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Overview of New Sculpey and Premo Products from Cindy Lietz

August 20, 2014

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The Universe seems to be sending me messages lately. First, I was reminded in my Behind the Page interview that Polymer Clay was my “desert island” craft. And THEN I found out that the International Polymer Clay Association Retreat was being held in my home state! And then I got a righteous box of goodies […]

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Jacquard Pearl Ex – New Colors

March 24, 2014

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Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders are extremely versatile supplies for any artist or crafter. They now come in over 30 colors. I’ll be testing some of the brand new Chromatic Colors: Citrine, Emerald, Magenta, Sapphire Blue, Scarlet and Dark Brown. This collection is a really gorgeous intense set of jewel tones with a deep lovely […]

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Krylon Leafing Pens

October 30, 2013

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Ever wish you could just gold-leaf something? Add a bit of metallic elegance? Today we are looking at Krylon Leafting Pens, and they will let you do just that! Let’s take a look! Here’s the description from the package: KrylonLeafing pens add a touch of elegance to your home accents. All you need is a […]

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Piccolo Instant UV Curing Resin from GlobeCraft

September 6, 2013

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Resins are very big right now in jewelry-making and mixed media, but most are 2-part epoxies that take hours to dry. What if you could get the same, non-yellowing jewelry grade effect in about 3 minutes? With Piccolo Instant UV Resin, you can. Here’s how it’s described on the website: Piccolo Instant UV Resin cures […]

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Craft Product Review: Texture Treads by Ranger Industries

December 12, 2012

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I really enjoy adding texture and patterns to my mixed-media projects- and Melt Art Texture Treads from Ranger Industries does just that. While they were designed to be used with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamels,) they can be used on so much more. Let’s take a look! Here’s how they are described on the Ranger […]

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Craft Fave: Frantage Fragments by Stampendous

December 13, 2011

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Stampendous isn’t just for stampers anymore- mixed media artists and polymer clay afficionados, take note: Mica Fragments and Shaved Ice are some fun add-ins you’ll want to have in your studio. Mica Fragments are just that- colored flakes of mica that are much chunkier than glitter. Mica is a natural, heat-resistant form of sheet silicate […]

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Craft Product Review: Amazing Mold Putty

March 22, 2011

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One of the very best things about CHA is that you get exposed to new companies and products that you don’t usually see in stores. That’s why I was intrigued by the “Amazing Crafting Products” booth. Over the next two days I’ll be reviewing two of their products, and the first is Amazing Mold Putty. […]

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Craft Product Review: SuperClear Resin by Resin Obsession

January 12, 2011

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I enjoy using resin in some of my jewelry and mixed-media projects, but I know it’s intimidating to some. There’s mixing involved, and often the materials are considered “toxic.” Then there is the question of what resin is best for what applications. Today I’m reviewing SuperClear Resin: a non-toxic, 2-part casting resin for jewelry making […]

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Craft Product Review: Poly Bonder by Lisa Pavelka

January 11, 2011

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I must admit that I’ve had this product tucked away on the shelf for quite a while now, but haven’t been doing much polymer clay. Since I had to make some new samples for an upcoming class, I thought this would be a great time to crack it open and try it out. Poly Bonder […]

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Craft Product Review: Kid’s Choice Glue By Beacon Adhesives

December 2, 2010

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Day Four!  I’m having an “Adhesive Week” here at Craft Test Dummies! We need all kinds of adhesives for all kinds of crafting, and I’m so glad to be able to share some new favorites with you. So the genesis of this review came from an unlikely place- Twitter! Once of my followers asked me […]

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Craft Product Review: Lisa Pavelka Signature Art Clay by Viva Decor

September 29, 2010

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One of my crafty loves is polymer clay, and I’ve reviewed  Studio by Sculpey (may it rest in peace) and Pardo Jewellery Clay by Viva Decor. Newest version on the block? Pardo Art Clay by Viva Decor. Lisa Pavelka has been working with Viva Decor for a while now, and she likes this formulation so […]

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Craft Product Review: Lisa Pavelka’s Signature Craft Foils

September 22, 2010

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Here’s an article I wrote for CraftCritique back in May of 2009, and I realized I’d never shared it here. As you may know, I love Polymer Clay (and Lisa Pavelka), so it deserves another mention here, with a few edits. Enjoy! I love shimmer, shine, and glitz, so I was excited to get my […]

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Craft Product Review: Smooch Acrylic Paints

September 9, 2010

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I went to a stamping/scrapping convention last year, and every third booth had these little finger-nail polish looking bottles labeled “Smooch.” Huh? Well, I finally got my hands on some and played with it! Come to find out, Smooch is a shimmery acrylic paint manufactured by Clearsnap, and it’s meant for detail work in your […]

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Craft Product Review: Cloud Clay by Amaco- part 1

April 27, 2010

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Many of you faithful readers know that I love polymer clay and am excited to try out all of the different brands on the market. So when Amaco offered to send me samples of “Cloud Clay,” I thought, “FUN!” and told them to bring it on. First, a bit about Cloud Clay is not polymer […]

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Ice Ice (Resin), Baby!

