"I purchased your
tutorial and wanted to tell you how much fun I have had doing this technique. I
absolutely love it.....I have attached a picture of one of my creations using
this technique for you to see some of my work. Thank you so much, I am always
looking for new things to try and this one is great!!!"
I received this lovely e-mail from Deb a couple of days ago. The e-mail
was accompanied by a picture of Deb's faux cloisonne pendant. Isn't it beautiful?!
I was very excited. I love receiving feedback from the people who use
my polymer clay tutorials, and seeing their works is the best part. It is always interesting
to see where the other people are taking this technique.
Deb's design is amazing. Creating faces in faux cloisonne technique is
a challenge, because the tiniest shift in any of the lines can easily turn a
beautiful face into an ugly one or completely change the facial
We exchanged a few e-mails since the first one, and I learned that Deb
already made a few pieces in faux cloisonne technique. She has a website (a very
new one, and a work-in-progress, she says), where more of her works could be
I now accept Direct Checkout in my Etsy shop in addition to PayPal. All major credit cardt may be used with any of these two systems. Direct Checkout seem to be quite popular with the Etsy customers and gives them a way to pay for their purchase without PayPal, if they prefer to do so.
As a result of this change, I had to expand the delivery time for my pdf polymer clay tutorials. All tutorials purchased with PayPal through my etsy shop or directly through my site (PolymerTutorials.com), will continue to be e-mailed to my customers within minuted from the purchase. I am using an automatic pdf file delivery system connected to PayPal. The tutorials purchased with Etsy's Direct Checkout payment option will be e-mailed within 24 hours of purchase. I will have to do it manually.
The first picture is a panaramic shot of my studio. I am lucky to have a lot of space for my studio. My husband helped me to set it up in our basement, and we installed kitchen cabinets in there as working benches. That gave me plenty of storage space and working surface. Being busy with my full-time job (I am a lab manager at a company that analyzes chemical standards for pharmaceutical companies), I cannot use my studio often. Sometimes, I have to leave my started projects for days in a row. However, when I do have a free minute to work there, I want to be able to start working on my polymer clay projects right away. That is why slosed storage space protecting my projects from dust and distortion is crucial for me.
Photocube is a central piece of equipment in my studio. This is a collapsable model, but I leave it set up permanently on my bench. Most of my time in studio is spent taking photos for my step-by-step polymer clay tutorials. Each tutorial has from 20 to 90 pictures, and every picture is taken at least three times.
An oven with tight temperature control is another important tool in a studio of any polymer clay artist. I am happy with my Amaco oven. By the way, I am often asked for tips and suggestions about baking polymer clay items. I have a whole page on my web site, PolymerTutorials.com, dedicated just to that topic.
This picture shows my stash of polymer clay, tesin, and some other stuff. To be honest, I usually do not keep my clay in the open like this - I decided to rearrange this area a little bit just for the picture so that I could show my materials. I mostly use Kato clay in black (lots of black), white, translucent, and metallics. Most of other colors I create by mixing translucent clay with Kato color concentrates. More about different brands of clay is on this page.
To save space on my About page, I compined the last four pictures into a collage. I hope it is not too confusing.
Here are two more pictures I used.
This one shows my publications (magazines and books in which either my tutorials or pictures of my polymer clay jewelry weer published).
And the last picture shows a few close-up shots from my various polymer clay tutorials. I thought my Etsy visitors would be interested to see how someone works with polymer clay.
I still have one slot left for one more picture, but I cannot think of another good one to place there yet.
I want to show my recent polymer clay creation. Exploring some new areas for me - aiming for organic and rustic look. I 've been working with antique brass a lot recently, and here I tried to mimic that material in polymer clay...