Nov 022016

garden fairy house -Sandy Huntress Keepsake,

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I have a new tutorial available! It’s for how to make this cute little fairy garden house. This is a downloadable PDF tutorial.

garden fairy house, creating faux stones -Sandy Huntress Keepsake,

The tutorial is nearly 20 pages long with plenty of full color photos and detailed step-by-step directions. I show you how to make these realistic looking faux stones, how to texture the leaves and make a real leaf-like roof, plus how to construct and put the whole thing together.

garden fairy house, applying shingles -Sandy Huntress Keepsake,

There’s also an adorable bonus coloring page at the end. It’s a fairy garden house, of course. 🙂

garden fairy house, flower details -Sandy Huntress Keepsake,

There are so may details that bring this charming little house to life: vines, leaves and flowers twining over the roof, a touch of gilding and a paint technique that totally makes your faux stones look real!

garden fairy house -Sandy Huntress Keepsake,

So if you like fairy gardens, or you know someone who would like one as a gift, check out the downloadable Fairy Garden House tutorial at Etsy.

Let me know what you think!

I also put together a video preview of the class:

Watch the Fairy Garden House Polymer Clay Tutorial video at YouTube.

Happy creating!

Nov 012016

sedona bracelet cover pt 1

This week’s jewelry project is one that I have had in mind for quite a long time, but I wasn’t sure if it would work the way I thought it would.

I have cut the occasional piece of metal with my die cutting machine, but just wasn’t sure if the Big Kick would be up to the pressure (pun intended!) or if it plain wouldn’t work.

The embossing folders worked out far better than expected. I had pictured the plastic pieces losing to the metal and me ending up with ruined embossing folders, but the embossed metal actually came out quite nice.

The class that I mention in the video is Micro Torch Basics by Kate Richbourg. It’s free and definitely worth watching!

The materials list is rather long this week, but they are all basic jewelry making supplies and you will be able to use them on many other things for years to come.

Tools and Materials:

If you need more detail on some of the techniques mentioned, these videos will be helpful:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Sedona Bracelet Jewelry Video Tutorial – Part 1 at YouTube.

Oct 282016

studio 1.2

Today’s Friday Findings video is just a quick little tour of a new space that I have for recording my YouTube videos. If you’ve noticed over the past couple videos a change in the sound and lighting this will explain it. I hope to be getting a new microphone and improving the sound sometime soon.

Although the space is small, it’s all mine. What’s wonderful about that is that I can come down and record anytime I think of something. The only exception would be if my husband is in the basement doing woodwork. We probably don’t want to hear power tools running in the background!

Anyhow I just wanted to share this space with you as it makes me very happy to have it and makes my making videos for you much, much easier and less stressful.

Here are links to a few of the helpful things you may have seen the video:

Enjoy the tour. Happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Studio 1.2 Tour at YouTube.

Oct 252016

mica stencils cover

In today’s video I show a fun technique for surface effects on polymer clay. Although putting pigment through a stencil seems fairly basic, there actually are quite a few small details to attend to and understand in order for your pieces to come out as nice as possible.

Throughout the video I give several tips and tricks to make sure your stenciling is crisp and clean, your blending is smooth and that you have no stray powders in places you don’t want them.

Those of you who are my patrons can go to for some bonus footage of pieces that I didn’t show the making of in the public tutorial.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Stenciling with Mica Powders-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Oct 212016

ff tube clasps

Tube clasps (also known as slide clasps) are a nice way to finish multi-strand bracelets as they are not only secure, but keep the strands of beads separated rather than gather them down to a “V” shape at the ends. Also, you don’t have that one inch or so of space that a traditional clasp usually takes up, so you see more of your beaded design.

Although these clasps are used primarily for bracelets, you could use one for a necklace. You might have to make the outer strands longer in order to account for the curve of the piece going around the neck.

