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.

Feb 272018

These pretty pendants are evocative of graceful, elegant calla lilies.

They are surprisingly simple to create out of polymer clay.

calla lily pendants cover

Once you have the basic form created you can then add paints, patinas and beads to further personalize and enhance them.

Depending on the colors and styles you choose you can get just about any look you want.

How about?

  • simple elegance
  • rustic charm
  • vibrant playfulness
  • gypsy boho

The flower is a blank slate for your creativity!

Make a couple small ones and you have a pair of earrings. You could even make a bunch of teeny tiny ones for bracelet charms.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Calla Lily Pendants-Springtime Polymer Clay Jewelry 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!

fairy garden teacup pt 2 cover

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 162018

Fairy gardens are utterly adorable and a miniature one in a tea cup is especially cute.

It was SO much fun creating all the details for this tiny fairy garden in a tea cup!

fairy garden teacup pt 1 cover

In today’s video I will show you:

  • How to fill your tea cup and prepare the ground
  • How to make teeny houses with doors, windows, and textured roofs
  • How to make itty-bitty mushrooms with a fun and easy way of inserting them into your garden
  • How to create tiny polymer clay succulents that never need watering
  • And how to make minuscule flowers, because what is a fairy garden without flowers?

Since I had so many ideas for details to add this is part one of a two-part series.

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll show you how to make ladybugs, bunny rabbits and a sweet little arbor for your flowers to climb on. Then we’ll put it all together and finish the project.

Tools and Materials:

A few notes from the video:

  • There are LOADS of tutorial on YouTube for all different types of succulents.
  • The issue of Polymer Café that I mention in the video is Vol. 15 No. 1, Nov./Dec. 2016. I could not find anywhere online to purchase back issues of this magazine.
  • I do have one extra copy of this issue, if you are interested feel free to contact me. (And if you find a source for back issues, let me know and I’ll pass along the info!.)

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fairy Garden In a Teacup Polymer Clay Sculpting Miniature Tutorial-Pt. 1 of 2 video at YouTube.

Jan 052018

Making canes out of polymer clay is fun and quite satisfying, but it can be time consuming.

After doing all of that work you want to get the most out of your cane and not waste it.

ff using LC mini slicer

That is why I decided to purchase the Lucy Clay mini slicer. I don’t cane very often, but when I do I find myself wasting large amounts of all that work and patterned clay while trying to get nice slices.

As I’ve mentioned before I decided on the mini slicer rather than the full-size, not just because the price was $100 instead of $200, but because it takes up a lot less space on the worktable. Although I haven’t had a chance to try the full-size version it would appear from the demonstrations I’ve seen that the mini slicer isn’t quite as accurate.

In today’s video I show a couple workarounds for ways you can make very thin, very consistent slices of polymer clay with the Lucy Clay Mini Slicer. This enables you to make veneers such as the one covering my business card case.

If you have an LC mini slicer or another similar product, I would love to hear your thoughts and observations.

I’ve seen DIY alternatives for slicing canes and I’m not certain if this is better than some of those. Let me know what you think!

Here are links to a few of the things shown in this video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Use The LC Mini Slicer For Slicing Polymer Clay Canes-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

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.

ff creative supplies

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.

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.