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!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Abstract Red & Black Polymer Clay Pendants


Unique, abstract designs focusing on a multilayered, marble-like red and silver leafing mokume gane veneer coated with resin for shine.   These are now in my Etsy shop along with dozens of other pendants!  

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CindiMcGeeDesigns

Monday, February 19, 2018

Golden Diamonds Polymer Clay Pendants


New in my Etsy shop!  A collection of four unique golden diamond pendants.  Rubber stamping, metallic clay, gold leafing, and resin.... a lot of detail in these pieces.  Find there here with dozens of other designs :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/CindiMcGeeDesigns

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Published in Just Mixed-Media! Magazine



I'm excited to share that I've been published in the newest version of Just Mixed Media! Magazine!  I have three Makin's Clay® projects featured!  Several Makin's Clay® Design Team members also have projects featured, including TWO on the cover - Patricia Krauchune's camper and Lucy Reeses mask!  Congratulations to everyone! 




Snakeskin Polymer Clay Pendants



The mad scientist is at it again.  I love experimenting with unexpected materials and using them in unique ways.  This piece combines a "snakeskin pattern veneer" polymer clay technique with real shed snakeskin for a pendant that gives a whole new meaning to the word unique! 

Materials:

premo! Sculpey® - Black, White 
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®
Clay roller 
Clay blade 
Real shed snakeskin (The benefits of having two sons who love to collect wierd things and bring them home as gifts for mom!  I’ve had this snakeskin for years waiting for the right project!)
Graduated size circle cutters 
JudiKins Diamond Glaze™
Needle tool 
Aluminum foil 
Black cording 

Instructions:

Create a Skinner Blend with black and white clay.  This is a well known polymer clay technique, developed by Judith Skinner, and there are several fabulous tutorials available with more detail, but these photos and brief description will show you the basic steps (forgive my contaminated clay - I used scrap for this process as I knew I would be overlaying it with the snakeskin which would hide any imperfections….) 

Roll black and white clay in clay machine on setting #1.  

Cut a long narrow triangle from each color.  Lay them next to each other with points at opposite ends as shown. 

Use hand roller to gently roll over pieces and begin process of melding them together, then roll it through the clay machine again on setting #1. 

Fold in half lengthwise as shown (important!)   Roll through the machine again with the folded edge going into the machine first (this helps avoid bubbles).

Fold in half again the same way and roll.  Continue the process and you will see the blend begin to appear.  The more you roll it, the wider the graduated blend will be. 



Once you’ve achieved the desired blend, roll it progressively through the clay machine to setting #5.  Roll sheets of white and black clay to setting #5.  

For the purpose of this project, I wanted a larger amount of white and a larger amount of black on the inside and outside of my “cane” so I used additional sheets of clay to achieve that effect.

Use clay blades to cut strips about 3/4” wide with darkest shade on one side and lightest on the opposite end.  Cut strips of black and white rolled clay the same width. 


Coil several white strips over each other until you received the desired size center of the cane, then add several blended strips, then several black. 

Gently compress the clay into a tubular cane about 1 1/2” - 2” in diameter.


Begin slicing the cane into sections about 1/4” thick.   Use your hands to manipulate the slices into a somewhat diamond shape, then begin placing them together to form a pattern. 

Use the hand roller to begin compressing the pieces into a sheet.   The goal is a thin sheet of clay with an irregular “snakeskin” type pattern.

  
Begin placing pieces of snake skin over the clay and gently rolling with hand roller to embed the skin into the clay.

Use scrap clay to create a disc about 1/4” thick in the desired size.   Use a circle cutter about 1/2” wider than cutter used to create disc to cut a circle from the clay snakeskin.  Place the snakesin circle over the scrap clay disc and fold the edges down and over the edges of the disc.

Roll black clay to about 1/4” thick.  Hand cut a pear shape large enough to serve as a backing for the snakeskin disc.  Use crumpled aluminum foil to texture the black clay.
 Place the snakesin disc over the black and fold the top down over the disc as shown.  Carefully make a hole through the folded section and the backing.


Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool completely. 
Carefully trim away any snakeskin that is not adhered to the clay.  Apply JudiKins Diamond Glaze over the snakeskin disc to seal the snakeskin to the disc.  Let dry. 

