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.

Jun 062016

green mosaic necklace

There’s just something about the casual, rustic look of leather jewelry that makes me think of summer. This necklace with it’s earthy green, brown and gold tones puts me in mind of a hike in woods on a warm, sunny day.

I love how braiding together the two different types of leather and the chain creates a whole new texture.

Finishing the ends of the leather involves bead caps and glue. Be sure to wait the full curing time of the glue before trying to wear your necklace!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Green Mosaic Necklace Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 032016

ff jump ring tool

Opening and closing jump rings isn’t complicated, but if you have a lot to do it can be tedious. The jump ring tool is simple in design and concept, but does take a little practice to use smoothly. As you’ll see from my fumbling in the video, I obviously haven’t practiced with it much. 🙂

I would think this tool would  be useful for any project that uses many jump rings, but especially for those of you who do chain maille work.

Here are links to a couple different versions of the jump ring tool. You’ll also need a pair of pliers, such as these flat nose pliers.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Jump Ring Tool video at YouTube.

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° 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.