Thursday, May 25, 2017

Little translucent head pin flowers
You will need:
2-3" headpins gold or silver
Cernit Translucent clay- I used Emerald, Violet, Turquoise, Ruby, and Amber
Square cutters- 3/16", 5/8", and 3/4"
Scotch Quick dry adhesive
Cernit can be purchased at


Little Head pin flowers

Put a tiny drop of the glue on the head of the pin and let it dry. The bottle has been re-labeled I will place a picture of the new bottle below

This is the new labeled bottle

Condition and roll out clay on the 3rd or 4th thickest setting in your pasta machine. Using the 3/4" square cutter, cut out as many squares of the color as you want to make flowers. I used 2" Skinner blends for my flowers. Emerald for the leaf squares which is the 5/8" square. And all the centers will be the new 3/16" square cutters that we are now carrying. Push the head pin through the center of the flower square.
You can find all of these square cutters at any of our etsy stores ask for special order.
Or at
On this page you will find links to all of our shops and my blog

Add a 3/16" Amber colored square to the top of the head pin with the dried glue dot and press the flower square and the center square around the head pin top.
Here is the link to all of our shops.

Pull all the corners together in the center by doing the left and the right side corners first and then top bottom corners. Tack the lightly together with out smashing together.

Slide the 5/8" Emerald leaf square on to the end of the head pin and slide up against the flower bud. Tack the leaf and the bud together in the centers of each the leaf square and the center of the bud bottom.

Like so.

Curl under two opposite corners to the center of the leaf square and tack to the clay lightly with out smashing the curl.

Curled leaves have rolled look like a curl of chocolate.

Here is the completed bud. Lay on a piece of card sock in your tray and bake in a oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. I also tint the whole tray with aluminum foil. I bake in a regular electric oven for 50 minutes. I plunge them into an ice water bath hot out of the oven until they are cool. The translucent will be more translucent if quenched in ice water.
Have fun!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Blast from the past Jewelry Crafts 1997

There is something about cleaning out your studio thoroughly! The things you find can be surprising.
I found a large box back in a corner, it had been sealed from a Bead and Button show in 1997, it was similar to a time capsule of bead work from before 1997. Lots of beads.
I also found this article that was written about the same time in Jewelry Crafts magazine. A very fun day all in all.
Princesses have castles, I still don't have one!
Memories, I have many! Welcome to my studio time capsule!

Monday, May 8, 2017

New cutters!

I am happy to announce that Kemper has added two new cutters to the 3/16" and 5/16 cutter styles with a small square and a small triangle. We are loading different sets in to and in to stores as we get them photographed. you will be able to by them in the full square set, full triangle set, all the 3/16" cutters and all the 5/16" sets also, even just the two square and triangle sizes.
This is a very nice thing!

These are the two new cutters added to the square and triangle sets
If you already have all the cutters you will be able to buy just these individually also

The Square is now a 7 piece set as well as the triangle set now

Now the smallest cutter set in 3/16" has a triangle and square 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Another Amazing class at NWPCG Clay Camp

Kim day is teaching an all day class at Clay Camp in the great Northwest Polymer Clay Guilds annual retreat.
Come for the whole day or the whole time. it is up to you. even a couple of days. Room and board included in sign up. Sign up at, there is a sign right on the front page that says go to Camp and many ways to go to camp will be presented in the menu on the sign up area!
Check it out!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ZENadu Pendant at Clay Camp!

Long Zenadu Pendant 
I just wanted to let you know that if you are taking the ZENADU Pendant class from me at Clay Camp in the great NorthWest of America, put on by the NWPCG you will also learn how to make this happen there small Pendant with the same technique.
So make the Zenadu Pendant and you can do this Pendant also.
Classes are still open, come for one, come for all of them, or come for a day or two, or the whole damn time. You will not regret it.
Clay for my classes is being donated by me and my on line store

Short Zenadu Pendant

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pendant light shade re-do!

You know the shades they have for the lights that hang down low over your bar or kitchen sink, pendant lights? They have the best shades, very artsy! Thick, nice, clear, or frosted textured and or smooth.
Many colors!
Well, what happens when you break one and you have to replace all the shades because you can not find the ones you have anymore...out of style?
You replace the Pendant lamps with new shades, get a face lift for the kitchen,  and make something out of those shades.
I got these from a friend that found a bunch of them. Gave a few to me at clay day, and told me to make something, it was so funny because a couple of days before I had pulled out a Lamp shade from a floor lamp that I absoluetly loved and had broken. I could not through the glass away. I loved it! I was going to and then this hit me. Like a slap upside the head it came to me.
I went to clay day and then more glass lamp shades came my way. bam! There is the idea, ready and waiting in the back of my trap.
There is a saying that if you see something three times look in to it! It is trying to tell you something.
I don't really wait for three anymore! More that once within a week I check it out!

Here is the result of the shades and below is the large one I am doing. About punch bowl size I would say. Perfect for table top, with dried flowers or ornamental fruit in glass.