07 October 2017

You Are Our Inspiration

Some of our best projects and tutorials come from our readers. That means you. For instance, check out this fabulous mandala tutorial from November 2001 Mandala Tutorial. Byrd Tetzlaff is the artist. She says the word "mandala" is Sanskrit for "wholeness"  or "healing circle." I, for one, could use a healing circle right about now.

Do you have a project you would like to share with our many readers and followers?

If you would like to be featured on our blog, send me a note: blog@pcPolyzine.com

Here's hoping we all can find wholeness and a healing circle.

18 April 2017

Wild Life Inspiration

Photo Credits: Animal Adventure Park, Harpursville, NY.
Usually at this time of year, a certain bunny rabbit soaks up a big basket of publicity.  This year (Ha!), bunny had some fierce competition for the spotlight. One very special giraffe, April, gave birth to her new baby boy at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. If you've been following this most audacious pregnancy, the payoff came when the whole world (or at least a few million of us) watched on livestream as April delivered her Baby Boy Giraffe. It was spectacular. If you are interested in the details, Baby weighed in at 129 pounds and stood 5 feet 9 inches when he eventually found his wobbly little legs. Mother and Baby are doing well*. 

To celebrate the birth, I went to the pcPolyzine tutorial archives, and snagged our Wild Life Wine Cup Candle project. The tutorial, by Deirdre Woodward Sanders, originally appeared in the January 2002 issue. As always, the tutorial is free and you are encouraged to share the link with your clay pals.

Sorry, BunBun, better luck next year.

*Program note: Just before this blogpost was published, the official website for April the Giraffe was pulled due to April suffering a minor leg injury. According to zoo personnel and April's veterinarian, the twisted ankle is not out of the ordinary and she is expected to be just fine. In the meantime, you can watch the birth on April's YT channel YouTube video.

01 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Wishing you a new year filled with peace, prosperity, and polymer clay.

08 December 2016

Pantone 2017 Color of the Year

Greenery is a symbol of new beginnings. It's especially inspirational to me as I try, once again, to put some new life into pcPolyzine. While my physical health may not be as I would like it, I know my mental health can be a far worse malady. I am of the mind that both go hand-in-hand; what affects one affects the other, sometimes in minor tones, sometimes major.

Pantone color matching systems is always on the pulse of design in fashion, home accessories and color schemes, and jewelry. We polymer clay artists should be inspired to incorporate the color-of-the-year into our repertoire, especially if we intend to market our art. Look at it as new beginning.

28 January 2016

Mea Culpa to the Last Drop

My sincerest apologies for posting an objection to a recent Maxwell House Coffee TV commercial. It seems I am alone in my position on the matter. A fair number of our blog followers unsubscribed. I did not mean to offend anyone - especially teachers. I do, however stand by my opinion that the commercial portrayed someone who was not monitoring the doings in the classroom, particularly a live turtle in a dump truck. And while I will agree that "people put dogs on skateboards" and such, a dog usually has the ability to jump off the board when he wants to. A turtle does not. So, back to posts about polymer clay and polymer clay only.

This post will be my last on the subject. Again, I am so sorry.

Jeannie Havel