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Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations is now Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 17 years - I have a LOT of project links out there in cyberworld! If you are looking for a particular project you have found on Pinterest, Facebook, FaveCrafts, HomeTalk, Twitter, etc. and the link is not working for you, please feel free to email me at cdjb11@yahoo.com and I'll be sure to get you the new link to the instructions. Have a creative day and remember to DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Lotus Pond Pendants


Sandy Huntress shared a fantastic tutorial for Sparkling Painted Polymer in the premiere edition of Passion for Polymer magazine. Sandy used a different medium to color her silkscreened images, but I have an ongoing love for my DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™so I HAD to try it! I also am an admitted texture/dimension junkie, so I added some dimensional details. I also added a layer of clear liquid clay over the surface for a different effect.

Materials:

Sculpey® Souffle - Black 
Makin's Professional® 
  • Ultimate Clay Machine™
  • Professional Clay Tools™ - Sphere tool

  • Lotus Pond Silk Screen
  • Hot Fix Cabochons
  • Dragon Scales
Sculpey® Bake & Bond 
Sculpey® Liquid Bakeable Clay in CLEAR
Copper metallic paint
Scraping blade/squeegee
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Lavish Green, Polished Coral, Fab Fuchsia, Radiant Red 
Pod shaped clay cutters
Texture sheet of choice 
Clay blade 
Sari ribbon 
Metal closure
Fine paintbrushes 
Heat tool 
Clay roller 
Sculpey® Etch & Pearl tool (or other tool to make hole)

Instructions:


Condition and roll black clay to second setting on clay machine. Place Lotus Pond silkscreen, orange side down, onto the clay sheet. Gently burnish. Use a scraping blade (gift card, or stiff flat brush) to apply metallic copper paint. Carefully lift and remove silkscreen. Wash silkscreen immediately. Let paint on clay dry thoroughly.















Add a tiny bit of water to the chosen shades of Metallic Lustre™ to create a bit of a "watercolor" paint, and carefully paint leaves and flowers. I did not bring the paint to the outer edges of all the images, as I wanted the silkscreening to still show a bit. I also let the depth of the color vary in spots.
Let the "paint" dry thoroughly.

 


Use clay blade to cut out around painted silkscreened image.      










Add Hot Fix Cabochon to the center of each flower. Add a tiny bit of Bake & Bond to each petal in the center row of petals (in my case, the Fab Fuchsia petals). Apply a pink Dragon Scale to each petal.  


Use sphere tool from Professional Tool Kit to make indentations around all edges of the clay.  

So, this is the point where a funny thing happened. My original intention was for this to be an awesome cuff bracelet. But, I suddenly envisioned something ELSE. A pod shaped cutter was used to cut 4 pods from the veneer. 


Roll an additional sheet of black clay to setting #2. Apply texture sheet of choice (I chose a corrugated piece of plastic to texture my clay as I wanted a "striped" effect). Use the same pod cutter to cut a black pod for each of the 4 pieces.  
Add a touch of Bake & Bond and place a silkscreened piece centered on the black background pod. Gently press to adhere the layers, being sure your side seams are smooth.  Make a hole at the top center for the ribbon.  
For the beads, roll the remaining silkscreened clay to a thinner sheet. Use the clay blade to cut very thin strips.  Roll black beads in desired size.  Randomly apply the strips around the outside of the beads.  Roll bead to smooth and blend in the strips to the beads. Make holes. Make two for each necklace.  
Bake all pieces according to manufacturer instructions. Let cool.

Apply Sculpey® Liquid Bakeable Clay in CLEAR to surface of silkscreened portion of the pods (not the black background). Bake according to manufacturer instructions. Immediately upon removing from oven, use heat tool to further bring out the shine. Let cool.

Add Sari ribbon and closure to each necklace.

Even though I think the cuff bracelet would have been great, I am glad my creative muse took a detour in this case! 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Kitty Themed Nesting Ring Bowls


Combined two of my favorite things today - kitties and the teal/turquoise - while trying two of the workshops in the 2019 Polymer Clay Adventure a try!  Jessica Hager's nesting ring bowls, and Kira McCoy's sculpted kitties.   

I used a rubber stamp of a row of kitties to texture the first bowl, then added hand dotted details using Sculpey a etch & pearl tool. The base dish has the same inlaid "cane" pieces as Kira taught us to use on the kitties, and is rubber stamped with Kitty Kitty Kitty to add texture (a stamp from my own stamp line from several years ago!).  The detail on the outer edge is actually little kitty paw prints made with a sphere tool. It's all done in Peacock Pearl and Metallic Silver clay for a touch of shimmer and shine.  (Other than those small black accents of course!)

Join the 2019 Polymer Clay Adventure today and join the fun while you create along with us all! 






Friday, December 28, 2018

Leaves & Turquoise Polymer Clay Pendant




Premo! Sculpey® Burnt Umber
CreateAlong.com Create Along Box - “Fall-ing in Love” Box 
  • Falling in Love Fall Leaves Texture Stamp 
  • Copper Grunge Foil 
  • Decorative “Wavy Bracket” Cutter 
  • Hot Fix Cabochons in coordinating shade 
Round clay cutter set 
Oval clay cutter slightly larger than focal cabochon of choice 
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Cosmic Blue, Gold Rush 
Clay blade 
Clay roller/clay machine 
Sculpey® Bake & Bond adhesive 
Turquoise blue sari ribbon 
Closure 


Condition Burnt Umber clay and roll to about 1/8”.  Apply copper grunge foil to surface and burnish to transfer foling to clay sheet.  