Add black cording and create sliding knot closure.

I used part of the remaining “snakeskin veneer” to create additional pieces using the same basic techniques.  I saved my remaining “snakeskin veneer” by placing it on to parchment paper for storage. 





Friday, February 9, 2018

"Shades of Grey" Polymer Clay Pendant


Today my "shades of grey" pendant ifs featured on the Polymer Clay TV & Polymer Clay Productions blog!  I used the January Love & Lace CreateAlongBox to create this piece!  Find out the full scoop here on their blog.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Colorful "Bohemian" Polymer Clay Pendants


It’s happened again.  I love to find inspiration for my jewelry pieces in fabrics and textiles.  I stumbled upon these boots by SOCOFY on the internet and my mind immediately said POLYMER CLAY!!!!    I could barely wait to get out my materials and try to mimic these colors, etc. and create some unique pendants.    


Materials: 

premo! Sculpey® - Fuschia, Turquoise, White, Black, Cadmium Yellow Hue 
premo! Sculpey® Accents - Sunset Pearl
CreateAlong.com silkscreens - Leaf Cyclone, Peacock Feather 
CreateAlong.com Magic Transfer Paper - Itty Bitty Wild Things & Swirly Curly 
CreateAlong.com Heart Cutter 
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - Black 
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder®
Prismacolor® Colored Pencils - Crimson Red, Mediterranean Blue, Deco Blue, Hot Pink
Red mica powder 
Clay roller 
Clay blade 
Sculpey® Etch & Pearl tool 

Instructions:

Begin by conditioning all clay.  The amount of clay you use will depend upon the amount of finished pieces you wish to have.  I used a whole package of the fuschia as it is my base color in addition to being an overlay color.  

Roll fuschia clay to about 1/8” thick.  Place Peacock Feather silkscreen over the rolled clay and screen with black acrylic paint.  Let dry thoroughly. 


Partially blend a small amount of fuschia clay with cadmium yellow clay to create a marbled effect.  Roll out marbled clay to about 1/8” thick.  Silkscreen with Leaf Cyclone and black acrylic paint.  Let dry thoroughly. 


Roll turquoise clay to about 1/8” thick.  Cut out leopard print magic transfer paper square and place face down onto rolled clay.  Burnish with finger.  Allow to set about 15 minutes, then rinse under warm water and gently rub - the paper will disappear leaving the pattern on the clay! 
Blend a small amount of turqouise clay with white clay to create a lighter shade of turqouise.  Roll to about 1/8” thick.  

Color “rainbow” pattern from Magic Transfer Paper with red, light pink, turqouise and lighter blue colored pencils.   

Place face down onto the light turquoise clay and gently burnish.   Wait about 15 minutes, then rinse under warm water to remove backing.  The color from the pencils will transfer with the printed image. 




Roll fuschia clay to about 3/8”.   Use heart cutter to cut out a heart.

Use heart cutter to cut out heart shape from four patterned clays.  (I also made some round pendants using the same techniques.)

Cut fuschia patterned heart in half lengthwise.  Place half onto the solid heart base. 

Use clay blade to cut sections from remaining 3 patterned clays and piece together on opposite side of heart.  

Extrude black clay with disc with multiple tiny holes.  Gently twist two strands of extruded clay and place over all “seams” on the heart.  

Repeat around the outside edge. 

Use etch & pearl tool to create a hole large enough to pass two strands of satin cording through. 

Use scraps to create a patterned bead about 1/2” in diameter and make a large hole 
through it to hold 2 strands of satin cording.

Bake according to manufacturer instructions. 

Roll out black clay to about 1/8”.  Cut thin strips the same thickness of the heart and wrap around the half of the heart with the multi-color sections (or go all the way around if you prefer!).  Gently smooth to close seam.   Bake again. 



Let cool completely. 

Apply Diamond Glaze over the surface of the patterned clays.  

Roll Sunset Pearl clay to about 1/8” thick.  Use etch & pearl tool to create 3 small pearls for each pendant.  Use tip of tool to add indentations around outer edge of each pearl.  

Lightly apply red mica powder to each.  Bake.  Let cool. 

Use Diamond Glaze to adhere to pendant.  Add a light application of Diamond Glaze over each pearl.  Let dry. 


Add satin cording with coordinating bead, and closure.