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Look no further than the links below to find valuable polymer clay articles about working with Fimo, Sculpey, Kato, Cernit, and other brands of oven-bake clay. Learn about mistakes to avoid, alcohol inks, varnishes, how to bake, projects to make, tools to use, and so much more. Share your favorite articles with friends online and send them here to get clear answers to their questions in this great selection of polymer clay articles.

Fimo Leather Review – A New Polymer Clay
Last month, Staedtler came out with a new range in the Fimo line of polymer clay. Fimo Leather is the[...]
New Polymer Clay from the Manufacturers!
There are new polymer clay colors and varieties from the manufacturers! First I'll talk about the new products from Sculpey[...]
Polymer Clay Terms – Glossary and Definitions
General Polymer Clay Terms Remember when there was a glossary in the back of your textbook? Here's your polymer clay[...]
What is a Polymer Clay Cane?
A polymer clay cane is a log of polymer clay that's made with a design that runs the entire length of the log. Slices from the cane will reveal a design and all slices from the cane will have identical designs.
Lucy Clay LC Mini Slicer Review
This second-generation mini slicer from Lucy Clay Tools works like a dream. And it's a wooden kit you put together yourself. Say what? Yup!
A Great Way to Store Polymer Clay Canes
I've tried a ton of methods to store polymer clay canes, and most have been problematic. This method solves those problems and makes storage easy.
Spray Sealer for Polymer Clay
Looking for a spray sealer for polymer clay? Most of them will turn your clay sticky, so check here to see which ones are okay to use.
Help! My polymer clay melted!
You're fairly new to polymer clay and loving it! You've carefully sculpted and created some beautiful creatures and set them[...]
Things Clayers Resist Buying, Learning, and Doing
Have you ever had something that "everyone" told you to try and you kept putting it off? Maybe because you[...]
Cernit Metallic Review
You might have seen this luscious video by Ana Belchí showing off an exquisite new line of clay by Cernit.[...]
Metallic Polymer Clay – A brand comparison
With the launch of the new Cernit Metallic colors (see the review here), there's been a renewed interest in metallic[...]
Mica Shift in Polymer Clay – The best brand?
Mica shift is a polymer clay technique where you create a ghost image in metallic or pearl clay. Perfectly smooth,[...]
Understanding Sculpey’s Liquid Clay Brands
It seems that there's a lot of confusion about the Sculpey's liquid clay brands. Sculpey Clear? Transparent? Bake and Bond?[...]
Tools and Materials I Use in my Studio
In order to best advise my readers on good tools, materials, and supplies (and how to use them), I explore[...]
Czextruder Review – Polymer Clay Extruder
Read this Czextruder review to learn about the updated 2018 HD model of the Czextruder polymer clay extruder and the new magnetic LC Base.
Mica Powder vs. Pigment Powder – What is the difference?
Mica powder and pigment powder are not the same thing. They behave differently and when you're working with polymer clay or other crafts, it matters.
Using Resin with Polymer Clay
Learn about using resin with polymer clay. Learn the difference between UV resin and epoxy resin and end the confusion over using these great materials.
Pearl Ex Color Chart and Comparison Tool
Polymer clay enthusiasts have always loved Pearl Ex mica powders. They bring shimmer and shine to our projects! But knowing[...]
Making sense of Parchment Paper, Plastic Wrap, and Deli Sheets
Parchment paper is often recommended for use with polymer clay, as are deli sheets. Why? What is the difference? And where can you buy these materials? Are their any alternatives to try?
New Tutorial! Learn to make Faux Lampwork
Learn to make lightweight, durable faux lampwork pendants and beads with this brand new tutorial. Take your jewelry to the next level!
Helmar Spray Varnish for Polymer Clay
Have you been searching for a spray varnish for polymer clay? Most will remain sticky, but here's one that gives a perfectly invisible matte finish.
Polymer Clay Magazines to Read and Enjoy
You might have heard that print is dead. Not true! These high-quality polymer clay magazines bring fresh ideas, tutorials, news, and concepts to your art.
ImPRESSive Putty – A Review
ImPRESSive Putty is a reusable mold making putty that's perfect for making push molds and texture sheets. It's great with polymer clay, crafts, and DIY fun
Oyumaru, a Reusable Molding Material
Oyumaru thermoplastic from Japan that melts in hot water and can make reusable molds or small charms. It makes good texture stamps for polymer clay.
