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!

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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:

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

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

Jan 262018

Druzies are popular in jewelry and home decor these days, and even though they aren’t particularly expensive, it’s a fun project to make them yourself!

Besides, who doesn’t love being able to customize the sizes, shapes and colors?

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In today’s video I show how you can make your own chunky, glittery and utterly organic faux druzies.

There are only two ingredients you need to make druzies: glitter and glue. In the video I show which ones work best.

Then all you need is something to put them in such as purchased metal bezels, or you can create your own custom bezels out of polymer clay.

green faux druzies

In case you’re interested, this is how the druzies that I made in the video came out.

Gotta love all that sparkle!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the DIY Faux Druzies-Druzy Jewelry Pendants-Friday Findings Tutorial video at YouTube.

Jan 232018

Last week I showed how to sculpt miniature houses, flowers, succulents and a forest of mushrooms for our fairy garden teacups. 

Were you able to find a teacups to build your project in?

If not, you might be able to use a pretty bowl, candle holder or even a teapot!

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This week, as promised, I’ll show you how to create sweet little bunny rabbits, ladybugs and a garden trellis. Then we’ll put it all together and complete the project. 

If you missed the first part, click here to watch part one of the Fairy Garden in a Teacup.

Tools & Materials (from part one):

Tools & Materials (for part two):

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fairy Garden In a Teacup Polymer Clay Sculpting Miniature Tutorial-Pt. 2 of 2 video at YouTube.

Watch part one of the Fairy Garden in a Teacup.

See the part one Fairy Garden in a Teacup blog post.

Jan 122018

Did you make a resolution a couple weeks ago to get more organized in 2018? 

If so, I have a tool that you will find helpful!

ff using evernote

When I got my first smart phone 2 1/2 years ago the salesman suggested Evernote as a good app to try. I had no idea what it did, but was eager to add apps to my phone, so I installed it… and haven’t looked back since!

In today’s video I’ll show how I use Evernote to keep track of all my creative ideas, as well as many things around the house like recipes, garden plans and gift ideas. But you can organize anything

Some other things folks use it for:

  • Keeping track of medications, medical history, meetings with doctors, etc.
  • A great place to store and update your household inventory (I did one many years ago, and really need to redo it. I will be using Evernote for that!)
  • Taking inventory of your stash (of anything!) so you don’t buy duplicates.
  • Need more ideas? Check out this Pinterest search.

I’m sure you can think of many more!

You can find Evernote:

  • At
  • In the App Store for IOS
  • In the Google Play store for Android

Enjoy the video and feel free to share your thoughts on using this amazing tool. 

Watch the How To Organize All Your Creative Ideas Using Evernote-Friday Findings Tutorial video at YouTube.

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.

elves bearing gifts pt 2

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.

ff mini slicer

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.