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Welcome to 2015!

Welcome to 2015!

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that 2015 will be a year full of happiness, good health and new adventures for you all! I seem to have been quite busy at the end of 2014 and didn’t manage to update my blog or my facebook page very often. I also haven’t sent out any emails to my  mailing list subscribers for some time either. I will endeavour to stay in touch better in 2015! I am looking forward to lots of exciting events in 2015 including these 3 day polymer events:  Polymania workshop in March with Donna Kato and Bettina Welker...

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Purple Kaleidoscope Jewellery

Purple Kaleidoscope Jewellery

I realised quite how much blue jewellery I make so I am trying to broaden my colour palette a bit. I asked on facebook what colour people thought I should work with and I got lots of brilliant (and some quite scary) suggestions! I decided to start gently with some purple and here’s some purple kaleidoscope cane jewellery I made.       Talking of facebook I am going to run a giveaway there soon – when I reach 2000 likes – only 15 to go!!! The giveaway will be open to all likers of my page so if you don’t...

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Changing Seasons Polymer Clay Beaded Necklace Tutorial in Beads and Beyond October 2014

Changing Seasons Polymer Clay Beaded Necklace Tutorial in Beads and Beyond October 2014

I am thrilled to have my ‘Changing Seasons’ polymer clay beaded necklace tutorial in the October 2014 edition  Beads and Beyond magazine which is available in the shops or online now. It’s a fantastic issue of the magazine packed full of inspirational  autumn jewellery projects using a wide range of techniques. The beads are made from one cane which has been made using a three colour Skinner blend – I have a detailed tutorial for this available on my new Tutorial page. I had fun working with the pantone autumn colours...

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New tutorial page and Pointy stripe tutorial now on my website

New tutorial page and Pointy stripe tutorial now on my website

I’ve made a new tutorial page on my website to collect together my tutorials. There’s links to the online ones and a list of the ones printed in magazines too. I’ve finally added the first tutorial I ever wrote (back in 2010!) to my website! When I wrote it I couldn’t figure out how to share it on my web page so I had it available on Scribd  You do need old crumbly clay to make this work – if you don’t have any you could leach some clay to make it more crumbly. The Surfingcat Graduated Pointy Stripe...

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I’m still enjoying blue and white kaleidoscope canes…

I’m still enjoying blue and white kaleidoscope canes…

I do really rather like blue and white it seems. I couldn’t resist another blue and white kaleidoscope cane pendant. This one is a little smaller than the last one I showed you. There are matching earrings too but I haven’t assembled them yet, I much prefer the polymer bit of jewellery making! They’ll be available for sale at my next exhibition which isn’t until November at the Totterdown Arts Trail so I’ve got plenty of time to finish those earrings make some more canes too. I might even make some in different...

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Polymania UK 2015

Polymania UK 2015

I am very excited to announce that in March 2015 – Polymania UK will take place in Bristol, UK! Full day polymer clay workshops with Donna Kato, Bettina Welker and Cara Jane Hayman.  Booking is now open and you can find more details on the Polymania  2105 page...

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Blue and White Kaleidoscope Pendant

Blue and White Kaleidoscope Pendant

Here is my one of latest pieces of polymer clay  jewellery – a Kaleidoscope tile pendant in blue and white. I love it and have been wearing it a lot (I wear a lot of blue – you might have noticed from my jewellery I like blue). I made a couple of similar ones, I don’t like to make anything exactly the same and they have all been snapped up so I must make another cane in the same style soon.   I’ve been busy organising an exciting polymer clay workshop which will take place in Bristol in March 2015, it’s a 3...

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Curing experiments – Fimo results

Curing experiments – Fimo results

A long time ago I did a lot of experiments with the curing of Kato polyclay and shared the results with you in a series of blog posts.  It all started with trying to make these bangles and having issues with their durability, I am still wearing them now 3 years later so the effort was worth it. I also did some testing on Fimo and the results of these experiments were published in the From Polymer to Art purple magazine. I have just realised I never shared the results with you so here they are below. I won’t share all the Kato results...

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What I’ve been up to…

What I’ve been up to…

Goodness me it’s been a while since I blogged! I’ve had a bad back which has meant I haven’t really done very much of late but it’s a lot better and I’m back in action at last! There’s a couple of exciting things I should tell you about since I last blogged: Two of my polymer clay beads were published in the Lark Book – 1000 Beads. This is the first time my work has been published in a book and I was thrilled! It’s a fabulous book full of gorgeous beads made out of many different materials but...

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Craft, Stitch and Hobby International

Craft, Stitch and Hobby International

I had a very busy few days representing Kato Polyclay at the Craft Stitch and Hobby International Trade Show at the NEC in Birmingham last week. It is such an honour to be able to share the magic of polymer clay with so many people in such a short time. This year I delivered the message very effectively with a Product Presentation everyday – where I shared a slide show sharing some of my tips about using Kato Polyclay and then did a quick demo of a kaleidoscope cane. I also gave a 40 minute millifiori masterclass each day. There were 20...

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