Friday, January 23, 2015

Bondage...glue that is.

To glue or not to glue, that is the question.

No it's not!  The question is "Which glue?"
If you are a maker of any sort, you need glue.  As polymer clay makers, creators and artists you know that you have asked the question "What is the best glue to use for.....?"

We often need glue for sticking baked clay to baked clay, raw clay to baked clay and metal to baked clay.
Ginger Davis Allman from The Blue Bottle Tree has quickly become known as the expert on many polymer clay subjects and recently she tackled the glue query.
You can find her extensive review here.
Ginger must have put in many hours researching this and for that, us polymer clay folk should be very grateful.
Thank you Ginger!!

In case you are wondering, Shades of Clay carries many of  the brands here.
The liquid clays and Polybonder are here.

Ginger mentions 2-part resins as well.  These are great because they can work as a glue but also a protective surface coating. We carry Diamond Glaze and also ICE Resin (scroll down to find it).

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Only How Many More Sleeps????

You've got to be kidding me!
We just finished Halloween......didn't we?.
My sister is already counting down the days until Christmas arrives.  Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to it too. Getting the family together around the table, sharing good food and perhaps some good wine as well. (OK, I'll be honest here, there is no perhaps when we're talking wine.  It's a definite)
I always remember my dad saying  "When you get older, time will just fly by."
At that time, I was probably 21 and I wanted to wish away the week days so that the week ends could arrive more quickly. Now that I'm older, I'm thinking it's time we added another day to the week so I can  have more time to get things done!
It's already November (how on earth did that happen?) and it's inevitable.  We need to start thinking about what gifts we will get for the people we care about. We also need to think about what we'll say when we're asked by out families, "What do you want for Christmas?"
This year, I've started a list....yep, I'm ready for the question and so my list is going up on the fridge tomorrow!

There isn't anything extravagant on my list, just small and simple things. A nice smelling soy candle....a new pair of slippers.  If I could ask for some "Me time", time for me to create and play with my clay, and my inks and my......I'm smiling just thinking about it.  I suppose that's a gift I'll have to ask myself for and I think I will!  Being creative is definitely good for the soul.  I truly believe that.

I almost forgot why I even started this post tonight!  It of course has to do with gift giving and receiving and also something good for the soul. I had a customer ask me on Facebook what a few other customers have asked me recently too (even had a husband or 2 asking me):)
"Do you sell gift certificates for Shades of Clay?"  Sadly, we don't. I'm sure I will set it up on the site in the future but for now I've been directing everyone here.  To the Polymer Clay Adventure.
If you haven't heard about it yet you'll want to.  It's a year long virtual retreat starting in January. There are 22 teachers sharing their techniques and I am one of them!  I'm honered to have been asked to participate. It's the first of it's kind and it promises to be exceptional.  Enough of my ranting.  Click here for more information if you are interested in either the giving or the receiving of something like this.
If you just want to slip the link into a email to your spouse, hint, hint dear.  You can send them this link in your wishlist. Just copy and paste it and make it easy for them!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Alcohol Inks

For all of you Alcohol Ink enthusiasts out there

You have asked, and we have listened. We have just listed 21 more single colours in the Adirondack line and we also have the White Opaque markers by Ranger available as well. We will soon be carrying all of the remaining colours in the Adirondack line. If there is something else you think we should be carrying please let us know. (BTW we still can't seem to find a supplier for the Yupo) Alcohol_Inks

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Polymer Clay Tutor demos the CaBezel Molds!

Just in case you missed it:

Cindy Lietz, "The Polymer Clay Tutor", created a video de-mystifying how to use the CaBezels molds. 

