Dec 152017
 

Vintaj patinas have been in my stash for a LONG time, but I’ve only just recently pulled them out to play with again.

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I love being able to add a permanent color to metal to change its appearance.

It’s also great to be able to resurrect older, worn & tired looking pieces.

In today’s video I give a few ideas for ways you can use these wonderful inks/paints, but don’t forget that you can color any of your findings, including jump rings, clasps, bead caps, etc.

Don’t limit yourself to only thinking about jewelry, how about changing things around the home, such as cabinet hardware, light switches and the like?

The only things you want to be cautious about are pieces that have a lot of movement, such as chain. But done lightly (perhaps with the wipe-off technique I demonstrate in the video) I think it could even work on your necklace & bracelet chains.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Use Vintaj Patinas to Change the Color and Look of Metal Jewelry Pieces-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Dec 122017
 

Last week I showed you how to get started creating these darling elf sculptures.

I also showed how to make their adorable little gift boxes, with lids that you can open.

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For some reason it tickles my fancy to be able to tuck a small gift in there, even if it is only a single Hershey‘s kiss, haha.

You can apply the same techniques I show for these little boxes to make larger boxes of any size and shape you want. You may want to make your clay sheets thicker as the boxes get bigger, and if you want corners that are more square you might consider covering the sides with slabs and then trimming, rather than wrapping the clay around.

I always hope you take what I have shown, apply your own twist, and make a creation that is uniquely your own.

If you are inspired to create then I consider myself successful!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Elves Bearing Gifts-Polymer Clay Christmas Sculpting Elf Figurine Tutorial video Part 2 of 2 at YouTube.

In case you missed it, here’s the Elves Bearing Gifts Tutorial, Part 1.

Dec 052017
 

These darling little elves are so much fun to sculpt! 

And their little boxes open, so you can tuck a small gift inside (or hide some chocolate, hehe.)

elves bearing gifts pt 1

If you don’t feel like making the gift box, your elves can hold ornaments, candy canes (like the Gingerbread Cuties from last year) or whatever your imagination can dream up.

Today’s video is part one of two. Next Tuesday I’ll show you how to finish the project.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Elves Bearing Gifts-Polymer Clay Christmas Sculpting Figurine Tutorial video Part 1 of 2 at YouTube.

Watch Part 2 to finish the sculpture: Elves Bearing Gifts-Part 2 of 2

Nov 032017
 

For some time now I’ve been debating whether or not to invest in one of the Lucy Clay slicers for polymer clay.

I don’t do a lot of caning, so I haven’t gotten in all the practice that would make me a proficient slicer of beautifully thin, even slices.

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Which is sort of annoying, because whenever I do take the time to make a cane I end up wasting a lot of it!

In today’s video I show you how to assemble the Mini Slicer and the other things I ordered from the Lucy Clay Store.

One thing I realized is that in these days of the Internet everywhere:

One should not rely solely on the printed instructions, but go check out the YouTube tutorial as well!

Here are links to other videos about the Lucy Clay Mini Slicer that you might find helpful:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Assemble the Mini Slicer by Lucy Clay Polymer Clay Tools-Friday Findings Tutorial video at YouTube.

Oct 272017
 

In these days when so much of our business is transacted online it’s nice to sometimes be able to see and handle things before we purchase them.

This is especially true when it comes to the supplies we use for our creativity. Although we can look and see how lovely they are online it can be difficult to get an idea of the scale, it’s also fun to be able to touch and run our hands through them!

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Last weekend I was thankful for the opportunity to attend the 39th annual Bead Affaire bead show in Watertown, MA.

While at the show I took video of several of the tables and exhibits for you. So today’s video is a tour of a small portion of the show and at the end I’ll show you what I purchased.

Here are links to the artists and businesses that I showed or mentioned in the video:

Have you ever gone to a bead show? What was your favorite part of being able to attend?

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the A Day at the Bead & Jewelry Show-A Bead Affaire in Watertown MA-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Aug 252017
 

Products that do the job well AND save us money are always a plus in my book!

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Although I greatly enjoy using silicone molding putty in many, many projects, I was intrigued to hear there was a molding plastic out there that could be melted down after every use and reused.

Sadly, I have many silicone molds that I used only one time, or that didn’t come out well. I’d love to be able to have that material back!

In today’s video I will show you how to use Instamorph moldable plastic. I’ll also show you a way you probably shouldn’t use it!

You’ll also learn a list of pros and cons for it as compared to silicone molding putty.

Tools and Materials:

If you find the idea of moldable plastic intriguing, this link brings you to several similar products, some of which are colored for making objects out of them.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Reusuable Low-Temp Melt Plastic for Polymer Clay & Resin Molds & Molding-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Jun 022017
 

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Have you ever noticed that musicians usually play more than one musical instrument? Or that folks who do crafts rarely have just one project going? I think this is a mark of all creative people that we want to explore the horizons of our chosen field and that means trying as many different media as we possibly can.

