Issue 3   May 2012
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It's All About the Color!
  As much as my clown from last minute was about shades of gray, these pieces are all about COLOR.  I've had a lot of creative ideas floating through my head, but most of the time I wonder what to do with all the leftovers after I finish my creative vision.  This was the case with the clay from my Mime Bracelet that I featured in March.  I made 3 tiny canes with my scrap - a rainbow zigzag, a basketweave, and a spiral like the tutorial I shared last month.  From the leftsover from my making these three canes, I also made a Stroppel Cane.  These coordinate and can be combined beautifully, but also make beautiful stand alone items, like the bangle bracelet pictured 
Rainy Day Cuff
above and the perfume pen to the right.  Unfortunately, my experiments with those canes is limited since they were small to begin with, but the results always give me more ideas for future experiments. Plus, the lucky buyer who grabs them from my ETSY shop will have a unique treasure.
May PCAGOE Challenge
  The May PCAGOE Challenge theme is "Artist Inspired.". The voting goes through May 7, so don't forget to vote for your chance to win! This is my entry.
  I have to say the entries for this month's challenge are wonderful!  I feel inspired by these inspiring artists!
  My entry is called "Rainy Day at the Circus" and is inspired by the art and fabulous talent of "Weary Willie" - Emmett Kelly - the clown who has made the image of sad clowns iconic in our culture.
June's Challenge theme is "Bowls/Vessels"  Don't miss this one - who knows, there may be something special for Dad in time for Father's Day!  And as always, 3 lucky voters are randomly selected for special prizes from the PCAGOE members!
My Pansy Butterfly Cane
There are a bevy of beautiful butterfly canes out there and just as many instructions on how to make them - from the simple to the complex.  Mine is based on the techniques found in my Pansy Cane Tutorial, but can be used with any Skinner Plug or even a rounded Ikat Cane.  As always please share anything you create on my Facebook Page!  I'd love to see your work, too!
1) You'll need two color coordinated canes to begin with.  One that is approximately 3/4" x 6"  and another slightly smaller.  I used half of the canes that I used to make the Passion Flame Pansy cane that is pictured at the bottom of this section.

2) Mix a dark color that coordinates with your cane, but is a shade darker or you can use black.  Make a sheet of this to wrap both of your canes.  

3) Also make two bullseye canes with white (or light colored) centers and your dark mix from 2.  Make the canes with different sized centers.
4) Cut off a 2" section of your larger cane and set it aside.  Reduce the cane to 5/8" and cut another 2" section.  Reduce again to get 2" sections that are 1/2", 3/8", and 1/4".
5) Reduce your smaller cane to 1/2 and cut off 2 2" sections.  Reduce it again to 3/8" and cut off two more 2" sections.
6) Shape your sections of your longer cane into long teardrops and stack them together longest on top to smallest.  Place varying sections of both of your bullseye canes along the outer edge.  
7) Shape yoursections of smaller caneinto elongated teardrops and place the longest ones in the center and the shorter ones on the outside.  Attach varying sizes of your bullseye canes to the outer edge on this wing parts well.
8) Place your wings together.  At this point you can use them as is or reduce them and cut them in half and add a body to the center.  Fill as needed with translucent.
9) Enjoy!

Deb Hart
Hi and welcome to a little piece of my world!  My name is Deb Hart, but most of you have known me for years now as Deb Tuchsen.  February 3 marked a wonderful change in my life as I married the man I adore, Brian Hart,  and it's been part of the wonderful path my life has taken in the past year.
I grew up on a farm in Minnesota as Deborah Kay Schumann - oldest daughter of 6 girls.  You can still see a lot of nature and country in my photos and creations.
I have degrees in Psychology and Chemistry from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, but spent most of my 4 years there working also tutoring photography and working for the college yearbook.
I have 3 beautiful children, 2 loving adorable stepchildren, 3 cats, 1 dog, and not enough sanity to handle most days, but I enjoy the ride.  =)

Mother's Day is May 13th this year - less than a week away, but you can still take advantage of my promotion. Now through that special day, enter the coupon code MOTHERSDAY at checkout in either my Etsy or Artfireshop and receive a 20% discount on any gift.  You can choose from a wide variety of drawing/art options in my artfire shop like the baby picture on the left or a customized Mother's Day pin from my Etsy shop like the one below.  
And don't forget that favorite teacher!  The end of the school year is fast approaching and I'm running the coupon code TEACHER for the same 20% off until June 15. The great little faces on my Children of the World items make fantasic one of a kind gift ideas. So think ahead and get something unique for those special ladies in your life!  
Please contact me if you need something in a hurry!  Thank you!
Summer Camp!
I'm continuing to gear up my Gumbacher Art Classes so that I can start teaching the intermediate classes to students.  Here is a painting I've been working on to showcase to students what they can potentially do.
And here is the photo I'm working from:
Please feel free to contact me for current class dates and times!
This summer I'm hoping to work some summer camp clay classes into my busy schedule at Michaels.  I've talked to my manager about organizing some classes for ages 12 to adult (younger with an adult attending as well) that would be a couple hours in the afternoon for one week intervals.  The first week we'd do basical polymer clay beads and jewelry design.  The second week we'd do simple animal sculptures.  And the third week (longer classes for advanced students) we'd create some fun realistic  fantasy figures and learn to sculpt faces, hands, and feet.  I'm still working out the timing, cost and logistics - but hope to have something scheduled by this time next month, so if you're interested - send me an email!

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