A big "Thank you" to Cindy Lietz,The Polymer Clay Tutor for creating a "How to" video using the Cabezels. She did a great job. It was refreshing for me to see someone else explaining just how easy they are to use. She has introduced my CaBezels to so many new people. The CaBezels have flown around the world to many places and that makes me so proud.  
Today alone they were sent to, Belgium, France, Australia and Israel and also to 9 different states and 4 different Provinces!  I think that's a record.
The CaBezels are an extremely light product to ship and many people are surprised at just how affordable shipping costs are. 
If a package weighs .249 grams or less it ships to the US for $8.25. To the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and several other places for about $10.95. I know many of you aren't sure what you can get that weighs under .249 grams but so many products are light. As an example, 4-5 textures, some cording and a few jewelry findings usually stay under .249 grams.  
The CaBezels weigh even less than texture stamps. We're always willing to weigh your package and let you know if you are within the limits. 
Cindy demos many products, creates videos and shares lots of great tips.
You can find the video here and sign up for her newsletter while you are there.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shades of Clay Newsletter -Discount coupon code

Shades of Clay sent out a newsletter yesterday and then we realized that not everyone receives it. That means that you're missing out on the 10% off coupon code.

If you are interested in subscribing and reading the newsletter. All you have to do is click on this link to take you to Shades of Clay.

Once there, click on the word "e-letter" in the little blue box at the top of the page. 
Once you subscribe, you'll receive the link to view the newsletter online and get the code!
The coupon offer does have an expiry date.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Almond Bezels and More" the new CaBezel Mold

"Almond Bezels and More". Does the name sound familiar to you? The newest CaBezel mold was designed to be used alongside "Almond Cabs and More" from Best Flexible Molds.
Penni Jo and I started communicating  a few months ago about the possibility of me creating a bezel mold to "frame" her cabochons.  I am happy to say that it is now available.
I find the Best Flexible molds  really easy to use and the shape of the cabochons were shouting out for matching bezels (OK, maybe that was just in my head).
The frame thickness (on the bezels) is approximately 2mm wide.  If you want the look of a wider bezel or a textured one, that's easy to do.
Once your baked bezel comes out of the oven and has cooled, place it on top of a textured sheet of clay (some liquid clay will help the raw clay bond with the baked)  then,  use a cookie cutter or better yet, cut a free-hand shape with a blade and re-bake.  
Now create your cabochon. The sky really is the limit here. Try translucent clay with a drop of ink to gently color it or create a faux stone look.
Once you have de-molded the clay from the Best Flexible "Almond Cabs and More" mold,  place it in the center and gently push  into the bezel to fill it in perfectly. Bake. If you have used mica powders or anything else that needs a protective coating PYMII is a great solution.

You can find both of the molds on this page.  If you purchase both of them together you will save 10%

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Horizontal Pin Converters

Horizontal Pin Converters

Have you ever had a favorite brooch/pin that you wish could double as a pendant but didn't know how to do it? This may be your answer. It is called the horizontal pin converter.
Just slip it onto an existing pin/brooch and voila!  You can now hang it on a chain or cord.  The opening on the horizontal pin converter is over sized so thick cord and even large clasps on a necklace will fit through.
If you are creating a new piece of jewelry now and you want to make it so it can be both a pendant and a pin/brooch you can see how I did it here.

The placement of the pinback is important as it always is when you want your pendant to hang properly. Always place this in the upper third portion of the back, otherwise, your pendant will flop forward because of the weight.
As you can see in the photos, my pinbacks (1 1/4") were a lot wider than the horizontal pin converter. That's OK but it will slide around.  I fixed this by slipping a piece of 2.5mm SoftGlass onto the pin.  The pin converter now sits snugly in one place.
Another choice would be to use smaller pinbacks (last photo).  These pinbacks are 3/4" and a perfect width.
if you sell your work at craft fairs why not offer some of the pin converters for sale to your customers? They will most likely see added value in being able to wear the piece that they are purchasing in more  than one way!
The pendant was made using the brand new "Almond Bezels and More" CaBezel mold that was designed to perfectly match Best Flexible PJ001 Almond Cabs and More!  A match made in heaven :)

Here is a sneak peek at the new "Almond Bezels and More" CaBezel mold.