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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Magic Reindeer Food


Christmas time is fast approaching!  This fun gift is sure to brigthen the season for a special little one in your life!  They will have their own bottle of “magic reindeer food” to help lead Santa’s reindeer to their yard!   

Materials: 

Glass salt/pepper shaker (Dollar Tree)
etchall® Creme
etchall® Squeegee
etchall® etchmask™ Stencil ComboPak 
Electronic die cutting machine or reindeer die & manual die cutting machine 
DecoArt® Glass Paint Marker™ - Red 
Candy sprinkles
Fine silver glitter 
Decorative ribbon
Computer & printer  

Instructions: 

I used the electronic die cutting machine to resize a reindeer image I found online and cut 4 about 1” in diameter from etchmask®.   


Weed area around reindeer and any un-needed inside sections.  Place piece of transfer sheet over the reindeer image and press to adhere.  


Wash and dry glass salt shaker.  Center reindeer on side of bottle and press to adhere, then remove transfer sheet backing sheet from etchmask image. 

Repeat on all 4 sides. 


Use squeegee to apply a thick coat of etchall® Creme to all sides of the bottle.  Let set 15 minutes.  


Return excess cream to bottle.  etchall® Creme is re-usable! 

Wash bottle and remove etchmask.   Let dry. 


Use red DecoArt® Glass Paint Marker™ to color the reindeer noses red.  Let dry. 

Design and the “instructions” as desired and print.  Make a small hole in one corner and tie to the bottle with the ribbon.   I found the verse I chose to use on my tag here on Pinterest. 

To add to the sparkling holiday fun, mix a small amount of fine silver glitter with candy sprinkles.  Fill shaker with mixture.  Caution:  if you choose to add the glitter, be sure your little one understands this is reindeer food and not people food…… if you want your little one to be able to enjoy a little reindeer food on their favorite reindeer Christmas cookies, then just omit the glitter! 



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!