Katie Oskin of Kater's Acres came to visit yesterday, as well as to film a NEW video on making petal canes from Skinner blend (polymer clay). In the fun and the mayhem, I FORGOT to get out the camera, so did my best to capture a picture of us from the video. CHEEZE, sometimes it's hard to get one that way where we both look great. So anyway....this is us at the beginning of the video! LOL
Here is a photo of Parker, Katie's little mascot who travels with her EVERYWHERE, and some of the cute creations made from the technique taught in yesterday's video.
Katie loves to make micro canes, where, as she says, "you don't need five pounds of clay!"
This is a Skinner blend bull's eye cane ready to be cut into four equal pieces. When cutting a cane, always stand and do it looking straight down on it, for best success, Katie says....emphatically!
More highlights from Katie Day....this photo is a tiny bit blurry but you get the point! ANOTHER bull's eye can from Katie, this one she made for Javi and I to play with, later!
That's gonna be spectacular, if we can just follow instructions properly!
Here are some completed pieces, ready to be baked in cornstarch, which provides a lot of protection for delicately formed flowers and beads, too!
And here is a single flower....the white 'stuff' is just a bit of cornstarch:
Katie also made me a micro cane (I believe she calls this her glowing leaf? You can get tutorials for it at her website!) and a matching pendant to finish into a necklace.
And some more she left for me and Javi to fight over.....LOL! No, we won't fight over them, but Javi DOES love purple!
That's what she did with the scrap clay after making the canes for the flowers!
WELL....I suppose by now you're saying, hey, you can post that video for us any time now!
Okay, I will. First, go grab a sandwich, a bag of pretzels or a cuppa joe...and maybe something to take notes, because my videos are virtual class tutorials. They are free, content filled, so yeah, you're gonna want to tune in and stay with us. You would if you paid for a class, right?
So this one is ON THE HOUSE:
ENJOY! We hope Katie will be able to make it back in September for another visit and video.
You know, we all need a hobby....and I guess my hobby is polymer clay. It resides among what I do for a living, selecting and vending rich designer-vintage style components. I don't sell polymer clay but I DO sell a few tools you will find handy.
The Sculpey Ball Tool Kit is a MUST-HAVE and it's so inexpensive, it's ridiculous. You'll see all the ways it can be used in the video:
Find yourself a set here: http://www.bsueboutiques.com/item/Polymer-Clay-Sculpey-Style-and-Detail-Tools-Ball-Tools-13338
We also carry the Amazing Mold Putty for those who would like to make clay components from molds they capture themselves:
I love learning to work with clay, and so when Christi Friesen visited us last May for the workshop, we decided to collaborate on a special clay group that was devoted to jewelry making in the Bohemian vintage style. It's called Bohemian Vibe! and you can come and join us here:
Christi herself will be taking the lead with her own projects for the group in October of this year, then January, April, and July of next year.
Next May we will be meeting again (Christi will join us for a bit via SKYPE) for more clay, Bohemian Vibe projects and responsible repurposing. Katie will be teaching some of the classes; we have room for 35 and there is a lot of interest! If YOU are interested, come join us at Bohemian Vibe! at Facebook now and either observe or participate, as you like. The contracts for the event will come out in February, and will be held at Das Dutch Haus, a lovely country inn, in Columbiana, Ohio.
Meantime, Javi and I will be carrying on here in the shop playing with clay---check out her workspace:
She's always got a new video on her IPAD, trying to learn a new technique... she LOVES polymer clay. Here is something she recently made from stamped clay:
And here's a whole plateful of beads and bits I gotta get busy with!
IF YOU play with clay, you need to understand that clay is clay but clay POPS when you add bits and pieces and filigree from B'sue Boutiques
And when your order is 40.00 or more, you know what? You can ASK for free stuff, a little bag of this and that from my own stash that I'm sharing as long as supplies last. If you ask for it, I can usually come up with something for you! just say GIMME FREE STUFF in the customer comments box at the website checkout (not in the coupon box) and our shippers will send you some!