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We're No Spring Chickens

 My mother-in-law is rather saucy.  One day she stood with hands on hips and a raised chin, firmly declaring her decades of life experience:  “I’m not a chicken spring anymore, you know!!”  Everyone listening burst into laughter, realizing she meant to say “spring chicken” -- a euphamism for being young and inexperienced.


Polymer clay has enough decades under its own belt to raise a voice alongside my mother-in-law and proclaim it isn't a “spring chicken” either.  Artistic disciplines the world over acknowledge our medium's unique properties, incoirporating polymer clay into everything from sculpture and wall hangings to fine jewelry and miniatures. 

The Incredible Edible Egg
People have long been fascinated and inspired by the humble bird’s egg, using its smooth, ovoid surface as their canvas-in-the-round.  We’ve gathered samples of some amazing artwork in polymer clay that has been created by using the egg as a canvas, and we’ve asked those artists to give us a few thoughts about their pieces.

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Letters to the Editor: Introducing a New Feature

Welcome to the first of many new “Letters to the Editor.” This month, it will be a Letter from the Editor.

My name is Alaina Ackley. and I'm the new Web Content Editor. I'm a business major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I've been a polymer clay artist for 5 years, now and have a business with my mother, Beth Ackley, called Destined 2 Clay. But enough about me. . . .

With new members elected to the IPCA board, we have many new and exciting ideas planned and I plan to share these ideas, and their progress, with you monthly.

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What Does "Tribal Jewelry" Really Mean?

© by Chelsea Clarey; all rights reserved

Editor's Note: Polymergence is pleased to share with you this excellent article by Chelsea Clarey, of TangoPig Jewelry Creations. It is reprinted with permission from the on-line magazine Making Jewelry Now. In addition to creating a line of handmade jewelry and a blog, Chelsea teaches word-choice seminars for artists who sell their work on-line.

Using the Terms "Tribal" and "Ethnic" Accurately in Your Jewelry Designs

In addition to being a jewelry artist, I'm an anthropology major, and one of the consequences of taking these classes is that you start seeing things in layers that you never really thought about before.

You should hear me go on and on about material-culture representation in Disney movies!

But lately I've been thinking about jewelry terms, and "tribal jewelry" has caught my attention.

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