PolyOriginals

Polymer Clay works of art by Fiona Abel-Smith

Milton Keynes, England | 133 Sales

PolyOriginals

Polymer Clay works of art by Fiona Abel-Smith

Milton Keynes, England 133 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   I have unlisted all the physical items from my shop for a time, whilst I sort out some new stock ready for Christmas. In the meantime, my PDF Tutorials are still available, and you can always contact me if you wanted something in particular that I had previously listed.

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Last updated on 24 Oct, 2018

I have unlisted all the physical items from my shop for a time, whilst I sort out some new stock ready for Christmas. In the meantime, my PDF Tutorials are still available, and you can always contact me if you wanted something in particular that I had previously listed.

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About

Creating works of Art in Polymer Clay - PolyOriginals

Hello, and welcome to my shop, PolyOriginals.

My name is Fiona Abel-Smith and I am an internationally renowned, award-winning, Polymer Clay artist. I love creating works of art in many forms, and Polymer Clay allows me to experiment and put into a three-dimensional format, the continual ideas that spiral through my head.

I have been a creative artist all my life, in fact as a child, I was always far more interested in what I could make with the packaging, than what was inside any presents I received! I just loved creating things from scratch, and that passion remains with me today.

When I was introduced to Polymer Clay in 2006, I immediately saw the potential it had for me, and making complex canes is what drew me to it as an artistic medium. I love the idea of creating designs and pictures in a cane, where the same pattern runs through from top to bottom, like some giant and complex form of sea-side rock candy.

I started creating pieces immediately, and was lucky enough to be successful in selling in galleries and shops. I began providing polymer clay workshops in 2007, and still regularly teach, providing workshops and selling tutorials on a wide variety of Polymer Clay techniques. I have PDF tutorials available here, from my Etsy shop, as well as a YouTube channel where I post simple, free video tutorials.

I have been a committee member for both the British Polymer Clay Guild, and the International Polymer Clay Association, and I currently co-run a Polymer Clay group in the UK.

I will quite happily spend many days creating one complicated cane, yet also love more simple ones, where you can Kaleidoscope the patterns to form new and dynamic designs.

From these initial canes I can create animals, flowers, jewellery, sculptures and works of art. But in every piece, the colours are not painted on, or added as a transfer, but are the result of plain coloured clay being blended and manipulated to form colourful patterns and designs.

While I have sold my work elsewhere for many years, having this Etsy shop will now allow me to give everyone not just a wider variety of options to purchase some of my work, but will enable me to show my latest pieces as I create them.

Here, I can list the whole process, from tutorials and raw canes, which you can purchase to create your own polymer pieces, through charmingly simple pieces, right up to complex flower jewellery, and pictures. Which ever piece of art work takes your attention, I am delighted to bring you a selection of my polymer art and tutorials.


Returns and exchanges.

Please note, UK Legislation applies to all sales from my shop.

My hope is that your experience shopping with me will be a good one, and I work very hard to make sure that everything arrives with you safely, in a timely manner, and as described. However, sometimes things happen outside of my control, and as every situation can be unique, please do contact me as soon as possible, if you have any problems, and I am sure we can work something out.

If you are unsatisfied with your purchase in any way, or have any problems with your order, or its delivery, please contact me within 14 days of delivery.

I accept returns, with a refund, if you are not satisfied with your purchase. If you wish to return an item, you should notify me of this within 14 days of delivery, and should ensure it arrives safely back with me in the same condition that it was delivered. If the item is not returned in this condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer, and should be done within 30 days of delivery.

I can however, only accept cancellations in exceptional circumstances.

I can only exchange an item once I've received it back in saleable condition, if you have contacted me within 14 days of delivery, and this has been agreed.

If an item is lost or damaged in the post, please contact me immediately. If it is damaged, please supply a photo of the damage, and any damaged packaging, if applicable, so that I can make a claim with the postal service. Refunds will be provided.


Additional Policies

Orders will be posted in 1-2 business days, via Royal Mail.
In the UK, your order should arrive within 7 working days. I send the parcel by tracked post, and it will need to be signed for.

For international orders, parcels will be sent via Royal Mail international standard postage. Your order should arrive within 10 - 30 business days, depending on the country, and your own, local postage services. I send the order by tracked post, and it will need to be signed for.

Some custom fees may occur when shipping overseas. Buyers are expected to pay any additional costs such as duties, taxes or customs clearance fees. Import charges can vary and I am not able to tell you which fees which may apply, that is the buyer’s responsibility.

If you have not received your parcel after 14 days for UK orders, please contact me, and I will do my best to resolve the issue. Please leave 30 days for European Union Countries, and 42 days for everywhere else, as International shipping mail can often get held up in customs. Again, after this time, please contact me and I will do my best to resolve the issue.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Last updated on 13 Mar, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Can the raw polymer canes be used to cover pen blanks, and could they be turned on a lathe?

Yes to both question. The Polymer Clay canes, once warmed, as per the instructions they arrive to you with, can be fitted around blank pen barrels. Once baked, according to the Manufacturer's instructions, They can either be sanded and polished, or, if you are an experienced Lathe user, turned on a lathe. Here is a useful video to watch by one of my customers, using the canes for the first time, to turn a pen barrel coated in Polymer Clay and Resin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBV1n3B_uOc&feature=youtu.be If you have any questions, or would like any advice, please ask me, I am happy to help.

What is Polymer Clay?

Polymer Clay is a man made sculpting medium that remains pliable until it is baked. It can be baked in a normal oven as it cooks at a low temperature. It is one of the few mediums where you can create a complex pattern in a ‘cane’ and reduce this to a very small size while maintaining the integrity of the pattern.

As a beginner will I be able to make anything using the tutorials?

I try to ensure that all my tutorials, unless I express otherwise, are suitable for beginners upwards. I include in one of the PDF Downloads tips and instructions for beginners on the basics of working with Polymer Clay. I hope that these will be sufficient to tell you all you need to know, but suggest that you contact me if you need to know anything else specific to the tutorial you have purchased.

How do you get the pattern in the clay?

I have various tutorials you can view online to show how the pattern gets within the clay. Here are a couple that you may enjoy watching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkBt9yYT_ZA&feature=youtu.behttps://youtu.be/FWq2tZFHoxU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_7oT6tzDnw&t=88s

What do I do with a cane I bought from you which is unbaked?

There are many used for unbaked canes. Normally, after warming them gently with body heat for a bout 20 minutes, people take thin slices from the cane to lay together to form patterns. I have a video showing you what to do with your canes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPUdhRwzy04&t=5s. If you have any other questions about this, so send me a conversation.

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PolyOriginals
20 Bullington End Road
CASTLETHORPE, Buckinghamshire MK19 7ER
United Kingdom