Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Magnetic Pendants Tutorial by Helen Breil

Magnetic Pendants Tutorial

If you are a fan of Helen Breil's work you are going to want to see this.
Helen has just released a 90 minute video class introducing an exciting new form of jewelry – magnetic pendants!
This latest class from Helen is a must have tutorial!  A steal at $20.00!

Click here to access the Magnetic Pendants class.

Once you enroll for a free trial, you can see the first 3 (of 18) videos free.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Buna Cord Demystified

Buna Cord and O-rings
My assistant Patti helped me put this video together a while ago.  I just forgot to let everyone know that we published it!
Our plan is to make several (shorter) videos showing how I use different products to create my jewelry etc.
This  video about Buna cord is a little bit long (our apologies).
If you've ever had questions about how to use Buna cord and O-rings we hope this video will answer those burning questions for you.  :)
We show lots of examples at the end so maybe grab a cuppa and watch it here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

2 Good Claymates: Creating an Interchangeable Snap Base Necklace

2 Good Claymates: Creating an Interchangeable Snap Base Necklace

More great ideas from Carolyn of 2 Good Claymates!  She clarifies several uses of cording and findings and also gives a mini tutorial.

Her pendants are gorgeous (and in my favourite colours too!) Hint, hint Carolyn :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The CaBezels Get a Great Review

The Beading Gem meets the CaBezel Molds

Back in November, Shades of Clay decided  that it might be a great idea to take part in the
Grand River Bead Society's annual show and sale.
After all, we know just how great polymer clay is for creating beads and jewelry and since we are passionate about sharing any and all information polymer clay we knew it would be a great fit if we attended.
Since I personally know how well the CaBezel molds work for creating fabulous cabochons and bezels
I demo-ed for the entire 2 days of the sale.  We heard so many ewwws and awwws especially from those unfamiliar with polymer clay. We had more than a few converts!
While I was demo-ing I met so many wonderful people, from current customers, to teachers to bloggers.
That's where Pearl Blay comes in. If you haven't heard of her yet, you will want to.
Pearl writes a blog that is full of so much juicy information.
Topics range from Chain Maille to Polymer Clay to Resin.
If you are looking for something new to try, you can likely find it there.
No wonder The Beading Gem has over 32.000 followers!
Her blog is a breath of fresh air.

Pearl just published a review about the CaBezel Molds. It helps to demystify them.
The beading Gem is hosting a contest to win $25. from Shades of Clay.  You still have time to try your luck.
It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, February 13, 2017
You can read the article for yourself  here
 and enter the contest too!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A "Love-ly" Little Dish - A Tutorial using Polymer Clay

I have been allowing myself to have some creative time recently. It has proven to me just how important it is to make time for this activity as it helps me to feel grounded in ways that nothing else can. Simply put, I'm just happier when I'm creating!

While I was playing, I came up with an idea to create little heart shaped dishes (bowls) and I even managed to get it out there in time for Valentine's Day!   OK, barely, but it is such a simple idea that you will still have time to make a few before February 14th.

Whether you choose to give a few, make one for yourself or use it as an excuse to keep the kids busy, I think you will be pleased with the results.

I have used Iced Enamels over black polymer clay to decorate mine, but really, you could use anything.
Cover scrap clay with Swellegant  paint and patinas, use brightly coloured clay, canes or silk screens or textures.

These little vessels are just waiting to be made in whatever way your little heart desires. (Yep, pun intended).

Click here for the video.

I hope you like it.

You can probably find substitutes for the cutters and the stainless steel mold at home but just in case you still need something, here are some quick links to help you find the products quickly. from Shade

Heart Cutters and also the Stainless Steel Sphere Mold

Polymer Clay



ICED Enamels

PYMII  (Can only be shipped within Canada)