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Holo Effect Tutorial in polymer clay

Holo Effect Polymer Clay Tutorial

  There’s a bit of the magpie in each of us, I think. We love shiny, colorful, shimmery things. Inspired by the holographic images that I loved in the 80’s, I’ve created a polymer clay tutorial that shows you how

Rustic Beads and Components made from polymer clay by Ginger Davis Allman of The Blue Bottle Tree.

Procrastination and Success…and more Rustic Beads

Do you work better with a deadline looming over your head, or do you prefer to have nothing pressuring you? You’d think that by now I’d know myself better. I hate deadlines. They make me get all cramped inside of

One of my simplest polymer clay tips is that I use a pop-up box of tissues for general cleaning, blotting, and removing of paint from polymer clay projects.

Polymer Clay Tip: Kleenex!

Here’s an example of a polymer clay tip that so simple it’s almost not worth mentioning. But on the other hand, sometimes the simplest things are like…well…duh! We all have supplies that we regularly use in our polymer clay work and one

Faux Roman Glass made with the Faux Glass Effects polymer clay tutorial.

Playing with my Pardo Translucent

In the US, here have been some supply issues with Pardo Translucent Art Clay, but I’m happy to say that the ship has come in! Yes, indeed, the wholesale shipment of Pardo Translucent Art Clay has arrived in the US and stock

These pendants were made with the Mica Leaf Tutorial by Ginger Davis Allman.

Playing with Mica Leaf Tutorial

It’s fall in the northern hemisphere (and spring in the southern). It’s that magical time when it’s not too hot, not too cold, and the trees are doing their magic. Leaves are falling down (or coming out) and I can’t

Read copyright guidelines for polymer clay artists, an article by Ginger Davis Allman.

Copyright Guidelines for Polymer Clay Artists

Copyright is always a confusing, emotional, and controversial issue. Many people are unaware when they violate copyright law (or they don’t seem to care) and others are nearly paralyzed in fear that they’ll accidentally break laws and hurt others. When

What are the rules for working with polymer clay? Read more at The Blue Bottle Tree.

The Right Way to Use Polymer Clay

When you were a kid in school, you learned that there was always one correct answer when you added a column of numbers. Two plus four is always six. There is only one way to spell “bookkeeping” and the Norman

Artist Interview: Wendy Jorre de St Jorre

I’ve got a treat for you today. Wendy Jorre de St Jorre is an Australian polymer clay artist who started a year-long caning project and has now entranced and enthralled us with her weekly tree canes. Relatively new to the

Learn how to make UV Reactive Polymer Clay Designs in this article by The Blue Bottle Tree.

UV Reactive Polymer Clay Designs

A couple of days ago I wrote about optical brighteners, or fluorescent dyes, in polymer clay. Some colors and brands of polymer clay glow brightly under UV light or black light and others don’t. It’s an interesting concept, but did you

Some brands of white polymer clay contain a fluorescent dye called an optical brightener to make it appear more white.

Optical Brighteners in Polymer Clay

In all the reading I’ve done about polymer clay, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any mention of optical brighteners in polymer clay. But they’re there, clear as day, and yet hidden. Sort of. Today we’ll have a bit of

Using Silicone Molds with Polymer Clay

Earlier this week I wrote about how to make silicone molds from charms. Now it’s time for the next step. How do you fill a silicone mold with polymer clay and get a good casting? It’s really a very simple process,

Learn how to use silicone mold putty to make perfect replicas of charms. Read the tutorial at The Blue Bottle Tree.

How to Make Silicone Molds from Charms

It’s no secret that you can use silicone mold putty to create your own molds. But there are a few tricks that I can share which make it a wee bit easier. I’ll be sharing some cool projects in the

Use quality brands of polymer clay for best results. More tips at The Blue Bottle Tree.

Polymer Clay Tips for Beginners

Polymer clay is an extremely versatile medium which is perfect for beginners and professional artists alike. It can be a challenging and complex medium for those who want to push the limits. But it is also very easy for beginners and

Inspirational poem, To Be an Artist.

To Be An Artist

Just a quick post for you today. My dad is an artist, a metal artist. And he gave me this framed print. He has one just like it in his workshop, to remind him of why he does his art.

Keep polymer clay beads from rolling around during baking by placing them on accordion folded copy paper.

Polymer Clay Tip: Copy Paper

This tip seems like it’s so simple that it’s almost not even worth mentioning. But when I think back to when I started playing with clay, or think of how other people work with clay, I realize that the way

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