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  Personal Note From Tonya
Join Me For a Complimentary Class - June 15th

New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy
Connect + Collaborate + Create

  Raving Fans

Andrew Thornton
"Whole Lotta Whimsy never fails to deliver the highest caliber shopping experience for the jewelry-maker and craft enthusiast!"
Susan Brown
"WLW is a great 'One Stop Shop' for metal clay tools and materials."

  Feature Article

Fun Inlay Project with Mixed Metal Clays

Personal Note From Tonya

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Join Me For a Complimentary Class

5 Key Ingredients to Becoming a Successful Artist

Maybe you know the 5 Key Ingredients to Becoming a Successful Artist, maybe you need a refresher and sometimes it's just empowering to hear them again. No matter what you'll walk away with lots of valuable insight and tips from this complimentary class.

On June 15th, I will be sharing with anyone who signs up the components and systems that together create the foundation you need to take your business to the next level, or even make being an artist more enjoyable.

I'm excited to share with you on this FREE call:

  • How to connect your creative soul with savvy business acumen for heart-centered profits in a fun and purposeful way.
  • Proven strategies for finding your perfect customer and gaining clarity of voice. This allows you to play a bigger game sharing your gifts with the world.
  • Ways to avoid costly and time consuming pitfalls that can lead to negativity, self sabotage and keep you stuck for years.
  • ... and More!

Simply enter your first name and email address to reserve your spot at this link. Space is limited. If you aren't available on June 15th, sign up anyway. It's the only way to get the recording and to get entered to win give-away raffle prizes.

Click Here or on the Image Below for More Info!

Be sure to bring your notebook, pen, a great cup of joe or tea, and I'll see you June 15th!

Creative Blessings,

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New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

New Silver Filled Items at Whole Lotta Whimsy!

Silver Filled Wire Soft 26g 11' Silver Filled Wire Soft 24g 11'
Silver Filled Wire Soft 22g 13' Silver Filled Wire Soft 20g 11'
Silver Filled Wire Soft 20g 11' Silver Filled Wire Soft 16g 2'
Silver Filled Jump Rings 6mm (10) 19g Silver Filled Jump Rings 5mm (10) 20g
Silver Filled Jump Rings 3mm (10) 22g Silver Filled Ear Wires w/ loop & ball (2pr)

Violet Gilder's Paste Patina Gilder's Paste
Iris Blue Gilder's Paste Silver Color Gilder's Paste
German Silver Gilder's Paste Copper Color Gilder's Paste
African Bronze Gilder's Paste Inca Gold Gilder's Paste
Antique Gold Gilder's Paste Niobium Steel-Colored Earwires (2 pair = 4)
Niobium Bronze Earwires (2 pair =4) Baldwin Patina 1oz

Connect + Collaborate + Create

An Invitation:

What: To meet other like minded, heart-centered artists from all mediums and exchange info in order to connect + collaborate + create better art, better businesses, better creative lives!

When: This Sunday, all day, any time

Where: Whole Lotta Whimsy's Facebook page
**see Discussions in the far right hand column under the WLW logo for full directions on what to do

Then what happens?
Once you post your info, you'll receive an invitation to the amazing think tank, mastermind group of artists who daily share their knowledge on many topics such as: pricing, technique, sources, inspiration and more.

Here's what one group member said:

"I am so happy just to be in the presence of such wisdom and humanity and divinely talented souls. The value of what you've done for us all cannot be expressed in terms of the world's system; it can only be expressed in the hearts and spirits of all you've touched and who've touched others' lives for the better. The dividends have already been mind-blowing. Can't wait to see where we're all at a year from now!!"

Step outside your inner circle and connect with a few more people every week over coffee in your own studio. Who knows where this will take your work or your life. The masters met at Cafe Guerbois and we will meet in our own studios over FB.


Raving Fans

Andrew Thornton

Whole Lotta Whimsy never fails to deliver the highest caliber shopping experience for the jewelry-maker and craft enthusiast!

They're constantly updating their site with the latest innovations at the lowest prices, useful inspirational techniques, and beautiful examples from the top professionals in the field.

- Andrew Thornton
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Susan Brown

WLW is a great 'One Stop Shop' for metal clay tools and materials. The website is clear and easy to use, which is good when ordering from overseas.

I really appreciate the friendly service, excellent communication and efficient shipping.

I'm always happy to recommend WLW!

- Susan Brown

Feature Article

Fun Inlay Project with Mixed Metal Clays

Do you work with mixed metals? If you haven't tried it this is a good time to get out that Copper and Bronze Clays and go for it.

Here's an easy quick overview of an inlay project to make a pair of earrings:

  1. apply a release agent onto a deep texture like our fabulous Texture K line of rubber textures. This one is TL1200

  2. roll out a slab of Copper clay (for this project I recommend Hadar's Copper Clay) HC001

  3. cut out two circle shapes using a pattern cutter, circle template, or QuikArt stencil

  4. let the pieces dry, sand the edges and refine the pieces

  5. using more Copper Clay fill in the leaves that extend to the edge, filling in any concave areas that are 1/8" to the edge. This will assure a better bond between the metals and avoid any from chipping off as a result of shrinkage during firing.

  6. using White Bronze Clay (HC003) press the clay into the concave areas created by the deep texture

  7. sand, refine and drill a hole

  8. fire as directed by the manufacturer

  9. using Baldwin Patina, patina the pieces. See the blog for a video to see Hadar Jacobsen demonstrate the use of Baldwin's Patina on the metal.

  10. assemble onto Niobium Earwires which are not only hypo-allergenic but also a perfect match to the bronze and copper colored metal!

Hadar's blog is an excellent source of tutorials on anything that has to do with mixed metal clays. Even if you work in BronzClay or CopprClay you can take these tutorials and use them in your work.

She's got several fantastic books as well available with a brand new book coming this month.

Click Here To Browse The Books
Coming Soon:
Patterns of Color in Metal Clay

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Teacher, mentor, artist and founder of The Artful Success Program, Tonya Davidson helps artists take their techniques and business skills to the next level. As the CEO and founder of Whole Lotta Whimsy she has passionately empowered artists to live creatively from the inside out. Her ezine goes out to over 11,000 subscribers. Create the life you love by subscribing to her eZine at http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com/wo/content/newsletter. Be sure to check out her blog at www.tonyadavidson.com for complimentary tutorials and articles.

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