Whenever the Martha Stewart Crafts team is developing a new tool, material, kit or special seasonal goods and crafts supplies, I get super excited for the day the product hits the shelves and I can finally get my hands on it. With Crafter's Clay, I was lucky to have worked with it before, but was thrilled to see what special additions Martha had up her sleeve. Originating in Japan by a family owned company, Deco, this air dry clay is soft and requires no kneading--making mixing different colors a cinch. It's lightweight, non-toxic and best of all, drys in 24 hours with no oven needed. The texture of the clay is so fabulous, I'd love to keep a chunk in my pocket at all times to mush around whenever I want--seriously!
Martha has made the clay more available in the marketplace and created a few great kits, making it simple for anyone to get started. Get familiar with the clay by mixing colors using Martha's handy color guide included in each kit. Silicone molds, provided in the kits, make it easy for a novice, or even a child, to create beautiful designs.
Yukiko Miyai, daughter of the clay's founder, is an expert and joins Martha today on the show to demonstrate how easy the molds are to use, while revealing some trade secrets. She also gives you a few ideas to try.
Once you've mastered mixing and using molds, there are unlimited projects you'll want to try. Maybe you'll become as good as Yukiko and shape exquisite, real looking flowers like hers.
Want to try the clay? Get 20% off your purchase of crafter's clay at Michaels through May 12th!
A couple of Christmases ago, I used the clay to make little polar bear ornaments. It was ideal for making a smooth shape without any special tools or a lot of time--in fact, just minutes. For Martha's Snow Day Show, I added to the arctic animals by giving them a home, an igloo.
Most of you Martha followers probably know that there will no longer be a daily show. : (
I will certainly miss working with the other crafters to develop crafts everyday. My crafting doesn't stop there though--you can actually see me (and some craft projects of course) today on HSN!!
Here's a recap of all my very special Martha moments.