Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

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!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Think Pink Medallion Polymer Clay Necklace - DIY Video



In this Makin's Clay® Design Studio video I'm sharing how to create a pretty rubber stamped medallion and extruded tube bead necklace.   


Friday, May 18, 2018

Dragonfly Pendant


Today on the Polymer Clay TV blog my Dragonfly Pendant is featured!  I made this pendant with products from the Dragonfly Dreams Create Along Box! 

Materials:

White polymer clay 
Metallic silver clay 
Makin’s® Clay Roller
Makin’s Professional® 
  • Ultimate Clay Extuder® - Disc 11
  • Professional Clay Tools 
Dragonfly backgtround stamp 
CreateAlong.com Round clay cutter 
CreateAlong.com Dragonfly Deco Disc Stamp 
CreateAlong.com - Blue mica powder
CreateAlong.com Heat set crystals in sage green and light blue
Irridescent golden/green mica powder 
Beacon 527 Adhesive™
Silver satin cording 
Paintbrushes  
Corn starch 
Sculpey® Bake & Bond adhesive 

Instructions:

Condition and roll white clay to about 1/8” thick.    

Dust dragonfly wings deco disc with cornstarch, impress into the rolled clay.   Repeat.  




Use craft knife to trim around 2 sets of whichever set of wings you wish to use. 

Form center of dragonfly by rolling a tube and making one end a bit wider than the other, and bringing the opposite end to a point.  I made a body that was about 1 1/2 times the length of one wing. 

Roll two small balls of clay and gently press to the head for eyes. 

To add texture I gently rolled the textured barrel of a clay tool across the surface of the body.   Then I used a flat edge tool to make indentations to define the head, thorax, and tail sections. 

 
Roll more white clay into a sheet about 1/8” thick and press uninked dragonfly background stamp into clay. 

Use circle cutter to cut disc from stamped clay. 

Dust the surface and sides of the stamped disc with blue mica powder. 


Dust the dragonfly with golden/green mica powder.  

Add a bit of Bake & Bond and mount dragonfly as desired on surface of the disc.  I chose to have the wings extend beyond the disc.  (If you prefer to have the entire dragonfly on the disc, use a larger circle cutter to cut the base disc.)  Use the same sized round clay cutter to carefully trim away the wings that extend beyond the base.   Carefully add golden/green mica powder to cover the area where the wings were cut.
 
Make a small hole at the center top for the cording. 

Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool.

While baking, roll additional white clay and repeat steps to make as second disc base.  

When pendant is cool, add Bake & Bond and place second disc on the back of the original disc.  Bake again according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 

Use small rectangular slot disc to extrude a strand of metallic silver clay.  Wrap around the outside edge of the pendant.  Cut to fit and carefully smooth seam with fingers.   Bake again according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 


Use Beacon 527 to mount decorative gemstones as desired.  The blue gemstones fit perfectly over the heads of my stamped dragonflies so I mounted one to each dragonfly.  The green gemstones were used to enhance the dragonfly. 

Add silver satin cording and closure. 




Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mermaid Tail Bracelet - DIY Video



In this week's When Creativity Knocks episode I share how to create your own mermaid tail bracelet with products from Activa®, etchall® and Judikins™.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bold Spring Flowers Polymer Clay Pendants



Today on the Makin's Clay® blog I am sharing the instructions for these bright, bold, colorful spring & summer flower pendants made with Makin's Clay®, alcohol inks, and Judikins Diamond Glaze™.  The one on the left is now available in my Etsy shop! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monogramed Crystal Prom Corsage


Create a custom made prom corsage with a lasting keepsake pendant - it's easy with etchall®!

Materials:

etchall® etchmask™
etchall® Squeegee
etchall® Pick Tool
Electronic die cutting machine
Connie Crystal flat backed crystal pendant 
Thin wire 
Stretch corsage bracelet 
Organza ribbon - I used 1/4” and 5/8”.
Flowers - Use fresh or artificial - either work.  I used artificial filler flowers and fresh red roses. 
Scissors 
Floral ribbon







Instructions:

Select desired font and size monogram to fit on the flat space on the crystal.  My monogram is sized to about 3/4” tall x 1/2” wide at the base.  

Use electronic die cutting machine to cut monogram from etchmask™.  (I printed a few sizes to have a variety to compare). 

Use pick tool to remove letter from etchmask - we are using the negative space. 

Leave at least 1” of space around the letter and cut the letter free from the sheet. 

Peel off of bakcing and place with sticky side facing upwards onto a flat surface.  Carefully place flat side of crystal over the letter and where it is where you want it etched, press onto the etchmask.  Note - I used hte pick tool to remove the additional piece of my “A” and insert it back into the image.    Press firmly to ensure all edges of the etchmask aruond the letter are adhered tightly to the crystal. 


Apply a thick coat of etchall® creme.  Let set 15 minutes.  

Return creme to bottle.  etchall® is reusable! 


Wash crystal and remove etchmask.  Set aside. 

I followed an online tutorial for the construction of the corsage - there are many written and video options.   The basic steps were as follows: 

Cut a few stems of the filler flowers. Gather together, then create small loops with the 1/4” ribbon around the flowers as shown.  Wrap with floral ribbon (or glue together if desired).  Repeat to make a second set.   Then use floral tape to wrap the ends of each bundle together in the center. 
Place this base onto the center of the bracelet.  Use thin wire to tie in place.  

 

Cut stems of two focal flowers about 2” from flower.  Place flowers in opposite directions and tape stems together.  Trim ends as needed. 

Wire to bracelet over the base flowers. 



Create a multiple loop organza bow with the 5/8” ribbon.  (Note:  the corsage shown in the photo was "Plan B" to better match her gown - it has black and white organza ribbon added to the red....)

Wire to the center of the bracelet between the focal flowers.  

Add a piece of wire to the hole in the monogramed crystal pendant. 


 Place the pendant centered over the bow and allow it to hang down from the arrangement .  Wire in place. 

Wrap with additional red ribbon to hide the wire. 


Add a few of the filler flowers over the ends of the wire, above the crystal.  I wired mine in place and added more ribbon to cover the wires, but you could also glue them in place. 



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spring Daisy Polymer Clay Pendant



Today on the Makin's Clay® blog, I am sharing the instructions on how to create this quick & easy Spring Daisy Pendant.  This would be a great project for almost any age group!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Etched Flowers Square Glass Pendant DIY Video


In this episode of When Creativity Knocks, I share how to create a unique pendant with etched glass and a clay border.  Featuring products from etchall®, Activa® and Judikins™.