Attention Polymer Clay Artisans...
Get Ready To Be Tantalized By Translucent Techniques!
"I've been an artist all my life," says Lindly
Haunani. "But I was particularly frustrated by the 200
hours that it took to make my first silver necklace."
Like any artist, Lindly searched for ways to hone her craft
quickly and easily. "When I discovered polymer clay about
10 years ago," she says, "I was absolutely delighted!"
And now Lindly will delight you in "Tantalizing Translucents,"
Volume Nine of The Master Artisans Of Polymer Clay Video Series
from Mindstorm Productions. She's a teacher, author, founding
member of the National Polymer Clay Guild, and former Editor
of their newsletter, The POLYinforMER.
In this video she'll tantalize you with the various techniques
and projects she's perfected throughout the years... techniques
you'll easily master by following her instructions.
One of the wonderful things about working with polymer clay
is that you won't need a lot of tools and materials. But those
you will need are carefully outlined in the opening section
of this video.
Once your materials are gathered, your first technique will
be Mokume Gane, an adaptation of a Japanese metal working
technique. What makes this technique so compelling is that
it combines translucent clay with metallic foil to give your
finished pieces a beautiful translucent look.
"There's not a lot of precision involved in this technique,"
says Lindly. "So you can relax and have fun." And
fun is precisely what you'll have as you let her guide you
through each of the projects on this video. Her approach is
direct and lighthearted.
For example, while explaining the process of combining silver
leaf with the polymer clay, she says: "This is when you
want to turn off the fan and lock the cats out of the room,
because this stuff is very thin, and it's hard to keep it
from blowing away."
After learning how to adorn a light switch plate with Mokume
Gane, you can use this technique to make decorative beads,
picture frames, or whatever else you can think of. It's all
up to you!
Once you've mastered this technique, your next project will
be to combine chopped crayon and translucent clay to make
a napkin ring. The end result will be a truly dazzling display
"Unlike other techniques with polymer clay where what
you see is what you get," says Lindly, "what you
see is not what you get with chopped crayon." She then
demonstrates a process for knowing exactly what colors your
clay will assume once you mix it with chopped crayon.
You can use the "chopped crayon" technique to make
pendants and other types of jewelry. In fact, the attractive
necklace that Lindly wears during this video was created using
this very same method.
For your third project, you'll use scenic sand and polymer
clay to convert a simple metal letter opener into a beautiful
jade masterpiece fit to be displayed on the desk of any top
executive in the country.
As with crayon, when it comes to sand, what you see is not
what you get. So, Lindly begins by showing you how to mix
the sand and clay to obtain the exact colors you want. Once
the sand and clay are mixed, the rest of the process is relatively
simple. To further add to the beauty of the piece, Lindly
shows you how to make a series of small decorative clay leaves
to attach to the handle of your letter opener.
Ready for more? Well, how about covering an inexpensive photo
frame using a Chameleon Cane? It's easy since the basic techniques
for this method are the same as the ones you've learned in
the previous sections of the video. The end result will be
a picture frame that you'll be proud to display along with
your favorite photos. And don't be surprised if the frame
gets more attention than the photo it holds!
The final technique that Lindly outlines is called Illuminated
Millefiori. This is a hybrid of Mokume Gane and the Chameleon
Cane method. You'll begin by creating two very simple canes...
a leaf cane and a morning glory flower cane. From there the
process is somewhat complex. In fact, you may find yourself
pausing your VCR often during this section as you go through
each step. But the finished product will be well worth your
"Tantalizing Translucents" ends with a series of
resources for obtaining the tools and materials demonstrated
in the video, including instructions on how to purchase "Artists
At Work: Polymer Clay Comes Of Age," a book co-authored
by Lindly Haunani. This book features an in depth look at
the work of 58 polymer clay artists around the world.
Lindly's closing statements capture the theme of her video,
and the rest of the videos in this series. "Just remember
to always have fun," she says. "Keep experimenting
and playing with your clay. Because you never know where the
clay will take you."