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

27 November 2015

Pantone Color Trends for Spring 2016

It's time to decide which of the trending Pantone colors you will incorporate into your Spring 2016 polymer clay palette. Here are the Top 10 to get you started.

20 November 2015

The Queen of Kitsch and Kitchen

Thinking back on my entire life, I cannot recall a time when I was rendered speechless. Go ahead, roll your eyes. It's just that today I stumbled upon someone who has forever changed my view of the world. I am seeing life through a lens of supersonic inspiration. It is taking my breath away. It is splendiferous.

You see, I've found a countess of cool. The queen of kitsch and kitchen. Her name is Christine McConnell. She bakes, she sews, she makes magic with Adobe® Photoshop® software, she creates objets d'art. She's half Elvira, half Stepford wife, half Dita Von Teese. One minute she's appears wholesome and the next minute wicked.

She's got a book due out next March called Deceptive Desserts: A Lady's Guide to Baking Bad!, but we will call it If She Makes it With Sugar, We Can Make it With Clay!. 

Here is a pumpkin pie she made in the style of Cinderella's carriage. Can you see it in polymer clay? Treat yourself to her website and Instagram. I believe you will find Miss Christine can be a nightmarish dream or dreamy nightmare.

Oh, and one more thing; in her spare time she dotes on her kitty cats and she makes (and models) her own underwear. Wow.

Photo credit: Christine H McConnell via Instagram.