This Year’s Palette

Yes indeed, polymer clay does come in tons of colors and shades. But just like tubes of paint, I believe we should be color-mixing to make our work ‘our own’. Every January, I like to choose all the colors that I would like to use for the next twelve months. Browsing through magazines, photographs, Pinterest, paint cards, and fabric samples is my method of selection and elimination. Once I have narrowed it all down to around forty hues, the physical job of mixing the clay gets started. My goal is usually 5 colors a day. Mixing more than seven and my hands will let me know that they have been overworked. When each color is fully mixed, it is wrapped in wax paper. Now it’s time to have some fun and ‘make art’!

Here is a sample of ‘the method to my madness’.

The darker brown and yellow will be mixed to create a lighter brown. Ratio is 1:1.

The darker brown and yellow will be mixed to create a lighter brown. Ratio is 1:1.

A small food processor saves time and my hands!

A small food processor saves time and my hands!

First roll through the pasta machine.

First roll through the pasta machine.

Freshly finished new color!

Freshly finished new color!

Some examples of some of my polymer clay color palette for 2015IMG_5021_2 IMG_5013IMG_5008

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Office Equipment and the Studio

There is this product out there called Lazertran Silk. It is wonderful for transferring images onto polymer clay. When I was first introduced to it, it brought back memories of my brothers’ model cars with tons of decals decorating them. This particular product allows you to print any image onto the ‘silk’ using a laser copier.

At my husband’s office, there is not just your ordinary laser printer. No, it does not use toner nor ink-jet. Nope, it uses wax! I call it the ‘crayola copier’. What is so neat about it, is that when the transferred images are copied onto the polymer clay and then cured in the oven, the heat melts the wax image into the clay. It has a much softer look to it than when the conventional copier is used. Sometimes it has its downside such as when the original color changes drastically. But that issue is so rare that it hardly needs mentioning.

This piece is my second mosaic bowl that I have recently completed. It is title ‘Nana’s Quilt Stash’.

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Polymer clay tiles set into wooden bowl. Design process using Lazertran Silk. I used sanded grout.

To complete the underside of the bowl, I used acrylic paint, copper leaf, and made polymer clay feet.

To complete the underside of the bowl, I used acrylic paint, copper leaf, and made polymer clay feet.

Vacation for Inspiration.

Who doesn’t yearn to travel and explore new places?! Last year we took our second trip to Wyoming. (My husband and I dearly love the Southwest.) Sure Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Jackson Hole were on our agenda, but we wanted to also explore new parts of Wyoming. I discovered that the second largest sand dune mass in the world is in the southwest area of the state. We ate our packed lunch atop one of them! We stopped at a nearby petroglyph site. And after driving for hours seeing dunes, wild horses, and antelope, suddenly we came upon the Red Desert. Unfortunately, my camera battery was dead by that time. But I made this bowl!

Polymer clay mosaic bowl with decorative papers.

Polymer clay mosaic bowl with decorative papers.

Papers were decoupaged onto wooden bowl base.

Papers were decoupaged onto wooden bowl base.