Mashed Up Hearts Polymer Clay Project: Raku Variation

Feb 21, 2012

If you loved the Mashed Up Hearts project over on our Beading Daily blog, here's a cool variation made to resemble ceramic Raku! Read on to find out how you can win a free kit including a package of Premo! Sculpey clay and the glitters used to create the original version of this free polymer clay project, courtesy of Polyform Products!

Smashed Up Raku Heart:

Materials:

  • (1) 2 oz. package Premo! Sculpey clay, black
  • Pearl Ex powders in: True Blue, Spring Green, Flamingo Pink, Super Copper and Gold to resemble traditional Raku colors
  • 18 gauge jewelry wire in colors to match your powders and glitter

Tools:

  • Sculpey Super Slicer Blade
  • Clay conditioning machine
  • Work mat
  • Tools for adding texture to clay
  • Craft knife
  • Flush cutters
  • Chain nose or flat nose pliers

Step by Step Instructions:

Step 1: Roll out the Premo! black clay on the widest setting on the clay conditioning machine. Cut in half and stack the two pieces on top of each other. Use your craft knife to cut out a basic heart shape. It should NOT be a perfect heart shape! Step 2: Use your index finger to soften the edge of the heart. Step 3: Touch the Pearl Ex colors to the remaining piece of clay.
Step 4: Texture this piece of clay using your favorite tools. Step 5: Make sure that your clay is firmly pressed to the work mat and use the slicer blade to slice very thin pieces of the textured surface away. Step 6: Apply these pieces to the heart shape. You don't need to cover the entire heart with slices of textured clay.
Step 7: Twist a small amount of wire and cut to the desired length. Insert the wire into each side of the heart. Step 8: Bake the clay according to package directions. You can add a pin back to the finished Mashed Up Heart or string it as a pendant!

And now for the fun part: the giveaway! Iris Weiss and the great folks over at Polyform Products have provided a fabulous little "mini kit" that includes four packages of Premo! polymer clay and a set of six glitters so you can make your own Mashed Up Hearts!

To win this lovely little kit of polymer clays and glitters, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog and tell me why you love working with polymer clay.

You have until midnight, EST on Sunday, February 26, 2012 to leave your comments. At that time, comments will be closed and I'll use my trusty random number generator to pick a winner! (So make sure that if you enter, you have a current email in your Beading Daily profile so I can contact you!) This giveaway is open to international entries, too, so our overseas readers can participate! (Retail value of the polymer clay kit is approximately $15.)

Good luck and Bead Happy!

Jennifer


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Jasmine1485 wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 6:28 AM

I'm just starting now to work with polymer clay but I wanted to start because of the versatility of the medium.  I see people making all kinds of jewellery, models, trinket boxes...  using shimmer powders, glitter, granite-look clay, pearlescent clay... using moulds, rolling pins, pasta machines, cutters!  I can't explain how excited I am and how many things I long to try :)

wingirl wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 6:39 AM

I like polymer clay because you don't need a lot of expen$ive equipment, like a kiln, and because the medium itself stays viable until you cure it with the craft oven.  What more could you want in an artistic medium?

jbranasc wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 6:46 AM

I love working with polymer clay because it has such an endless variety of possible colors, shapes, and textures.  It is easy to start and offers a quick reward to the beginner.

josouth2 wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 9:30 AM

Wow, what a fun idea.  I haven't done very much with polymer clay, but this entices me to try it out.

annwms wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 10:50 AM

Many years ago I worked in polymer clay.  I loved making things with my children and then "antiquing" them.  Alas, I haven't worked in clay in a while and would love to get back into it.  There are so many tools now that weren't available back then!

Chris Potter wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 11:37 AM

I am just a begginer. I like the way you can let your imagination loose and let it flow.

driggers wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 11:37 AM

That's great results for a quick and easy project but then that is one of the best things about polymer clay.  It is an easy medium to work in and can produce great results.  I've just had my first opportunity to work with the glitters and powders and am looking forward to trying different soon.

