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!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Etched Spiderweb Halloween Lantern - DIY Video



In this week's When Creativity Knocks episode I'm sharing a fun way to use etchall® to create a mini lantern with a spiderweb lantern!  Just in time for Halloween!   A complete, linked materials list is also shared below the video.   



Materials used in this project: 

etchall® Creme
etchall® Reposition/Re-Use Stencil Spray 
etchall® Squeegee
JudiKins™ KITE Stencil - Spiderweb 
4 - 2 x 3" frames (Dollar Tree)
Hot glue
Beacon 527 Adhesive™
Faux spiderwebs with plastic spiders 
Battery operated tea light (Dollar Tree) 


Sunday, September 24, 2017

2018 Polymer Clay Adventure! REGISTER NOW!




I'm thrilled to be an instructor for the 2018 Polymer Clay Adventure! Registration begins TODAY!  Register within the first 3 days and you could win a prize bag - and one of them also has a golden ticket worth $200!!!  It's just $99 - About $4.00 per class - for amazing workshops taught by leading polymer clay artists.  You have all year to learn at your own pace - and can download the classes at the end of the year too!  FIND OUT ALL THE INFORMATION AND REGISTER HERE!






Thursday, September 21, 2017

Autumn Door Banner - Kunin Felt Blog Hop


The Designer Craft Connection group is having a blog hop featuring some amazingly creative projects made with Kunin® Felt!   Kunin® felt die cuts beautifully, you can emboss it, stamp on it, and it is fade proof and weather resistant.  And, it's made in the US from recycled water bottles! Find links to all of the projects here at the Designer Craft Connection blog.

I'm sharing how I created my Autumn Door Banner in the episode of Creatively Crafty with Cindi McGee below.  A complete, linked supply list is also shared beneath the video. 


Materials:

Kunin® Premiumfelt™ - eco-fi® Plus™ (8 oz. felt) - Orchid 12" x 18"
Kunin® Classicfelt™ - eco-fi® Plus™ (5 oz. felt) - Pumpkin Spice 9" x 12" 
Kunin® Classicfelt™ - eco-fi® Plus™ (5 oz. felt) - Prickly Purple 9" x 12" 
Kunin® Rainbow Classicfelt™ - eco-fi® Plus™ (5 oz. felt) - Aqua 9" x 12" 
Kunin® Galleria Embossed Felt - Cashmere Tan 9" x 12" 
Expo International Pom Pom Trim - Turquoise 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Almond 
Judikins™ Swirly Feather Stamp
Sizzix® Big Shot Machine
Sizzix® Eileen Hull Flower Layers with Heart Petals Die  
Wooden skewer/dowel
Embroidery needle
Coordinating embroidery floss
Coordinating wide ribbon 
Scissors
Computer & printer, permanent marker (or large alphabet stencils) 






Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Halloween Black Cats Bracelet - Easy Clay Caning for Beginners



Polymer clay caning is a true artform.  The canes created by experienced polymer clay artists are absolutely unbelievable.   Kaliedoscopes, animals, butterfly wings, animal prints, etc.   They are miniature works of art. Since everyone has to start “somewhere” as they learn the art of caning, I thought it would be fun to share a very easy way to create a basic cane used for the charms on a bracelet.  It takes a bit of experimentation, and even my first attempt is not perfect by any means - but it was fun to see how the design reduced and I am happy overall with the sliced beads/charms used for this spooky fun bracelet.  By using this very basic technique, even kids could create canes.  It would be a fun “mom and me” project - the kid could create the cane, mom could use the clay blade to slice it up and bake it, then they work together to create the bracelet. 
Materials: 

premo! Sculpey® - Wasabi, Orange, Black 
  • Clay Cutter Set - Halloween
  • 4 Piece Circle Clay Cutter Set 
  • Clay Roller 
Clay blade 
Parchment paper 
DecoArt® Americana® Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
Paintbrush
Bronze or black jump rings, black chain, closure
Jewelry pliers 

Instructions:

Condition each color of clay.   Roll black clay to about 1/4” thick.  Use cat clay cutter to cut black cat.  Set aside.  

Roll wasabi clay to about 1/4” thick.  Use 60mm round clay cutter to cut circle. 


Use cat cutter to cut cat from center of wasabi circle. 

Insert black cat into wasabi circle. 


Roll orange clay into a “snake” about 1/4” in diameter.  Wrap around the wasabi circle. 


Begin gently compressing the circle inward and upward. 

