Tag: process

Process: Making Blends

Like a lot of the processes in my studio, making the colour blends for the polymer clay beads and canes happens in batches. And not always in my studio. I have a studio but it’s often not clear enough to do big batches of work so I hog the kitchen, as in this case.

Clay Party

We start by unwrapping and conditioning everything. The assistant often takes this to mean she should make domino type effects with the clay packages.

Laid Out

I usually get everything flattened out and cut into the required basic triangles. While a lot of these blends will get work done to them before they end up as whatever, I find it helps to start with a basic blend so that I have it ready to go.

Skinner Blend Strips

Some of the blends, before they become little plugs stored in my box for use.


And finally, most of the blends. A few went right into the production queue as they got finished but these will last me the next few weeks as I replace canes, make new beads and try out some fall designs I have in mind.

The Helper

My helper for a lot of this, rocking the new hair cut!

Firming Up Ideas

I make a LOT of polymer clay beads. Beads are wonderful because they’re the ultimate instant gratification – pretty much anyone can scrape up enough patience to make a nice looking bead at least once. And really, for me, the process is just that repeated over and over.

Then I have piles of beads and orders for finished items – or shows coming up – and I have moments of panic. I like making jewellery, honest! It’s just never as quick a process as making those cute little beads was though.

Five Flowers

This year, in particular, I have a bunch of higher end shows I’m in the process of applying for so I need pictures more indicative of what I will bring to the show to set me apart from the half dozen other polymer clayers and the 30 or 50 other jewellery craft folks. I’ve been trying hard to think in lines so that I can show a variety of related awesome pieces and it is just now starting to come together.