DAZ52 wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 11:56 AM

I have recently been very interested in getting started with Polymer Clay. Up till now my experience with clay was in a pottery studio where I also worked the raku technique of firing to get beautiful metallic results in the glazing.

Most of my time, over the last 9 yrs, has been spent teaching my self to bead with the help of BEADWORK and getting some pleasing results with persistence and patience.

I would love to win this kit and get started with Polymer Clay.

Annster wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 12:02 PM

These little hearts look really cool!  I'll give them a try.  I love polymer clay because of the huge variety of things you can make with it.  You can mix your own colors, stamp it, texture it, mold it,  - the variatons are endless!  With polymer clay, if you can think it, you can make it. -Anne

datella57 wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 12:10 PM

Polymer clay is the best! Jillian (she's 7) and I create some beautiful unique beads which we then turn into bracelets for friends and family.  She is really turning into quite the artist :)

datella57 wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 12:10 PM

Polymer clay is the best! Jillian (she's 7) and I create some beautiful unique beads which we then turn into bracelets for friends and family.  She is really turning into quite the artist :)

Cackleberry wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 2:50 PM

What a cool technique!!  Going to try this on some bracelets!!!

EMAcreations wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 3:37 PM

I began working with polymer clay because of 2 main reasons. First, I like to make my jewelry as close to homemade as possible. I mean fully homemade, right down to the wire-wrapped findings and handcrafted beads. Polymer clay allows me to do this. Secondly, as I am just starting out selling my jewelry I don't have a lot of overhead for expensive materials such as semi-precious stone cabochons.

I love working with polymer clay because it is the most versatile, quick, cost effectice medium that I have had the pleasure of working with. With proper finishing techniques, you can make amazing faux semi-precious stones (cheap yet beautiful cabs anyone?), mimic wood, antique metal, ceramics, even create beautiful faux lamp-work beads. The low baking temperatures make it possible to bake polymer clay on top of other items as well, so you can cover old beads which you have no intent on ever using with clay and voila! Recycled original material, ready to be strung!

CraftyKiter wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 6:50 PM

I love the versatility that polymer clay allows me to have. Polymer clay also allows me to be able to create wonderful jewelry on a very limited budget!

creativemoon wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 7:48 PM

I have been wanting to start working with Polymer Clay for awhile now.  I would love to make my own beads and with this medium, the sky is the limit.  I would need to get a clay conditioning device, such as a pasta roller.  My first attempt was using a very very hard clay and it actually bruised my hands! LOL  But, I have seen the diversitality of Polymer Clay, and definitely want to give it another go!  With this kit, it would give me that perfect boost! =)

cj maxx wrote
on Feb 23, 2012 2:57 AM

Polymer clay gets me back in touch with my inner child!  There are very few "No you can'ts!" with this medium so it is very relaxing, and makes you look good 'cause you can't really mess up!  The few things that don't come out looking okay can be recycled back into cores of beads if you haven't baked yet.  While you CAN spend tons on stuff to embellish and work with, you can also do very well with stuff you already have if you craft at all, a plus when you want to whip up something on a small budget for one of your 2 daughter-in-laws, 5 granddaughters, 6 sisters, 6 sister-in-laws, 10 nieces, multitudes of "greats"......you get the picture!

mcbeading wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 2:38 AM

I love the pearl effects very cool

CarlaH@16 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 7:45 AM

Clay Play! Love the glimmer shimmery effect! So many ideas now pulsing in my mind for my playing today! Thanks! I have to have some of that sparkly shine...I love the feel the tactile fun of mushing my clay into whatever I can. I loseall track of time when I play with my clay!  