Attending Synergy4 – Why community is important
What was it like to attend the IPCA's Synergy4 conference? Read my report and find out why I think community and collaboration are so important!
Avoid These Stupid Mistakes in Your Studio!
Let's have a bit of fun. How many of these stupid mistakes have you done? I am SO guilty as charged!
Gloss Levels in Polymer Clay Varnish
Confused by gloss, matte, and satin finishes? Learn about gloss levels in polymer clay varnish and why it matters which one you choose.
Using Alcohol Inks with Polymer Clay
Are you curious about using alcohol inks with polymer clay? Learn what they are, how they're used, and how to use them with Fimo, Premo, Kato, and Sculpey.
Comparing Liquid Polymer Clay Brands as a Coating
What is liquid polymer clay and how does one brand compare to another? Learn about TLS, Liquid Kato, Liquid Fimo, and the new Sculpey Transparent (Clear)
Learn About Polymer Clay in the Essentials eBook
There are plenty project and technique tutorials, but where can you learn about polymer clay as a medium? Learn the technical side and answer your questions
Testing 41 Polymer Clay Sealers
Polymer clay sealers can be sticky, peel off, and turn cloudy. Are you using the best products on your polymer clay projects? Compare over 40 varnishes. Read more....
Understanding Polymer Clay Glaze, Sealer, and Varnish
Confused about all the ways that you can put a glossy coating on your project? Learn about polymer clay glaze, sealer, and varnish options in this article. Read more...
What’s the Best Pasta Machine for Polymer Clay?
So you're new to polymer clay and are ready to buy your first pasta machine. Or you're an experienced clayer[...]
LC Machine Polymer Clay Roller – A Review
The LC Machine is the innovative new polymer clay rolling and sheeting machine from Lucy Clay Tools. Find out what makes it different in this review.
Choosing Silkscreen Designs for Polymer Clay
Consider these factors when choosing silkscreen designs for polymer clay projects. Look at scale, coverage, thread count, and style when buying your screens. Read more...
Dream Machine Polymer Clay Roller – A Review
Curious about the Dream Machine polymer clay roller? This review gives an overview of the features and helps you decide if it is the best clay machine. Read more...
Imperia Pasta Machine for Polymer Clay
The Atlas is not the only name-brand Italian pasta machine that works well with polymer clay. Another brand is Imperia. It's sturdy, well-made, and has scraper blades that are very easy to clean. Read more....
Atlas Pasta Machines for Polymer Clay – A Review
When working with polymer clay, one of the most important tools to help you with conditioning, mixing, and sheeting polymer[...]
Poly-Fast Sanding Machine for Polymer Clay
Do you hate sanding polymer clay? Learn about the Poly-Fast sanding machine and why it makes sanding your beads and creations much easier....
Cheap Pasta Machines for Polymer Clay – A Review
Cheap pasta machines aren't always a good investment when you're looking for a polymer clay machine. Here is a review of three craft store clay machines.
Pasta Machine Problems and Their Solutions
Pasta machines are used by polymer clayers everywhere. But they're not perfect. Learn about these pasta machine problems and find out how to solve them.
Explorations in Voice
What happens when two polymer clay artists, with very unique voices, create side-by-side with the same products? Find out in Explorations in Voice.
Skinner Blend Tips
Graduated color blend sheets are invaluable when working with polymer clay. Get better results and solve common problems by using these skinner blend tips.
New Opulent Tapestry Silkscreen Fun!
I had fun playing with the opulent tapestry silkscreen project recently. With the bright colors and fun designs, I was in creating heaven! Read more...
DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Polymer Clay
Use modern pigments to make DIY glow-in-the-dark polymer clay. Create intensely glowing projects that will shine light all night long. Read more...
Polymer Clay Myths (and the Truth Behind Them)
How many of these polymer clay myths have you heard? Find out the truth behind these very common misunderstandings about working with polymer clay.
Faux Sea Glass Jewelry
Why is polymer clay faux sea glass often much better for making jewelry than using real seaglass? Learn more and see gorgeous examples of what you can make.
Stampies Polymer Clay Stamps
Stampies are small stamps used with polymer clay. Read the review to learn more about them and find out how they can be used.
Can you Bake Polymer Clay in the Microwave?
Labels warn that you can't bake polymer clay in the microwave. But why? What happens when you do? Learn more...
Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay eBook
This comprehensive eBook on sanding and buffing polymer clay explores this huge subject and guides you to learn how to get a flawless finish. Read more...
Floor Wax on Polymer Clay?
You might have read that you can use floor wax on polymer clay. But which kind of floor wax? And what would you use it for? Read more...
Reducing Square Canes
Do you have difficulty reducing square canes without distortion? Learn about using square rods as a guide for neatly reducing square polymer clay canes.
Polymer Clay Cane Mailer
Have you ever wanted to mail polymer clay canes, but weren't sure how to protect them against damage? This polymer clay cane mailer idea is brilliant!
Baking Polymer Clay at Lower Temps, Fact or Fiction?
Will baking polymer clay at lower temperature settings allow you to prevent burning your project? Find out why this isn't a good idea and learn better ways to bake your clay without darkening.
Beyond Stringing: Necklaces in New Ways
We tend to think of designing necklaces only in terms of stringing beads. Explore unique ways to create polymer clay necklaces beyond stringing.
Testing: Coloring Translucent Premo
Read about tests of coloring translucent Premo polymer clay with art materials. Can you use paints, chalk, and inks to make colored clay? Learn more...
Inkjet vs Laser Image Transfers for Polymer Clay
Image transfers allow you to print an image and transfer it to polymer clay. There are hundreds of ways to[...]
Free Dental Tools
Did you know that dental tools are useful for sculpting polymer clay and other hobbies? They're quite versatile. And here's how to get them for free!
Rustic Polymer Clay Beads Tutorial
I swear this Rustic polymer clay beads technique has really grabbed hold of me and driven me to some serious time in[...]
Kor Rollers, a Review
Like little patterned rolling pins, Kor Rollers are acrylic texture rollers used to make textures in sheets of polymer clay or precious metal clay. Read the review here...
Does Polymer Clay Melt Plastic?
There are lots of ominous warnings. But does polymer clay melt plastic? If so, which ones? Which plastics are safe to use with polymer? Learn more here!
Using Eye Shadow with Polymer Clay
Have you ever wondered if you could use eye shadow with polymer clay? Much like mica powder and/or chalk pastels, makeup can be used on unbaked polymer clay. Read more...
Using Silkscreens on Polymer Clay
Want to learn more about using silkscreens on polymer clay? The All About Silkscreens eBook and Opulent Tapestry tutorial is now available for purchase. read more...
Polymer Clay Pods
Have you ever noticed that polymer clay pods are a very common shape? Artists use the basic pod shape to showcase their unique surface techniques and styles. Click to see the featured artists...
Review of Cernit Polymer Clay
Cernit is a popular European brand of polymer clay. How is it different from other brands? Can you use it in the same way? Read more...
How Do You Find Your Artistic Voice?
How do you find your artistic voice or style? You don't have to find it. You already have it. You already have favorite colors, favorite textures, things you like. Read more...
Texturing to Hide Flaws in Polymer Clay
It's so easy for fingerprints and bumps to ruin your work. Learn how to use texturing to hide flaws in polymer clay. Learn about tools and see examples. Read more....
Organic and Rustic Polymer Clay Beads
Making polymer clay beads is therapeutic and restful. Each one is a work of art. These Organic Beads and Rustic Beads were just the ticket for my crazy week. Read more...
Can You Bake Crystals in Clay?
Can you bake crystals in clay? Whether you're working with Swarovski rhinestones or natural quartz crystals, you can embed them in your polymer clay designs
Avoid These 10 Sculpey Mistakes (and other clays, too!)
Nobody likes to have their work break, burn, melt, get sticky, or fall apart. Avoid these common mistakes and have more fun working with your polymer clay.
LC Baker, the Lucy Tools Bead Baking Rack
Learn about the LC Baker bead baking rack from Lucy Clay Tools and find out how it differs from other bead racks on the market.
What is the LC Angle Base?
If you have a Lucy Tools Slicer, you will also want to consider the LC Angle Base. Learn how this accessory is used and see it in action.
LC Slicer Review – Lucy Tools
Read all about the LC Slicer, the large slicer from Lucy Clay Tools. See lots of pictures, see what it can do, and find out how thin it can slice.
Make a Polymer Clay Starter Kit
What should go into your polymer clay starter kit? What is truly needed to get started? Read my list of must-have beginner tools and supplies.
Only Available: PYM II in Europe!
