Mar 312017
 

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No, this is not a sponsored post, but I wish it were. 😀 (Glad, if you’re listening, sponsor me and I’ll come up with lots more ways to use your cool product!)

Seriously though, I just recently bought my first package of Glad Press’n Seal and have been really impressed with all the different useful things I can do with it just in the studio alone. I haven’t even brought it into my kitchen yet.

In today’s video I show several ways I have found to make your jewelry making, polymer clay work and general crafting a whole lot easier using Glad Press’n Seal. Please feel free to share other ideas that you have found for using the stuff so we can all learn together!

Here are a few of the products I show in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Creative Uses For Press’n Seal With Jewelry & Polymer Clay-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Mar 282017
 

crusty boho earrings cover

These earrings are so simple to put together, but have so much going on! It was about time that I found a way to use the beads I made by mistake when creating the Faux Sea Glass Beads video.

Most of the work of these earrings in in choosing all the bits and pieces to layer together. This mix of shapes, colors and textures gives a great funky, earthy look, but you could just as easily get something elegant and sparkly by using glass beads and Swarovski crystals. Just use the design as your jumping off point to make a style that suits you.

As I mention in the video, if all your beads have large enough holes you can string the whole thing on waxed linen twine. Otherwise, use an eye pin to string most of your beads, then add a twine dangle at the bottom. 

Tools & Materials:

Btw, here’s the video I mention for wire wrapping undrilled pieces.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Crusty Boho Earrings-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 252017
 

vines & flowers pen cover

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I have a new tutorial available! It’s for how to make these beautiful vines and flowers covered pens. This is a downloadable PDF tutorial.

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The tutorial is nearly 20 pages long with plenty of full color photos and detailed step-by-step directions. I show you how to prepare, cover and texture the pen, how to make canes for the vines & flowers and how adding crystals to the flower centers creates a lovely, realistic shape.

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There’s also a bonus coloring page at the end. It’s vines and flowers, of course. 🙂

Polymer Pen Stand

Once you’ve created your pens you can watch my YouTube video on how to create matching vines and flower pen stands. These sets make wonderful gifts!

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So if you like pretty, creative pens, or you know someone who would like one as a gift, check out the downloadable Vines & Flowers Pen tutorial at Etsy.

Let me know what you think!

I also put together a short video about this class:

Watch the Vines & Flowers Pen Polymer Clay Downloadable Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 242017
 

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Sometimes the trickiest part of making custom polymer clay jewelry pieces is locating findings that enhance and work well with them. We can easily solve this problem by creating our own findings out of yet more polymer clay.

It’s not only solves the problem but actually makes our pieces even more unique and creative.

In today’s video I will show you how simple it is to make fancy, decorative tube style bails for your clay or other pieces.

I show enhancing them with textures, mica powders and Gilders Pastes, but you can be as decorative as you need to be in order to get a cohesive look in your jewelry.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the DIY Polymer Clay Jewelry Bails-Friday Findings Tutorial video on YouTube.

Mar 212017
 

bangle illusion cover

The first time I encountered directions for making a memory wire bracelet I thought it was a fairly basic piece of jewelry and one that you would only make once. Since then, however, I have been fascinated to discover all the different ways you can use memory wire and even all the different configurations you can have for just a single long length.

Here are a few of the memory wire videos on my YouTube channel.

Today’s project is the longest memory wire bracelet I’ve made. It gives the look of a stack of seven bangles. To get this design right takes a little bit of planning, but most of your time will be spent stringing all those beads. Because three of the “bangles” are duplicated I needed quite a few beads and necessitated a trip to the craft store to fill out what was already in my stash. Always a fun necessity!

In the tools and materials I have links for as many of the products I used as I can find online. But I strongly suggest that you first raid your stash and see what you already have that you can use. Then, like me, you can fill in the corners with a fun trip to the bead store. 🙂

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Bangle Illusion Memory Wire Bracelet-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 172017
 

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Although shopping for and using unique jewelry findings is a lot of fun, it’s even more satisfying if we can create them ourselves. This is one reason why I’ve really been wanting to get into metal clay, as I think it’s the perfect fusion between creating in polymer clay and having quality precious metal jewelry.

However, since that is cost prohibitive at the moment we can content ourselves with making our findings out of polymer clay. It’s a great way to make perfectly matched findings for your polymer clay jewelry and makes each piece even that much more unique.

In today’s video I will show you how to make simple tube bail. Interestingly, a couple hours after I shot this video I watched a video from a Patricia Roberts-Thompson, who has a relatively new YouTube channel, showing how to make polymer clay end caps. Her process is very similar to mine. The only difference between the end caps and the tube bails is that the bails need to have a wire loop inserted and the end caps need to have one end capped, naturally.