DMoss wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 7:46 AM

I love working with Polymer Clay because it reminds me of playing with ceramic clay in my Mother's ceramic shop.  I can't remember not having a shop in our house.  Now that she is gone it brings back a lot of memories.

feline6pooh wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 7:49 AM

I love the look of raku and would love to try it out.  I haven't done much yet with polymer clay but would like to get more involved with it.

on Feb 25, 2012 7:50 AM

I've been working with polymer clay for about 2 years now & I absolutely love it! It can mimic almost any texture & can be carved, shaped, sanded, drilled & altered in many, many ways! I love the feel & texture of the Premo clay & it is what I use the most of. It comes out of the package almost ready to use, very little conditioning is necessary. Great product! Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway!

suz4as wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 7:52 AM

Working with polymer clay is simple, it can be reshaped easily, comes in many colours, can be used in a variety of applications, it's clean and best of all, it's so reasonably priced

Kmiale wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 7:56 AM

I have been working with clay and pottery for over

5 years now. Since I am about to have my 3rd

child, I want to find mediums and projects

that I can work with at home. This is an exciting

project that will get me started. It looks like a lot

of fun! Thank you for the creative idea :)..

jcobb wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:14 AM

I've never tried it. A free kit sounds like a terrific way to start!

Knottyneedle wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:16 AM

the problem with winning this is whether to keep for myself or give to my daughter who is making polymer clay charms.  Nope, I would keep for myself.

ElaineC@40 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:17 AM

Love the idea of adding the powder!  I'm just starting to explore the various techniques available in working with polymer.

RPickering wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:23 AM

I began my jewelry-making journey with wire wrapping and have only recently begun to work with polymer clay. It is one of the most versatile mediums I have ever tried. Most anything you can dream up can be made with polymer clay. I like, too, that you can incorporate other media into your polymer clay projects, such as adding wire-wrapped coils or spirals to a clay project. My crafting journey has only been enhanced by adding polymer clay to the repertoire.

BeckyP@18 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:26 AM

I like working with polymer clay because you can make it look like anything &  it's fast &  easy. It's like playing with play dough when we were kids. It engages my imagination.                                          Becky

Cheryl@94 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:34 AM

I just got interested in polymer clay and this is perfect timing. I'm at the read-all-about-it stage. I'm really looking forward to making my own beads and buttons without having to have a kiln or wheel. Looks like something I can do in my own home.

BeckyP@18 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:35 AM

I like working with polymer clay because you can make it look like anything. It is fast, easy &  inexpensive. It's like playing with play dough when we were kids. I have not added  the powders yet, but that is next. Polymer clay lets my imagination loose.

Mktraver wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:53 AM

I have never worked with polymer clay before, but this has gotten me seriously thinking about expanding my creative experiences...beautiful hearts!!!

Mktraver wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:55 AM

I have never worked with polymer clay before, but this has gotten me seriously thinking about expanding my creative experiences...beautiful hearts!!!

on Feb 25, 2012 8:57 AM

I have just started to work with polymer clay but so far I love how when something does not go exactly as you were looking for you can still achieve a new piece that is just as fabulous.   Very forgiving medium.

Can't wait to try more.

terryguz wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:57 AM

This is such a beautiful project.  it's amazing to me that it is made out fo polymer clay.  Thanks for sharing.  I can't wait to try it.

sylvie95p wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:57 AM

I love the raku effect. Would like to try it.

lesbro wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:09 AM

I can make all the little occupants and lots of other items for my dollshouse displays and still make jewellery for me. What other product can cover such a variety of crafts as polymer clay.

klb312 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:12 AM

As a beginner, I would love to win this kit.  A heart would be a start but I am thinking a psychedelic cat would be perfect.

klb312 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:13 AM

As a beginner, I would love to win this kit.  A heart would be a start but I am thinking a psychedelic cat would be perfect.

kpmartin wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:23 AM

Wow, I've never worked with polymer clay before, and now I am excited to try it!  Being newly retired and new to the whole jewelry-making scene, I am nearly overwhelmed with all the possibilities there are to express my creative ideas.   Now I have the time to explore all these delightful artistic pathways.  My only dilemma is which pathway to explore first!  ;-)

Mary AnneF wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:26 AM

I love polymer clay because it expands my creativity exponentially! I can make my own pendant to match beads in my stash in just a few minutes. And you really don't need any special tools - lots of things around the house work fine.

justducky2 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:38 AM

Polymer clay allows artists a different dimension to work in.  I am a floral designer who has morphed into metalsmithing and now polymer clay.  Metalsmithing can get tedious at times, but working in polymer clay is pure joy!  No fancy equipment, just me and my imagination.