February 15, 2010

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Rings and Pendants made with Ice Resin

  Ok, only a few of you will actually get the Vanilla Ice reference in the title- but I couldn’t resist! Today I’m talking about Ice Resin, a 2-part epoxy resin that is jewelry grade. The beautiful people at Objects and Elements told me it will never yellow, and the best part is that it’s […]

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Article on Ice Resin for Craft Critique!

January 28, 2010

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As some of you know, I write for Craft Critique, and have been doing some CHA coverage for them. I got a chance to write a post about Ice Resin, a product I’m really excited to try out. It’s a non-toxic 2-part resin (most 2-part epoxy resins are HIGHLY toxic) and is touted as being […]

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New Line of Pardo Clay to Premiere at CHA Winter 2010

January 13, 2010

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I got a call last night from Christina (darling gal) from Viva Decor, giving me some scoop about the new Pardo clay they are bringing to CHA Winter in Anaheim. Since I’m going next week, I got super excited & took down the stats: The new clay is considered “professional grade” and will be firmer […]

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Craft Product Review: Pardo Polymer Clay by Viva

January 7, 2010

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One of the things I picked up at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show last summer made me tingle with anticipation- Pardo Polymer Clay! Manufactured by Viva Decor, based in Germany, it’s the newest clay in the industry and has the distinction of being beeswax-based. It come is 70 yummy colors, and has […]

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Craft Product Review: Loctite Super Glue Brush-On

November 6, 2009

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Technically, “Super Glue” isn’t a craft product….unless you’re crafty. If you are, you know how important it is to have a variety of adhesives/glues that you can depend on to keep your crafts held together &  lookin’ good.  And one of my faves is Loctite brand super-glue. First of all, the reason I bought it […]

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Crystal Crafter Hot Fix Tool Product Review

August 17, 2009

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It goes without saying that I like a little bling in my world.  Last year I was at the Sewing and Quilting Expo and pick up one of these cute hot-fix crystal-setters, made by Kandi Corp and sold as the Victoria Lynne Crystal Crafter. I finally broke it out of the box and kicked the […]

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Review of Lisa Pavelka’s Signature Series Craft Foils

June 3, 2009

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Jenny previews the projects she made and introduces her review of Lisa Pavelka Signature Series Craft Foils on www.CraftCritique.com

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Magic Glos Addendum

November 7, 2008

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I decided to try out Lisa Pavelka’s Magic Glos today on a polymer clay pendant I’m working on. I spread out the material, being careful to use enough product so that the edges wouldn’t pull back. Happy with my progress, I set it under the UV lamp that I bought from her. I clicked on […]

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Craft Product Review: Magic Glos by Lisa Pavelka

September 15, 2008

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I’ve been playing around with my bottle cap jewelry, and the question of what to put on top has perplexed me. I like Diamond Glaze, but it’s really only good for a thin layer. I wanted something more dimensional and shiny, something more glass like. I played around with using melted UTEE, but at the […]

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Product Review: Dremel Stylus for Crafting

August 13, 2008

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I got a new favorite tool in my studio – it’s the Dremel Stylus rotary tool.  I had a traditional Dremel, and used it when I had to. I found that it’s thick barrel made it difficult for me to hold and drill with accurately. The folks at Dremel seemed to have read my mind […]

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Polymer Clay Video Review: Cindy Lietz

July 12, 2008

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Cindy Lietz is a polymer clay artist and Craftista who has put together a series of polymer clay tutorials available by subscription. Since the PC world is smallish and fairly interconnected, she offered me the chance to view her tutorials (for free, for full disclosure) and write a review of what I saw. If you […]

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Mokume Gane Workshop with Julie Picarello

June 24, 2008

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Honey, I’m home! And I’ve brought back new pieces and techniques from my workshop with Julie Picarello at her lovely home studio in El Dorado, California. I’ll get more into details soon, but I just HAD to get some photos up ASAP of the work I produced, and my co-conspirators in class…. feast your eyes, […]

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New Class Samples – Mokume Gane

June 2, 2008

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I’ve finally finished my samples for my June class…. right under the wire! I made a bunch of samples, actually, because for the first time class participants will get to decide what they are going to make. I’m offerening charms for jewelry or scrapbooking, candle embellishments, magnets, or pins. (This may not go over well. […]

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Naftali’s EZ Bead Changer Necklace- Fabulous!

May 17, 2008

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I was surfing through some Etsy Polymer Clay artists’ sites, and I ran across a jewelry maker who goes by the name of Naftali. In addition to some lovely polymer clay beads and jewelry, she also sells these EZ Bead Changer necklaces. I bought one on Monday, and I was delighted to receive it on […]

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Mother’s Day Disappointment- Polymer Clay Cruise is Cancelled!

May 11, 2008

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Well, this is a story of a Mother’s Day gift thwarted- and it was for me! My dear hubby knew that I secretly longed to go on a polymer clay cruise featuring Donna Kato and Carol Blackburn in the fall. And the sweet man decided to book it for me for my Mother’s Day gift. […]

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Playing with Liquid Polymer Clay- Stained Glass

May 3, 2008

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I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with liquid polymer clay, this time playing with stained glass effects. In my previous tests of liquid clay, I checked to see which brand cured the clearest. Consequently I determined Kato Liquid Medium was really the best product for this set of samples. I really lucked out […]

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