The blog has had a bit of a facelift over the past couple of days, with excerpts instead of full posts on the home, category and tag pages to make it easier to browse for items of interest. I’ve also added upcoming polymer clay classes to the sidebar, have changed the colour scheme, and made a whole series of mostly geeky tweaks.
I use alcohol inks for both polymer clay and papercraft… and I have a LOT of them! Here’s how I keep them instantly accessible without taking up much space. I use a similar approach for organising other supplies such as mica powders, embossing powders and specialist paints.
I love earrings. They’re my favourite kind of jewellery to wear, they’re easy to make — even if you’re making something else you can almost always get a pair of earrings out of the leftovers — and being small and relatively inexpensive they’re easy to buy too.
When using glue-on findings to make stud-type polymer clay earrings, I’d suggest you don’t just glue the studs on. Add a thin backing of polymer clay too, which looks tidier and more professional and holds the studs more strongly as well.
Most of the polymer clay articles I’ll be posting here will not be brand-specific, so for simplicity I thought I’d put my curing recommendations for common polymer clay brands into a single post which I’ll reference as required.
Unless otherwise indicated, the recommendations are my own based on extensive testing. They do not always agree with the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging!
A while ago I designed my own earring display cards because I couldn’t find any with the features I wanted. A couple of students at my recent Polymer Clay Surface Design Techniques class were interested in how to make them, and since I’d had a vague idea of sharing the technique anyway I thought it was finally time to take the plunge (or a tiptoe!) into the world of social media and provide the information as a blog post.