Today HodgePodge Crochet will be taken over by a very good friend of mine (and fellow crafty maven) Stephanie Jennings who runs the blog Smalltown Dreamz.
Let’s give her a HodgePodge Ovation!!
Now that we’re all warmed up, let’s dive right into the fun! Without further ado, I present Smalltown Dreamz
Hi my name is Stephanie and I am the creator behind Smalltown Dreamz. I love everything and anything to do with crafting; however I have 3 major passions. Sewing, crocheting, and working with clay. For about the past 10 months I have been on an amazing adventure creating handmade polymer clay buttons. I have many sets that are ready to ship but I also create many custom orders and have created buttons to match yarn and fabric orders.
There are so many amazing things you can do with Polymer Clay. But one of my favorite parts is going right back to the basics and creating those one of kind colors. I get asked all the time, how do I get one of kind colors. As most of you know you can accomplish this by mixing any 2 color clays together. However what some of you might not know is how many other amazing things you can add to your clay to change the color and look of your clay.
One of the things you can do and a popular favorite is adding glitter to your clay. Be careful not to add too much so that you don’t lose the consistency of the clay. I prefer to use fine glitter. This is great for adding a little extra sparkle and texture to your clay.
One of my favorite resources to use to change my clay color is stamping ink.
When using ink it’s best to use white or translucent clay. When using ink you can create a very neat marbling effect. This process can be very messy and when working the ink into the clay it’s best to use some sort of glove to keep your fingers from being dyed.
A new technique I just learned and new favorite was to add embossing powder to your clay. This is an awesome technique to use if you are trying to get a granule or stone type of look.
The last technique I have to share is eye shadow!! Yup I said it! Powdered eye shadow is an amazing way to add a colored pearl and shimmer to your clay. With the eye shadow a little bit goes a long way so make sure you gradually add it in.
Thank you SO much for all the amazing tips, Stephanie. I can’t wait to take out my clay and try them! By the way, I hope all of you HodgePodgers reading have been busily taking notes like I have!
If you want to see more of Stephanie and Smalltown Dreamz, make sure you head on over to her blog and her facebook page to show her some love!! (Tell her HodgePodge sent ya!)