Apr 112017
 

faux embroidery pendants cover

I’ve always admired the sweet, dainty look of polymer clay faux embroidery and decided it was high time I made a few pieces of my own design.

In today’s video I will teach you the basics, including how to quickly sketch out your own design. Those of you who are my patrons can download my sketches from my Patreon posts.

In preparation for making this project I looked at a lot of examples of polymer clay faux embroidery. One thing I noticed was that they all had beautifully rounded and smooth bases. In the video I will also show you how to achieve that for yourself when filling a purchased bezel with clay.

One neat trick I saw some other clayers use was to roll a nice, smooth round ball and then slice off a section or slice it in half to make their base. You could also use a cabochon mold such as this one from Sculpey, to make your base. The nice thing about that is that they also have molds for making perfectly matching bezels.

So have fun creating these projects in whatever form you like!

Tools and  Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Clay Embroidery Pendants-Polymer Clay Faux Technique Tutorial at YouTube.

Aug 032016
 

floral cascade necklace

In last week’s video I showed how to make these cute little purple flowers and their accompanying leaves. By the way, I don’t think I mentioned that there are 14 of each in this necklace.

In this second video I’ll teach how to add paint details and beads to the flowers to turn them into dangles for a necklace. We’ll also enhance the texture of the leaves with Gilder’s paste.

Once all your polymer clay pieces are ready it’s a simple matter to use jump rings to attach them to your necklace chain in whatever configuration you like. In the tutorial I show some different options. It occurred to me after making the video that you could attach a clasp to the end of the chain and change the configuration every time you wear it!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Floral Cascade Necklace Part 2-Polymer Clay Tutorial 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 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 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.

May 252016
 

wildflower votive

You may have noticed that I love sculpting in polymer clay. And by sculpting I don’t mean to sound pretentious or la-di-dah, or imply that it’s impossible for your average person to accomplish. I simply mean shaping the clay so it depicts what you envision.

One of my favorite visions is that of a meadow blooming full of flowers, so I’m going to try to recreate that on a small glass candle holder. Today’s video begins a series. In part one I will show you how easily you can make three different kinds of greenery. The first involves a simple cane, and the other two are about basic shaping.

Another thing that’s great about this project is that you can make the entire thing with just clay from your scrap bin!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the Wildflower Candle Holder Part 1-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

May 042016
 

water lily hearts

This is a simple cane to make, but as is always the case with my favorites, there are lots of possible ways to interpret and use it.

If you keep the canes uniformly round while slicing, (which I didn’t) keep them all the same thickness (which I didn’t) AND lay them out on the backing sheet evenly (again, nope, not me) then you’ll end up with a hexagonal pattern after rolling them flat.

Personally I prefer the organic look. I’ve always been more a fan of impressionism then precise realism.

water lilies 2 water lilies

Like Monet. 🙂

If you’d like to use my heart templates, you can find the pdf here: Heart Templates.

Tools & Materials:

Watch the Water Lily Hearts-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Apr 272016
 

bead flourishes

This is a simple way to dress up any bead and make it into a focal piece. As long as your bead is stone, glass or anything able to withstand a 275° F. oven, you’re all set.

The amount of clay used is minimal and the techniques are easy. We’re just adding leaves, scrolls and dots. Of course, feel free to sculpt whatever you like!

I like to bake these beads on a bit of quilt batting (yup, it’s fine in the low oven) to keep from flattening out the textures on the back.

Some of the tools & materials used:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Polymer Clay Bead Flourishes Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Feb 032016
 

sculpted leaves earrings

Today I bring to you the first in a new weekly series. From now on every Wednesday I’ll have another polymer clay tutorial for you, focusing primarily on using this wonderful medium in jewelry.

Sure it’s fun to buy beads and use them to make beautiful things, but I hope to challenge you to make your creations even more personal and unique by making many of your own components.

This project begins with several basic sculpting techniques, so simple that you could get the kids involved! Instead of a razor blade you can give them a plastic scraper and use toothpicks in place of needle tools. 🙂

I hope you find this new series helpful. If you have ideas for videos, please let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Sculpted Leaves Earrings-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

Tools:

See the video for complete instructions.

By the way, the Garden Fairy House tutorial was published in the January/February 2015 issue of Polymer Café magazine. You can find back issues here. Just scroll down to that date and you’ll see “Garden Fairy House – By Sandy Huntress” at the bottom of the list.