I show a simple way of texturing a bail, but don’t forget that you could also make smooth bails and then add swirls, dots, flowers or whatever else you like and then do one more baking. This would make the bail more of a focal piece than an accent, but with the right pendant it might be just what it needs.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the DIY Tube Bails Out Of Polymer Clay – Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 162017
 

2017 pdfc #5 Isabella 1

Today you get the pleasure of meeting Isabella. Isn’t she a cutie? She is a flower fairy and the fifth of the polymer clay sculptures I’ve challenged myself to make this year.

This was my first time sculpting bare toes, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. While digging around in my molds I discovered a hand mold and decided to use that to do the hands since I was already nervous about sculpting the feet. Using a mold definitely simplifies things, but it doesn’t do all the work for you. There’s still a lot of cleaning up around the edges and shaping to do, but it sure gives you a good head start!

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Isabella’s wings are made out of Pebeo Fantasy and Moon paints that were drizzled inside a wire frame stuck to a piece of packing tape. When the paint was dry the tape was peeled away, revealing her lovely fluttering wings.

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I just adore her cheeky little smirk! Over the course of these five figures the sculpting is definitely getting easier. I didn’t have to fuss with this one nearly as much as with any of the others. The trickiest part was probably getting her legs shaped nicely, and that’s because I haven’t done those before.

I’m also learning to have a light and gentle touch with the clay, to be patient and make it move with little gentle pushes rather than trying to shape it all with one big shove.

Check out this brief YouTube video for a 360° view of Isabella.

To see all the figures I’ve made so far, watch my Polymer Clay Figures playlist.

Mar 142017
 

tribal dragonfly necklace cover

This necklace, like many of my jewelry projects, began with the supplies. Something reminded me of this tribal Thai silver dragonfly charm that I’ve had for a while and I pictured pairing it with other silver findings and some pretty pink beads. A search of my stash turned up these pink chips.

I had recently watched a YouTube video where the jewelry designer did this cascading beads design using jump rings. It’s one I’ve done before but haven’t in a while and I thought it would pair nicely with the dragonfly.

Such is the way designs are born!

Take the time this week to look in your stash for a forgotten charm or pendant that you could feature in a design.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Tribal Thai Silver Dragonfly Necklace-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 102017
 

ff feb 2017 haul

This week I have another haul video for you, this time it’s a large Amazon order I recently placed. The order consists mostly of supplies for jewelry making and polymer clay, but also has some rather unexpected things with unexpected uses. Then there is that one item that is a gift for somebody else, but actually a gift for me. 😀

I’m so grateful to those of you who have chosen to support me on Patreon! Your kind encouragement, sweet appreciation for my work and your financial support mean so much to me. The first few months of the year tend to be lean ones for my family and I was so thankful that because of my patrons I was able to place this order.

Btw, my patrons got to see this video a week before everyone else. Just one of those little extras I pass along to say thank you.

I hope you enjoy the video and that perhaps a few of the items I got will inspire or encourage you in your own creativity. At the very least I hope you find the information helpful and interesting!

You’ll find the link I mentioned to Ginger Davis Allman’s article on conditioning Pardo translucent clay at her site, The Blue Bottle Tree.

Here’s a list of everything in my order:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Sharing the Love of Creativity – KeepsakeCrafts.net

Watch the Jewelry & Sculpting Supplies Haul-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Mar 072017
 

mokume gane cabochons cover

If there’s one thing polymer clayers love to do, it’s to see how well they can imitate other techniques and materials. In fact, there are entire books on imitative techniques such as Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception and The Polymer Clay Artist’s Guide: A Directory of Mixes, Colors, Textures, Faux Finishes and Surface Effects.

mokume gane

One of the most approachable imitative techniques is that of mokume gane, which is a Japanese metalworking technique with quite beautiful results. Above is a screenshot of an image search for mokume gane. Yup, those are all metal. So many lovely things to be made!

Doing polymer clay mokume gane is really quite simple, and even if you only use a small amount of clay you can get lots of material for covering things.

blue green mokume gane

Here’s some mokume gane I made several years ago. I used it to cover pens for Christmas gifts for guys. (They were a big hit!) Even though I made at least a dozen pens I still have this chunk of lovely striated blue, green, silver and white to use in other projects.

In the mokume gane project I show in today’s video I use a very definite pattern but you can just do it randomly. One artist who has done some beautiful things with this technique is Julie Picarello. You can check out her book, Patterns in Polymer and see all the different variations she’s come up with.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Mokume Gane Cabochons-Polymer Clay Tutorial video at YouTube.