Around the first of this year, seven new polymer clay
videos hit the stores. Marie Segal
did three videos, which most of you are familiar with
by now: Imitating Metal,
Advanced Millefiori 1,
and Advanced Millefiori
Though labeled "advanced," I believe anyone
with some polymer clay experience can follow along and
duplicate these canes. Volume
1 demonstrates seven canes you will learn to make.
Volume 2 has four
slightly more difficult canes you will learn to make.
Imitating Metal shows
you how to make and transform common household stuff
into wonderful decorator works of art. Simply!
Donna Kato has released four videos,
where were reviewed in the Spring 1998 issue of the
POLYinforMER (Volume VIII, Number 3). These are Introduction
to Polymer Clay, Potpourri
of Techniques, Millefiori
Basics and Creating
In May, Gwen Gibson released Ancient
Images with her wonderful tear-away technique. This
video is an eye opener! What else can we make polymer
Margene Crossan released Sculpting
Whimsical Faces. This former Disney Imagineer shows
tricks to achieving the expression you desire for your
sculpture using face molds. She shows how to make a
press mold and proceed from there to make the expression
In June, Lindly Haunani released Tantalizing
Translucents, featuring five of her techniques,
including Mokume Gane, Crushed Crayon and three more.
Lavonne Hoivik released Making
Miniature Fimo Flowers. This video is for the miniaturist.
Nan Roche's video called Special
Techniques in Polymer Clay with Nan Roche has just
been released. It features Loop-in-Loop Chaining, Marbling
with Liquid Sculpey, Mokume Gane using rubber stamps,
and Braiding with polymer clay.
The week after Ravendale, Sue Heaser
filmed three videos for MindStorm Productions. A
Medley of Jewelry Techniques shows how to make gilded
leaves, fairy earrings, her own delicate style of applique,
and a comprehensive section on Pietra Dure. Her Polymer
Clay Kitchens title, for the miniaturist, is targeted
for release in early 1999. It features how to make items
for a miniature kitchen, including pots, kettles, basket,
bowls, rolling pin, brushes, tiles, etc. Targeted for
release in early October, the third tape is called Polymer
Clay Dining Room and includes plates, bowls, cutlery,
roast beef, potatoes, broccoli, bread, toast, candelabra,
clock, picture frames, and more.
Kris Richards has also filmed two
videos. The first is Sculpting
Cartoon Characters. It shows how to sculpt a teddy
bear, bunny, honey bee, pig, bugs among other critters
in a cartoon critter style. It is aimed at children
8-12 years ld. The second is Goodie
Boxes. It shows how to make boxes to store treasured
goodies in. Though these are aimed at children, I bet
we all can learn from them. They are both targeted for
release by the end of the year.
Coming in late September is Sculpting
Dolls by Margene Crossan, a sequel
to Sculpting Whimsical Faces. It shows how to make the
rest of the doll: hands, feet, hair and clothes.
All the above were produced by MindStorm Productions.
Burt seems to have a knack for knowing what we all want
to learn, and recruiting the professionals to teach
us, producing excellent videos at affordable prices.
All the new and proposed videos sound fantastic. Everyone
should find at least one or two to drool over. I'm betting
that holiday presents this year will not be the usual
run of the mill stuff!