polymer clay mask shrine necklace by Dotty McMillanSchool starts up again for me at Front Range Community College in just two weeks, so I am pushing hard to get photographs taken and edited for my upcoming book “A Collection Of Polymer Clay Masks”. I expect there will be somewhere between 400 and 500 mask images once I get them all done. Most of them are from several years of Miniature Mask Swaps with work from polymer clay artists from around the world, and fit inside a three inch square, but some of them are full size. Contributing artists have sent in some gorgeous work.

Frida polymer clay mask by Suzanne IvesterI’m using Adobe Photoshop masks and adjustment layers to clean up the shots, and get them ready to put onto the pages using InDesign for the layout. I love these programs, and learning them at FRCC gets me top notch instruction in exactly the tools I need for self publishing–along with a course in digital photography, which has also come in extremely handy! The new book is set for release this year in October, in time for Halloween. I’ll be posting peeks at pics while I work, and I’ll be sure to announce when it is finished and ready for purchase!

The mask shrine necklace shown here is from my collection and was made by Dotty McMillan, using a matchbox–it slides open to reveal a golden heart. Also shown is  Susan Ivester’s full sized mask  of “Frida”.