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I found lots of delicate floral colours in my flickr finds this week – the same sort of palette would be lovely for ice cream treats and lovely, soft coloured decor for weddings and Mother’s Day.

Sakura Blossoms by Kiki …

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daffodil-how-to

One of the hallmarks of spring is when the daffodils and narcissus begin to show up. Here’s a great, simple tutorial to make your own clay daffodils. I make daffodil and narcissus beads similarly (although I cane my components, the …

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Beautiful spring housewares from Etsy polymer clayers:

Embellished Vase by Kissinglass Faux Turquoise Knobs by ArtisanKnobShop
Passover Servingware by Funktini Incense Holder by nouveaushades
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damask-pendants

These guys are nice examples of what you can do with a little clay, a texture sheet and paint. I usually skip paint so finding nice effects WITH paint is always a treat. The tutorial writer, Natalie, has also …

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mrblcandl1-0

This is one of those projects that stands out for it’s usefulness – how to make matching decorator candle sticks for your home using polymer clay. In this case, Nicole uses copper and marble elements in her decorating and then …

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This week was all about the eye catching – neat patterns, vibrant colours. We have a yarn bowl by Angela Hickey (something I’d only seen in pottery clay and had a heck of a time making myself so this gives …

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Spring is finally rolling in here. The grass is turning a little green, the trees are budding and there are little shoots coming up where my tulips (I hope!) will show up soon. Polymer clayers are, likewise, making spring goods:…

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flip-flop-earrings

Here’s a quick, simple take on a perennial clay favourite: flip flop earrings. You can use the bottom of existing flip flops to give your clay the right texture and decorate the uppers of the sheet with cane work, …

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easter-animals

Jane of Buzzmills has a tutorial for Easter or spring critters. It’s simple enough for the kids to do well and sweet enough to be great decor. You could add these to a little basket – made from polymer clay …

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This week is the first really spring-like, warm week we’ve had here. The whole of everything is rushing to turn green and bloom. It’s quite lovely. I’ve been distracted by all the suddenly bright and fresh colours out there and …

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spiral-egg

Meg of Creators Joy posted a tutorial for adding lovely curls and spirals to eggs for Easter decorations. If you click the first photo in the tutorial to enlarge it you can see how strips of Skinner blend are used …

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A popular trend in art and craft (along with all of the owls!) has been little houses – cottages, gnome homes, beach houses, rustic cabins, castles… and, of course, polymer clayers have their spins:

Birdhouse Bead by jettabugjewelry Custom Home
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cake-slice

Getting the realistic texture on the mini foods, particularly cakes and other baking, was quite the trick initially. Here’s a great tutorial with TONS of tips from Talty via Instructables. Her hints for nice fondant and icing are also great …

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baby-large-thumb

I recently took a sculpting class which the end result makes me appreciate how much talent and patience it takes to sculpt anything remotely realistic. I’m not quite there yet though I’m gamely playing along. This tutorial by Amanda Day …

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jamie-smedley-brooch

This pretty brooch by Jamie Smedley, writing for FireMountainGems, showcases some of the lovely effects you can get with the range of products at FMG. The cut and stamped designs are highlighted with guilder’s wax. You can see a lot …

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