Polymer clay pioneer Lindly Haunani has been teaching across the country for over 10 years, exploring the endless possibilities of this versatile medium.Â Â A founding member of theÂ National Polymer Clay Guild, Lindly’s work has recently appeared in Ornament magazine and on the cover of the Crafts Report.Â I want to thank Lindly for taking time out of her busy schedule to share a little bit about her creative process.
What was your first polymer clay project?
My very first polymer clay project was a watermelon cane brooch. I was inspired by a brooch I had purchased at The National History Museum that has been made by CityzenCane ( Steven Ford and David Forlano). After closer inspection of their piece, I guessed that they were using a pasta machine to roll their sheets of color blends and then stack them. I bought a few packages of FIMO at a local doll house store and “borrowed” my Atlas pasta machine from my kitchen where I had been making layered pastas using fresh herbs.
In 1988 there was little information available on polymer clay, so when I saw that Kathleen Dustin was offering a polymer clay bead making class at the Art League School at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia I signed up. Initially I didn’t want to learn how to make beads and was more interested in making sheets of flat surface designs…. after taking her workshop I made over 1000 beads in a couple of weeks!
Besides a pasta machine, what polymer clay tool can’t you live without?
A very sharp, honed Thomas Scientific tissue blade. I have yet to find another blade that holds an edge so well, bends handily and can be resharpened.Â Polymerclayexpress.com
What inspires your polymer clay creations?
Everything, especially food. Many of my “best” ideas have come up when I am exploring options by making multiple versions of a project that I am currently working on. There are times when I will make something say fifty times, walk away and then return with dozens of ideas that elaborate on the same theme.Â
Would you share a color recipe with us?
My basic color paletteÂ uses Cadmium Yellow, Fuchsia red and Ultramarine blue.Â One of my all time favorite color mixes is 1 part Fuchsia red, 1 part neon pink, 1 part white and 4 parts Ultramarine. Saturated blue-violet makes my heart sing, but the color I find myself mixing the most is a yellow green which is 7 parts cadmium yellow, 1 part Ultramarine with a small smidgen of Fuchsia.
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By heather powers