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Polymer Clay: Visiting Artist at Western Carolina University

Welcome to Polymer Clay!  I’ve been working with Polymer Clay for over a decade, mostly as a hobby, but have sold many pieces to friends and family.  I mainly create wearable art; jewelry pieces.  But polymer clay is so flexible it is used to created sculpture, characters, wall art, containers, etc. 

In this post, I will link to numerous video demonstrations I have recorded to introduce you to polymer clay.  I’ll start with the basics and then demonstrate how to mix colors, and three different techniques: screen printing on polymer, two types of mokume gane, and building a cane. 

Let’s get started with what polymer clay is, some of the brands available, and the tools you’ll need to work with polymer clay.

Introduction to Polymer Clay

Tools and Conditioning Polymer Clay

Storing Clay

Mixing Colors

Mixing Colors to Match

Mixing Colors to Match 2

Examples of canes and blends

Making a Skinner blend

Technique #1: Easy Veneer

Leaching Clay

Technique #2: Mokume Gane Two Artists

Techinique #2: Mokume Gane Julie Picarello 1

Technique #2: Mokume Gane Julie Picarello 2

Technique #2: Mokume Gane Melanie Muir 1

Technique #2: Mokume Gane Melanie Muir 2

Technique #2: Mokume Gane Melanie Muir Redux

I decided I really didn’t like the first veneer I made, so here I demostrate the same technique but with a much different end result.

Technique #3: Screen Printing on Polymer Clay and other Techniques

Check back later to see photos of the finished pieces using the techniques I demonstrated.

Links to purchase clay and tools

Clay blades – https://www.sculpey.com/products/sculpey-super-slicer-set-w-comfort-handles

Clay conditioning machine – https://www.sculpey.com/products/sculpey-clay-conditioning-machine

Marcato machine – https://www.amazon.com/Marcato-8320-Machine-Cutter-Instructions/dp/B0009U5OSO

Pasta Machine thickness settings

The machine I used in the demos is the Atlas 150 1 to 9 settings.

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Grand Opening!

I kept saying I was going to open my online store for my polymer jewelry, right friends?!

Well, it’s here!

Announcing the grand opening of ECB Designs!  www.elicbrowndesign.com

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New products will be uploaded everyday for the next couple of weeks and in the spirit of the season and giving back, I’ll be donating 10% of net sales to Heifer International USA. Heifer USA is dedicated to building and reviving local food systems.

I also do custom work, so if you don’t see what you want, let’s talk!

 

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What is Polymer?

Polymer clay is a type of hardenable modeling clay based on the polymerpolyvinyl chloride (PVC). It typically contains no clay minerals, but like mineral clay a liquid is added to dry particles until it achieves gel-like working properties, and similarly, the part is put into an oven to harden, hence its colloquial designation as clay.[1] Polymer clay is generally used for making arts and craft items, and is also used in commercial applications to make decorative parts. Art made from polymer clay can now be found in major museums (Wikipedia).

Polymer clay artists used the medium in many different ways. Some of these techniques are:

Canes:

Meg Newberg Canes  Meg Newberg

polymer clay cane polymer clay cane cane3 Gorgeous landscape cane by Wendy Jorre de St. Jorre

Mokume Gane:

Mokume Gane by Carol Simmons   Carol Simmons‘ gorgeous work

Julie Picarello makume gane necklaceOne of my favorite artists – Julie Picarello

 

Blends:

skinner blends used in beads  Beads using blends by Donna Kato

 

The possibilities are endless!  That’s why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE working in polymer clay!

Until next week…~Eli