Here are links to several different tube clasps for you to choose from for your next jewelry project:

The bracelet I show in the video is my Gunmetal & Crystal bracelet, if you’d like to see how it was made. 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Using Tube Clasps In Your Bracelets & Jewelry video at YouTube.

Oct 182016

cup chain crystal earrings cover

This idea has been kicking around in my mind for quite some time. I imagined it would be a simple and elegant way to use cup chain and it turned out to be so. I was quite pleased with how easily these went together.

Sometimes an idea that seems good as you’re thinking of it doesn’t turn out so great in reality.

chain sketch

Of course, it can be hard to tell with the terrible sketching that I do! As you can see, I’m not much of a drawer. Three dimensional work is definitely far more my forte.

I hope you give this project to try, I picture them as really gorgeous, glamorous, swinging earrings to wear around the holidays. But I’m wearing mine today, just because I can. 🙂

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Cup Chain Crystal Earrings-Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Oct 142016

ff cup chain (1)

I have to admit that for many years I thought cup chain was rather tacky. I suppose that’s because overused cheaply made rhinestone cup chain can be tacky. 😀

However I started to see it being used in beautiful and tasteful ways in jewelry and found myself intrigued, like how Suhana Hart uses cup chain in these earrings.

So I picked some up for myself and used it for the first time in my Hammered Bangle Bracelet video tutorial. After that I was in love.

I still definitely prefer a nicer quality cup chain using crystal stones, but can see many, many possibilities for projects in the future.

All of the cup chain I show in the video I got at, but you can also find cup chain on Amazon, although not in the same variety of finishes or colors.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-How To Use Cup Chain video at YouTube.

Oct 112016

This week I have for you part two in making this cute autumn themed candle holder.

autumn silhouette owl

It was really fun going through my selection of small cutters and finding ways to combine the shapes to make just what I needed. I spent quite a bit of time trying to cut out the triangle eyes and nose from the pumpkin with the craft knife before I realized that the heart cutter would work perfectly.

autumn silhouette pumpkin

My favorite section of this candleholder is the cat, but that shouldn’t come as any surprise to those of you who know me. I doubt that you have ever seen me put a dog on any of my projects, but I do love the kitty cats!

autumn silhouette cat

Don’t ever be afraid to try using things in new and unexpected ways. 🙂

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Autumn Silhouettes Candle Holder Part 2-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Oct 072016

ff ceramic beads

There are so many different types of jewelry supplies and beads out there available to use. That’s one of the things I find so fascinating about creating and designing jewelry.

In order to use any particular material to the best advantage it’s good to understand its own unique properties.

In today’s Friday Findings video I will give you some tips on using ceramic beads so that your jewelry will last longer and hang properly.

 Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Tips For Using Ceramic Beads video at YouTube.

Oct 042016

autumn silhouette cat

Here’s a fun fall project for you without anything ghoulish or gory, just cuteness!

I’ve always been fascinated by silhouette designs and thought it would be fun to create a candle holder with the silhouettes as the primary focus.

For the candle holder I used a stemless wine glass. You could also reuse one of those jar candles, or even make a small version on a votive holder.

autumn silhouette pumpkin

My favorite thing about this piece is how the cut-out eyes glow in the candlelight. Later I may add a dab of yellow or orange alcohol ink inside the eyes to make them really stand out.

In the video I show how to use basic Kemper cutter shapes to create more complex shapes. If your clay is being difficult to cut, you might want to flatten and shape your heads, then let the clay sit for a while. It will be easier to cut after a rest of an hour or so.

autumn silhouette owl

I also show how you can create texture using unexpected tools like those for leather, wax or dentistry.

Keep in mind that you can certainly use colored clay, the silhouettes will still be there when the candle is lit. I’m toying with the idea of accenting my textures with some Gilders paste. If I do, I’ll be sure to share a photo.

Don’t be afraid of the long list of tools, once you have them you’ll find many different uses!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Autumn Silhouettes Candle Holder-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.