Thank you for the project, Jennifer, it appeals to my edgy-ethereal aesthetic.

on Feb 25, 2012 9:55 AM

I love working with polymer clay! In fact I have a tray ready to be baked next to me right now.  I have not done too much with the shimmer powders yet but I think I might have to give them a try!  Lovely project.

krisfolden wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 10:06 AM

Love this idea. As a potter, I like making stamps for imprinting, texturing my clay projects. The polymer lasts much longer, makes sharper details. I also  make garden markers out of polymer, it's waterproof, colorful and my grandkids love making them.

LaceyJ1204 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 10:24 AM

I love polymer clay!!!  It's a great medium to work with.

dmatay wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 10:29 AM

I love working with polymer clay because there are so many ways my 3 and 5 year old girls can join me in the process. From picking the colors, turning the pasta machine, making the beads, timing the heating process, and then stringing the final product. Good times!

brenda@17 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 10:29 AM

I have been wanting to try polymer clay for a while.  This looks like an easy beginner project.  My mother is now living with me and this looks like a great mother-daughter project.

LouKyMom wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 10:52 AM

I just started working with polymer clay and had a beginners course two weekends ago.  The instructor and class was great and definitely inspired me to go forth and conquer!  I look forward to making jewelry pieces since I'm a beader at heart; however, I love that I can make other things too!  Once I get some experience with making jewelry pieces, like beads and pendants, then I want to move on to some home decor type items like boxes and other containers.  This prize would help me getting started with some new and different projects.

KayM@27 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 11:20 AM

I love how polymer clay is a blank slate.  

I can do anything and it responds with a surprizing, beautiful result.

gypsykae wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 11:30 AM

So much fun to work with!!  Only limited by your imagination!!!  Thank You for the free patterns.  Help the creativity.. :)

gypsykae wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 11:30 AM

So much fun to work with!!  Only limited by your imagination!!!  Thank You for the free patterns.  Help the creativity.. :)

gypsykae wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 11:33 AM

so much fun to work with!! Thanks for the ideas and free patterns.  Really helps with the creativity!

amj0963 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 11:50 AM

i love working with polymer clay because there  are so many endless possibilities of colors and shapes and sizes.  i know that if i am looking for a bigger size bead and color that all i have to do is get out my clay and let my hands do the work and they always turn out beautiful

DianeB@115 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 11:53 AM

I have worked with clay in the past, but before I got interested in beading.  An I have never worked with the PearlEx. which sounds so fun! I would love to try more with this medium again!

on Feb 25, 2012 12:23 PM

Gorgeous project.  I love using the powders on the clay, they really bring out the textures.

PatM@105 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 12:32 PM

Polymer clay adds texture to jewelry pieces.

Tseralyn wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 12:34 PM

I love working with polymer clay because it can be made into virtually anything; from beads to small sculptures, and you don't need any expensive tools! I bought a pasta maker and a toaster oven at garage sales very cheaply, and have made a couple of figurines. I am also very fond of Millefiori designs!

on Feb 25, 2012 1:36 PM

I love working with polymer clay because of all the great colors and textures you can achieve without having to have  a kiln and all!

on Feb 25, 2012 1:46 PM

I've avoided learning to make polymer clay items because"I just don't need another hobby!" but these are terrific and I just might give int to the urge to try it!

deebby wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 1:54 PM

Yea for Polymer Clay.  If you can imagine it or sketch it you can make it. Color, texture, shape ready to go.