PYM II is a fantastic spray sealer for polymer clay, and now you can buy PYM II in Europe!, a polymer clay shop now supplies PYM to the EU.
Cornstarch or Baking Soda with Polymer Clay
Have you read of people using cornstarch or baking soda with polymer clay and you wondered what that was all about? Why would you use it? And which one should you use? Is cornstarch better? Or is baking soda?
Polymer Clay in the Dishwasher
Find out about the durability of polymer clay in the dishwasher. Does it need to be sealed? What sealers work best?
Freeform Wire Art Jewelry – A Book Review
Freeform Wire Art Jewelry is a new book by Gayle Bird that is perfect for teaching you new ways to turn your polymer clay beads into finished designs.
What’s the Best Polymer Clay Brand?
There are so many to choose from, how can I tell which is the best polymer clay brand? Find out which brand is the best for caning, sculpting, jewelry, charms, and more.
Pardo Colored Translucent Clay
Did you know that you can purchase colored translucent clay that already has the color added? Learn the brands and see what the colors actually look like.
Faux Glass Polymer Clay Tutorial
Buy the TutorialDo you love to make jewelry but can't afford premium beads? Do you feel limited by the same old[...]
Cheap Polymer Clay Tools
Polymer clay tools don't have to be expensive. Check out these really great cheap polymer clay tools that I bought recently. Lots of bang for your buck!
DIY Mini Cutters
I love cutting shapes in polymer clay, but sometimes my cutters are too big. Here's how to make a DIY mini cutter set in a neat little box.
Updated Czextruder HD Review
I previously reviewed the Czextruder XXL, but now that I have the Czextruder HD, I wanted to give you a bit of an update. Also, learn some tips on disk storage, and learn about the LC Vise.
The Czextruder: Is it worth the cost?
Have you heard the buzz about the Czextruder? People do love it, but is it worth the extra cost? Read my review and learn about the Czextruder XXL.
Kemper Wipe Out Tool
Sometimes you find a tool that's so handy that you wonder how you survived so long without it. That's the case with the Kemper Wipe Out Tool. Here's why!
How to Condition Pardo Translucent Art Clay
Pardo translucent art clay is a wonderful clay that's remarkably more clear than other brands of translucent polymer clay. It's[...]
8 Ways to Create a Metallic Look on Polymer Clay
Have you ever wondered how to make the best metallic look on polymer clay? I compare 8 methods so you can see which will work best for your project.
CaBezel Molds
Have you ever wanted to create a bezel, or frame, around your polymer clay shape but weren't really sure how to[...]
Sculpey Tool Organizer Review
Have you seen the new Sculpey Tool Organizer? It's designed to hold polymer clay tools and keep them organized, but is it a good value? Does it work?
How to Buy Polymer Clay
How to buy polymer clay? Well, you go to the store, pick it out, pay for it, and then come[...]
What’s the Best Glue for Polymer Clay?
Sooner or later when working with polymer clay you'll need to glue things together. You might have already baked something[...]
Sculpey, Sculpty, Fimo, Polymer Clay – Which is it?
When I tell people that I work with polymer clay, they often look at me with sort of a blank expression. They’ve never heard of it. So I start to explain and pretty soon their face lights up and they say, “Oh! You’re talking about fimo!”
Is this a copy? Or “inspired by”?
Just when the latest brouhaha and accusations about copying and copyright infringement dies down, another one will start up and[...]
How Long to Bake Polymer Clay?
So you've made your polymer clay figures, beads, or charms and you've read the instructions for baking. You set your[...]
PVClay, a polymer clay from Brazil
Did you know that Brazil has its very own brand of polymer clay? PVClay is a high quality clay, comes in a full range of colors and is excellent to work with. Read all about it!
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
To Be An Artist
Just a quick post for you today. My dad is an artist, a metal artist. And he gave me this[...]
What is Sea Glass?
Sea glass is a popular material in jewelry making and you see it, and its cousin beach glass, available for[...]
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[...]
Testing Metallic Paints on Polymer Clay
One of the things we love to do when working with polymer clay is to add a little bit of[...]
Faux Roman Glass
I've been trying to spend more time in the studio lately and it's hard. I don't know if it's the[...]
Is Polymer Clay Safe?
Is polymer clay safe to use with food? Is it safe to use at home? Read to learn what is truth and what is rumor, and learn how to be safe with polymer clay...
