Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Pantone Fall Colors Fuschia Fedora, Fire Whirl and Pale Rosette

I really like Pantones' fall color selections this year as it has a nice mix of soft, neutral and vibrant.  Fuschia Fedora and Fire Whirl are both rich vibrant shades where Pale Rosette is a soft velvety pink.  I made these post earrings by filling the stainless steel bezels with the fall Pantone colors and gave them a linen-like texture.  They are in my online store here.  If you are into making your own earrings, I also sell the findings in my DIY supplies section here.

Stainless + Clay Earrings

I also created some Earring Charms in matching clay colors.  I came up with the earring charm idea several years ago.  They are a fun way to add a dangle to any post or stud style earring simply by replacing the backing behind the ear with the charms instead.

Rondelle Earring Charms

Post Earring with Earring Charm added to the back of the ear.

I used the small rondelles in the photo below to make the earring charms.  I will use the larger ones as accents in my other jewelry pieces.   I share my secret tips and tricks on how to make these fun style beads in my tutorial here.

So here are color recipes using Kato clay.

Fuschia Fedora

4 parts Kato Magenta
1 part White Mix # 1-2 *

Pale Rosette

10 parts White Mix # 1-2 *
1/2 part Kato Magenta
3 parts Ecru Mix # 2-8 *
1/4 part Kato Yellow

Fire Whirl

10 parts Kato Red
1/2 part Kato Gold

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Pantone Fall 2021 Fashion Colors Mykonos Blue, Spring Lake and Rhodonite

I never thought I would ever say I looked forward to fall but this is one of those years!  Between the drought and extreme heat wave that broke records and lasted a good part of the summer, the more than 300 forest fires burning at one time over our province of British Colombia, and dealing with the heavy smoke from living in the center of it all, the rain and cool weather is a great relief.

So it has been very soothing to take my mind off things by mixing up the Pantone Fall colors and creating some new pieces with them.  I love these new colors as they are a lovely combination of fall, warmth, neutrals and rich, vibrant hues.

Silkscreened Buttons in Illuminating and Ultimate Gray

I already shared with you the clay recipes for the Pantone Colors of the year, Illuminating and Ultimate Gray.  You can find those in my previous blog post here.

These are extra color chips I made for myself in a larger size.  They work nicely for color inspiration, mixing and matching.  In my previous announcement, I will be doing a pop-up at Kelowna Yarn & Needlecrafts this coming Friday.  The owner, Cheryl, really liked my color chips and asked for a set for herself to use for dying her own yarn.  I realized that others might appreciate a set as well so I now have them listed in my online store here.

Polymer Clay Buttons in Mykonos Blue (left) and Spring Lake (right)

I thought I would start with the clay recipes for the three blues:  Mykonos Blue, Spring Lake and Rhodonite, which is actually a blue-based purple.  If you have been following my blog and the Pantone color recipes for some time, you might recognize the Mykonos Blue from several years ago -- Fall 2013 to be exact.  I am not sure what happened, but I have recently purchased a new updated set of the Pantone color chips and while matching this color I noticed quite a difference.  I really like the original color from earlier but also like this new updated shade as well so I have labelled this one my new Mykonos blue.

So here are the color recipes using Kato clay.  I know a lot of my followers out there have jumped ship and given up on using Kato clay.  It is still the main clay I prefer to use, at least for now.  I have started experimenting with the Cernit clay and considering reworking my recipes using it.  I will see how it goes and keep you posted.

Mykonos Blue

4 parts Kato Blue
1 part Kato Turquoise
1 part Kato Pearl
1/2 part Kato Black

Spring Lake

1 part Navy - Recipe # 9-7 *
1 part Kato Silver
3 parts White Mix # 1-2 *


1 part Purple Base # 10-2 *
1 part Navy - Recipe # 9-7

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

New Mini Snaps

I am excited to announce the new addition to my Snap Decisions Collection -- our mini size snaps and mini snap base earrings.  These snaps are smaller than our regular-size snaps and can be interchanged with our wide selection of our own unique designer snap earring bases.  And if you like to create your own, we have already added supplies in our DIY snap section.  

These are already available in several locations:

Shear Fx Studio - Chase, BC

Shuswap Artisan Market - Sorrento, BC

And of course in our online store (shop here)

And I will also have my whole line available at the Pop-up this coming Friday at:

Kelowna Yarn & Needlecrafts

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Pantone Fall 2021 Fashion Colors + Pop-up Show

I seem to be finally catching up with things and my Fall Pantone fashion colors are mixed up and ready to go!  I will be sharing the clay recipes with you very shortly, so stay tuned.

One of the stores that still sells my work is Kelowna Yarn & Needlecrafts. And now that I have moved to Kelowna, I am only a few minutes drive away which is so awesome.

One thing the owner, Cheryl, and I have in common is the love for color and an appreciation for the Pantone Fashion colors.  Making buttons and jewelry pieces in the latest colors keeps things fresh and vibrant.  These buttons were created in the Fall Pantone colors and will be delivered to the Kelowna Yarn store later this week in time for their anniversary celebration the following weekend.

