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.

Sincerely,
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.

15 November 2015

Aromatic Inspiration From DeviantArt.com

With all the avenues one can traverse on the journey to unearth and take in massive amounts of polymer clay art, there is none quite like DeviantArt.com. Yes, there are traditional works. There are displays that are the same as those gracing the usual polyclay haunts (Etsy, Facebook, Pinterest, . . .) but many times at this social media mega site, there are surprises. Many times the display is part of the art. Take Monster Kookies for example. Here is an artist with a whimsical mind. I hope the tutorial inspires you to try scenting some of your clay creations, and the visual display tickles your fancy.
Monster Kookies - How to Scent Polymer Clay from DeviantArt.com
Photo Credit: Monster Kookies

31 October 2015

Happy Halloween!!

Good grief!! Halloween got here much sooner than I expected, so the most I can muster at this late date is something orange. I know, it's feeble, but wait until you see it. As crazy as I am for canes, and for as long as I've been involved with polymer clay (23 years), here is a cane (orange BTW) I've never seen. It's one of many from FIMO Live Journal. Imagine the possibilities just by using different color combinations. You could make a quick pair of earrings to wear with your costume -- you are dressing up, right? Have fun tricking or treating and remember to set your clocks back an hour. Oh, how I love that!!
Photo Credit: FIMO Live Journal