Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

I'd like to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2015!

I don't update this blog now - you can find my new blog over at

There are still a few space left at the Polymania with Donna Kato, Bettina Welker and Cara Jane Hayman.

See you over on the new blog or facebook

Brown and Teal Polymer Clay Pendant by Cara Jane Hayman

Monday, 11 August 2014

Polymania UK 2015

Polymania UK 2015 is a 3 day polymer clay workshop weekend  13-15th March 2015 in Bristol, UK.
The tutors are Donna Kato, Bettina Welker and Cara Jane Hayman (me :) )  For more details see the page on my new website -
Polymania Polymer Clay Workshop Bristol UK March 2015 with Donna Kato, Bettina Welker and Cara Jane Hayman

I have a new website and blog now which is why there haven't been any posts here recently - you can find the new blog here -

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Delft Inspired Bracelet – Free tutorial on the Premo! Sculpey website

I am delighted to let you know that you can find a detailed tutorial written by me to make this Delft Inspired Bracelet on the Premo! Sculpey website.

Cara Jane Delft Inspired Bracelet Premo! project

There are step by step instructions which show you how to make the cane and then the beads and also these cute little tile earrings.

Cara Jane Delft Earrings Premo! project

Even if you aren’t interested in making them yourself you might find it an interesting insight into my creative process.

If you do have a go at making them I’d love to see some pictures to see how you get on!

Thank you to Polyform for asking me to write the tutorial, I had a lot of fun playing with blue and white canes and it’s great to be able to share this tutorial with everyone.

via WordPress

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Paper Scissor Stone Shop in Bristol

Paper Scissor Stone Shop in Bristol

Posted on June 27, 2013 at

I am very excited to announce that you will be able to see and buy some of my jewellery in Paper Scissors Stone from the 5th July 2013. Paper Scissors Stone is a pop up shop in the beautiful Quaker’s Friars shopping area in  Bristol, UK,  run by Made in Bristol. It has been open since Spring 2012 and  is organised in volumes each with a  fresh selection of talented artists & designers from Bristol, Bath and the surrounding countryside. There’s a diverse range of products, all handmade and the shop is staffed by the artists.
flyer with information about Paper Scissors Stone Shop in Bristol, UK

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Paisley Cake Forks 2013 – using old canes.

(Posted on June 23, 2013 on my new blog

Way back in March 2010 I made a set of Paisley cake forks – it was the first time I had attempted such a big and complex cane. I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot and had a fair bit of the cane left over due to a miscalculation and lack of experience (blog post about making the cane here). Here’s the cane after reduction (blog post about that here)
polymer clay paisley cane by Cara Jane 2010
Polymer Clay Paisley cane made 2010
And here’s a picture of the cake forks I made in 2010 (blog post about making the cake forks here)

cake forks decorated with polymer clay in a paisley pattern by Cara Jane
Paisley cake forks 2010

Earlier this year I was commissioned to make a pair of similar cake forks. Now I’ve just told you I had some cane left over – great! It’s over 3 years old so I was a little concerned about it but it worked very well. You may be interested to know this was Kato polyclay.
The bits of cane I had left have been stored in a polypropylene storage box (blog post here on storing clay). I reduced bits of the cane to different sizes and used up most of the smaller bits for the cake forks. I mainly had bigger chunks of cane left which meant I had to reduce them to the smaller scale needed for the cake forks. To start with I tried to reduce it like I would a ‘fresh’ cane but the cane just cracked into 2 parts. So I slowed down.I held the cane in my hand for a while to warm the clay up and working it gently pinching it all round a little at a time I was able to reduce it without further problems.
I then started making a decorated sheet  from the canes to wrap around the cake forks. Some bits of cane were the right size , didn’t need reducing, so I just sliced them – they sliced beautifully being rather firm after being sat for 3 years! I worked on a sheet of purple clay, covered it in cane slices and smoothed them in. Back in 2010 I had worked on small sections at a time and made a whole big sheet I cut parts from. Now I used scrap clay to work out what size I needed to cover the handle and just made a sheet that size. That way there was much less waste. I also just added all the cane slices at once as I know now they will all smooth in no problem. In 2010 I smoothed the slices by rolling them  now I burnish them which causes much less distortion.
It all looked great until I tried to wrap it round the fork handle when massive cracks appeared. I realised they were in the unreduced canes and between the unreduced canes – they weren’t ‘sticky’ enough to fully join to the surrounding cane slices. The sheet was useless :(  I had to make a whole new sheet but luckily I did have plenty of left overs and I had only made a small sheet so hadn’t wasted too much cane or time! I got round the cracking problem  by holding the unreduced cane slices in my hand to warm them and then just manipulating them a bit so that although I didn’t really reduced them the clay softened.
So I made a beautiful sheet of purple paisley patterned polymer  and used that to decorate the cake fork handle. I realised when I finished them just how much I have learnt in the past 3 years. The cane was exactly the same cane I had made but the end result was much nicer. I have a different method for wrapping the handle which means the join is not so obvious on the back – I didn’t take a photo of the back either time unfortunately but in 2010 there was an obvious seam up the back and in 2013 there isn’t. The quality of the finish was much better too, they were pretty  nice in 2010 but these 2013 cake forks are perfectly smooth and have a beautiful shine to them.
Polymer clay decorated cake forks - purple paisley by Cara Jane
Paisley Decorated Cake Forks 2013

Whilst my photo isn’t the most amazing photo I can see looking back at my old blog posts that my photos have come quite a long way since 2010! It is good to take stock and look at where you’ve come from. Go back and look at what you were doing 3, 5, 10 years ago! Look how much you have improved! Hard to see it when you work with the same materials day to day but easy to see when you jump back in time. I hope to enjoy looking back at this at some point in the future and seeing how  much further I have progressed!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Beath of Gold Brooch Article

I've just realised I never did show you my Breath of Gold Brooch! There is a step by step tutorial of how to make your own published in the Wind Edition of 'From Polymer to Art' published in March 2013. I was recovering from Synergy when it was released which is how I forgot to show you!
Golden Breath Polymer Brooch
From Polymer to Art - Wind edition
I have some beginners workshop in Bristol, UK this  month and a more advanced 'little ball of flowers' pendant workshop which will take place on Saturday 27th July in North Wales.  I am just sending details to people on my mailing list now. If you would like details too please get in touch - or sign up to my mailing list of course!

Don't forget you can find this blog over at - it gets update before this blog does.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

New ring bowls and new blog

I have a new blog over at my normal web address now - . I will continue to update this one for now but do feel free to come visit me over there.

I have been practising the intricate kaleidoscope cane I learnt on the workshop with Sarah Shriver recently. I have used some of them to make little polymer clay ring bowls. You may remember the one I made for my sisters birthday last year - you can see it here.
Small Intricate Brown Ring Bowl by Cara Jane
Small Intricate Brown Ring Bowl by Cara Jane

polymer clay purple ring bowl
Intricate Kaleidoscope Cane Purple Ring Bowl by Cara Jane
I also made one with a red flowers from a cane I reduced to many different sizes. It has a textured outside. Here's a view of the inside.
red flower ring bowl
Small polymer clay ring bowl decorated with red flower cane