In this post I am talking about my latest video tutorial.… Read More
A few weeks ago a friend and customer of mine asked me to re-create a pair of earrings for her friend. The petals on one earring were broken and they looked quite worn out and dirty. I had a look at them and discovered that they were made from a different material (not polymer clay), it was white underneath layers of colour. To figure out how to make these I had to take them apart. And then I just played around and experimented. I bought a freesia cutter to use for the top bit and used a small round cutter for the bottom bit. I also changed the design as I don’t want to copy things.
After finishing this pair I mailed my friend the images and she was happy with the result. Which gave me the idea to make more of these but changing the design and use mainly polymer clay.… Read More
Today I want to share with you how made my first signature cane. When I looked for good tutorials I couldn’t find any with detailed descriptions or lots of images, so I decided to photograph each step of the way for you. For this cane I used the Makin’s Clay Extruder Gun and a variety of discs. You might be able to use alphabet cookie cutters instead, but these tend to be much bigger- which means you spend a long time reducing the cane (reducing means making the cane longer and thinner/smaller) plus you can’t be as flexible with the way you want the signature to look.… Read More
I just realised that I posted my last entry in May. Upps. Well to be fair I have been very busy making things and taking part in a three-day polymer clay workshop “Polydays”, which took place in September in a small village called Toddington. It was taught by some of the world’s best polymer clay artists – Carol Simmons, Alison Gallant and Bettina Welker and it was quite intense – and back breaking. I came away with lots of new techniques and unfinished projects – as most of the projects taught were quite time consuming. In the next weeks I will finish those projects ( a reversible necklace, a hinged bracelet and beautiful Mokume Gane slices which I will use for pendants and bracelets.) and will write a bit more about Polydays.
In the meantime I wanted to share how I made this pendant:
On the final day of the Polydays workshop Alison Gallant showed our group how to create her reversible necklace and also how to create Mokume Gane canes with ripple effect – a great technique that creates beautiful patterns. Somehow though I wasn’t so happy how they turned out when I cut them and placed them on the clay – so I mashed up the clay and put it through the pasta machine a few times -and the colours changed into something I really liked – so I cut out some small circles, used some of them for the necklace and the rest for future projects.
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Last week I have been busy with my latest project and it took a lot of experimenting. I wanted to create an homage to my hometown Cologne and this pendant is the result of it. As a child I was always scared of the “Dom” because of its enormous size and because due to the pollution it looks very dark – though it’s not actually supposed to be black. The cathedral formed part of my art history exams too and as a student I had to learn a lot of facts about its history, the precious artwork it houses and how to accurately describe its architecture. You can find a lot of information about the Dom here
I bought the cathedral cookie cutters a while ago at the Cologne Christmas Market – they are quite big which determines the size of the pendant. I first started to cut out the cathedral in marble Fimo and also cut out the windows. Then I used a texture plate with the metallic blue Fimo and cut a circle. I then attached the cathedral onto the circle and with an extruder I extruded thick spaghetti in black. Unfortunately Fimo takes ages to soften and it wasn’t easy to extrude. I cured my first attempt and the result is below.… Read More
I only read about “spiking” in polymer clay books which advise you to regularly check the temperature during the curing process. As our normal oven in the kitchen takes ages to warm up and I don’t want to bake polymer clay in it,we bought a table top oven from Morphy Richards, which was on sale. I also have a professsional thermometer for the oven. However the oven is not super accurate and after warming up the temperature rises quickly and way over the required 110 C for Fimo (or 130 C for Premo) so normally when I bake I tend to check on the oven and keep changing the temperature. It also goes down quickly so I have to increase it again. … Read More