Don't Watch This Latest Video!
Unless You've Got A Few Free Hours To Spare.
That's because once you begin viewing "Potpourri Of
Polymer Clay Techniques," with Donna Kato, you'll want
to grab your clay and tools, roll up your sleeves, and start
implementing the techniques she teaches you right away.
This video is part of the Master Artisans Video Instructional
Series from MindStorm Productions, producers of the highly
acclaimed "Master Miniaturists," and "Master
Dollmaker" Instructional Series of Videos. This latest
Series features expert instruction by some of the country's
top polymer clay artisans covering a variety of specialties.
"Potpourri Of Polymer Clay Techniques," is part
of a four volume set featuring Donna Kato. Donna is a published
author and Master Polymer Clay Artisan who currently works
for the Polyform Products Company, makers of Sculpey.
Once you hit the "play" button on your VCR, you
simply won't want to stop watching this tape. And you'll enjoy
following along as Donna teaches you five different techniques
she's developed for turning polymer clay into beautifully
crafted projects. You'll find the new clays to be incredibly
user friendly, and "cure" right in your home oven
After a brief introduction to the tools and materials you'll
need, Donna demonstrates the first technique: Mokume Gane,
a method borrowed from Japanese metal workers. She'll take
you step by step from conditioning the clay, through twisting,
folding, and kneading three colors together to form a variety
of layers. You'll then watch as Donna wraps the clay around
a bead, and slices away at it to reveal the colorful layered
look that makes Mokume Gane so exquisite.
This is what Donna calls "the fun part." "Every
time you slice," she says, "it reveals the layers
below. This isn't very predictable and that's part of the
The second technique is called Crushed Ikat... a technique
that creates brush-like designs in the clay. In this section
you'll learn how to prepare sheets of black and gold polymer
clay to create a checkerboard cane. This cane will then be
used to make what Donna calls a Tiger Bracelet.
Once you master Crushed Ikat, you'll go on to the Kaleidoscope
Cane, another simple but impressive technique. Here you'll
mold a cylinder of clay into a triangle, cover it with "snakes"
of different colored clay, and turn a simple ballpoint pen
into a writing instrument that's sure to inspire your latent
skills as an author.
The most amazing part of it all is how easy it is to accomplish
these techniques. You'll marvel at how these simple procedures
transform common clay into such gorgeous objects. Chances
are you'll find yourself saying, "I can't wait to try
If you've never known what to do with your scraps of clay,
you'll want to pay close attention as Donna shows you the
fourth technique on this tape: the Marbled Paper Effect. Here
you'll use what she affectionately refers to as a "hunk"
of clay to decorate an acrylic picture frame to show off and
highlight your photos.
The final technique in "Potpourri Of Polymer Clay Techniques"
is called the Translucent Jelly Roll. This is a technique
that gives the clay a wood-like finish. Once again Donna takes
you step by step through rolling the clay, combining it with
gold leaf, cutting and molding it to create an egg that even
Faberge would be proud to display.
Following the techniques on this video will turn you into
a Clay Master in no time at all. And you'll be proud to display
your potpourri of finished products which look like they took
years to create. But no one has to know how fun and easy it
really was. That's a secret you'll never have to reveal.