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  1. What are the colours of this season?  Of the 16 colours featured in the Pantone trend report, I’m selecting 4 that signal the Autumn/Winter season.  The Pantone Colour Institute forecasts the trends in colour which are applied across a variety of industries. And fashion is no exception.

    Using Pantone colours as a base, you will find a corresponding polymer clay colour. This is why referring to Pantone colours is so exciting. You can choose the clay colours to match the seasonal shades.

    Neutral Colour – Frost Gray


    Frost Gray Oct Blog


    You will often see gray as a go to neutral at this time of year. Gray oozes sophistication. You can wear it on its own or paired with another Pantone colour.

    The closest colour to Frost Gray is Premo Slate Grey. Use this colour as an accent to a stronger colour or make it a feature; my recommendation is to add another colour in the Pantone palette which will make your design current.


    Quiet Colour - Grapeade


    Grapeade Oct blog

    What a name! Reminiscent of a cool soft drink or luscious grapes, this shade is a muted purple. It is definitely not lilac or even a strong aubergine but more a gentle whisper to what could be a rich colour. It pairs well with Frost Gray.

    Sculpey offers Premo Wisteria as the closest match to Grapeade. It’s a beautiful soft shade which will work well with the Slate Grey. You can include some white clay into the mix to bring out the tones of both the gray and purple.


    The Rich Tones


    Galaxy Blue


    Galaxy Blue Oct Blog


    Does it make you think ‘this is the colour of the stars’? The name certainly does. It’s understated and calming and still has a richness to it. You can imagine how this colour will coordinate well with the Frost Gray and even the Grapeade.

    Try using Premo Navy which is very close match to this Pantone colour. And again, pairing with Slate Grey and Wisteria will give you a distinct pop of colours to your design.




    Cranberry Oct blog

    The season would be incomplete if there wasn’t a strong shade of red and Cranberry definitely delivers. It has vitality and punch and will liven up any outfit. Of course, if Cranberry is too strong for you, wear it with Frost Gray.

    Premo offers Pomegranate as the closest match to Cranberry. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can combine it with all three of the other clays to make a unique pendant. Imagine having one piece of jewellery that coordinates with any of the four Pantone colours.  You would really be reflecting the colours of the season.


    These four Pantone colours influence us all.  And polymer clay colours are no exception.  Try out each colour on its own or mix them to create your own colour, you are bound to find inspiration as you create with Slate Grey, Grapeade, Galaxy Blue and Cranberry.

    I'm going to try these out to create some new jewellery!

  2. As many of you know, my journey in my business began with a jewellery making starter kit.  Learning as many techniques as I could in the early days – wire wrapping, bead stringing, macramé, and working with gemstones.  It wasn’t until I discovered polymer clay that I truly became enthralled with making beads and jewellery.

    And the learning continues. Keeping up with trends in the industry means I can share what I learn with you.

    Recently, FIMO launched a new clay range called ‘leather effect’.  Of course, I bought a few colours to try it out.  I’m still testing!  The fascinating feature about this clay is that it’s flexible AFTER baking.  This means you can make little boxes of create a small purse with a needle and cord to sew the pieces together.  There is also a leathery look to the clay which is visible while you’re working on it.

    17 Wed wonder leather effect

    What would you use this clay for?

    Last month, I attended a special workshop led by the brand ambassador for Cernit clay.  I haven’t used this clay before.  Karen was a very knowledgeable tutor who showed us how to create a bear. Now, beads I understand and love but sculptures are a bit more challenging. That’s why I went.  With polymer clay (I suppose with anything), you have to experiment. You have to try different ways.  Otherwise you will stagnate and it’s not fun anymore.

    I actually enjoyed it because Karen showed us step by step how to create our own bear. (below) The key part of using Cernit is conditioning like the other clay brands. It is quite a firm clay and is reliable for this kind of modelling. Sitting the bear on a tile while working is recommended because you can add the vest, scarf, hat and other embellishments and bake it on the same tile.

    Clay bear 18Aug

    So if you’re not into jewellery, how about making a small sculpture like a bear? Or maybe there’s something else you would like to make? Share your thoughts.