Jul 132018
 

I may have mentioned it once or twice before, but I had several polymer clay fairy garden tutorials published in Polymer Café magazine.

birdbath magazine cover

Including having my sweet little birdbath on the cover a couple years ago.

fairy garden tutorial collage

In total, there were seven fairy garden accessory tutorials and the vines and flowers pens tut. (Still one of the most popular!)

Then, sadly, the magazine ceased publication. 

acorn mailbox beauty

Which is why this cute little acorn mailbox tutorial never made it out into the world…

fairy garden mailbox en situ flattened cropped

…Until now.

Although Polymer Café is no more, which is sad, I miss it, the good news is you can now find all nine of these tutorials in downloadable PDF format in my Etsy shop, Keepsake Crafts Create.

lamppost beauty 2 contrast

Just last week I finished editing and updating the final one, this darling, glow-in-the-dark fairy lamppost. 

All of the tutorials have essentially the same information as in the magazine, but most have been updated with more or clearer photos, more detailed steps and more information. 

As a special offer to my subscribers, I’m offering 20% off your entire order of tutorials through Monday, July 16th.  

Use coupon code FAIRY20 for 20% off any and all of the tutorials you want to try.

Downloadable PDFs mean you can make your purchase now, and have the tutorial in your hot little hands right away! You’ll be ready to create whenever you want.

I hope you’ll enjoy the tutorials and the discount.

Happy creating!

Jun 152018
 

This week several orders of glue came in and it got me to thinking about the different types of glue we use in different applications: jewelry making, beading, polymer clay and other crafty things.

In fact, there are so many adhesives out just for jewelry making that Fire Mountain Gems made a chart of all of them.

ff polybonder super glue or TLS

I was especially thinking of Polybonder versus Super Glue, as I was out of Polybonder for a while and missed using it in my projects (silly me didn’t put the cap back on tightly.)

Polybonder is a glue formulated for use with polymer clay by Lisa Pavelka, who is a big name in the polymer clay world. It sets instantly, like Super Glue, but it’s made to withstand baking up to 300° F.

I’ve been given to understand that Super Glue gets brittle after being subjected to those temperatures.

For some reason I was in the mood to test it out. So I grabbed a few samples and did a not-entirely-scientific test.

No worries Ginger Davis Allman, I will NOT be taking over your work anytime soon! I don’t have the patience or desire to do all the careful controls and samples that you include in your testing.

While I was at it, I decided to test Translucent Liquid Sculpey, too. 

Watch the video to see the results.

Here are links to a few things from the video:

Happy creating!

Watch the Which Adhesive is Strongest For Polymer Clay? Polybonder, Super Glue or TLS? Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Jun 122018
 

In part one of this series I showed how to design and create cute little scenes using silk ribbon, beads and simple embroidery stitches.

This is such a relaxing and fun pastime, I hope you give it a try.

silk ribbon pendants 2 of 2 cover copy

In today’s video I will show how to take your embroidered scene and fit it into a bezel so you can wear it as a necklace or other jewelry.

We’ll cover:

  • How to deal with round forms
  • How to create an easy miter for a clean finish on square or rectangular shapes
  • How I dealt with an usual style bezel frame.
  • **As a bonus I’ll show you my very first piece of silk ribbon embroidery! (Be prepared to wince.)

In case you missed it, you’ll find part one here: 

Silk Ribbon Jewelry-It’s Easier Than You Think! Simple Embroidery, Pretty Pendants, Tutorial Pt 1 of 2

Tools and Materials:

Those of you who are patrons, don’t forget that I have the sketches available to you for download at https://www.patreon.com/sandysewin/posts.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Silk Ribbon Jewelry-How To Create Darling Embroidery Pendants, Tutorial Pt 2 of 2 video at YouTube.

Watch part 1:  Silk Ribbon Jewelry-It’s Easier Than You Think! Simple Embroidery, Pretty Pendants, Tutorial Pt 1 of 2

May 292018
 

I’ve enjoyed hand embroidery since I was a little girl of around eight or nine years old.

So when I first encountered the concept of doing those same stitches I had made with wool and floss, but instead using silk ribbon, I was intrigued

silk ribbon pendants 1 of 2 cover

This was about 20 years ago and I wasn’t into jewelry making then, but I sure did have fun embellishing lots of garments and home dec!

Then the kind folks at Thread Nanny contacted me and wanted to know if I would like to use some of their ribbons in my videos.

And so I took another look at the possibilities for silk ribbon, especially in jewelry as that is where my focus is these days. It was a lot of fun finding cute bezels and sketching out charming little scenes.

I especially delighted in adding beaded and embroidery floss embellishments.

Harlow hoop

By the way, here’s a secret I didn’t think to mention in the video: that blue oval hoop I use for embroidery? It’s the same one I used as a little girl!

In fact, it even has my maiden name engraved on it, lol.

I hope you give designing and creating your own little silk ribbon scenes a try, it’s fun, relaxing and very satisfying.

Be sure to watch for Part 2 of the tutorial, where I’ll show how to finish your embroidered pieces.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Silk Ribbon Jewelry-It’s Easier Than You Think! Simple Embroidery, Pretty Pendants, Tutorial Pt 1 of 2 video at YouTube.

Part 2 is up now: Watch the Silk Ribbon Jewelry-How To Create Darling Embroidery Pendants, Tutorial Pt 2 of 2 video at YouTube.

May 112018
 

Adding teeny, tiny painted details to our polymer clay and jewelry work can only be accomplished with teeny, tiny paint brushes.

