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what’s going on?

There are lots of things going on in polymer clay land as well as here at Crafts by Chris….

In case you haven’t heard, Polyform Products is introducing a new polymer clay called Soufflé. From what I’ve read, it sounds similar to the discontinued Studio Clay and should be out in May.

FIMO is discontinuing their FIMO Classic line of polymer clay and introducing a new FIMO Professional line. The new line is supposedly keeping the core colors and adding a few new colors. However, the formula is changing and it comes in 3 oz blocks versus the old 2 oz. block. FIMO Professional is supposed to be available at the end of May.
FIMO Professional

So, due to the FIMO changes, I will be switching the publishing dates of the Fall 2014 color recipe ebooks around a little. The FIMO Fall 2014 color recipe ebook will be for the new Professional line. I’m hoping that the primary colors aren’t changing, but with a reformulation, the colors may still mix differently. Once I get some of the new FIMO Professional clay, I will do some testing to see if the older color recipes will still work or there is an easy fix.


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Polymer Clay Color Primer - Your Guide to Mixing and Using Color

1 Year Anniversary!

It’s the one year anniversary of the Color.Creativity.Design membership program and you can join for the original introductory price of $59 now though May 10th!

Are you up for a challenge?

More on that next time…yes, I’m being a tease. ;)

modern living

My mom has her house for sale and has started the process of cleaning out. I’m now the proud owner of an antique steamer trunk, which is a story for another day. However, the trunk was filled with scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photos, etc. Today I want to share a gem that surfaced…Modern Living, a little magazine that was published by a local bank in 1962.

modern living 1962

While the carousel theme is a little much, I do like the red and white with touches of green. It creates a nice high contrast color scheme.

beads, beautiful beads

One of my bead friends has a bead shop (how fun is that?) and I occasionally send beads that she sells on consignment. Ok, I haven’t been very good about sending her new beads recently. Anyway, she contacted me because she’s going to be having a small bead show in her shop and was in need of beads….

Polymer clay beads and pendants

Now that the beads are on their way, I’m back to playing catch-up. I always seem to feel like I’m running behind. “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”, which is a song by Cage The Elephant, if you haven’t heard it. And yes, words or phrases often make me break out in song, much to my family’s dismay. ;)

Do you like to watch?

Do you like to watch tv or a movie while creating? I usually prefer to have some music on while I work…

Southfork Ranch

Visiting Southfork Ranch 1988

…in fact, I’ve never been able to get into watching anything when I’m working with clay. Well, not until one day last week when I set up a card table in front of the tv and watched a couple episodes of the new Dallas on Netflix while sanding beads. Sanding is probably my least favorite thing to do, but the work went quickly while watching tv. AND I have to say, I’m loving the new Dallas. I was a big fan of the original show, so much so, that my friend, Sherry and I had to visit Southfork Ranch on vacation one summer. ;)

I have some more beads ready to sand, so guess what I’ll be doing today.

creative block buster #8

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #8 – Avatar

Today’s creative block buster is to watch the movie, Avatar. Whether you’ve seen it before or not, like the story line or not, watch the movie.

You might even want to have your sketchbook handy while watching. The vivid colors always capture the attention first. However, it’s the shapes, textures and movement of the Pandora flora and fauna that have me reaching for my sketchbook. Maybe it will be the Na’vi’s colors and markings that inspire you or the Pandoran wildlife. The markings on the Toruk has Millefiori cane written all over it. ;)