Cut base disc from foiled clay. 


Roll additional Burnt Umber clay to about 1/4” and impress uninked Fall Leaves texture stamp. 

Use decorative cutter to cut shape from the textured clay. 



Apply light touch of Gold Rush Metallic Lustre to surface.  

Embellish with coordinating shade hot fix cabochons.

Mount to foiled disc.


Then add a very light touch of Cosmic Blue Metallic Lustre.  

Bake according to manufacturer instructions and let cool. 

I used a faux turqouise cabochon as an accent.  If you do not already have something similar to use, follow Jessma Tutorials DIY video for creating faux turquoise and make a cabochon.  

Roll brown clay to about 1/8”.  Use oval cutter to cut base for turqouise cabochon.  Use Bake & Bond to adhere turquoise cabochon to brown base.  

Use Bake & Bond to mount centered on leaf textured shape.  

Roll a strand with the brown clay.  Add around the cabochon.  Apply gold Metallic Lustre.  


Cut another oval a shape from brown clay. Use Bake & Bond and mount to back of pendant to create bail.   

Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 


Add turquoise sari ribbon and closure. 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Peacock Pendant




I am having so much fun creating projects with my new Peacocks & Paisleys product line from CreateAlong.com!  2 Silkscreens are now available, many more silkscreens and other items are coming soon!  This pendant is my first experimentation with my set of 4 images.  

Materials:

Premo! Sculpey® Accents® - 18K Gold
Premo! Sculpey® - Cobalt Blue
Sculpey® III - Teal Pearl 
CreateAlong.com Deco Disc - Paisley 
Gold acrylic paint 
CreateAlong.com Circle Cutter Set 
CreateAlong.com Hot Fix Cabochons in coordinating shades 
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder® - Multi-Hole Disc #9
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Gold Rush 
Sculpey® Bake & Bond 
Sari ribbons in coordinating shades 
Tiny Pandora Deepshine UV Resin 
Closure 
Clay roller 
Clay blade

Instructions:

Condition cobalt blue clay and roll to about 1/8” thick.  Silkscreen peacock image using gold metallic paint.  Let dry.  


Use appropriate sized round cutter to cut out peacock image.  

Roll Teal Pearl clay to a little less than 1/4”.  Wet paisley deco disc and use to texture sheet, repeat until an area slightly larger than the peacock image has been textured (do not be concerned over lines caused by edges of deco disc, they will not show when pendant is assembled). 

Apply a light touch of gold Metallic Lustre to the textured clay.  
Use circle cutter slightly larger than blue silkscreened circle to cut disc from teal pearl textured clay. 



Roll 18K gold clay to about 1/8”.  Use circle cutter slightly larger than teal pearl disc to cut gold disc. 

Center teal pearl textured disc on gold disc, then center peacock silkscreened disc on top.  

Extrude 18K gold clay.  Cut pieces about 1/4” from extruded strands.  Roll into a ball, then roll to flatten one end and create a “teardrop” shape.  Begin adding the teardrop pieces as shown and surround the blue peacock disc.  (Thanks to Pritesh Dagur for sharing this technique in her 2018 Polymer Clay Adventure workshop!) 



Add hot fix cabochon accents.  

Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 

To make bail, roll 18K gold clay to about 1/8”.  Use circle about 1” to cut disc.  

Roll teal pearl clay to about 1/8” and texture with deco disc.  Cut disc the same size, mount onto gold disc.  Use smaller circle cutter to cut center from the disc.  Use bake & bond to adhere the base of the open circle to the back top of the pendant.  Place toothpick or similar under top half and bake according to manufacturer instructions.   Apply metallic lustre to textured clay.  

Apply UV Resin to peacock image.  Let cure.  

Add sari ribbons and closure.  




Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Baby's First Christmas Customized Ornament


Our grandaughter, Ava Rae, arrived on November 16th - just in time for her first Christmas! Her mom asked if I had a glass ornament that she could use to put their hospital bracelets inside. I told her sure, but I had to jazz it up a bit..... I used etchall® creme to etch "Ava Rae McGee  November 16, 2018" on the front, and "First Christmas" on the back.  Then I created a poinsettia with white Makin's Clay® tinted to a pink shade with acrylic paint, and green clay tinted with a mossy green paint. I used the Makin's® Christmas Nature push mold to make individual portions of petals - the molded images themselves were too large for what I needed, but by making small petals I could trim them down to size and reassemble them to create the perfect sized poinsettia. The flower received a light dusting of shimmering mica powders in coordinating shades. After etching, Antique Gold Rub N Buff was used to highlight the etched lettering, and gold DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ was used to highlight the details of the poinsettia. A shimmering, shear pink ribbon was the finishing touch.  When we see them tomorrow, they will add their hospital bracelets!