Continue gently compressing and rolling clay to create a cylinder about 1/3” in diameter.   As I lengthened my cane, and decreased the diameter, the orange clay became distorted as you can see - but I ended up liking the effect that created on the finished slices.  Each one is a little different from the other.   Some distortion is to be expected depending on the brands of clay you use, and the complexity of the design.  I have found that firmer clays tend to work better for caning overall.  Softer clays lead to more distortion.


Caution:  Be sure you are holding the clay blade with the sharp edge downward - I learned this lesson the hard way….Use clay blade to cut slices about 1/4” from the “cane”.  The first 1-2 may be non-usable, set those aside. Continue slicing to create desired number of black cat beads. 


Take any remaning non-usable portion of the cane, and scrap clay and roll together to marbelize.  Roll into tube about 1/3” and slice into 1/4” slices. 

Make a small hole in the top of each slice and bake the charms according to manufacturer instructions.  


NOTE - Oven temperatures can vary - it is best to check your charms BEFORE the time indicated on the packaging, as I have learned the hard way.   This first batch was baked exactly the amount of time recommended.  Which was obviously too long!  Sometimes it takes less time than recommended based upon the thickness of the pieces you are baking, and variations in oven temperatures. 

Let cool. 

Coat top and sides of each charm with glaze.  Let dry thoroughly, then coat reverse side.  Let dry.

Add jump rings, then attach jump rings to the chain.  Add closure.  










Sunday, September 17, 2017

2018 Polymer Clay Adventure - I'm Teaching!




I am thrilled to announce that I have been again been accepted to teach at the 2018 Polymer Clay Adventure! Here's a sneak peak at my project - and some other exciting news about registration! Register within the first THREE DAYS when registration starts (September 24th!) and you could win one of 100 AWESOME goody bags - one of which will hold a GOLDEN TICKET worth $200! Sign up for my newsletter to get the full "scoop" about all the amazing teachers and more! -

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Autumn Discs Bracelet


This week on the Makin's Clay® blog I am sharing this easy to create Autumn Discs Bracelet which    combines autumn toned clay with a bit of metallic shine from DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ Find the full instructions here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Diamond Pattern Polymer Clay Pendant


I recently shared that I had an article in the Fall issue of The Polymer Arts Magazine!  This issue is packed with amazing texture ideas!  My article highlights some unique ways to add texture to your projects, but the sample projects featured do not have tutorials.  I thought it would be fun to share some of the tutorials themselves.   This is the third tutorial from the techniques tried in the magazine article.  The instructions for the Twice Textured Earrings were shared here on my blog, and the Copper & Cloves Pendant tutorial was shared in the current issue of Polymer Clay Universe Magazine.  For this project, I’m using a large bolt from the local home improvement store. 

Materials:

Sculpey® Souffle - Cowboy, Latte
premo!  Sculpey® - Jungle
Makin's® Clay roller
Large metal bolt 
Diamond clay cutters in 3 graduating sizes 
Krylon® 14k Gold Leafing Pen 
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Gold Rush 
Sculpey® Bake & Bond
Goldtone jump ring, head pin,chain, closure 
Jewelry pliers

Instructions:

Roll all 3 colors of clay to a little more than 1/8” thick.  

Roll bolt across each color of rolled clay to make striped indentations.   Turn the bolt and roll again to create a diamond pattern. 


Use largest diamond shape cutter to cut out diamond from brown clay.

Use largest diamond shape cutter to cut out two diamonds from latte clay. 

Place latte diamond overlapping brown diamond, about 1/4” from the top. 

Use medium shaped cutter to cut through center of latte diamond, cutting through brown diamond also.  


Use smallest diamond cutter to cut two diamonds from jungle green clay.   

Place gold headpin on center of back of one, then place second diamond over the top and press gently to join two pieces together.  

Use Krylon 14k gold leafing pen over the sides of all pieces.  




Make a small hole in top of brown diamond for a jump ring.

Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  

Flip brown and latte diamonds over.  

Use medium diamond clay cutter to cut center from second latte diamond. 

Place second latte diamond over back of first, trim off portion that extends over the brown diamond.  Remove. 

Cut off ends of pin that extend beyond clay.

Place head pin with green diamonds centered over opening in latte diamond. Add a small amout of Bake & Bond.  Place the second latte diamond over the first and press gently to adhere to first piece.   

Bake again according to manufacturer instructions.

Add gold jump ring, chain and closure. 

Use fingertip to apply a light amount of Metallic Lustre to enhance the diamond pattern.