The Exquisite Polymer Clay Art of Jon Anderson

The Elephant by Jon Anderson

Of all the types of polymer clay techniques, complicated canes are probably the most difficult and the least appreciated by the general public. Frequently, the only ones that can fully appreciate complex cane work are those that have attempted it themselves. However, once a lay person really “gets it”, they are totally amazed and converted into an admirer of polymer clay art.

The Elephant by Jon Anderson

Several years ago, when I was still fairly new working with polymer clay, I was coming home from Arizona, killing time at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. I wandered into the gift shop, casually browsing, when I was literally stopped in my tracks by a display of wonderful animals. I had suddenly realized that these wonderful creatures were covered in tiles of different complex polymer clay canes. From the whole animal itself, to the masterful arrangement of the tiles, to the astonishing

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HELP WANTED

We are looking for persons of any age, ethnicity, background or gender, who work (or want to work) with polymer clay. No experience needed. In fact, if you have never worked with polymer clay, we will get you going. The people we are looking for should have a desire to bond to a community that revolves around polymer clay. They should be willing to attend meetings once a month and have fun doing so. There are no heavy lifting requirements, as there are always lots of willing hands to pitch in and help you carry your bags and equipment. There may be long periods of sitting, and hands should be able to exert strong, firm pressure to condition clay. However, if you don’t meet these last two requirements, it is okay, because we allow you to stand and walk around as much as you want and you may even lay

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Polymer Clay Camaraderie Abounds

I was so happy and gratified today. Last night I posted messages on a couple of the polymer clay forums that I used to spend a lot of time on. During the past few weeks, I have been visiting them again, reading and getting caught up with the newest news in Polymer Clay Land, however I hadn’t posted anything. After a long absence, it’s kind of hard to just jump in again.

Since I decided that the best way to get volunteers for the lightfast experiment was to ask, I posted on two of my favorite groups. Both are at Yahoo groups and the group names are Polymer Clay People and clay-polymer. The response was wonderful. What a great group of polymer clayers! I think we have enough volunteers now from a cross section of climates.

One of the posters has had some experience already, with using polymer clay on

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Update: Lightfastness of Polymer Clay Colors

The experiment, testing the color lightfastness of the colors of different brands of polymer clay, is moving along. I have a few changes to the parameters I laid out in my initial article, “Lightfastness of Polymer Clay Brands”.

First, I am happy to say, that I am adding two brands to the test process. In addition to Kato, Premo and Fimo Classic, I have added Cernit and Pardo. I received a new shipment of Pardo and Cernit and, I have to tell you, they were a joy to work with. I will cover my “take” on

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Events Reminders – Coming Soon!

Here is a list of upcoming retreat, workshop, and conference opportunities that will be happening early in 2010:

The 2010 Cabin Fever Clay Fest will be happening from February 19 to 24 in Laurel, Maryland. The fantastic lineup of workshop instructors include

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How Lightfast Are Polymer Clay Colors?

Since a lot of my life revolves around my garden, it goes without saying that many of my art inspirations focus on this subject. Many of my polymer clay pieces have a garden theme of some sort, in their designs. On my to-do list for quite some time now , is creating items to use in the garden.

These items need to be able to withstand exposure to all the outdoor elements, from rain, to freezing, to sun. Knowing this, about four years ago, I began experimenting.

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What Polymer Clay Is

For those unfamiliar with polymer clay, I’d like to offer a some basic information about what the substance actually is.

However, it is almost more definitive to talk about what it is NOT. Polymer clay is NOT the same as the clays used to make pottery, ceramics, and other traditional clay items. It is NOT a clay that comes from the earth, as traditional clays do. Polymer clay is, in a

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Introduction or Induction?

Two little words very close together in sound, but what is the difference? And what do they have to do with polymer clay?

When you are introduced to polymer clay, you get a couple of bricks of it, do some reading about how to use it and cure it, make a little project and find it all very interesting. It’s maybe a couple-hour project. You’re done and you now feel

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