Do You Have to Seal Polymer Clay?
Do you really need to seal your polymer clay creations? Learn when to seal your work and find out what sealers work, and which ones don't.
Luminous Landscapes
I'm in the UK visiting family right now so this will be just a quick post. I wanted to let you[...]
Organic Beads Polymer Clay Tutorial
I have been humbled and thrilled with the success of the Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial. A huge thank you[...]
Varathane – The Best Polymer Clay Sealer
We all have our favorite shampoo and conditioner. We have pretty strong opinions about the best brand of mayonnaise (or[...]
Polymer Clay and Silicone Mold Putty
I love polymer clay and I love silicone mold putty. In fact I recently explored the difference between two main[...]
Working with Sculpey Soufflé – Part 2
Sculpey Souffle is a new polymer clay by Polyform advertised as being lightweight, strong, having a suede-like finish, and with[...]
Sculpey Soufflé Review – Part 1
Polyform, the maker of Premo and Sculpey polymer clay, has introduced a new line of polymer clay called Souffle. It[...]
How to Make Polymer Clay Buttons
Fancy or plain, simple or complicated, many of us like to make polymer clay buttons. Able to be made in[...]
Thrifting in Your Polymer Clay Studio
This month I teamed up with Katie from Kater's Acres to bring you a series on Making the Most of[...]
Testing : Can You Wash Polymer Clay Buttons?
Polymer clay is so versatile and you can make so many things with it, that it's a natural choice for[...]
Productivity in Your Polymer Clay Studio
It's the third week in the series Making the Most of Your Polymer Clay Studio. I've teamed up with Katie[...]
Make Room for your Polymer Clay Studio
We all love to look at pictures of gorgeous art and craft studios. We collect inspiration on Pinterest boards, hoping[...]
Making the Most of Your Polymer Clay Studio: No Matter Its Size
During the month of April, I'm collaborating with Katie from Kater's Acres to bring you a series on Making the[...]
Reverse Image Search
Have you ever seen a great idea or a wonderful pin on Pinterest that went nowhere? Or to the wrong[...]
Baking Polymer Clay
  Do you have questions about baking polymer clay? Not sure what oven to use, for how long, and what[...]
Pigments vs Dyes – What is the Difference?
The arts and crafts world can sometimes be rather confusing because terms get tossed around with the assumption that the reader[...]
Lint and Dust on Polymer Clay
One of the most frustrating aspects of working with polymer clay is dealing with lint, dust, hair, and various particles[...]
Polymer Clay Box with Holo Effect Insets
One of my favorite things about writing polymer clay tutorials is getting to see what people make with them. When I[...]
Polymer Clay Bead Holes
How do you make holes in polymer clay beads? If you would have asked me that two weeks ago, I[...]
Handy Project Boxes – For Free!
Everyone loves something for nothing. And everyone loves recycling. So here's an idea that has been around my studio for[...]
Another Crop of Rustic Beads
Every time I make a batch of Rustic Beads, I am always surprised at how much fun they are. Each[...]
Free Polymer Clay Tools from Around the House
You don't need to buy expensive tools to work with polymer clay. Here are 10 free polymer clay tools that you will find around the house. Recycle and reuse.
PYM II Polymer Clay Spray Sealer
NOTE: PYM II is no longer being manufactured and the remaining supplies are limited. Purchase now from your favorite retailer[...]
Make Your Own Needle Tools
Have you ever wanted to create fine detail in a polymer clay piece but didn't have the right tools? Toothpicks[...]
Valentine Heart Printable ClipArt
I loved Valentine's Day when I was a kid. I loved cutting out red hearts and gluing them to paper doilies.[...]
Amazing Mold Putty vs EasyMold
Amazing Mold Putty and EasyMold are two very commonly available brands of RTV silicone rubber molding putty. What are the[...]
Silicone Rubber Mold Material, an introduction
Silicone molds are becoming more popular in the craft world and you can very easily make your own. But trying[...]
Using Rubbing Alcohol with Crafts
One of my favorite and most used tricks is to use rubbing alcohol in the craft studio. It's cheap, available,[...]
Rustic Polymer Clay Components
Because of Thanksgiving break here in the US, it's been a bit of an odd week. We had three work[...]
We’re not crafty people…
Last night my 14-year-old daughter had a friend spend the night and the evening's plans included watching a movie and[...]
