Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

For many years my projects could be found at my previous blog - www.fatcatcreations.blogspot.com. Since my business has evolved and is now known as Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™ instead of Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations - I thought this was the perfect time to launch a new blog. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 16 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!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Autumn Leaves Polymer Clay Pendant


The colors of autumn are captured in this pendant made with molded polymer clay leaves.

Materials:

premo Sculpey® Jungle 
Sculpey® Souffle™- Cinnamon, Latte, Cowboy 
Leaves 
Makin’s® 4 Piece Round Clay Cutter Set, Clay Roller
CreateAlong.com Essential Metallics Pigment Palette
Small paintbrush 
Parchment paper or non-stick surface 
Wide metallic satin ribbon or cording, or chain as desired 
Closure 
Jewelry pliers 

Instructions:

The leaves I molded were about 1 1/2” - 2 1/2” across at the widest part.   Adjust the amount of putty you use to mold your leaves as needed.  For this size, mix equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty to create a ball about 1 1/2-2” in diameter.   Flatten ball to about 1/4”.  Place real leaf into putty and press gently with fingers to transfer texture and shape.  Let the leave remain in the mold putty until it has cured (follow manufacturer’s instructions - takes about 20 minutes) and then remove the leaf.  I created 1 mold with the leaf facing upwards and 1 facing downwards.  Both worked well, but the veining was more prominent with the leaf facing upwards. 

Condition Cowboy (dark brown) polymer clay and roll on a non-stick surface to about 1/4” thick.  Cut circle with 60mm round clay cutter.

Condition Cinnamon, Latte and Jungle polymer clay.  Roll to about 1/8” thick.  Place the mold over the rolled clay, and use the clay roller and your fingers to gently press the mold into the clay (you can obviously do this by placing the clay on top, but I found the results better with this mold to do it this way).  Lift mold to remove mold from clay leaf.  Repeat with each color.  The number of leaves you make will depend upon the size of the original leaves you use for the mold.  

Use craft knife to trim around the leaves. 

   

Use paintbrush to very lightly dust each leaf with a coordinating shade of metallic pigment powder.


Begin placing leaves over the brown clay disc, wrapping around the disc slightly.  Overlap the leaves slightly so that the layers of colors show through.  Cover the front and back of the pendant. 



Make a hole in the top of the pendant.  Bake according to manufacturer instructions.   Let cool. 

I chose a wide metallic satin ribbon for my pendant, but choose the material you would like to use to hang your pendant and add a closure.  



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Stitched Circles Pendant




Today I'm sharing a tutorial for another of the clay texturing options featured in my recent article in The Polymer Arts - corrugated cardboard and course salt.

Materials: 

premo! Sculpey® - Junge, Ecru
Makin’s® 4 piece Round Clay Cutter Set (60mm round cutter), Clay Roller
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder® - Multi Hole Disc #8, Professional Clay Tools
Sculpey® Super Slicer, Bake & Bond
Corrugated cardboard
Beacon Tacky Glue™
Black cording
Closure
Jewelry pliers 
Course salt 

Instructions: 

Roll Ecru clay to about 1/4”thick.  Tear the top layer of paper off of a scrap piece of corrugated cardboard - I purposely left some pieces for added texture.  Place cardboard over rolled clay and press firmly to transfer texture to clay.  Use 60mm cutter to cut circle from textured clay.

Roll Jungle green clay to a little less than 1/4” thick.  Use 60mm round cutter to cut circle. 

Roll scraps from green clay again to about 1/4” thick.  Sprinkle course salt over clay, press into clay to create texture.  



Use clay blade to cut the top off of the textured straw circle.  Place onto green circle.

Use clay cutter to cut partial circle from salt textured clay.  Using the discarded portion of the straw clay circle as a pattern, use the clay blade to trim to the same size piece from the green textured clay and place onto green backing circle adjacent to the straw clay. 

Use clay tool to create holes in top layers of clay as shown for for “stitching”.  

Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool, then brush free the remaining course salt to reveal the imprinted texture.  

Roll remaining green clay and cut into a small rectangle, fold into a tube and mount to back of pendant for bail using a touch of Sculpey® Bake & Bond.  Bake again according to manufacturer instructions. 

Extrude black Makin’s Clay® using a small multi-hole disc.  Cut into small sections to create “stitching” - I added a touch of Beacon Tacky Glue to the ends of the small pieces before inserting them into the holes to create a criss-crossed stitching pattern.  I used Makin’s Clay® for the stitching because it remains flexible after drying and is less likely to break with normal wear.   Let dry 24 hours. 

Add black cording and closure. 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Lalique Inspired Pendant in Polymer Clay Universe!



I'm excited to share that I have another project tutorial featured in November The Polymer Clay Universe Magazine!  My Lalique Inspired Pendant made with Makin's Clay®!  Join the Universe today and find this issue, and so much more here at The Polymer Clay Universe!


