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Quote from Rollo May: "In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone."

It’s becoming harder to be alone. We have busy lives and most of us live in cities around people and noises and distractions. Our phones pull us into lines of

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If you have a cane that’s been sitting around for a while, you might notice that it’s stiff and tends to crack when you flex it. Even if you can

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handful of finished pieces

Why are we disappointed when we can’t sit down at our work table and spontaneously generate a completed project with perfection?⁠⁠It’s a process. Simple as that. When you first come

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Dremel with a buffing tip sanding polymer clay

I’ve never been one to wear gloves or worry about running with scissors. Safety seems a lot like my overprotective 3rd grade teacher worrying about poison ivy on the playground.

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Open can of varnish with a rusty, crumbling rim.

If you buy a can of polyurethane, be aware that it will probably rust inside. It’s a good idea to decant it into another container (or several containers) for longer-term

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This time of year, cosmetic gift sets, candy, and cookies often come packaged in metal tins. It’s a waste of packaging, of course, but … here are some ideas.

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polymer clay owl with broken wing

Aw, what happened here? ⁠ If your bits are falling off at the seams there are a few possible things to consider.⁠

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Fingers holding a blue lacrosse ball.

This is a lacrosse ball. I never go to any clay event without it. ⁠⁠Why?⁠⁠Because it’s all too easy to get a knot in your back from being hunched over

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In the small tabletop ovens that most people use for baking polymer clay, the temperature control is not a proper heat controller. The temperature control is approximated by a spring

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Your work doesn't have to be perfect. But it should be intentional.

I’ve often heard that sloppiness and fingerprints are “okay” because they’re the mark of something handmade.⁠⁠I hear that. But I disagree. ⁠⁠Your work doesn’t have to be perfect. But it

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Varnish makes things shinier, yes, but it doesn’t make things smooth. What varnish does do is remove the duskiness of dark colors and enhances the sparkle of metallic and pearl

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Oh those little crumbs. They can drive you crazy. Here’s a simple tip. I use these 1/8 size baking pans as my actual baking pans (they fit nicely in small

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I can never read those little DYMO tape labels and they pop right off. Label printers are expensive and their ribbons are still pretty small. Large labels are much easier

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There is a reason why some people won’t use glitter in their studios. That stuff gets everywhere. And polymer clay seems to attract it like a magnet. Pay close attention

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Loctite gel control, ultra gel control and the like comes in this bottle with little squeezy bits on the sides. (There is a tube inside, btw, and the blue bits

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Join Elsa and take your finishing to the next level while saving time! ⁠

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These are handmade polymer clay beads that you can make in your home oven. They’re easy to make yourself so that you can make jewelry that’s completely yours. Nobody else

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Tiny bubbles are so, so frustrating. They can come from trapped air, but sometimes it seems the pasta machine, itself, is causing them. If you just can’t get them worked

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Quick Tip. We normally use a long polymer clay blade to slide behind sheets, releasing them from the work surface. But what if your sheet is super thin or fragile?

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Photograph showing 'Fogging' as the result of superglue outgassing on polymer Clay.

The white residue around your superglue-applied metal findings is perfectly normal. You see, superglue outgases as it dries, and the fumes precipitate on nearby surfaces. (Remember your forensic crime dramas?

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