SandraFiegi wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 3:07 PM

The potential seems unlimited, it is not expensive to get started and it is fun, easy and fast.

gYb Jewelry wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 3:34 PM

Polymer clay is very versatile. I love it because you can create tiny miniature forms with sharp details. It is a medium that has no imaginative limits.

stonewoman28 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 4:12 PM

Wow! The results are so similar to real Raku without the roughness and weight of natural clay and all of the work involved in creating the real thing!

I love texture and colour and Raku firings produce such a unique marriage of the two so I would love to try these Pearl Ex colours on Premo (which is my favourite brand) and see what I can do. Due to a drastic change in my health, I cannot work with clay and create using the Raku process anymore, so I have adapted many of my ceramic techniques into other pieces with the use of Premo polymer clays.

I don't usually enter contests to win anything but this would be very useful and interesting so I hope I will win a set. Thank you for the opportunity and the great article!

stonewoman28 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 4:12 PM

Wow! The results are so similar to real Raku without the roughness and weight of natural clay and all of the work involved in creating the real thing!

I love texture and colour and Raku firings produce such a unique marriage of the two so I would love to try these Pearl Ex colours on Premo (which is my favourite brand) and see what I can do. Due to a drastic change in my health, I cannot work with clay and create using the Raku process anymore, so I have adapted many of my ceramic techniques into other pieces with the use of Premo polymer clays.

I don't usually enter contests to win anything but this would be very useful and interesting so I hope I will win a set. Thank you for the opportunity and the great article!

krisclark3 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 4:18 PM

I like it because it is strong but pretty light weight...and all the other people's reasons

BarbS@50 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 4:38 PM

I love the way the colors swirl together and the possibitities are endless.  Working the clay with my hands reminds me making clay ornaments with my kids when we were all a lot younger.  8-)

bshapley22@yahoo.com

msrembolt wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 6:23 PM

I think this technique looks marvelous... I'm anxious to try it as a quilt embellishment as clay is so much lighter than stones or metal embellishment.

savvy309 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 6:30 PM

I love working w/ poly clay.  I've only started a few months ago, and I still have tons to learn, but it is just so versatile, so easy to work with, and if it doesn't turn out right, you can usually make something else w/ it, or use it for the core of something else.  It's so light-weight, and there are so many 'special effects' ypu can achieve w/ it.

Joan

CBLori wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 6:36 PM

I enjoy working with polymer because it makes me feel as if I am a true artisan...not just a bead-stringer. I come up with all of my element designs on my own, use all kinds of found objects to shape and embellish my art pieces, and create my own designs for the jewelry I make from the pieces I create. I am also a photographer, and I find inspiration in my photography that I use in my polymer pieces. I dilike "copying" other's work directly from tutorials, and instead, find inspiration in their work. As a polymer art teacher, I focus upon techniques and not projects, leaving the door to creativity wide open for my students to create their own masterpieces of which they can be proud.

twotone wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 6:38 PM

I have made a few things with polymer clay and I really enjoyed it.  Clay is so forgiving and versatile.  If you make a mistake I like the fact that it can be changed just roll it up and do it again.  Clay can go anywhere so I am not locked into one thing.  Clay is not just a young persons craft or an older persons craft,  anyone can do it .  I think it is a great product!

GIJillie wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 6:47 PM

I would LOVE working with Polymer Clay, but I haven't had room in my crafty budget yet to buy some!  I have been drooling and dreaming over all the wonderful, and versatile PC projects I have seen on the internet!  Winning this would give me a chance to try it out!  Thanks for hosting the give away!

Jillie

GIJillie wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 6:48 PM

I would LOVE working with Polymer Clay, but I haven't had room in my crafty budget yet to buy some!  I have been drooling and dreaming over all the wonderful, and versatile PC projects I have seen on the internet!  Winning this would give me a chance to try it out!  Thanks for hosting the give away!

