Here in Canada we don't have too many places we can purchase our jewelry or polymer clay supplies. It is difficult at times to order south of the border and even though there are companies that offer huge discounts, the cost in shipping and U.S. currency exchange can end up being more in the end. We are very fortunate to have Shades of Clay as our major supplier of Kato clay as well as so many other tools and items at a very reasonable cost right here in our own country. Even though they are more than 5000 kilometers (3000 miles) away from us, they are still a Canadian company and we don't have customs and high shipping costs to deal with.
Shades of Clay has been around for quite a few years and last year Wendy Orlowski took over the company from Margaret, the previous owner. Wendy continues to give the same excellent service and is working even harder to build up a wider selection of cool items for us. The latest news is that they will be bringing in some of the Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints and zentagle markers which I am very excited about.
So why am I telling you all this? I am not being paid to promote Shades, but just a happy customer and wanted to share that with you. We are also both Canadians and therefore we like to support one another. It is wonderful to find a supplier that you can work with directly and can supply so many items that we need.
Anyhow, I cannot write a blog post without showing you at least one picture. Here are some new flip flop sandals we are working on for this year. The flowers are from the new canes I showed you earlier (you can see them here). Since we live at a beach (lake) and there are many lakes with beaches surrounding us, our flip flop jewelry is generally a big hit at the summer shows. We decided that this year was time to come out with a new look and this is just a sample. The cords on these pendants are a type of "buna" called "softglass" which is available here.
It is already warm here and is nice to be wearing summer clothes and flip flops again!