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Shirley Rufener

Shirley Rufener
  1. A Day at the Beach

    I feel so blessed to live less than a mile from the ocean. Our beach here in Oregon is so different from the Southern California beaches we went to most weekends growing up. Of course they do have some things in common; ocean waves, seagulls, sand plus we have beautiful driftwood almost everywhere! Sculpey Liquid Clear Earrings I made these...

  2. Chalkboard Flowers

    With the popularity of chalkboards this season I wanted to mimic the look with polymer clay for adding accents, and it worked! I was so excited when the first flower was finished that I put it right on a chalkboard. Let me back up a bit and tell you when I learned this technique which is called “chalking” in the...

  3. Change is in the Air

    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 started when I discovered OTT's...

  4. I Can See Clearly Now! Shirley Rufener

    I've heard that fashion trends or styles always come back! I remember making clear hair bows filled with small candies in the late 70's and early 80's. Recently I noticed a resurgence of these bows created for summertime fun in the sun, and in the pool! There are "water bows" which actually have some type of "water-gel" inside of them...

  5. 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 focal pendants and accent beads...

  6. 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 clay contained textured faux fiber pieces...

  7. 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 example I personally enjoy, is...

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