Jul 082016
 

ff pebeos

If you haven’t yet seen the Pebeo paints and their amazing surface effects, you are in for a a treat!

I’ve only begun to experiment and play with them, but in this video I share what I’ve learned and discovered about what works, what doesn’t and how to clean up easily.

elise smith

pebeo cabochons by Elise Smith

As you can see from the above photo, other artists have managed to get wonderful results with these fun paints. Check out Elise Smith’s Facebook photos for other examples of what she’s done.

One thing I forgot to mention in the video is the drying time. Depending on the thickness of the application these take anywhere from 6 to 72 hours before they are completely dry, so patience and a safe place to keep them while waiting is required. ūüôā

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Pebeo Prisme Fantasy Paints Intro Video-Friday Findings at YouTube.

Jun 152016
 

wildflower votive

Today’s video is the fourth and final in our polymer clay Wildflower Candle Holder series. Have you enjoyed learning how to make these different flowers and foliage? ¬†I’d be interested to know your favorites or if there were any you found too hard.

Making leaves with real leaf texture is one of my favorite techniques, because it’s so easy, but so effective.

By the way, I didn’t think to mention it in the video, but it’s a good idea after baking to gently peel the taller flowers and leaves off the vase and secure them down with a few tiny dabs of super glue.

I would¬†recommend washing the outside of your candle holder by rinsing gently under running water. Or dust it with a soft brush. Any kind of wiping with a cloth may break off pieces. But if things do break off, super glue is your friend. ūüôā

If you make anything using these tutorials, please send me your project photos. I’d love to see them!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Wildflower Candle Holder Part 4-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Link to the Wildflower Candle Holder -Polymer Clay Tutorial playlist of all four videos.

Jun 012016
 

wildflower votive

Today’s video is the second in a series on how to make this floral votive candle holder. Of course, as I keep saying, you can use these techniques to decorate just about anything you like: pendants, boxes, cuff bracelets, wine glasses… anything that will sit still long enough and can go into a 275¬į oven.

I absolutely love how this week’s two flowers came out. The salvia/larkspur type flowers are so simple to make, yet have such a realistic effect. After I made my first one I just sat back and said, “Ooooo, pretty!”

The tall phlox flowers are easy, but they take a bit more time. If you did them in reds and changed the shapes of the leaves you’d have quite convincing geraniums. I’m sure there are lots of different kind of flowers with this basic shape that you could adapt this technique to.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the Wildflower Candle Holder Part 2-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube

Watch Wildflower Candle Holder Part 1 at YouTube.

Apr 062016
 

pc textures cover

In last week’s Gentle Breezes earrings video we used a purchased texture plate to make a texture in polymer clay. It’s a quick and easy way to do it, but I really prefer to create my own textures.

In today’s video I give you a wide variety of ideas for creating unique textures for your polymer clay projects. Not only can you use unexpected household items, but consider going outdoors to see what you can find. Or just take a closer look at everything.

peach pits

Who’d a¬†thunk it? Peach pits!

Here are several ideas that didn’t make it into the video:

To make my textures I like to use¬†¬†Easymold Silicone Putty. If you don’t have a pasta machine to roll the sheets an¬†Acrylic Clay Roller¬†will work just fine. Texturing tools you may find helpful:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Creating Textures For Polymer Clay video over at YouTube.

Mar 252016
 

studio tour worktable

Many of you said you enjoyed my studio tour and seeing how I organize and store things in my work space. Today I show you some of the details of my work table.

Here are links to the things I mention in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Studio Tour Part 5, Work Table video over at YouTube.

Mar 042016
 

ff studio tour bookcase

Oh, how much I love this bookcase! When I first took this room for my sewing space I covered this large wall with white flannel. It was an awesome design wall for quilting.

But as time went by I starting doing less and less quilting and gathered other kinds of supplies. After a while there were stacks and piles of boxes and tools heaped at the base of the wall. That was when it became apparent that it was time to let the design wall go and get some sort of bookcase.

I started shopping for bookcases, but hubby said he’d build me one. It took a while, but was well worth the wait. ūüôā

In this video I’ll show you how I organize my supplies on this bookcase. It’s my goal that not only can I easily access all my tools, but that everything look beautiful as well!

Here are links to a few of the products I mention in the video:

Let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see more closely.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Studio Tour Part 2-Bookcase over at YouTube.

Feb 262016
 

ff studio tour overview

Since we moved into this house nearly 18 years ago I’ve been working at making my studio the best work space possible. I chose this particular room because of the three rooms adjoining it: the bathroom, the kitchen and (at the time) the computer room. All very important to be close to! ūüôā

First it was my “sewing room,” then the “craft room,” but now I think “studio” is most appropriate.

design wall in use

When we first moved in I was doing a lot of quilting and so covered the entire southern wall with white flannel. This was my quilt design wall, which you can see in action here.

