Friday, June 16, 2017

Resistor Arts at Etsy

My friend Don Geer from Resistor Arts on Etsy has just opened his shop at Etsy.
He is making my man in the moon pendants with my permission. I made the mold quite a few years ago and he has started selling them. YAY!
You can buy them in his shop on etsy, at the link above.
I seriously love this piece and Don has done a fabulous job of reproducing them in silver.

He uses the lost wax casting methods to make the piece from an original mold. Thanks Don, these are wonderful and I love the one you made for me.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I wanted to share with you some of the Candle shades that my friend Maria Jam Brown has been making lately.
They are made from Cernit polymer clay and alcohol inks and mica powders. You can find all of these products in my store the Clay Factory.
I think these are amazing in their execution and drama, so simple yet SO wonderful.
Lesson here for me too, complex and complicated is not always better.
Thank you for this Maria and thank you for letting me share these beauties.
Enjoy the expression, joy, and drive of something well done!
These are stunning!
This is excerpt from the Facebook post I made in my store pages.

This candle holder is made by Northwest Artist and a cartographer at IRL in Seattle, Washington, Maria Jam Brown. I love the quality of nature Maria Jam Brown has captured in the Polymer clay with ink colored translucent Cernit.
From Maria's post,
"Today's project: translucent Cernit and mica gold mixed with alcohol inks to create an amber, gold, and rosy quartz candle holder. It looks a bit like it was carved from Himalayan salt! (I had to test it out with a tea light before giving it as a gift tomorrow. )"
Here is Maria's on line studio with pieces she makes, tutorials, and info at her page at Blonde Crow Studio.
# Cernit
Here is the very first candle shade she made.

Here are the new Candle shades she has been making! I love the colors and the effect she is getting and how about those trees?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This candle holder is made by Northwest Artist and a cartographer at IRL in Seattle, Washington, Maria Jam Brown. I love the quality of nature Maria Jam Brown has captured in the Polymer clay with ink colored translucent Cernit.
From Maria's post,
"Today's project: translucent Cernit and mica gold mixed with alcohol inks to create an amber, gold, and rosy quartz candle holder. It looks a bit like it was carved from Himalayan salt! (I had to test it out with a tea light before giving it as a gift tomorrow. ☺)"

Here is Maria's on line studio with pieces she makes, tutorials, and info at her page at Blonde Crow Studio.

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Earrings I made from the last tutorial post

These are the earrings I made from the the last tutorial post- the little translucent headpin flowers. 
This is the link

I love the way these turned out. You can find them in my Etsy store

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Little translucent head pin flowers
You will need:
2-3" headpins gold or silver
Cernit Translucent clay- I used Emerald, Violet, Turquoise, Ruby, and Amber
Square cutters- 3/16", 5/8", and 3/4"
Scotch Quick dry adhesive
Cernit can be purchased at


Little Head pin flowers

Put a tiny drop of the glue on the head of the pin and let it dry. The bottle has been re-labeled I will place a picture of the new bottle below

This is the new labeled bottle

Condition and roll out clay on the 3rd or 4th thickest setting in your pasta machine. Using the 3/4" square cutter, cut out as many squares of the color as you want to make flowers. I used 2" Skinner blends for my flowers. Emerald for the leaf squares which is the 5/8" square. And all the centers will be the new 3/16" square cutters that we are now carrying. Push the head pin through the center of the flower square.
You can find all of these square cutters at any of our etsy stores ask for special order.
Or at
On this page you will find links to all of our shops and my blog

Add a 3/16" Amber colored square to the top of the head pin with the dried glue dot and press the flower square and the center square around the head pin top.
Here is the link to all of our shops.

Pull all the corners together in the center by doing the left and the right side corners first and then top bottom corners. Tack the lightly together with out smashing together.

Slide the 5/8" Emerald leaf square on to the end of the head pin and slide up against the flower bud. Tack the leaf and the bud together in the centers of each the leaf square and the center of the bud bottom.

Like so.

Curl under two opposite corners to the center of the leaf square and tack to the clay lightly with out smashing the curl.

Curled leaves have rolled look like a curl of chocolate.

Here is the completed bud. Lay on a piece of card sock in your tray and bake in a oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. I also tint the whole tray with aluminum foil. I bake in a regular electric oven for 50 minutes. I plunge them into an ice water bath hot out of the oven until they are cool. The translucent will be more translucent if quenched in ice water.
Have fun!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Blast from the past Jewelry Crafts 1997

There is something about cleaning out your studio thoroughly! The things you find can be surprising.
I found a large box back in a corner, it had been sealed from a Bead and Button show in 1997, it was similar to a time capsule of bead work from before 1997. Lots of beads.
I also found this article that was written about the same time in Jewelry Crafts magazine. A very fun day all in all.
Princesses have castles, I still don't have one!
Memories, I have many! Welcome to my studio time capsule!

Monday, May 8, 2017

New cutters!

I am happy to announce that Kemper has added two new cutters to the 3/16" and 5/16 cutter styles with a small square and a small triangle. We are loading different sets in to and in to stores as we get them photographed. you will be able to by them in the full square set, full triangle set, all the 3/16" cutters and all the 5/16" sets also, even just the two square and triangle sizes.
This is a very nice thing!

