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!

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! 

Face Up To It Now!

These wooden ladies make quite a crowd! I’ve been using the 80 watt laser cutter at Tinkermill to cut charms that can be made into keychains, earrings, pendants, or spirit dolls. I started with my own ink drawings and brought them into a free CAD program called Inkscape. the first batch had only lines, no shading. I much prefer the second edition with shading layers added.

I chose my favorite 3 faces among the dozen or so I drew, and made files with just the faces in ovals that will be great for adding beads, lace, feathers, and fibers. Then I did outlines for several different “hair-do’s” and put each face in each ‘do. I flipped them all to make left and right facing faces. Then, just to have even more options, I did them at several different sizes.

Some have holes for stringing, some can be glued in place as a cabochon in bead embroidery or mosaics. All of these are on 1/8″ thick birch, but next week I’ll play with some more variables, like different wood, and adding color!

I’ll be selling these in my updated etsy store and on Facebook–stay tuned for more details.

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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