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“Never-Fail” Flower Cane

I’ve put a flower cane tutorial on the BPCG (British Polymer Clay Guild) website, whose link is here. I have been a member for several years and have learned some incredible techniques and met some lovely people at the ‘Polydays’ conferences that the Guild occasionally hosts.  The Midlands group are currently the most active and hold regular meetings with excellent tutors, but as more members join from around the country (and the rest of the world – you don’t have to be from the UK to join!), we should be able to hold Guild meetings in other areas.


The tutorial shows how to make these canes:

never-fail flower cane

never-fail flower cane

Categories: KayLand

Polymer Clay Fest

July 28, 2010 2 comments

I have been indulging in a massive polymer clay fest over the last few days, and have created so many beads that I need to get rid of some of the excess stock on ebay. For example I’ve put a wholesale batch of 100+ beads (listed here)…:

100 polyclay beads for ebay

100 polyclay beads for ebay

close-up of some of the beads

close-up of some of the beads

…plus I’ve made some bracelets:

flower bracelet

flower bracelet

pink flower and leaf bracelet

pink flower and leaf bracelet

New superShed is ready

July 26, 2010 1 comment

Grand shed-opening ceremony
At LAST, my superShed is ready and I now have a workshop at the bottom of the garden. So far I have spent at least thirty hours in it over the last week, but don’t have very much to show for it yet. I’ve been experimenting with new polymer clay designs, and with me that usually means that for every ten hours of experimentation, only one of those hours produces anything that I’m (nearly) satisfied with.

Poor SophieFish died last week, and as a tribute to her cheery little face one of my polyclay experiments involved trying to create a goldfish pendant:

polymer clay goldfish pendant

new polymer clay goldfish pendant

I enjoyed the process of doing research for the new design, and now that I can fairly consistently create a pendant that looks vaguely fishy I wonder if  “Polymer Cafe” magazine would be interested in a step-by-step article of how to make them.

I’m not sure whether anyone would want to wear a goldfish pendant, but I might put try one or two of them on ebay. I’ll do a bit of testing on my own first though, to see if the pendants are robust enough to wear on a daily basis.


Update (31 July 2010)

I did send an email to Polymer Cafe magazine the other day, but they replied saying that they didn’t think their readers would be interested in my step-by-step goldfish pendant, because it looked a bit too real. Oh dear.