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