These are the two new cutters added to the square and triangle sets
If you already have all the cutters you will be able to buy just these individually also

The Square is now a 7 piece set as well as the triangle set now

Now the smallest cutter set in 3/16" has a triangle and square 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Another Amazing class at NWPCG Clay Camp

Kim day is teaching an all day class at Clay Camp in the great Northwest Polymer Clay Guilds annual retreat.
Come for the whole day or the whole time. it is up to you. even a couple of days. Room and board included in sign up. Sign up at, there is a sign right on the front page that says go to Camp and many ways to go to camp will be presented in the menu on the sign up area!
Check it out!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ZENadu Pendant at Clay Camp!

Long Zenadu Pendant 
I just wanted to let you know that if you are taking the ZENADU Pendant class from me at Clay Camp in the great NorthWest of America, put on by the NWPCG you will also learn how to make this happen there small Pendant with the same technique.
So make the Zenadu Pendant and you can do this Pendant also.
Classes are still open, come for one, come for all of them, or come for a day or two, or the whole damn time. You will not regret it.
Clay for my classes is being donated by me and my on line store

Short Zenadu Pendant

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pendant light shade re-do!

You know the shades they have for the lights that hang down low over your bar or kitchen sink, pendant lights? They have the best shades, very artsy! Thick, nice, clear, or frosted textured and or smooth.
Many colors!
Well, what happens when you break one and you have to replace all the shades because you can not find the ones you have anymore...out of style?
You replace the Pendant lamps with new shades, get a face lift for the kitchen,  and make something out of those shades.
I got these from a friend that found a bunch of them. Gave a few to me at clay day, and told me to make something, it was so funny because a couple of days before I had pulled out a Lamp shade from a floor lamp that I absoluetly loved and had broken. I could not through the glass away. I loved it! I was going to and then this hit me. Like a slap upside the head it came to me.
I went to clay day and then more glass lamp shades came my way. bam! There is the idea, ready and waiting in the back of my trap.
There is a saying that if you see something three times look in to it! It is trying to tell you something.
I don't really wait for three anymore! More that once within a week I check it out!

Here is the result of the shades and below is the large one I am doing. About punch bowl size I would say. Perfect for table top, with dried flowers or ornamental fruit in glass.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mixed media Class at Clay Camp with Bea Grob

Looking for the perfect mother-daughter bonding activity? Check out this Mixed Media Dolls class by Bea Grob! In this class, you will stretch your creativity to make your own studio spirits or alter egos! Full details at Registration deadline is on May 9, don't let this chance pass by, sign-up now! If you have friends who may be interested in this class, please feel free to tag and repost. Thanks and see you there!

Learn this incredible technique directly from the inventor of the Ripple Blade Effect - Marie Segal in this NWPCG Clay Camp Class. There are so many applications for this technique so be prepared to level up your polymer clay skills. Sign-up now at Clay Camp runs from May 18-22, 2017 at Camp Huston, Gold Bar, WA. You can choose to attend the full Camp Session (which is more fun! You can work in the 24-hour craft room with fellow creatives and enjoy the delicious camp food without worries of cooking and cleaning) or if you can't make it for the whole duration, select day(s) or class(es) you want to attend. Don't think twice – register now at Registration deadline is May 9, 2017.
That's me!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Northwest Polymer clay Guild Clay Camp in May

Happy Earth day!
Have a great weekend!

This is one of the classes I will be teaching at clay camp in Gold Bar, Washington, in the middle of May.
It is at Camp Huston, a beautiful Place in a northwest forest of green trees, rocks, and a gorgeous mountain, will watch over us at all our meals. It is one of the most relaxing and truly beautiful places I have been in my life.
Hiking trails all over the place, a great group of people, good food, fun and games, laughter, and creative frenzy.
 Wicked Little Bowls is one of my half day classes.

 You can find  he info at

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Coming to the Seattle Area next month!

The Northwest Polymer Clay Guild Clay Camp registration is now open! Happening on May 18-22, 2017 at Camp Huston, Gold Bar, WA, Clay Camp is open to everybody interested in learning how to use polymer clay and its many creative uses. At Clay Camp, you can look forward to fantastic creative company, 24-hour workroom, fabulous food (with vegan, Gluten-free, you name it options) and fantastic classes. And did we mention the fantastic, creative company? Sign up now, go to www. See you there!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The year begins anew! Welcome 2017!

Howard and Marie Segal 2016
2017 is here and I for one am ready for the changing. The Energy of the new year is floating in and it "feels" good. I feel good, if a little beat about the head from last year, but still standing and increasing my skills.
I am going overseas to Germany to teach at Galerie Freisleben in Uber sea, I am grateful for the chance to do this, thank you Ariane, this is a beautiful studio and bed and breakfast, a wonderful place to play with the creative spirit.
A dream come true actually.

Here is the link to the workshop page
If you click on the Galerie Logo square at the top of the left side of the link above, it will show you the wonderful Galerie in beautiful pictures. Otherwise all the links for all the classes that Ariane is giving for 2017 are all listed in the page the link above opens.
Please have a look there are some amazing classes here every year!
Iris Mishly, Angela Garrod, Christine Dumont, and Melanie West to name this year's lineup, oh, and me!
Sign up for the newsletter also!
Come see me if you have the chance for a full weekend of playing with the creativity in the room.  LOVE that!
For the rest of you that read my blog, may the new year of 2017 be gently kind to you this year and may it be filled with health, happiness, and abundance in every way!
Be kind  you have no idea the things people are going through inside or in their lives, be the love that is missing there!
Love and hugs to all of you,
Marie and the better half in my life, Howard