Sunday, May 1, 2011

I'm so proud to announce my new line of rubber texture sheets!!!! (almost!!)

I just wanted to give you the heads up.   I'll soon be launching my own line of rubber texture sheets. I have come up with 5 new designs to start with.  I have MANY more ideas floating around in my head too but I decided to start with just 5. These ones are "same all over" designs. I have worked with most of these in the past in one way or another and I love the results that I achieved so that is how I chose the first 5.
Many of you are familiar with Bev's line of texture sheets "ImpressIT!" Bev has decided not to produce these any more and she has  graciously let me take over  some of her designs. You can see which ones I am taking over below.  I have changed a few of them so that the design will decrease in size from one edge to the other. I'm hoping that I'll have some ready at the end of May.  For now though Shades Of Clay is still offering any of Bev's remaining photopolymer texture sheets. (But once they're gone, they're gone!)


New PolymerCAFE issue

I guess that I forgot to mention it here but the latest issue of PolymerCAFE is out on the newstands now.
 The magazine had a "Steampunk" challenge and the winners were published in this issue.

 The editor thought that it would be a good idea to include a tutorial for some steampunk jewelry in the same issue so my article shows how to make a large pendant using a lot of "upcycled" bits and pieces.(of course it also shows yet another way to use the CaBezel Jewelry Molds. You can see 3 of them used in the piece here)

As part of this tutorial I showed how to create your own texture sheet using some ballchain, a zipper and a few other things to help you create some long thin lines of texture. These lines were then used to wrap around the edge of a clay circle to help create the illusion of an old timepiece or watch.

I have been using molds like these for over 2 years now . I really like the way these thin lines finish off edges.   Here is where the big news comes in.  I have decided to make this idea into a rubber texture and make them available for purchase.  I was hoping that it would be available when the magazine was released but after a few delays it just wasn't possible. I will tell you more about my new line of rubber textures in another post.  I'm hoping that my first group of textures (this one too) will be available by the end of May.