Friday, December 21, 2012

Polymer Clay Recipe for the Pantone Color Poppy Red -I-

The Pantone Spring 2013 color, Poppy Red is one of three primary colors for this coming season going along with Monaco Blue and Lemon Zest.

The clay recipe for this color is also super easy.  Just like the Pantone color, Lemon Zest, Kato Red is a perfect match for the Pantone color Poppy Red.  I normally wouldn't use the red clay straight from the package, however, I was looking for the right red to combine with a violet purple to create a scarf jewelry piece for a custom order.  Using Julie Picarello's technique, I combined pure red with a shade of purple and my white mix (recipe # 1-2 in my clay color system) to create this piece.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Polymer Clay Recipe for the Pantone Color Lemon Zest -I-

The Pantone Spring 2013 fashion color Lemon Zest is a deep citron shade of yellow that is like warm sunshine.

If you are using Kato clay, then you already have this color recipe as the Kato Yellow in it's pure form is an almost perfect match.  I rarely use any of the polymer clay straight from the package but I have tried using the yellow at times and find it is less opaque than the other colors so combines well when creating canes and other techniques such as mokume gane.

Here is a jelly roll cane and buttons made from it using a skinner blend of yellow and teal (see recipe # 8-4 in my Clay Color System).


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

funny monkey -I-

 world's funniest monkey wallpaper tickled and made ​​laugh out loud

Clay Recipe for the Pantone Color African Violet -I-

The Pantone Spring 2013 fashion color, African Violet is a soft muted shade of Lavender.  Here is the clay recipe to mix up this pretty purple using Kato clay.

3 parts Kato Violet
3 parts Kato Silver
1 part Kato Magenta
3 parts Ecru Mix # 2-8 *
12 parts White Mix # 1-2 *

* See my Clay Color System for this clay base recipe.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Clay Recipe for the Pantone Color Tender Shoots -I-

Tender Shoots is a shade of lime green that I am especially fond of.  When I first discovered polymer clay, this shade of green was the first color I learned how to mix and wanted to use it in almost everything.  It is easy to lean towards your favorite colors when creating but if we intend to sell the creations we make, we need to think about others and their color preferences as well.  This is why I love mixing up the new Pantone colors each season as it helps to push my boundaries in creating new shades of colors I normally would not mix up as well as create new color combinations with them.  So here is the clay recipe for the Pantone Spring 2013 fashion color, Tender Shoots.

15 parts yellow
1/2 part green
1/4 part gold
6 parts white mix # 1-2 *

* See my Clay Color System for this clay base recipe.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Helen's Breil Book is Out -I-

I have been eagerly waiting with anticipation for Helen Breil's new e-book, "Shapes: 25 Inspirational Jewelry Designs in Polymer Clay".   I am excited to announce that it is finished and now available to purchase.  This book is fabulous and packed with so many new ideas and techniques that make you want to just dive in and play right away.  Just click on the photo to see more info and photographs as well as to purchase.  At only $20, it is a real bargain!

I am also thrilled to have some pieces I created included in her gallery of artists.  We were asked to create one of her pendant shapes from the book in our own unique style.  This is my necklace that is in the gallery that I titled "Water Lily".  Both the necklace and matching earrings are based on Helen's Cotter Pin Series, Design #4.

I am sure this book will be a huge success and we will see a lot of new jewelry designs popping out from this exciting and inspirational book.  Thank you Helen for sharing your ideas and wonderful work with us!

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