Now it’s got this wonderful bookcase that my hubby built for me. In today’s video I’ll give you an overview tour of my whole room and next week I’ll show the bookcase in more detail.

Btw, these are  the bead storage containers I use: ArtBin Super Satchel Slim.

If there are any other areas you’d like to see more closely, please be sure to let me know.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Studio Tour Part 1 video over at YouTube.

Jan 162016
 

sweet treats jar

This cute candy jar is the perfect thing for any time you need a little something special for a gift. It goes together quickly with just a few supplies you’ll find in the scrapbook section of your local craft store.¬†If you’re a card maker or scrapbooker, you probably already have everything you need!

I added some special treats to this jar: Frosted Chocolate-Toffee Macadamia Nuts that¬†the Halńď Kai Lana company¬†sent me to try out. These nuts are absolutely delicious!

When you pop one into your mouth first there’s the hit of sweet from the coating, next¬†a wonderful deep, rich chocolate taste, then the crunchy toffee bits and¬†finally you get to the macadamia nut goodness in the center. So yummy. ūüôā

If you watch the video you’ll learn the story of their name, which means “Floating House in the Sea” in Hawaiian. I love how they’ve taken a tragedy and persevered to build their family business. They also have 100% Kona coffee, so be sure to check them out.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Sweet Treats Candy Jar video over at YouTube.

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Use a pencil to trace jar lid on back of patterned paper. Cut out with scissors and insert into jar ring.
  2. Fill jar with candy of choice and screw on lid with ring and paper center.
  3. Apply adhesive backed pearls or other trim to edge of jar.
  4. Thread tag onto twine or ribbon and tie in a bow around rim of jar.
  5. If you like, you can use inks (or even colored Sharpies!) to color paper flowers. Use glue dots to adhere layers of flowers, then adhere a pearl or rhinestone to each center. Adhere flowers to jar next to bow and tag.
Jan 152016
 

ff e6000

Most of the time when we make jewelry we use mechanical connections to hold things together. You know, things like jump rings, wire loops and such.

However, there are occasion where it’s not only perfectly acceptable, but desirable to use a bit of glue.

In this video I’ll tell you about one of the glues I use the most in my crafting and give you some tips for using it.

You can find E6000 in several forms:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!


You can watch the Friday Findings-E6000 Glue video over at YouTube.

Jan 122016
 

If you’ve been following my blog for any time at all you know that I just spent entirety of 2015 doing a creative challenge. Specifically, I challenged myself to make a polymer clay dragon every week of the year!

Here are a few of them:

Dragon Collage 1500x1500

Click on the photos for a closer look.

You can read about WHY I did the challenge here, in my post on Errol, dragon #1¬†and you can review all 52 dragons on my Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board.

tiger's voyage dragons

These are some of my favorites, dragons based on the book, Tiger’s Voyage.

Completing the challenge accomplished what I hoped it would, as I’m now much more disciplined about working on my art, rather than just looking at what other people have done and collecting ideas.

Oh, but I do have ideas! And now that I have time to work on my 2016 plans here are some of them:

  • Use what I learned in the Torch Fired Precious Metal Clay Class¬†I took on Craftsy. Jenny Vestal does¬†a great job breaking it all down for beginners. Now I just need to buy some PMC and get started. I¬†definitely want to make dragons out of silver clay!
  • Continue working on polymer clay sculpture with a focus on figures. I especially want to develop expression and personality in my pieces. Some of the books I ¬†plan to work through:
    • Christi Friesen‚Äôs¬†Flourish¬†– Nearly done with this one.
    • Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay
    • How to Make Clay Characters¬†– I made several pieces from this book years ago, when I didn’t know much about polymer clay. I didn’t get¬†the concept of conditioning the clay properly and they’ve all since crumbled. Let that be a lesson to ya!
    • Family and Friends in Polymer Clay¬†– This one is exciting to think about as I can’t tell you how many times I’ve studied someone’s face and thought, “I want to sculpt them.” Now to get some willing subjects…
  • Create weekly polymer clay tutorials for my YouTube channel. I’ve already started and these will be uploaded every Wednesday, beginning¬†in February.
  • Continue to write tutorials for Polymer Caf√© magazine. I have some exciting news regarding that publication, but it will have to wait until later, when I can share.
  • Perhaps turn some of the dragon projects into tutorials? I’m still considering how best to accomplish that.

So those of some of my plans for 2016. Have you made plans or set goals? I’d love to hear about them, feel free to share in the comments. Then we can all hold one another accountable. ūüėÄ

Happy creating!

 

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