Primitive and pretty. Primitive and pink. Ronna Weltman has taken a new tack. (Her new photos might not have gotten posted on her site yet.) This light delicate look is a nice departure from the heavier designs we’re used to in polymer work.

I guess I’m already in the mood for spring.

Judy Belcher’s new book arrived from Amazon yesterday. I’ll feature a few things to entice you in the coming days. It’s filled with pictures that will inspire you. I’m sure the text is informative too but like most of you, I’m hung up on the photos.

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  • reply Ronna Sarvas Weltman ,

    Thanks so much for doing this website and including my work. Your website is delightful.

    For anyone interested in duplicating this look, here’s how:
    1. Mix up colors. Be sure to pick interesting contrasts.
    2. Marble them in pasta machine or by hand.
    3. Roll into thin sheet.
    4. Tear pieces by hand so you’ll get a rough edge. Clay is easier to tear if you let is set/cool awhile after you’ve worked it.
    5. Texture pieces by pressing sandpaper on the clay.
    6. Enhance colors by brushing lightly with metallic powders. I often layer several colors of powder. Use a face mask when you do this. You can get them cheap at any hardware store.
    6. Loop tops over wooden skewer or toothpick and gently press to seal.
    7. Bake. I use a convection toaster oven — I found it gives better results. Don’t do it in the house — fumes are toxic. Do it in garage or outside. Of course, you need to use a separate toaster oven for your clay. It’s unhealthy to prepare food in it once it has clay residue on it.
    8. Use your polymer “shreds” to make a piece of fabulous jewelry. Send me a picture of it!

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