Jillie

ajlussier wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 7:08 PM

Polymer clay doesn't require expensive tools and can be done anywhere. There are lots of different directions to go. Takes very little storage space

Anna_Gray wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 7:52 PM

Thank you for the wonderful tute! I like Polyform Products company very much, they offer highest quality clay (I use Premo! for most of my projects and tutorials), good tolls (I have all their tools, texture plates, and molds), and great customer service (much better than other clay companies offer).

I am a polymer clay artist. Polymer clay IS what I work with :). I think polymer is the best medium there is.

First, it is extremely versatile and can imitate look of any other medium - metal, leather, fabric, bone, wood, gemstone, paper, living tissue - you name it.

Second, it is very pliable allowing you to create amazing 3D designs; the only limit here is your imagination, I currently create a lot of hollow form projects.

Third, it has amazing colors; you don't have to limit yourself to just silver, gold, and copper.

Fourth, it is affordable; you don't need expensive complicated equipment to work with it and the medium itself doesn't cost much.

Fifth, it is lightweight; try making (and wearing!) lampworked  bead necklace where each bead is 2-3 inches  - you will get backache very soon! But if it is polymer, you won't have any problems.

I think that polymer clay rules and do everything to promote this medium and increase its status from "kids' stuff" to museum quality. I currently won 3rd place in the Functional Objects category of the Progress and Possibilities contest by IPCA - and will do even more to keep promoting polymer and inspiring people to work with it!  

Yolanda@34 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 7:58 PM

I love the mashed up hearts. They look the way mine sometimes feels. Although my heart may feel mashed up at times, it still shines with brilliant colors much like the clay hearts <3

Jim@21 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 8:23 PM

I've always wanted to try polymer clay but haven't got around to it yet.  So much PC jewellery is amazing - I seriously wonder how they do it!  I'd love to give it a go. ;)

creativeself wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:23 PM

I want to work with polymer clay because I like how adaptable it is to whatever you want to make - a structured piece or freeform,  how inexpensive it is, and how you can make it look like metal quite easily. It's easy to use!

angieleb13 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:30 PM

I love polymer clay, it is so versatile, I myself have made beads and figurines. It's easy to work with and clean up is a cinch. I could play with it all day long. Thanks for a chance to win such a great prize.

Mainslady512 wrote
on Feb 25, 2012 9:35 PM

I've only recently begun to work with polymer clay, but I love how forgiving it is.  There's no right or wrong with it, and nothing is ever really a mistake. I definitely want to give this one a try...lots of ideas coming to mind - gotta get my idea book and write them down before I forget!  Thanks for the free project :0)

eightjs wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 12:58 AM

Love the look and seemingly ease to make.  My 10 year old will be thrilled to see this and I'm sure we will be attempting it together :)

ConnieA@3 wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 5:52 AM

What a wonderful idea - simple, almost fool-proof.  And from such a simple idea future projects will spring forth!  

CarolynK@13 wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 7:52 AM

I like polymer clay because it is so easy and fun to work with.

patricia48 wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 8:23 AM

There is so many things that you can do with polymer clay.

jbahmiller wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 9:01 AM

Clay gives you a unique freedom to create something wonderful, with little cost and lots of return.  It also gives me something that my daughter and I can work together on and I won't feel guilty about beading while she is up.

Sue Bead wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 9:25 AM

I love the variety of techniques available to use this medium. The possibilities are endless and my creativity can really take off.

srosSuzanne wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 10:03 AM

I love the Mashed Up Hearts project! Polymer Clay is such a versital medium for creativity for the young and not so young at heart! It can be manipulated to resemble stone or delicate glass and everything inbetween. It allows you to be in your own zone and create!

Suzanne Burchfiel

dswee3 wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 10:21 AM

Polymer clay is only limited by our own imaginations! I have seen absolutely awesome art in polymer clay. The beauty of it is how accessible it is to everyone, young, old, experienced, beginner and everything in between.

Set aside an hour or two, sit down with your favorite beverage and surf through a polymer clay tangent and you will be amazed and inspired!

