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

Dec 012017
 

Lately I have had lots and lots of creative ideas for ways to use jewelry making, polymer clay and other crafting supplies.

This has resulted in an interesting variety of purchases.

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You get to preview all of these recent purchases, and I’ll give you an idea of what I think I’m going to do with them.

What I do with them, of course, is subject to change without notice, but it’s sure to be fun and creative!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Creative Ideas with Jewelry Making and Crafting Supplies-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Nov 282017
 

When you learn to make not only your own jewelry, but also to create your own beads and components it opens up whole new opportunities for personalizing and making your pieces special.

This is especially true during the Christmas season when we like to give meaningful gifts.

button box necklace cover

Since many of the pieces in my button collection are from my grandmother, my mother-in-law or other special people, I always enjoy poking through it, thinking of them and different ways I can use these meaningful objects.

Creating beads molded from these buttons is a nice way of making jewelry that is beautiful as well as sentimental.

Of course, you can also just make molds of purchased buttons you like so you can replicate them multiple times.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Tools and Materials:

Watch the Button Box Necklace-Sentimental Memory Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

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 242017
 

These polymer clay pendants with phrases are so much fun to make, and so very satisfying because they say exactly what you want them to say!

If you want to get even more words to fit onto your pendants, just use slightly smaller images and really squeeze all the letters in together, not worrying about where the line breaks are.

The results will be interesting to look at, as it won’t be as readily apparent what they say, but will require the viewers to look a little bit more closely.

turn of phrase pendants pt 2 cover

You’ll notice from the cover photo that I ended up using the nativity stamp after all, and was very pleased with the results.

Sometimes if you’re unsure you just have to go for it and see how it turns out!

If you find there are areas you aren’t thrilled with, such as the little flower in the upper left of my “give thanks” pendant, feel free to add sculptural elements to embellish and cover up.

The little flower I used (you can see it in the cover photo) is perhaps a bit big for the pendant. It was just something in my stash, but I think I need to sculpt one that’s a bit more in proportion.

To color the flower that the bird is holding I used a tiny detail brush dipped in water and then in a little bit of Inka Gold. It worked great for adding color and a bit of shimmer to small areas. (Gotta find more opportunities to play with those!)

Don’t forget that any projects decorated with Gilders paste should dry for at least 24 hours. Then you can buff them to a nice sheen. The product directions say to wait 12 hours but I have found that often that isn’t enough, perhaps because I put a lot of layers on mine.

Tools and Materials:

  • Metal bezels
  • Polymer clay
  • Rubber stamps or cling stamps
  • Letter stamps such as this metal stamp set
  • Index card
  • Needle tool
  • Opaque pigment inks such as chalk inks
  • Clay blade
  • Detail paint brush
  • Paint thinner or mineral spirits
  • Inka Gold
  • Gilders paste

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Turn of Phrase Pendants Part 2 of 2-Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Oct 172017
 

It’s always nice to wear pretty jewelry, and even sometimes interesting or unusual jewelry.

Then there is the jewelry that’s meaningful, perhaps because it came from a loved one or has special memories.

turn of phrase pendants pt 1 cover

Today’s project makes jewelry that is meaningful in a different way. By using words and images that resonate with you, you can make your piece completely unique and special.

These pendants would also make one-of-a-kind, meaningful gifts for friends and loved ones.

The materials list for this project is long, so I suggest while you have the supplies out you make several. This gives you an opportunity to experiment with different shapes, phraseology, colors and finishes. Along the way you’ll find some pieces that you like more than others and get practice with the techniques.

Tools and Materials:

  • Metal bezels
  • Polymer clay
  • Rubber stamps or cling stamps
  • Letter stamps such as this metal stamp set
  • Index card
  • Needle tool
  • Opaque pigment inks such as chalk inks
  • Clay blade
  • Detail paint brush
  • Paint thinner or mineral spirits
  • Inka Gold
  • Gilders paste

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Turn of Phrase Pendants Part 1 of 2-Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Watch Part 2 of the Turn of Phrase Pendants.

Oct 032017
 

Today’s creative exploration video came about because of a chance thought that came to me at the end of recording my Altered Bezels video.

Sometimes I think that’s the nature of creativity: we explore, try new things, push the boundaries, but it’s only when we push a little bit more, when we think we’re at the end of our ideas- then the really good ideas come.

embellished bezels cover

I say that because at the end of today’s video I had another one of those moments. Just an offhand thought about a way to use the remaining extruded clay rope.

The result of that idea was the black and gold squiggly bezel with the red teardrop cabochon. You can see it in the cover photo. I was really thrilled with how it came out and plan to explore this idea even more. (Who knows what ideas will come at the end of THAT exploration?)

If you’d like to see a tutorial for how to make a bezel like the one with the red teardrop, the good news is that I’ve made one! It’s available for anyone who supports me on Patreon at the $10 level & up.

Btw, did you know that my $5+ patrons get an additional bonus video every month? And $10+ supporters get TWO bonus videos monthly! 

It kind of reminds me of the game or exercise where you are told to make 20 observations about a thing. And when you’ve finally gotten those done, thinking you’ve exhausted all the observations you could possibly make, you are told to make 20 more.

Isn’t it the same with creativity? It’s only when we’ve pushed past all the easy and obvious solutions that we start to dig deep and find things that are truly unique, interesting and perhaps even revelatory.

So don’t just use my ideas, (although of course you’re welcome to!) but use this as an exercise for stretching your own creative muscles and making your own unique discoveries.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Add Creative Embellishments To Molded Polymer Clay Bezels video at YouTube.

Sep 222017
 

Ordering products from PolyClayPlay.com has come up several times in conversations with other polymer clay artists. But, I will admit to being a little slow to catch on sometimes, lol.

I finally got around to placing an order with them, and wow, they have such an array of interesting products to choose from… it was hard to stop shopping.

poly clay play unboxing

In fact, I already know many of the things I’m going to get next time!

This order started because I needed some Pardo translucent clay and one of my YouTube viewers mentioned that it was at an excellent price at PolyClayPlay. Actually, it was less than half the price of Amazon.

Once I was on the site I looked at everything. There were so many intriguing products, I had a hard time keeping my order to a reasonable size. (At $122, dunno that I succeeded there. <bg>)

I hope this video will spark some ideas and fire up your creative imagination for ways to use supplies that you might not have thought of using with polymer clay.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code Keepsake for $3 off your order at PolyClayPlay.com.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the PolyClayPlay Polymer Clay Supplies & Tools Unboxing-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Sep 052017
 

The simplicity and ease of using purchased molds is always enticing. But it wars with the rebel/creative person in me who wants her work to look completely unique and not like anybody else’s.

altered bezels cover

The wonderful thing about clay is that you can still shape it even after pressing it into a mold!

We can use this to our advantage while creating bezels that perfectly fit our molded cabochons, but then customizing them with various tools after removing them from the molds.

One thing I forgot to mention in the video is that I like to use my clay blade after adding the texture to straighten up the edges of the bezel.

Just hold your blade perpendicular to the work surface and gently press it along the edges to straighten them. (I did this at one point in the video, but didn’t really explain how to do it after adding your textures.)

Another way of customizing your bezels would be to bake them in the molds, keeping their perfect shape, and then add decoration such as the beaded border I showed, and bake again. I may explore these possibilities in another video.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Altered Bezels for Polymer Clay Cabochons Tutorial video at YouTube.