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In this issue

  Personal Note From Tonya
Upcoming Changes to eZine

  News
New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

  Raving Fan

Zoe Phreo
"Even all the way from here (Australia), you're still the best and closest shop!"
Amy Culp
"I have purchased a lot of PMC materials over the years from many online retailers, and my absolute favorite is WLW."

  Feature Article

5 Great Tips for Working With Metal Clay

Personal Note From Tonya

For three and a half years, I have had an absolute blast writing this Whole Lotta Whimsy eZine. It's been loaded with lots of great information about tools, techniques, materials, inspiration, marketing and business tips.

F*R*E*E but valuable content has always been my goal. Ultimately, I'm always thinking about how to give back to my community of artists. I appreciate your business and am grateful for your loyalty.

In May, I created a new eZine, Take Flight, over on my website: www.tonyadavidson.com. This is where the blog also resides and has always been located.

If you subscribe to both, it's a lot to read 6 eZines a month, not to mention a lot for me to write them. Plus did you know that we have two active Facebook pages (Artful Success and Whole Lotta Whimsy) where we share daily tips, insights, helpful technique info, kiln info, etc.

So we've decided that in the coming month, we will be phasing out this eZine.

It's really important that you subscribe to the Take Flight eZine if you want to remain on our mailing list. You get an incentive as well!

Subscribe between 9/16/11 and 9/20/11 and get the Take Flight Four Pack and a F*R*E*E book included in your next Whole Lotta Whimsy order (or pay $3.50 for US Domestic Media Mail shipping) as long as supplies last!***

Creative Blessings,


 

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News

New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

 

Raving Fan

Zoe Phreo

 

Even all the way from here (Australia), you're still the best and closest shop!

Thank you!

- Zoe Phreo



Amy Culp

I met Tonya several years ago and started shopping at Whole Lotta Whimsy shortly after.

I have purchased a lot of PMC materials over the years from many online retailers, and my absolute favorite is WLW.

Sure, the store site is easily navigated and the descriptions are great, but the real reason I keep coming back is the cool merchandise and new products that are always coming.

If I am looking for something new that I may have only heard about somewhere else, I know I'll be able to learn more about it either in Tonya's blog, a tutorial or an email response.

This cutting edge approach has made me popular with my students - they know every class term will have new products or a new technique.

My orders always arrive on time and if there's something that's not available I know that a WLW team member is going to call and fix me right up.

I honestly feel like family with Whole Lotta Whimsy and I encourage my students and PMC buddies to visit.

It's sort of like having a PMC shop around the corner.

- Amy Culp


Feature Article

5 Great Tips for Working With Metal Clay

  1. Apply a release to your tools and hands prior to opening the clay with olive oil, Badger Balm, Gloves in a Bottle or other proprietary product. Our skin soaks up the moisture in the clay and will dry it out too fast. Also, using a release will keep the clay from sticking to the tool.

    Your skin is the largest organ, so it's good to create a barrier between your skin and the product... any art product.

    If you work with the base metal clays which can discolor your nails, by rubbing Glove in a Bottle under your nails before beginning your work, you can prevent this from happening. It's a great product!


  2. Think about how your piece will hang prior to engineering the piece. Will you put a hole in piece, use a tube bail attached to the piece, put a bail on the back of the piece, etc.

    Where will the hole go? Will it hang funny?

    If you decide to put a hole in the piece, I recommend making the hole after the piece is dry using either an craft knife (conical hole perfect for stone settings) or a drill bit. By placing some water on the clay, allowing it to be absorbed and then one more drop of water on the drill bit or knife blade, the clay will drill very easily. Let the tool do the work by turning the tool clockwise while holding it perpendicular to the clay. You'll get a beautiful and perfect hole!

    When trying to make the hole with a straw in wet clay you often get warping or buckling of the clay and often it's too close to the edge.


  3. You can draw on metal clay with pencils or sharpie. The marks will all burn out when you fire the clay. If you need to transfer a design to the clay, red Saral paper works nicely for this purpose.


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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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