are complicated to someone, who doesn’t understand the simple steps to a bigger picture. I had to understand this truth as well. You aren’t alone.
Anyway, these simple steps start with learning how to make several kinds of basic polymer clay canes. Then, learning how to shape as well as how to place these small clay canes together. In putting the simpler canes in different sections of the same clay cane, you begin to create a picture inside of a polymer clay cane.
Now, the question may be asked “Is it really that simple to create a complex clay cane?” The answer is “yes” and “no”. A clay cane can be created in this manner. The pictorial clay cane from a picture or the one mentally envisioned will definitely take time with experimentation and practice. This is true for beginners, enthusiasts, and non-clay caners. Other artists, can also benefit from understanding that all extraordinary works of art have humble begins. So, don’t get disappointed when your first polymer clay cane looks a 1960’s groovy poster instead of the pictorial master piece that you saw in your head, a post, or an art magazine. Master clay caning will come in time. Enjoy each creative step as you learn how to create all of the simple clay canes that will lead to the beautiful master clay cane. Stay Creative.
Do you feel overwhelmed with so many products, books, and videos about polymer clay? You really don’t know where to begin. You are so excited about this new craft. So, you go to your local craft store or website, and proceed to buy every recommended product right? Then, those products start to sit and collect dust in your craft area because you may start think “Now What”.
I felt that way approximately ten years ago. Yes, I said “10 years ago”. Many books and DVDs later, I began to understand the basics. After becoming a professional polymer clay caner, it clicked that I really didn’t need a million products to learn how to make polymer clay canes or to work with clay period. All I needed was a trial pack of clay of my choice, a tissue blade, an acrylic roller, a work surface (glass/tile), a pasta machine, and a toaster over. I promise you, these are all of the materials that you will need to get started on your polymer clay journey.
Also, you need your hands, and the willingness to try. It doesn’t matter what you may want to do with polymer clay, it starts with these basic materials, tools, and clear mind. Everything else will come as you give yourself time to practice and have fun, while you are learning the craft.
Polymer clay is definitely a craft that you learn over time. You may conceive ideas of things that you want to create, but it isn’t going to happen in the beginning without the basics of polymer clay and tools. I have been there and tried that one. Practice will make you better.
After a lot of tutelage and experimentation, you will come into your own. You will develop skills that you will use to create polymer clay canes, art, and jewelry that makes you, you. Just remember it starts with the polymer clay basics. Stay creative.
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 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).
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.
Welcome to the STOHandmade Craft Spot blog. I am Rbjewelz. I am a mixed media wearable art artisan. I know that was a mouth full right? Simply put. I love art, handcrafting art jewelry, making handmade craft supplies, and experimenting with my craft. So, I created this blog to share my creative world with you. My creativity is limitless. I love learning, experimenting, and having fun with polymer clay, beads, wire (metal and craft), and other mixed media. I have been playing around with these materials, and creating beautiful art jewelry for approximately 15 years. Well, if you count me writing poetry, drawing, and having a thing for color in any art form since I was nine, I have been creating for a long time. How cool is that. Right? Now, I get to share my fun with you. Each week, I am going to share some inspiration, creative play, tips, and review products (including books and magazines), and other craft supplies that I use in my work. Also, you will get access to some free videos via my YouTube channel “STOHandmade Craft Spot” as well. You get to ask questions as well as share your art with me. I am loving the sound of this new creative community coming together. I hope you will love the new crafting community and have some fun as well.