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Ever wish there was a way you could turn a single sale into a sale of two pieces? Wish you had a few pieces that were versatile and clever enough to draw the attention of the more skeptical buyers as they look over your booth? Well, when I saw these two beaded magnetic bracelets below, […]

There is something about the colder weather that pushes me to use more and more spice in the kitchen. Unfortunately, I have some weird allergies including allergies to wonderful spices like cinnamon and allspice. Ugh! That makes this a horrible time of year in the states where these spices are everywhere. But if I can’t […]

I am an avid user of alcohol inks. I love the range of subtle to bright watercolor textures you can add to polymer. I use both Pinata and Adriondacks just to have a wider range of color options. The problem with buying alchohol inks is that you are just guessing at the colors from what […]

So Victoria James has decided to forgo the machined texture plates with stylized designs and repeating patterns to create texture sheets that are simply made from real things. Just straight off the tree, so to speak … and, well, literally too. Here are a couple samples of work done with these plates. A real fern […]

Polymer artists seem to be limitless consumers of texture. Stamps, texture sheets, a multitude of odds and ends, tools of all shapes, sizes and form can be regularly found over flowing bins and drawers and studio tables. So it was with some surprise to see a new term (for me!) … Texture Sticks. Arlene Harrison, […]

Recently The Crafts Report asked readers to help them chose the artwork for their upcoming October issue. And polymer has done quite well in this little competition. If you are not familiar with this magazine, you really should take a look at it, not only for business ideas but also for artistic inspiration. This comes […]

There is more than one way to tint LPC! You can buy it already tinted with Kato Liquid PolyClay or you can make your own. If you make your own, you can use most any dye or paint that is NOT water-based. The most common colorant is oil paint but alcohol inks or mica powders […]

Polymer borrows from every other art form and many other industries and the scientific industry is no exception. Our tissue blades for instance are for biological and physiological studies (yep, the tissue referred to is not Kleenex!)  I also know many polymer artists who use dental tools, pipettes and chemistry scales not to mention the […]

Adding a bit of sparkle and shine can be just what’s needed to enliven a piece. But in most cases, use of the bling-y stuff is best done in small doses, using crystals and bright gems as accents to catch the light and a potential viewer’s eye. But for every rule there is an exception […]