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Beginner Clay Work! On the Road.

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Hi Everybody!  I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving.  I am out here in Nashville visiting my brother and his family.  We had a craft day and were playing with some clay.  I just had to show you what Rachel and Emily made with some of the clay.  They are 9 years old and have never played with polymer clay before.  Emily loves creatures of all kinds.  She wanted to make a turtle so I showed her how we could make a cane to make the shell more colorful.  Rachel wanted to make a hermit crab, because they used to have them.  She did it all on her own.  It is amazing.  They both then started making all kinds of accessories for the turtle.  Emily decided it needed an airplane.  Rachel decided it needed some glasses.  They went on and on… We had a great time.  I think I got their big sister Sarah hooked too, but she has already done clay and is an excellent artist in her own right.  She loves to draw.  -K


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Polymer Clay Ribbon Candy

More Christmas candy! This might be my favorite candy to have around at Christmas time, not so much for the taste but for the look and shape. It looks happy to me. I think I’m going to make other colors too.

This batch was made from Cernit also, just like the mints and corns. I like using this clay because it does have a translucent look, like a lot of real candy does. I do mix in a bit of white to brighten up the colors, just not too much to lose the candy look.

I used white(porcelain) with a little opaque white mixed in, red and green.

I am so on a roll, I’m going to need more clay! Hey, Howard can you help a girl out here! – T


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You know it is almost summer when….

Kaleidoscope Bead Necklace

It is that time of year again.  Soon the smell of deep fat fried everything… will fill the air.  I am talking about the San Diego County Fair.  I entered two items in this year.  First a necklace made from my Kaleidoscope cane beads.  I had a particular vision in my mind.  I kept thinking I should have taken pictures along the way.  I would get the chains strung and then I would think of an idea that I thought would make a better design.  So I would change it to the new idea.  I think I went through at least 3-4 different variations.  Even after I took pictures of it so I would have them to show you I changed the back necklace.  I didn’t like it having the clasps on each side of the end of the three strand chains.  I changed it to a single lobster claw clasp which hooks in the back. So if you want to see the final product you will have to visit the fair.  Next time I will tell you about the other entry.  It has a story also…. -K


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Polymer Clay Candy Sticks And Mints

Way back when my hubby and I were dating we used to like to go to Old Town, here in San Diego. We would walk all around and then have dinner in the Bazaar Del Mundo. Actually, he asked me to marry him while we were waiting for a table at Casa De Pico.

 *pause here for a happy little sigh*

Anyway, we seem to go to Old Town a lot still. I like to go to The Shepherdess, it’s a great bead shop. It’s been there a long time. Nobody in the family wants to go if it means waiting for me to check out what’s new at the bead store. So this is where the candy shop comes in handy, sort of. I come out of The Shepherdess with a really small bag that cost a small fortune, and the kids come out of the candy store with a small bag that cost a small fortune! Everyone is happy but daddy, who gets to pay.

Sooo… inspired by the candy shops around San Diego and on Little House On The Prairie, I have made these.

I have them in these bottles because I had a request to fill that size. I am on a candy roll and going to make a zillion or so.

Outta my way Willy!  – T


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Zentangle Business Card Holder

Zentangle Cane slices

Here is the business card holder I made using my part of the cane from the group effort of the zentangle cane I showed a week or so ago.  I have been having a bunch of fun making all kind of different things with the cane.  Here you can see I just used two slices of the cane and matched them.  It is applied to a metal card case.  I haven’t decided whether to keep it for myself or give it away…. Hmmmm?   -K


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Hot out of the Oven!

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I had to wait until I could stand to put the oven outside so I could bake these pieces.  It was 103 here yesterday and we just are not used to it here in So California.  I have been trying to focus my mind down to not be running off in all directions.  Here are a few of my latest pieces.  The have a canes that was used for my hummingbird pendant in a previous project and I just love all the colors.  Enjoy.  -K

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Mt Harding Polymer Clay Cane -Landscape Part 2 & 3


It has been a bit tense off and on making this cane.  As this moment in time the mountain does not look like I want it too.  But if I packed it correctly, and I think I did, It should be in there!  I have started to add the foreground and then decided I better do the sky so I can quit worrying about the mountain details getting squished as I apply different layers.  It is a slow and steady process.  I am trying to give the landscape texture by using blends of clay.  I actually am keeping it the size I wanted which is good.  Canes always have a way of growing as you create them.  You start off with the best of intentions and then you have to adjust for an oversized nose or something.  So far so good.  It is longer than I had planned, but if it turns out good that is a bonus!  Lots of beads! -K

I wrapped it in yellow and then in black.  Then I reduced it.  You can see the pictures.  I will explain next time.  My family is leaving!  -K

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Mt Harding Polymer Clay Cane – Part 1

I have spent several  hours working on this Mt.  I think the problem is I am trying to be to literal with the coloring of the peaks and valleys of the Mountains edges.  Last night I eased up a bit and I think it helped.  I hope to get well into the cane today since my time is short.  We have to be packed up and ready to go Tuesday night.  I really enjoy sculpting the clay even as I am just building the cane.  The pictures show the most important portion of the cane-Mt Harding.  Now I will fill in the rest of the picture with the sky and the foreground.  I hope this takes a lot less time.  I think I will like it.  But you never really know until it is complete.

I will be away from home but I still plan on posting.  I just am not sure of the subject matter.  Stay tuned.  I will take you with us on our big road trip adventure.  I plan on keeping my eyes open for a new subject to sculpt.  I will be drawing because that is something I can do in the car.  I am sure Tina will keep me smiling with her creations.  I love her art.  You just cannot help smiling! -K

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No Clay Today!

I had good intentions today of constructing the cane of Mt Harding in the Mission Mountain Range of Montana.  I had a drawing of what I plan to do.  My daughter was supposed to be sewing while I was working on the clay…

Then my daughter asked that I help her make the book bag that she had bought the supplies for earlier this summer.  She had earned Letters in Choir and Drama this year, but did not want a letterman’s jacket.  So she decided to put them on a bag instead.  So our day began with planning the project out and then going to get the supplies that we needed to finish the project correctly.  I think I have a need to make sure it is done with quality to last since we are taking her to college soon.  I don’t want to send her off with something substandard.  Well it is not quite finished yet, but we are close.  I attached the letters and other award patches before sewing the seams which made that job a lot easier.  So check it out!  I think she will really like the finished product (she agrees).  It should give her years of enjoyment.  But for now we have to go to bed because tomorrow we are going to DISNEYLAND!  We have a date with Minnie and Friends for breakfast. We will let you know about that in a day or two.  -K

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Fun with Polymer Beads!

Beads from Scraps!

I love making beads- any kind of beads with polymer clay.  Here are several examples of beads that I made to fit on bracelets that can be mixed and matched as you wish.  Beads are fun because you can use your scrap clay and come up with different kinds and sizes of beads. Some of these beads are made using extrusions and others using ends of canes. -K

Are you keeping your eyes pealed for the 100th post?  Say tuned!


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