Patchy Molds by Viva Decor, a Review
Hobby Lobby stores in the US have been carrying more products by Viva Decor and one of the latest new[...]
Where to buy Pardo Translucent Art Clay?
Few polymer clay products have created the buzz that Translucent Pardo Art Clay has. It is the clearest brand of[...]
Testing VerDay Paint & Patina for Bead Chat Magazine
Last month Melinda Orr, the creator of Artisan Whimsy invited me to test VerDay Paint & Patina for the 5x5 Test feature[...]
Can I soften hard polymer clay?
A reader on my Facebook Page wrote to ask a very good question this morning. Can old, hard, crumbly polymer[...]
How to Bake Polymer Clay: Part 3 – Tips and Tricks
Polymer clay, also called polyclay or fimo, is a modeling material that you can cure or bake at home in[...]
How to Bake Polymer Clay: Part 2 – Temperature
Today I'm discussing baking temperature and why it's so important for getting good results with your polymer clay projects. When[...]
How to Bake Polymer Clay: Part 1 – Choosing a polymer clay oven
It seems like it should be simple, and it is, but there is a bit more to it than just[...]
Which Pens to Use on Polymer Clay – A Comparison
Whether you're marking your signature, adding design elements, or drawing designs, people always want to know which black markers or[...]
Things I learned from my cat about life and art
Some of my best lessons in life were learned by watching how my cat Getzger approaches life. Though arguably, he's[...]
Translucent Polymer Clay FAQ
Translucent polymer clay captures the interest of polymer clay artists all over the world. Although the instructions for using it[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Hand Drill Tools with Natasha Bead Handles – Free Tutorial
As part of my ongoing Indispensable Tool Series, I recently talked about a micro drill and pin vise. It's a[...]
10 Simple Polymer Clay Tips (that you surely knew – but maybe not?)
You've most likely heard most of these simple polymer clay tips and tricks before. But then again, maybe not. It's[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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.[...]
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[...]
Hobby Store Find – Microbrushes
I usually find everything I need at craft, art, and beading stores. But recently I went to a small, local[...]
Never compare your beginning…
I am not a jewelry designer. I just want to get that out there. Oh sure, I know a good[...]
Graduated Colors Tutorial for Polymer Clay
One of the most magical things we learn to make when getting started with polymer clay or fimo is the[...]
Coloring Translucent Polymer Clay with Alcohol Inks
I get a lot of questions about coloring translucent polymer clay. For a color junkie like me, one of my[...]
Fantastic Millefiori Polymer Clay Work by Etsy Sellers
When I first got started with polymer clay way back in 2001, millefiori canes fascinated me.  Just like most people who[...]
Earrings made with translucent polymer clay tinted with alcohol inks
As I'm sure most readers have already seen by now, my recent article was featured in Polymer Clay Daily. That[...]
Which is the clearest Translucent Polymer Clay?
Much has been said recently about Translucent Pardo Professional Art Clay. It's a polymer clay that has been rumored to[...]
Experiments with the Controlled Marbling Tutorial
All last fall on Flickr and Etsy I kept seeing wonderful striped polymer clay pendants and earrings made by Lynda[...]
Translucent Pardo Art Clay
Have you heard the news? Translucent Pardo Art Clay is the clearest translucent polymer clay on the market. Unlike other[...]
Does your life sparkle?
In a conversation with Gary a while back, we talked of what life is all about. He said that life[...]
There is beauty all around us
Last month my husband and I braved the great midwestern heat wave and drought of 2012 to go camping. We[...]
Morning Sun on Glass
I must be a special kind of hopeless procrastinator. Because during my last year of graduate school, when I was[...]
Blue Bottle Tree
Years ago, when I was a little girl, my grandmother had a cobalt blue vase that held magic. I would[...]
Just something that happens…
My dad, Jim Davis, is an artist. He is only just now coming to realize this, at age 71. He[...]
Seeing Sunsets
Last week we walked out of Wal-Mart just as the sun was setting into a most extraordinary sunset. A brilliant[...]
The Sparkle Zone
I've known for many years that I need regular time in the sunshine to keep my mood level. Obviously a[...]
You were born to do this
I took my daughter to get her driver's license yesterday. It was a process dominated by waiting parents and their[...]
The Blue Bottle Tree
In mere weeks my oldest child leaves home. For many years I have both dreamed about and feared this time.[...]

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