Although my focus for the last several years has been working in polymer clay, looking back now I can see that no matter what I worked in, whether it was quilting, scrapbooking, card making or something else, I always found myself drawn to the sculptural elements.

So when the opportunity to try a new sculpting material came along, I went for it!

In today’s Friday Findings video I’m going to tell you all about what I’ve learned regarding working with Apoxie Sculpt clay.

One of the things I forgot to mention in the video is that you can only color the white so dark. If you are going for a dark color I suggest you add paint to get it close to that color, and then paint over it after the clay has hardened.

As I mentioned in the video I colored my Apoxie Sculpt clay with acrylic paints, but I encourage you to try other colorants such as  mica powders, chalk pastels, oil paints, or maybe even alcohol ink. I don’t know how all of these will react with the clay but it will be fun to experiment and find out.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Use Apoxie Sculpt Clay-Friday Findings Tutorial at YouTube.

May 052017
 

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Many of you have asked me for advice in choosing and using colors in your jewelry and polymer clay work. It always makes me so sad to hear of folks who say they are afraid to use color, as for me it’s such a fun, enjoyable and intuitive thing.

Using color shouldn’t be scary, but joyful. What a wonderful and blessed thing our creator gave us when he introduced all of the colors into the world!

colorful flowers

This Pinterest search for “colorful garden flowers” just makes my happy to scroll through. Click to brighten up your day!

When I was younger I used to think there were certain rules about using color, like red and purple don’t go together, nor do pink and orange. But now I think that any color can go with any color as long as you get the tones, shades and tints right. One of my favorite sights is a riot of colors in a garden, the more the merrier!

In today’s video I will give you several tips and ideas for how to approach using color in your creative work. I usually don’t start with the color wheel although, as I mentioned in the video, I do always keep the color wheel in mind because it is the basic tool and understanding its principles will only help you. 

green purple broken dishes quilt

One of the more helpful things I have learned about using color I learned from quilt making, specifically a project in Gai Perry’s book Color From the Heart. The lesson is that the more shades of the color you throw into a project, the richer and more interesting it will look. Above is a mini quilt that I made many years ago as an exercise from the book. The colors are green and purple, but the greens range from bright kelly green to blue greens, light greens, dark greens and yellow greens. The purples are bright purples to fuchsias, blue purples, deep purples and lavenders. It’s so much more fascinating to look at than if I had just used two or three greens and purples. I try to apply these principles in anything I do, whether it’s a piece of jewelry or a polymer clay sculpture.

One thing I didn’t think to mention in the video is that if you have a smart phone there are a multitude of apps to help you play with/design with color. 

Here are a few color resources you may find helpful:

 Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Choose Colors With Confidence-Friday Findings Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 312017
 

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No, this is not a sponsored post, but I wish it were. 😀 (Glad, if you’re listening, sponsor me and I’ll come up with lots more ways to use your cool product!)

Seriously though, I just recently bought my first package of Glad Press’n Seal and have been really impressed with all the different useful things I can do with it just in the studio alone. I haven’t even brought it into my kitchen yet.

In today’s video I show several ways I have found to make your jewelry making, polymer clay work and general crafting a whole lot easier using Glad Press’n Seal. Please feel free to share other ideas that you have found for using the stuff so we can all learn together!

Here are a few of the products I show in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Creative Uses For Press’n Seal With Jewelry & Polymer Clay-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Mar 102017
 

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This week I have another haul video for you, this time it’s a large Amazon order I recently placed. The order consists mostly of supplies for jewelry making and polymer clay, but also has some rather unexpected things with unexpected uses. Then there is that one item that is a gift for somebody else, but actually a gift for me. 😀

I’m so grateful to those of you who have chosen to support me on Patreon! Your kind encouragement, sweet appreciation for my work and your financial support mean so much to me. The first few months of the year tend to be lean ones for my family and I was so thankful that because of my patrons I was able to place this order.

Btw, my patrons got to see this video a week before everyone else. Just one of those little extras I pass along to say thank you.

I hope you enjoy the video and that perhaps a few of the items I got will inspire or encourage you in your own creativity. At the very least I hope you find the information helpful and interesting!

You’ll find the link I mentioned to Ginger Davis Allman’s article on conditioning Pardo translucent clay at her site, The Blue Bottle Tree.

Here’s a list of everything in my order:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Sharing the Love of Creativity – KeepsakeCrafts.net

Watch the Jewelry & Sculpting Supplies Haul-Friday Findings video at YouTube.