Friday, October 5, 2012

The Power of Color

Do different colors affect your mood?  Absolutely!
We associate different colors with feelings.

Red - An intense color that stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing as well as appetite.  (You didn't think McDonalds picked the color scheme of red and yellow by chance did you?)  Red is considered an excellent accent color since your eye is drawn there.

Pink  - Considered a very relaxing color, the color of love.

Yellow - Cheerful, an attention getter yet is the most difficult color to take in so should be used sparingly.

Blue - One of the most popular colors, the color of the sky and the ocean.  It has the opposite reaction as red, peaceful and tranquil.

Green - The easiest color on the eye, the color of nature.  It is calming and refreshing.

White - Reflects light and symbolizes innocence and purity.

And that leads us to one of my favorite colors Black.

Black - The color of authority and power.  The color people wear to appear slimmer.  The color of evil.  It's also timeless and stylish and that is the main reason it is used so often in jewelry designs.





 The above jewelry is an example of the talented people of the Polymer Clay Smoosher guild on  These items were all made using polymer clay.  These were the emotions I felt when seeing these items in black.

How do they make you feel?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Joys and Wonders of Polymer Clay

I have recently discovered the joys of working with polymer clay.  I had previously tried it a couple of years ago but didn't really know what to do with it.  I think I was trying to use it as I would precious metal clay.  Completely different animals.

Polymer clay is my new favorite medium to work with.  It's pretty simple (at least for what I am doing with it right now), pretty inexpensive and you can make just about ANYTHING you put your mind to.

Dragon sculpted from polymer clay, wow!

There are TONS of free tutorials online on how to make things out of polymer clay.  I did some basic searches on what you could make and when I started to see things I really liked (and thought I could actually do) I started to watch these tutorials and learn some basic techniques.

Basically, to start off, if you can roll a piece of clay into a ball you can start making things out of polymer clay. 

See?  The above balls were shaped into various skunk parts and when assembled looks like this.

This was one of the first tutorials I tried, my skunk looks like this.

Pretty cool, huh?

Anyways, don't be afraid to jump right in and start playing.  Polymer clay is really fun and some really amazing things can be made with it.  I am still in the beginning stages with it but I really like what I am making and look forward to continuing to experiment with this medium.

Some other Black Dog Jewelry polymer clay creations:

Happy Crafting!

Kelly and Rosa