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Teresa Pandora Salgado

Teresa Pandora Salgado

Teresa is a mixed media artist, designer & instructor from Los Angeles California. She has made 85 You Tube tutorials which have garnered over 2 million views in 151 countries. In addition to teaching live workshops on millefiori complex caning all over the U.S., Teresa helms the online store, Tiny Pandora Crafting Boutique, which features her specialized tools and kits.

  1. #HowDoYouSculpey? with Teresa Pandora Salgado.

    Behold, the Bowl of Shame. I present it to you with a mix of humor, humility, and, yes, compassion for the poor bowl itself. On New Year’s Day, 2010, I opened my first three blocks of clay. My profound artistic ignorance had led me to believe I could simply roll up some clay and make cane like Jon Stuart Anderson...

  2. #HowDoYouSculpey -Pandorafied!

    After five years on the Sculpey Design Squad, I’m delighted to say I find it more exciting every year! That’s because of the care and research the Sculpey gang puts into creating new products. It feels like Christmas every time a box arrives. (True Confession: Sometimes I tease myself and I don’t open it for an hour.)  What I find...

  3. Thinking Outside the Jewelry Box

    I LOVE to make jewelry. I’ll always make jewelry. The only thing jewelry-making lacks is the ability to “work large”. You see, I sometimes I feel like I spend entire days without moving anything but my eyeballs and four of my fingers (2 pointers, two thumbs). Such is the life of a caner. So, for balance (and sanity), I started...

  4. Simple Joy vs Crafter’s Remorse

    I’ve been a crafter since 1959. Yes, I was just 5 years old when I created my first masterpiece. It was a smooth, flat stone onto which I had glued a photo cut from my Dad’s beloved collection of vintage National Geographic magazines. To add theft to defacement, I used a beautiful river rock I had stolen from the neighbor’s...

  5. Pandora's Ring Box

    Gift giving season is just around the corner; and, if you're like me, a beautiful container makes any gift more fun to give. Polymer clay can make even the most ordinary box beautiful. Try this little one for starters and you'll want to make them for everybody on your gift list.                 You will need: A small wooden box 2...

  6. Psychedelic Snail Cane

    Try this easy cane with stacks of different colors, shades of the same color, or even pearls and translucents divided by white. You’ll want to build it big for easy slicing and lots of experimentation. I suggest a full package of each color. Works great with Souffle, Premo or, as in this example, both!  <3 Pandora   1 pkg each: Premo...

  7. Fairy Wing Earrings

    I’m crazy about Premo White Translucent. I’ve used it in all kinds of projects, from sculpture to caning; but the easiest things to do with translucents are tinting and silk screening. This easy project will use those techniques and have you dreaming up all kinds of variations. Have fun and make several pairs. Everyone will want them! You will need...

  8. The Joy of Scrap Clay

    The Joy of Scrap Clay  Teresa Pandora Salgado   Got scrap? I think we all do. Some of my most relaxing times revolve around it. After all, what have you got to lose? I especially love to make Natasha pieces. If you’ve ever made a Natasha bead or pendant, you may have asked yourself, who is Natasha? For years I...

  9. What a Difference a Day Makes

    What a Difference a Day Makes by Teresa Pandora Salgado As a caner, I often set aside several days to blend, build and assemble millefiore elements. That’s all well and good I suppose, since the payoff eventually comes in the form of a nice complex cane; but, then I’ve got to start the actual project. So there’s another day, maybe...

  10. For the Love of Junque

    For the Love of Junque by Teresa Pandora Salgado I remember when Re-purposing was called Recycling. I think recycling was a better word, because our trash and treasures really do go through a cycle, don’t they? The pen holder shown here is a Knott’s Berry Farm jam jar that I lost the lid to. The bowl is a battered old...

  11. Embracing the Hideous

    Embracing the Hideous Teresa Pandora Salgado Keep this to yourself, ok? Sometimes I make some truly ugly canes. No lie, my friends. I blend and blend and reduce and reduce and combine and combine and I manage to create something not only underwhelming, but downright grotesque. Such was the case with the cane used in this bowl. You’ll notice I...

  12. What’s Black and White and Cool All Over?

    What’s Black and White and Cool All Over? By Teresa Pandora Salgado We live in a world of wonder and abundance…well, clay-wise that is; and that’s good enough for me! I love having the choice between making complex cane projects that require hours of work, to quick creations that require nothing but clay and cool products. That’s where the Sculpey...

  13. Sculpey Soufflé- The Chameleon of Clay

    Sculpey Soufflé-The Chameleon of Clay Right off the bat I’ll admit it. Thoughts of polymer clay and its particular properties dominate way too many of my waking hours. Here’s my rationale, though: I could be worrying about lots of other stuff I can’t control, like climate change, cybercrime, and the catastrophic caloric content of Pop Tarts; but instead, I choose...

  14. The Cane Mutiny: Bending Millefiore

    I love to cane. If not for incidentals such as bathing, eating and sleeping, I’d make cane 24/7. I think it’s because I’m a rebel (ok, a rebel with OCD). I need constant opportunities to experiment and grow, and that’s what millefiore caning allows me to do. A Technique for Clay Caning After my first five years of making cane...

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