Category Archives: Polymer Clay

Do you ever wonder what you can do with alcohol inks and polymer clay?

When we talk alcohol ink our minds usually go in one of two directions bottled ink like Adirondack & Piñata OR markers and pens. But guess what they both have their place in polymer clay. And they can go together in the same project. Below I will show you just a few of the ways that you can use alcohol inks with polymer clay.

polymer clay that’s been tinted with alcohol ink by Ginger Davis Allman

I love using bottled ink to tint solid or liquid translucent clay.  Check out this how to great tutorial by Ginger Davis Allman at Blue Bottle Tree  You can find the supplies she discussed here at Linda Art Spot.

Alcohol backgrounds and images using bottled alcohol inks by Pamela

I love coming up with wonderful laminates of colors and even backgrounds behind stamped or silkscreened images. I’ll be coving more on this in the future but for now here is Pamela’s tutorial is about using the inks on ceramic tiles however techniques are the same techniques that I’ve applied to both raw and cured clay.

alcohol ink pens on sculpey Primo glitter gold polymer clay

But what if you want to have some control have you considered an alcohol based marker like Chameleon Pens that offer fine line detail and even ombre effects. Syndee Holt like to uses both decals and silkscreen to apply a design and then you can simply color in the design with your alcohol based ink pens like the Chameleon pens.

painting with inks using a water brush                        filled with blending solution                                                    gives you control and longer working times

You can even paint with the bottled alcohol inks using inks and blends that have been dropped onto an ink palette, and reconstituted with 91% alcohol or for more extended working time and smoother blends I prefer blending solution.

Some favorite painting tools are ink applicators , cotton balls, toothpicks, an old toothbrush for splatters, canned air, straws for blowing through and by far my favorite is the Tim Holtz water brush.  filled with blending solution, its almost like watercolor painting.

Well I hope this have given you some thoughts and inspiration about how to play in the world of alcohol inks, be on the look out next week I’ll talk about how to organize and work with with this messy buy fun exciting media.

Till then Happy Claying,








A star is born, The story behind Pasta Pal!

The new Pasta Pal, Polymer clay pasta machine lift

The new Pasta Pal, Polymer clay pasta machine lift

I love polymer clay and well everything about it well almost everything that it until now. One of the things I have always found so frustrating was the lost space on my very limited work spot when claying and using my pasta machine. In fact so much I would sometimes even roll my clay by hand oh my! But with arthritis and fibromyalgia that never last long,  LOL

My loving hubby always wanting to help make my life a bit easier made me a pasta machine holder. It was cool and made clamping on my work table easier.

the start of the pasta pal

the start of the pasta pal

And although it was heavy and bulky it did ok for a bit that is until I was at a show and my pasta machine took a nose dive. Well the original version required me to remove the feet of the pasta machine, drill holes through the base of my new machine to then screw it onto the base! Not too bad UGH but requiring tools and time I certainly did not have with me I sat the rest of the day itching to clay staring at my dead pasta machine. Then when my next cheap pasta machine died I was in real trouble. I was not able to find the exact same pasta machine and the new one would not fit! Ugh again.

So Chris went on a roll making me yet another version until a new snag arrive in the form of a birthday gift. Chris ordered me the coveted Atlas 180 with conversions with motor by Mona Kissel  which I totally love, love, love!

Only one small problem for what ever reason,                                                                     I seem to constantly tip my Atlas over. I know it has to to with the motor                 but UGH! I did not want to have to clamp my pasta machine to the edge of my limited table space when I have a motor and don’t have to crank. Time to update the wish list.

So my wish list grew & grew!

  1. It has to make clamping my pasta machine to a variety of tables easy.
  2. It needed to fit the most common of clay pasta machines.
  3. It needed to be tool free and easy to attach the pasta machine to, even for arthritic hands.
  4. It needed to be free standing and easily hold pasta machines with motors.
  5. I wanted to be able to place the pasta machine to work either straight on or any angle to relieve my aching back.
  6. It had to be a fairly small footprint to save precious space.
  7. Light and easy to carry to clay days, classes, and craft shows.
  8. It had to be durable.

  5 count, them 5 tested prototypes later,  TA DA the Past Pal was born! & no More wish list!
well at least where my pasta pal is concerned!

teal copy

But just like most crafters I did not want plain wood so Chris made me one without the lacquer finish so I could paint it. It was a hard choice between my top two colors Teal or Purple! LOL as you can see Teal won!

So stop on by my etsy site to learn more about the Pasta Pal!