I do lots of work in miniature, so I was intrigued by this set of 15 brushes by Arteza.

ff arteza brushes

I really like having the variety of shapes and sizes to choose from and so far have been happy with the results.

They aren’t top quality, but for someone who is rough on paint brushes, they’ll do.

Watch today’s video for more details and a demonstration of the Arteza Detail Paint Brushes, Set of 15.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Brushes For Miniatures-Arteza Set of 15 Liners, Spotters & Rounds Review-Friday Findings at YouTube.

This product was provided to me for free for review purposes; however, Arteza has no control over my content and I was not paid for the review.  The opinions shared are my own honest views.

Apr 272018
 

Most creative people love their tools!

And polymer clay artists, in particular, seem to enjoy seeking out unexpected and unusual things to use for creating textures and shapes.

ff arteza clay sculpting tools

If you work with polymer clay, have you ever considered using tools for sculpting pottery?

Today I have a review for you of the Arteza Pottery & Clay Sculpting Tools (set of 42.)

I’ll go over everything that comes in the box, and discuss and demonstrate ways I would use them in my clay work.

Since I’m not a potter, some of the items are unfamiliar to me. Please share if you know their specific uses!

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the Can You Use Pottery Tools With Polymer Clay? Arteza Sculpting Tools Set Review-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

 

This product was provided to me for free for review purposes; however, Arteza has no control over my content and I was not paid for the review.  The opinions shared are my own honest views.

Apr 132018
 

Silk ribbon embroidery is one of those creative endeavors that gives even the absolute beginner amazing results. With just a one or two simple stitches, you can make all sorts of gorgeous things.

It’s also very forgiving, the ribbon does most of the work for you!

ff silk ribbon basics

I’ve been doing hand stitching since I was a little girl and always find it very soothing and relaxing. If you haven’t done it yet, I hope you’ll give a try. 

Maybe you’ll come to love it as much as I do.

Today’s video will show the basic tools and materials (which are few) for working with silk ribbon embroidery. While there are some incredibly detailed and complex pieces out there, my main focus is on creating simple little compositions that can be made into jewelry.

In the video we’ll cover: 

  • How to handle silk ribbon
  • What types of fabric to use
  • How to choose a hoop
  • The kinds of needles you’ll need
  • 3 of the most basics stitches and examples of how much you can do with them

Supplies shown in the video:

Enjoy the video. Happy creating!

Watch the Silk Ribbon Embroidery Basic Tools, Materials & How-To’s-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Mar 302018
 

If you’ve ever used alcohol inks with polymer clay, carefully choosing colors and applying them just so… only to have them look completely different when coming out of the oven, then you’ve experienced the disappointment of color shift.

ff ranger alcohol inks

I’ve been using Ranger alcohol inks for years, and I have experienced that color shift issue several times.

Finally I got smart about it and created a chart showing the colors:

  • straight out of the bottle, not mixed with clay
  • mixed with translucent clay but unbaked
  • mixed with translucent clay, rolled thin and baked

Now I can clearly see why I’ve been having trouble all these years!

I really should do more testing of the sort, the time it takes would probably save a lot of time and aggravation.

In the video I’ll show you not only how I put together this chart and the results (and made a better chart for the Pinata inks!) but I’ll also show you a cool trick I figured out for labeling bottles with black caps. So simple and yet so helpful.

Supplies shown in this video:

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Using Ranger Alcohol Inks With Pardo Translucent Polymer Clay-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Mar 162018
 

Recently I made a long overdue purchase of some Piñata brand alcohol inks and Lumiere paints, and so far I’m absolutely in love.

Playing and experimenting with new supplies is so much fun!

ff pinata inks & translucent

In today’s video I’ll tell you a bit about the Piñata alcohol inks and the Jacquard line of Lumiere paints. I’ll also show you the results I got from testing all 18 of these colors with Pardo translucent clay.

Supplies shown in this video:

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In an upcoming video I will be doing the same sort of testing with translucent clay and Ranger alcohol inks. Considering how many times I have used them over the years and been disappointed in the results this test is also long overdue.

In the meantime enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Using Piñata Inks & Lumiere Paints With Pardo Translucent Polymer Clay-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Jan 302018
 

The fun thing about working with resin is that you can put just about anything into it.

Of course, you have to be careful that:

  1. the objects you embed in resin are waterproof, and
  2. they won’t cause chemical reactions which may make your resin not set.

scenic resin pendants cover

But other than those considerations you are only limited by your imagination!

In today’s video I’m playing with the idea of using transparencies within resin and embedding objects to complete a scene.

Those of you who are my patrons will be able to access the images I used in the videos. (FYI, I’ve purchase a license that allows me to share them with you, but it does not allow for use in items that will be sold.)

Some of the other things I considered adding to my scenes:

  • Sculpted polymer clay items such as leaves, branches or flowers
  • Natural items such as stones, seeds, twigs and plants
  • Broken bits and pieces of meaningful jewelry
  • Just a whole bunch of steampunk gears!

I’m sure you could go on with lots more ideas yourselves. Feel free to share your thoughts on what you would like to embed in resin to make it personal.

Tools and Materials:

Check out my Amazon shop with all the basic crafting supplies I use: https://www.amazon.com/shop/keepsakecraftsbysandyhuntress

Enjoy the video and happy creating!


Watch the Scenic Resin Pendants-Personal Customized Jewelry Tutorial video on YouTube.