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Shirley Rufener

Shirley Rufener

Shirley started working (playing) with polymer clay in 1985. Since her first 1″ seasonal/holiday bear collection that she sold through a shop in Old Sacramento, CA, she was hooked! Now she has many years of experience teaching her original techniques through her book, “Polymer Clay Mixed Media Jewelry”, at retreats, teaching workshops and doing demonstrations. After appearing on a few episodes of The Carol Duvall show, The Creative Life (on PBS) and HSN, she has had the opportunity to become the AM Northwest TV morning show’s “craft expert”, demonstrating a different craft every month for 12 years. She demonstrates art and craft techniques with a variety of mixed media materials, although she admits that polymer clay is her passion.

Shirley has a website at www.shirleyrufener.com that’s been up since 2004. She has uploaded her TV show projects with instructions and photos and in the last few years has added her actual AMNW TV videos to view for free, any time. On her site she sells polymer clay, clay accessories and molds and a variety of other art and craft products through her business, SpumoniDesigns. She also sells her art and supplies on Etsy at www.spumoni.etsy.com and digital art images including digi scrapbook and papercraft images at www.digitalspumoniart.etsy.com.

Shirley is a lifetime CPD (Certified Professional Demonstrator) through the Craft and Hobby Association and a freelance designer. She has demonstrated at trade shows such as CHA and Stitches. Her projects have been displayed in the CHA Designers Showroom, as well as graced the walls and tabletop displays of company booths of manufacturers she has designed for.

Shirley has written five fashion oriented craft booklets, two of them on polymer clay jewelry, has co-authored a booklet on air-dry clay accessories and has contributed projects to over a dozen other booklets. Her projects have appeared in dozens of magazine articles, some have even made it on the covers! Her how-to articles have been featured in Polymer Café (her “Artlamp” was the cover project for the Premier issue), Altered Couture, Haute Handbags, Doll Designs, Jewelry Design, Quick & Easy Crafts, Wearable Wonders, Wearable Crafts and Southwest Crafts.

Shirley believes that everyone is creative and should try new things until they find a creative outlet. She loves teaching others the fun of crafting as a hobby, to create handmade gifts or even turning their hobby into a business. She shares, that “if people can earn a living at what they love to do, they will never have to work again”. Shirley enjoys living on the beautiful Oregon Coast with her husband Dwayne. She will always be a wife and mother first, to her very talented daughter Joy, an Art Therapist and her computer genius son, Daniel.

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Crackle Treasure Chest

  The last days of summer have arrived, although the sun is up all year round! I wanted to savor these last few weeks with a sunny project.  I dipped into my paper crafting supplies and pulled out some rub-on transfers.  I was pleasantly surprised when I rolled my rub-on transferred clay sheet with my

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Ocean Waves -Shirley Rufener

Today I’s like to share with you another summertime design. These earrings use my faux mosaic tile technique and are created with a small plastic stencil and soft pastel chalks. I’ve always been a blue jeans kinda’ girl because they match everything, right? The basic technique involves pressing a lightly water spritzed stencil (small tile

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Change is in the Air- Shirley Rufener

Change is in the air for me this month and it seems I am not alone. I am still claying of course, that will never change, but I have zeroed in on a new audience….kids! I’m still a kid at heart and I’ve definitely been into bright, cheery colors this year. My new found interest

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Lego Cane Slicer

Clever Cutting Tools!

Now this is a new concept and quite ingenious! Someone came up with a DIY cane slicer made out of Legos. I could not find the inventor’s name, but the caption mentioned that Nina Fletcher shared this image on her Facebook page, and that she had found the photo on Cat Szetu’s Flickr gallery. Just looking at

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Bracelets and Bangles and Cuffs…Oh My!

  When I think of summer, I think of wearing bracelets, cuffs and big bangles when I go out. Here are a few new styles I have come across. Distinguishing between a bracelet and a bangle is not a precise science. I found a simple explanation, “Bangles usually circular in shape, and unlike bracelets, are not flexible.”

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Twist and Shout…

    Sometimes the most simple twist of events, or in this case of clay, can make a good piece into a fabulous piece of art. These samples show some surface decorated sheets of polymer clay that in the end were twisted which added so much more interest! This beauty is by Lorraine Vogel of WiredOrchid.

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Unique Displays PAY!

When people are wandering around a fair, they are probably going to see several jewelry booths. When they walk into them, if they see the same ol’ black velvet boxes and shapes, they may assume the jewelry is the same ol’ in each booth. Why not make yours stand out with displays out of the

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Tiny Bottles for Summer!

I have been seeing tiny bottles showing up everywhere lately. They have been used to hold many different types of items, including polymer clay mini food cane slices to lady bugs,  fish, sea turtles, mermaids and many other summer themed items. Here is a collection of some of the designs I found online. Most of

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Makeshift Jewelry Findings

I just have to share these amazing and inventive items that people have thought up to use as bails and other jewelry findings! First, my all time favorite. Can you believe, well I guess so as you are seeing it…that part of a wooden clothespin can become what I would call a side pinch bail.

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Miniatures are back…but in a new form!

You may not know this, but the first people to use polymer clay were miniaturists. I know this as in the beginning….well maybe not that far back, the only place I could find the clay was in hobby and train shops. It was used to create tiny people or greenery for model trains. Soon after

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Think outside the plate!

‘Switch’ things up a bit!

