Jun 292016
 

arabesque bracelet

This beads in this bracelet are hollow, so they’re lightweight and comfortable to wear. I just love the silver painted designs, so easy to do with silk screening.

In this video I teach several different techniques that build on each other to make this bracelet:

  • making subtle blended stripes using clay from your scrap bin
  • silk screening on clay
  • creating domes with a hollow bead maker form
  • putting together pairs of domes to make beads
  • stringing them all together into a bracelet

Right after finishing this project I watch a video by Helen Breil in which she gives ideas for ways you can enhance your silk screened designs even further.  Not only is she a wonderful polymer clay designer with a classy sense of style, but she has designed several silk screens. I may have to get some!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Arabesque Bracelet-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 272016
 

fantasy flower necklace

The name “Fantasy Flower Necklace” came to me because the green & purple colors along with the twining brown & green strands made me think of fairy tales. Dunno why, it just did.

You’ll notice that I added a couple of dangles after making the video. Just a heart and a bird charm, each on a short length of chain. I think it completes the dangle nicely.

This is one of those projects that is best made with the particular supplies you have on hand. It will be more personal that way.

Many of these things have been in my stash for a while, but I’ll give links when I can find them. Have fun creating your own unique designs!

Tools & Materials

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fantasy Flower Necklace Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 242016
 

ff making jump rings

Jump rings are one of those basics that you learn about early in jewelry making. It’s convenient that we can buy them ready made by the dozens if not hundreds, but there may be times when you need a particular size, color or wire gauge. So it’s good to be able to make them yourself!

The most basic of tools are all you need. A pair of Flush Cutters and Round Nose Pliers will do the trick.

However, there are a lot of gadgets out there to help simplify the process. I show these two in the video:

These are ones I haven’t tried, but they look interesting:

In the video I’ll show you a few different ways to make a wire coil, and then explain how to turn a coil into well-made jump rings.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch Friday Findings-How to Make Jump Rings at YouTube.

Jun 222016
 

oil & water beads

In today’s video I show you not so much a project, but a technique. Combining translucent polymer clay with oil paints in shades of blue to give a gorgeous marbled, watery effect. Adding a touch of gold leaf lends a bit of nice sparkle.

Of course, you can use any colors you like for your beads. Just be sure to use a very small amount of paint to preserve the transparency.

oil & water beads 2

In real life these beads have a lovely depth to them which is hard to capture on camera. You can see down through many layers.

A more patient person that I would have sanded and buffed these to really bring out the shine. Instead, I glazed mine with a satin finish Varathane. Another option would be to put the clay into a bezel and cover with a crystal clear dome of gloss resin.

If I were still making weekly dragons this technique would make a great dragon veneer.

Whatever you decide to do with the idea, happy creating!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video. 🙂

Watch the Oil & Water Beads-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 202016
 

firestarter necklace

The folks at Wazoo Survival Gear sent me a really cool necklace to review. Most of the time when I’m making jewelry the only consideration is how it looks.

This necklace, however, is quite functional, possibly even life-saving. (And it looks good, too! My husband, who never wears jewelry, is very happily wearing his about.)

Here is the company’s description of their product:

Bushcraft Fire Starter Leather Necklace – Modern Day Flint and Steel Adapted Into a Classy Two-part Pendant Combined with Rich Cowhide Leather and Tied with Classic Mountaineering Knots

A few things they’d like you to know:

  • This bushcraft necklace is handmade in the USA
  • It has 97+ 5 Star reviews on Amazon
  • Here’s a helpful video tutorial for how to use your necklace.

The Bushcraft Fire Starter Leather Necklace would be a great gift for the guys in your life, especially anyone who spends time in the outdoors, hiking, camping & such.

If you’d like to create your own fire starter necklace designs, here are a couple different versions of the firesteel toggle.

Hope you find the review helpful!

Watch the Firestarter Necklace-Product Review 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. 🙂

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 142016
 

Hi there, I’ve got some exciting news, I’ve just joined Patreon!

patreon header

In case you’re wondering, Patreon is a simple way for you to contribute to my videos and other creative tutorials on a monthly basis and get great rewards in return.

Some of the rewards available:

  • Access to my patron only feed.
  • Entries into quarterly drawings to win my jewelry and polymer clay pieces! (The more you pledge, the more chances you’ll get.)
  • Your name in the credits of my videos.
  • The good feeling that comes from knowing you are supporting an artist and their creative endeavors.

For details on how you can help check out: Patreon.com/sandysewin

Thank you and happy creating!

Jun 132016
 

summer's green

When I was trying to think of a name for this bracelet, what popped into my mind was what I thought was the beginning of a poem, something about summer and green and gold. (Have you noticed that I’ve been trying to be more lyrical in my project names lately?)

Naturally, I turned to the Google machine for help, and naturally, found I was way off. Here’s the Robert Frost poem I’d been thinking of:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

A beautiful poem, but after all that, I’m still sticking with “Summer’s Green & Gold” for the bracelet. 🙂

In the video I give some tips for designing with chunky/irregular shaped beads. I love the combination of the different shades of green with all the bright gold filled beads and findings. It really does make me think of a day in early summer.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Summer’s Green & Gold Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 102016
 

cheech helping cover

Did you know that I have nearly 350 video tutorials on my YouTube channel? Wowza, that’s a lot of editing!

I hope it’s also a lot of inspiration and creative encouragement for you, my viewers. That’s my reason for doing it, after all. 🙂

It’s always fun to see just what goes on behind the scenes in any kind of production. Personally, it always makes me appreciate it more. And making this “making of” video made me appreciate those “making of the movie” clips even more! lol

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy this peek into my process.

cheech & chicks

Cheech watching over our one week old chicks.

Of course, it would be far less fun to do without my furry helper, Cheech, who as you can see from the above, likes to be in on ALL the action. 😀

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch The Making of a Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 082016
 

wildflower votive

Today I have for you the third in our series on how to make this floral votive candle holder. So far we’ve done large leaves with a simple scrap cane, fiddle heads and ferny-type things (Part 1,) salvia/larkspur type flowers and tall phlox, which with the right colors, leaves and height quite resemble geraniums (Part 2.)

rose campion

photo source: GardeningKnowHow.com, image by Taiftin

This week we’re making a sweet old fashioned flower that I love: rose campion. In the video I show you an easy way to get the look of many scattered leaves.

We’ll also make pansies/violets/violas to fill in the under story of our wildflower garden.

Next week will be the fourth and final installment, so check back!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the Wildflower Candle Holder Part 3-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube

Watch Part 1 or Part 2 of the Wildflower Candle Holder series.