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Now You Made That Cane, Now What?

Posted by JoAnne Mattingly on

Producing a beautiful cane is a wonderful thing.  However, you may be confused as to what to do with it afterward.  Here a just a few suggestions. One idea is to do what Donna Kato showed me years ago and slice up a portion of the cane and 'back' it up to the original cane thus producing a sort of wallpaper effect.ane. Of course, you can make a beautiful piece of jewelry out of the cane.   You could make jewelry out of the transformed cane as well. And since you are a good crafter, you will have all of the...

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Fix "Bad Clay" - Don't Throw it Away!

Posted by JoAnne Mattingly on

When you buy clay from the internet, you run the risk of getting a hold of "bad clay".  Polymer Clay that has been sitting in a box somewhere for who knows how long.  Or just a batch of clay that is unbelievably hard that the person on the internet would like to get rid of.  So you buy it and it crumbles up into a million pieces and generally, a pain in the posterior?  Do you sigh and throw it away as a loss?  Do you beat it with a hammer hoping to soften it up a bit?  Or do...

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Making a "Painterly" Flower Cane

Posted by JoAnne Mattingly on

When making a cane, you want to have depth, color, and a certain look. In this particular case, I was looking for a painterly effect to my cane.   I wanted it to look like it had been painted on, not created out of polymer clay.   I believe that I got the image I wanted.  Here are the instructions on how you can get this look as well.   Hi, all.  I promised you a video, but unfortunately, my video camera doesn't  seem to like me.  I will have the read the directions over again to see what the heck...

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Welcome to Polymer Clay Gifts and More

Posted by JoAnne Mattingly on

Formerly known as The Joy of Polymer Clay, I changed the name to make it a bit easier to find me and my art.  Also, I have been working on paintings in oil, acrylic, colored pencil and such and will be adding them to this site for you all to see. Polymer Clay Gifts and More is here. not only to supplement my income but also to provide inspiration and examples of what you could accomplish yourself.  While some of it may look difficult, if you break everything down into simple steps, you would be able to do similar work.  As...

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