  I stumbled on this fabulous website with the best designs in switch plates that you could imagine! If you are like me, you have created many plates that just follow the shape of the plastic plate itself. Well it’s time to step outside the box. This leaf was my main inspiration. I love the

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Who Doesn’t Love Images?

Who Doesn’t Love Images? Over the years there have been many image transfer techniques developed. Allow me to share two newer ideas for you to try. The first is simple rub-on transfers. You will need to bake a flat or domed white clay piece as your base. This keeps the colors true. These “PARTY TIME”

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Molded Brooch For All Seasons

Molded Brooch For All Seasons by Shirley Rufener Have you ever thought of using some of your vintage jewelry to make molds from, and then casting polymer clay replicas of the design? That is how I created this festive brooch. Even though I’ve used holiday colors you can change those to soft Spring pastels, bright tropical hues or

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RING in the New Year!

What better way to start the off the year than to have some fun making some rings! They are small so they are not too time consuming and the best part is that you can often use left over pieces from past projects. I use the Sculpey bezels as my pattern by turnng it over

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Premo Penguin debuts on TV!

Premo Penguin debuts on TV! Have you heard of Bubble Gum necklaces? I hadn’t until my niece (a teacher) saw some of her young students wearing them to class. They are chunky beaded necklaces for baby girls-up through adults really-that are adorable! They aren’t hard to make and many are showing up with polymer clay

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The Perfect Gift- A Handmade Sculpey Ornament

Does it seem to you like the holidays seem to arrive earlier each year, or is it just me? Thanksgiving came and went and I can’t believe that Christmas is just a few weeks away! I love making handmade gifts but sometimes I just don’t have enough time. If you can relate, here’s a few

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Clay Embroidery…using Sculpey Soufflé!

If you are an Etsy, Pinterest or jewelry fan, then you’ve probably come across artists creating intricate, raised clay designs that resemble embroidery and appliqué. I’m no exception. As a designer and writer, I love to spend time developing various techniques to replicate other objects and surfaces outside of our medium. One of my first published booklets on polymer

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ANNOUNCING……

I wanted to save “the best for last” today, the last day of my Sept. blogging month. I finished it! I am excited to announce my second Craft E-Book(let).  The title is “Hollow Faux Glass Beads” and it has been a long time coming. I have had a blast experimenting…or as my hubby calls it,

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Texture can stand alone!

I have loved handmade ceramics since before I even discovered polymer clay back in 2006! But, believe it or not, to my knowledge I have never made an earthen clay sculpture (unless it was as a kid). I am sure I will as it intrigues me to say the least. Ceramicist who hand sculpt their

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Outside Inspiration: Plique-à-jour Enamel

   I rediscovered a jewelry technique today that I hadn’t seen for a few years, Plique a Jour Enamel. It was developed in the Byzantine Empire in 6th century AD. Plique A Jour, French for “letting in daylight” or “glimpse of day” is a vitreous (glass) enameling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but

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Limitless Surface Treatments

I'd like to talk a bit about "Surface Techniques" which I like to experiment with in my claywork. I truly believe they are endless and there are many mediums yet to be tried on polymer clay!  One of my favorite surface looks for polymer clay is simply the use of paints and pastes. The best

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“Wait…don’t toss that aside!”

My title today is what I should have been thinking when I was too quick to toss a cuff bracelet into my ‘donate to a thrift store’ box. If you know me at all, you know that I try not to waste anything. I’m a believer in reusing, recycling or even better…”upcycling”! Up close there

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“What I did on my Summer Vacation”

Rememeber when a new school year started and the teacher would ask you to share or do a report on, "What you did on your summer vacation"? Well I thought that would be a good place to start off my blogging month. Here on the Oregon Coast the kids in town just started back to

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My Final Tri-Tip Tuesday For March

Hello Polypals!   Well I'm back for my last Tri-Tip Tuesday blog and I'm excited about today's three tips! By the way, I never did get to eat any delicious tri-tip this month, maybe next month! My hubby makes the best BBQ tri-tip. So, now that you are hungry, this first tip/technique is sure to

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What have I been up to?

I have had a nice, productive weekend, besides enjoying the sunshine on the beautiful Oregon coast, my first E-Book has been published as a download on the internet! It has been a long time in the making. This first "Craft E-Book" in a series of instructional resources for beginners through advanced clayers is specifically about

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Accentuate with Paint

If you are fairly new to polymer clay, you may not have tried combining it with acrylic paint. Oil paints are not a good mix with the clay so acrylic paint is recommended, whether you are completely painting a baked white clay piece or just antiquing you clay.   In the samples above I have

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Tri-Tip Tuesday-Clean and Shiny!

As I am one day behind this week, I will add some extra "oomph" to my blog entry!   My first tip comes from a post by Kater's Acres. Does it seem like as much as you try to clean your pasta machine, you still end up with streaks and other colors that "muck" up

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Another Fun Tri-Tip Tuesday!

Tip #1: I love to find or figure out another use for a tool, or reuse something that would otherwise be thrown away! I found this great Russian tutorial for using small cookie (or canapé) cutters for small frames (or round ring bases). If you've worked with polymer clay you may own one or more drawers

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Tri-Tip Tuesday

I'm back with my second blog…and I have three tips for your tonight. (No, tri-tip Tuesday is not what I had for dinner)   These tips came from Pinterest, a great source for claywork, trends and ideas! Simply use the points on a corn cob holder to create evenly spaced starter holes in your clay.

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