The person behind Crafts4joy is Annette Swensen and I live in Southern Alabama (USA) . I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, but in 2008 I stumbled upon polymer clay and have been hooked on it ever since. The possibilities with the medium are endless.


So ... what exactly is Polymer Clay?


Polymer Clay is not a true clay found in the earth. It was first developed in 1930, in Germany. It is a sculptable material based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It usually contains no clay minerals. It is mixed with plasticizers and color pigment is added (hence all the pretty colors).Original formulations of polymer clay remain soft until cured at relatively low temperatures. Traditional polymer clay hardens by curing at temperatures created in a typical home oven, generally at 265 to 275 degrees F (129 to 135 degrees C), for 15 minutes per 1/4" (6mm) of thickness. Polymer clay does not shrink or change texture during the curing process. When properly conditioned and cured, most clays create items that will not break if dropped or normally stressed. After it has cured, the clay surface can be left as is, sanded and buffed to create a glass-like finish or finished with a water-based varnish.


What about the acrylic paintings?

Early in 2018 I discovered Acrylic Pouring. It is extremely messy and it is fun. No two pieces will ever be the same and even the end result will be different than anticipated. Pouring, puddling, dripping ... the defining characteristic of this acrylic painting technique is that you don't apply the paint with a brush or a palette knife, but rather use gravity to move the paint across a canvas. The results are unlike anything that can be achieved with a brush: fluid flows of paint without brush marks or textures. These type of paintings are usually abstract pieces of art.