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Your Company Name: Trinkets by Trina
Email Address/Web Page: TbyTrina@aol.com
City & State: Fountain Valley, CA
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay Jewelry/Specialty Sewing

Tell us in your own words, how you discovered polymer clay and how long have you been using it?

About seven years ago I saw an article in the LA Times on making buttons out of Fimo. I went out and bought 3 packages to make some marbled buttons for a shirt I was making. The clay sat on a shelf for the better part of a year. I did not know where to begin. Then I saw a class at a local shop, took it, and was hooked. I went right out and spent $300 on supplies.

Are there any special artists that you can attribute your interest to or that have inspired you?

Joann Hunot was my first teacher and I took every class she taught when she came from Santa Barbara to teach locally. Then, of course, there is Marie Segal. I met her at my first HIA show and couldn't believe what she was doing with those plate size canes. I opened an account with the Clay Factory on the spot. Luckily I live within a 2 hour drive. Marie taught me that if cute sells, make lots, sell it and use the proceeds to further your "art pieces". Lastly my friend Dotty McMillan, a fellow charter member and past president of the Orange County, CA ,PC Guild. She is a great teacher and is willing to share many techniques. We went to Ravensdale together last summer and I learned as much from Dotty as I did in my classes.

What is your specialty?

My specialty is jewelry, especially ear rings.

Can you tell us why you find polymer clay the expressive medium for you?

I can't draw and I've always been drawn to color. When I sew I get more out of picking out fabric and putting together a garment than I do out of wearing it. I can match clay colors to fabric without a formula (sorry Margaret Maggio) and love to make jewelry or buttons to match an outfit.

Have you published any polymer clay books or do you have any in the works?


I know it is very difficult to express, but have you won any awards for your polymer clay work?

I have won five or six ribbons at the Orange County fair, mostley 2nds and 3rds. Now I have to compete in the Professional category and at our fair that means I'm in with the China Painters, woodworkers, etc. I had two beads accepted for exhibition at the Shepardess in San Diego a few years ago.

What are your expectations for the future? Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?

As Dotty says I just hope to be around in five years. My work is evolving and some of the things I was selling 4 years ago I wouldn't even give away today!

Do you have any advice for the beginning polymer clay enthusiasts?

Read the New Clay. Play! Play! Play! Join a Guild. Join the NPCG. Take classes. Get on the internet. Call me!

Are you a member of any Polymer Clay group,or any other craft organization?

I'm a charter member of the Orange County, CA PC Guild and have been a member of the National Guild since 1994. I also belong to a sewing club and a Writers group.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

. I use mostly Premo. I was able to beta test it along with Dotty McMillan because she kept bringing it to guild meetings. I llike Fimo for some things, but am using it less and less. I use Super sculpy and liguid sculpy in many projects.

Last and most important can you tell us all about you? Your family, your training?

I'm a retired school nurse who works one day a week so I won't forget what head lice look like. My husband is a retired engineer who loves woodworking. My four kids are all grown and I have one granddaugter.

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