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Translucent polymer clay is different - do you know how to work with it? Learn more in this Translucent Polymer Clay frequently asked questions article at The Blue Bottle Tree.

Translucent Polymer Clay FAQ

Translucent polymer clay captures the interest of polymer clay artists all over the world. Although the instructions for using it are no different than with any polymer clay, there are unique qualities and factors that do affect how you use

School Supplies offer wonderful things for the crafter. Use Pencil Boxes for storage of small things in your craft studio.

Craft Room Storage Boxes

It’s that time of year again, at least here in the US. The school supplies are stocked up in the “seasonal” aisle of the discount stores. And that means it’s time to buy my secret studio organizing weapon, craft room

Underexposed photograph of necklace.

Why are my pictures so dark? -Photography Tip

Taking photographs of your jewelry and beads can be very frustrating. Great small product photography is very important for getting sales on Etsy, Artfire or other online venues. Even if you aren’t selling your work, you likely still want attractive

Polymer clay cane slices of the American Flag by The Blue Bottle Tree

Happy Independence Day

Fifty stars and thirteen stripes are on our flag. Much symbolism there. Today Americans celebrate this most American of days. I will spend it with my English husband, Polish children, and later we’ll have fireworks with our Canadian friends. Wherever

Ceramic tiles can be used in the craft room or art studio. www.TheBlueBottleTree.com

Using Ceramic Tiles with Polymer Clay

In any workshop with any art or craft there are always those objects which we rely on so heavily that we don’t even realize that they’re an indispensable tool. In my studio, that would most certainly be the lowly ceramic

Heavenly blue morning glory flower with the sun shining through it.

Do you have a shower fairy?

When my husband Gary has worked on a frustrating project and is at a standstill and can’t think of a solution, he often remarks that he needs to go visit the shower fairy. For some reason, his subconscious mind goes

Place right in front of my art studio, The Blue Bottle Tree, this metal sculpture was made by my dad, Jim Davis.

New Bottle Tree Sculpture

I’ve been asked, “Do you really have a bottle tree?” Yes, I do. In my back yard I have two of them. They make me happy, simple as that. And because I love them so much I still collect blue

Antiqued Rustic Headpins made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree, tutorial available

Rustic Components, Earrings, and a Surprise

Rustic Components In the studio, I’ve been busy making more Rustic Components. I am completely and totally in love with the crusty, grungy, antiqued feel of these. Depending on the colors I choose, the pieces can be tribal and exotic, romantic

Box of baby wipes, an indispensable tool in the craft studio by The Blue Bottle Tree

Use Baby Wipes with Polymer Clay

A while back a friend asked me why I had baby wipes (aka diaper wipes) on my grocery list since my youngest child is 14. The simple answer is that I have found them to be so useful that I

Pin vise showing micro drill bits stored in handle.

Micro Drill Pin Vise – Indispensable Tool Series

When you work in any art, craft, or hobby, there are always those certain tools that change everything. Once you get one of these indispensable tools, you’ll wonder how you ever functioned without it! I’ve got a few of these

Rustic sunflower earrings made with polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree

More Rustic Components, Findings, and Beads

It’s been a productive week here at The Blue Bottle Tree. I’ve had great fun making Rustic Beads and Components. Some of them are connectors, or links, to be used in making necklaces. Others are smaller, and will be great

Rustic component connector made from polymer clay in the shape of a camellia for use in jewelry design.

New Rustic Components from Polymer Clay

***Update*** I’m proud to announce that I’ve released the Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial that explains how to make the beads in this post. I’m really pretty proud of it. Go check it out! I know I’ve worked mostly with

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