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mermaid Mask & Polymer Clay Adventure in Paradise Retreat



Photo courtesy of Deborah Lahita
I just returned from a week of creativity at the Polymer Clay Adventure in Paradise in Kill Devil Hills, NC.  It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by almost 30 creative women and to take some awesome classes from some of the top polymer clay instructors in the industry.     Lisa Renner taught an amazing "Sea Goddess" vessel workshop - each of the finished vessels was so unique - and everyone did a fantastic job!  Syndee Holt shared several fabulous techniques that we were all obsessed with trying.  Ilysa Ginsburg taught us how to cane - something I have wanted to learn for over 15 years since seeing Donna Kato do it on the Carol Duvall Show!   And Kyra Slye taught us how to create mermaid masks custom made to fit our own faces.   We also had a fabulous bead swap - I am blown away by the creativity of all of these artists!

I admired a handmade ring made by Moyra Riley   on the last morning of the retreat, and she generously gave it to me - I LOVE IT!  It was a wonderful adventure, a great chance to get to know some amazingly creative ladies, and to make new friends.  


My first kaleidoscope canes from Ilysa Ginsburg's class!
Lisa Renner's workshop projects - photo courtesy of Ilysa Ginsburg & Kyra Slye 
Syndee Holt 
Lisa Renner
Bead Swap Haul! 

Photo courtesy Syndee Holt - one of the techniques she taught
Photo courtesy Syndee Holt - one of the techniques she taught

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Brown-Eyed Susan Clay Pendant



Brown-eyed Susan! My project based on Brooke Bock's awesome PCA workshop! I love the rustic "earthy" feel of the finished piece! It's not too late to join the 2017 ADVENTURE and learn this technique, and 23 more! And at the end of the year you can download the tutorials and finish them at your own pace!  http://bit.ly/CM2017PCA 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Etched Slate House Coasters - DIY Video


This week When Creativity Knocks begins airing our Build a Village Series sponsored by StencilGirl Stencils and JudiKins!  This first episode features my etched slate house coasters.  A full supply list is also shared below. 



StencilGirl™ Stencils - Once Upon a Time & Houses 
JudiKins™ - Color Sponges 
etchall® - Etching Creme, Squeegee, Reposition/Reuse Stencil Spray
Kunin® Felt - EcoFi® ClassicFelt® - Ruby
Beacon Adhesives™ - Fabri-Tac, 527 Adhesive 
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ - Chalky Finish Paint - Relic, Color Stain - Brick 
Loew-Cornell® Woodsies 
Scissors, paintbrush 




Corpse Cola & Ghoul Aid - Halloween Decor


What do the creatures of the night choose for a beverage when they need a change from drinking blood?  Why Corpse Cola and Ghoul Aid of course!  

Materials: 

etchall® Dip n’ Etch 
etchall® Stencil ComboPak
etchall® Stencil Cut/Pic Knife
etchall® Light My Bottle™ 
Empty green glass and clear glass bottles 
Electronic die cutting machine & software
DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ - White, Green 
DecoArt® Americana® Crystal Gloss Enamels® - Black
DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels® - Purple Cow 
Plastic container to hold dip n’ etch while etching
Spellbinders® Artisan X-Plorer™ 
Spellbinders®  Shapeabilities Collection - Halloween 

Instructions:

Working on software that works with your electronic die cutting machine, begin by selecting the font for the text on your bottles.   I chose “Exquisite Corpse” for the Corpse Cola, and “Green Fuz” for the Ghoul Aid.   Size your text to fit your bottle.  Cut from etchmask.   Size skull image to fit bottle as desired - cut from etchmask.  Use knife to weed excess etchmask from around lettering/skull.  (If you do not have an electronic die cutting machine that will allow you to make custom images - do not “fear”… simply print the text, cut out the letters leaving the border area in tact, and then trace onto etchmask.  Cut out letters with stencil cut knife to create masking letters for your bottles!)



Use transfer paper to transfer lettering to bottles.  



Use Spellbinders® Artisan X-Plorer® to cut graveyard from etchmask.  Apply graveyard to bottom of Corpse Cola bottle.



Cut ligthening bolts from etchmask.  

Mount skull and lightening bolts to top of Ghoul Aid bottle.   



We are etching the entire bottle, so it is not necessary to use water to pre-determine how much dip n’ etch to pour into the container. 

Place first bottle into container.  Carefully pour etchall® dip n’ etch to fill container.  Let set 15 minutes, remove bottle, turn over, and insert top portion to etch.  Let set 15 minutes then remove.  Repeat with second bottle.   Pour dip n’ etch back into bottle - it is reusable!   Wash bottles and remove etchmask.   



Pour a small amount of black DecoArt® Americana® Crystal Gloss Enamels® paint into the green Corpse Cola bottle, let run to the bottom of the bottle.  Then  cover the top of the bottle, turn upside down, and rotate to cause the paint to unevenly run down the inside of the bottle.   Turn upright and let paint dry - some areas will have more paint than others - I liked the somewhat ghoulish effect of the blotchy paint inside the bottle.   

For the Ghoul Aid bottle, I added a small amount of purple cow DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels® paint to the bottle, and a few drops of water, then rotated the bottle to unevenly distribute the paint inside the bottle.  Let dry.  

Use white DecoArt® Glass Paint Marker™ to add dot outline around un-etched Corpse Cola and graveyard on green bottle, and green marker to outline the un-etched areas on the Ghoul Aid bottle. 

Insert “Light My Bottle” fairy lights into the Corpse Cola bottle to add a creepy glow!