Sarajane's Polyclay Gallery

Welcome to Sarajane’s Polyclay Gallery!

Here you will find all sorts of artistic eye candy, information, projects and tutorials about polymer clay, ceramics, metal, graphic arts, textiles and many other media. This is the blog page with all the news, and there are many pages listed in the drop down menu above. Please do explore!

Color on Wood

The same cold water, fiber reactive dyes from Dharma Trading Co. that I have long used for dyeing textiles also dyes wood. Above you can see some 1/8 in. maple slices. I love the way the color accentuates the grain. At right are 1/8″ birch plywood samples. The tiles shown in the ring were cut and decorated before dyeing. 

We’ve been too busy the last few years to do our Annual Dyeing Days, but this year we just might. We’ll see how the weather and circumstances develop! Till then, it was lovely to get a good strong dose of color. This test batch of wood was a much smaller event, held indoors at TinkerMill with just three of us, some wood samples, and half a dozen small buckets. Next up comes experiments with topical applications of color as well as immersion, and adding sealers like modge podge, polyurethane and epoxy resin. Inlays are like ahead as well! 

The pendants shown here are  a small part of my new line of wooden components, available just in time for Spring and Summer! I’m busy testing different wood and putting together 24 designs that work well with this technique, and I’m ready to do some production time next week. Look for these to be available in my etsy shop and through Facebook groups before the end of the month. 

Photo Fixes

I have been taking lots of pictures lately to use in selling through my etsy store, my pages and through Facebook user groups like Handmade Component Bazaar. I use my Ott lights for controlled full spectrum lighting, and Adobe Photoshop allows me to easily tweak images to look better.

With good lighting, most of the time I just need to crop and do a Levels adjustment to get pics to look much better. Sometimes a little more is needed…A while back I put up a page on my old website on editing photos, and I have just resurrected it here. Thanks again to Ann Kruglak for allowing me to use the images of her wonderful polymer clay masks for this!

Makeup!

I’ve been adding color to the little wooden faces I’ve been making. Now in three sizes, ( 3/4″, 1″, and 1 1/2″) these make up into sweet pendants, earrings, charms…and dolls! I think they will be great added to the little 3 and 5 inch doll bodies that I’ve dyed in previous years for my Spirit Doll Kits. Along with dyed ribbons, lace and sequins, a little fabric paint and some feathers, these will be fun to dress up! I think I’d better make more without holes in their heads for the dolls though–and glue them on instead of sewing. 

I’ve started a new page here at the Polyclay Gallery for wooden pieces like the faces and mehndi hands–please do take a look! 

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Books in Print

Polymer Clay Gemstones - The Art of Deception
The Business of Professional Art
Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay
A Collection of Polymer Clay Masks
Celebrations With Polymer Clay
Create a Polymer Clay Impression

Creative Connections

PolyMarket Press