I will also be at the Kelowna Yarn Store for a pop-up next week Friday, Sept 24 and will have a wide range of accessories for knitting/crochet as well as my Snap Decisions Collection.  There will be a door-prize and bonus gift with a minimum purchase so stop on by if you are in the area.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

More Pantone Spring 2021 Fashion Color Samples

Here are a few more of the Pantone Spring 2021 colors I mixed up and then screen printed in white or black.  These pieces are also made into "snaps" so they can be interchanged with our various jewelry and accessories.  The first three pieces are shown on the gorgeous softglass cord.  I buy it from Shades of Clay and you can find it hereThis is the post I show how I add my snap base with a tube bail.

Raspberry Sorbet

Green Ash


The marigold snaps are on yellow cork necklace cords.  They are available in various colors and can purchased here.  If you are looking for snap supplies (and can use your coupon code provided with my tutorial purchase) they can be purchased in our DIY supplies section.

My snap tutorial along with all my other lesson tutorials are all 20% off until this Sunday.  Sorry, only on sale in my online store here.  (Prices are in Canadian dollars).  Use coupon code:  lesson20   at the checkout.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Silk Screen Printing with Pantone Spring 2021 Fashion Colors

I have been experimenting with adding silk screen prints on the Pantone Spring 2021 Fashion colors to create some new decorative snaps.  I don't make the typical clay pendant or necklace anymore as I find the interchangeable snaps are more practical as they can be worn so many different ways.  This way I create the art and the individual can decide how they want to wear it.

Below are larger size snaps with Cerulean Blue as the base and screen printed with black and white.  These are on a thick "softglass" cord (available at Shades of Clay) with an added snap base with a tube bail.

And here are the same colors made into the regular size snaps:

The snaps below are in the Pantone color Amethyst Orchid and screen printed in white:

If you are interested in making your own clay designs into interchangeable snaps, my 2 part tutorial is available in my online store only and on sale until July 5th.


Included with the tutorial purchase is your own private coupon code (unlimited) for 25% off all our snap and jewelry making supplies.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Our new home updates finally done!

In a previous post, I shared about the stove with the double oven I had ordered.  Unfortunately it never did not arrive.  I investigated a little more to discover that it may not arrive for a very long time.  One store told me that a company that manufactured parts went belly up.  Not sure how true that was but I do know that there is a serious appliance shortage and so I decided to get my money back and buy the first stove I could get my hands on -- as long as it had a convection oven.  So I had to settle -- and now I do have a decent stove that I can get back into clay production.

I also finished the other updates in our condo.  The kitchen is nearly done -- I repainted all the cabinets and added hardware to match the Ikea Cabinets I installed at the one end.  I plan to replace the countertops someday but will have to wait another year or so but am happy with it for now.  You can see the photos below showing before and after the renovations and see the huge difference.

Kitchen - "Before"

Kitchen - "After"

Kitchen - "Before"

Kitchen - "After"

We also had an electrician come in and change out all the light fixtures so everything is now more modern plus energy saving LED.  The track lighting in the kitchen is LED and a real improvement over the old fluorescent bulbs.

The last thing I had to do was repair the ceiling.  I purchased these cool ceiling tiles that glue up.  Installing them looked real easy in the video but were a bit more of a challenge.  After the first few tiles were put up I got the hang of it and even enjoyed the challenge.  I felt all the going up and down the ladder was great exercise until at the end while installing the last few pieces I had pulled a muscle.  It was quite painful and put me out of commission for a couple of weeks.  All in all, I feel pretty good about how it turned out and would definitely do it again if needed.  Below is a picture of the finished ceiling.

I also made a few more changes to my studio.  I discovered that the floors in our building are not that sound proof after replacing the old carpet with laminate flooring and using the highest grade under-lay.  The people who live one floor down spend a lot of time in the same room below and as it is my main working studio, I did not want to be an annoyance so I found this really nice area rug that was a perfect fit.  I also found the sheer curtain valance to hang on the window and now the room is cozier than ever!

I love the french doors that separate the studio from the dining room.  To make the room more private, I add this privacy film to each of the window panes.  Now if we have company I can close the doors to hide my work (and mess) without blocking out all the light.

And lastly, we added a new and updated light fixture for the dining room.  This piece is soooo cool.  It is a called a "Fandelier".  It is a chandelier and ceiling fan combined.  It comes with a remote control and when you turn the fan (3 speeds) on, the hidden acrylic blades above pop out and retract when turned off!  How cool is that?!


So most of our renos are complete and is nice that I can again focus more on my clay.  The other nice bonus is our condo apartment actually has it's own furnace and central air conditioning.  My mom and I both decided that it was really important for comfort.  It is paying off at the moment with our extreme heat wave this week.  We have had extreme temperatures for several days now and expected to stay that way for a bit longer.  Our area has actually broke records for high temperatures this time of year for all across Canada!  Tomorrow it is suppose to peak at 48 C  or  118 F!

Tomorrow I will share with you some of the items I have finally finished off in the new Pantone colors.  Stay tuned!