I’m not sure if this is for all brands of polymer clay but for the ones I use – made by Polyform or the Sculpey people – out of the US… supply has gotten a little low since the pandemic. I’m not sure if it’s because the factory got hit with COVID cases. Or if the area has stricter safety regulations than the sort of slack ones where I am. Or if the materials used in producing polymer clay are similar to those used in PPE production and thus just not available. It just means that clay has been hard to get in the colours and quantity I’m used to.
I’ve had to start digging into the scrap pile. Good thing I have a heckuva scrap pile.
I put it to good use with this cane! It reduced well, has made a bunch of beads and cane pieces… and a pretty long video for YouTube if you want to make your own version:
The latest video tutorial – the video is at the bottom of this post – is for my covering round ornaments one. Turns out I wrote that in December of 2009 so I guess it was up for a little updating.
Someone who watched the video requested some instructions for the canes and I’ll get those up pretty quick. They’re fairly basic canes made from my scrap pile so your results will vary… and they’re not small canes. Reduce quantities accordingly.
I have a love-hate relationship with video but I’m determined to get this sorted! Etsy now allows us to add little short clips to our listings and so I added lots of 10 second clips of me poking beads as a way of showing scale and depth. I’ll probably add some of me slicing canes or showing what I made with the cane for cane listings.
On the YouTube front, I’ve added the videos for two more of my old tutorials: the flower centre cane and the six petal flower cane. I will work my way through more of my site tutorials to update them a bit. Most of them were made in 2006-10! They’d be heading to middle and high school if they were kids!