Jan@361 wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 11:03 AM

I haven't started working with polymer clay yet, but have a stack of projects to try!

kinger123 wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 11:21 AM

love the polymer clay heart....getting ready to retire...looking for new projects to keep me busy....FUN FLIES WHEN YOU HAVE TIME!!!

dcfog wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 11:29 AM

I love to work in regular clay; however, I do use polymer clay but am a novice with it...but didn't know you could get such cool raku results that look believable!!!

diana foster wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 2:04 PM

Polymer Clay to me is like an artist with a palette of colors only better because you can use the clay to make dimensions  instead of on a flat canvas.  You have the ability of mixing your colors like an artist and there is no limit as to what you can build with your creative versatile ideas.  Simply phenomenal!!!

sunny@29 wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 3:25 PM

I really like working with polymer clay you can do so many different things with it.

Willowsong wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 3:39 PM

I love polymer clay because it is so versatile and the possibilities are endless. I love using it in mixed media jewelry and other mixed media projects. I made faces for a 3-D mixed media collage and also made tiny three dimensional fairies. I haven't used metallic powders yet but would love to try it.

on Feb 26, 2012 4:37 PM

Wow - I love the look of this technique!  I've worked with polymer clay and enjoy the versatility of it. I've made beads, boxes and various pendants, but would love to try this mini kit. Thanks for the great projects you send us beading daily !

funmilolawey wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 5:31 PM

i'm yet to use polymer clay but i've raed quite a lot about its versatility and believe it would give me the unique opportunity of creating my own bead designs at every point in time to meet the unique need of the wearer which would make her stand out and thus a priceless gift to creative beaders no mater the level of dexterity. this design is thought provoking. thanks.

on Feb 26, 2012 5:56 PM

I use Pearl Ex in a lot of different projects - but I never thought to combine them with polymer clay. How fantastic!! I am chomping at the bit to try this technique - the results are amazing!! This could translate to so many other ideas and projects. <sigh> So many ideas, so little time. I think polymer clay should come with some sort of sleep substitute...it's obvious there is no time for sleeping with all this great information! Thank you for the incredible ideas. You've managed to get my brain out of weekend fog mode...not easy! ;)

bittermelon wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 6:10 PM

when polymer clay first really got a good start in the market and could be purchased at any craft store, my mother couldn't help noticing that every art show we attended was full of pieces made from the stuff.

it wasn't long before we were rolling in that stuff, watching the oven like kids waiting for cookies and spending even more quality art time together than ever.

polymer clay really changed the world of craft.  though it's been years since i've worked with it, i'd love to have a second go.

on Feb 26, 2012 6:20 PM

I feel like I imagine a kid would feel playing with clay. I love what I can do with little knowledge and then am amazed when i see what others are doing!

salla2 wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 9:42 PM

I love working with polymer clay because it is squishy. Silly, I know, but I just love the texture of it. It takes me back to my childhood.

bettydunn wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 10:26 PM

I have wanted to "try" Polymer Clay for some time, but just haven't been brave enough.  This project looks like fun! and since there is no "wrong" way to do it, sucess is guaranteed!   Thanks for the little push that I needed.

kathy ru wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 11:46 PM

Hello,

I really enjoy working with polymer clay because you are able to achieve a project you can be proud of right off the bat.  And that really helps when you are trying a new medium. Thanks.

on Feb 27, 2012 1:11 AM

The most exciting part of working with Polymer Clays is starting something and finishing up with something entirely different from what was in my head starting out.  I love to be creative and this is a great way to not only be creative but make something lovely that my friends will ask about.

Loved the blog. Thanks for posting it.

TessM wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 1:12 AM

I tried polymer clay once upon a time and didn't have a lot of success with it.  This project looks interesting enough to make me want to re-visit the clay scene and see if things have improved over the past decade.

on Feb 27, 2012 4:20 PM

I would love to win the kit.I have been wanting to try and make my own beads and trinkets for my jewelry designs.  If I do not win can I get the set on line or at my local craft store?