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Cindi Bisson - Fat Cat Creations is now Cindi McGee - Behind These Eyes™. Since I've been on this creative journey for over 18 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!

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Frosted Seed Bead Polymer Clay Pendant


etchall® dip 'n etch to the rescue!  Transforming any shiny glass bead and give it a beautiful frosted effect is simple - and I discovered a way to add a soft shimmer of color too!   A complete materials list is included below. 



Materials:

etchall® Dip ’n Etch Liquid 
Clear glass seed beads 
Two plastic containers
Plastic spoon 
Paper towels 
Parchment paper 
Aluminum foil 
Clay roller 
Round clay cutter in desired size 
CreateAlong.com - Mica powder - purple 
CreateAlong.com Silkscreen Stencil - Shadow of  Your Love 
Small paintbrushes
Flat edge scraper (plastic gift card will work) 
DecoArt® Glamour Dust™Glitter Paint - Ice Crystal
JudiKins™Diamond Glaze
Silver satin cording 

DecoArt® Americana® Matte Sealant Spray

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Golden Diamonds Polymer Clay Pendants Tutorial



I recently shared my "Golden Diamonds" polymer clay pendants.  Today I'm sharing the tutorial for how to create them.  These pendants are now available in my Etsy store! 

Materials:

premo! Sculpey® Accents - 18K Gold
Judikins™ Gel Du Soleil UV Resin 
Judikins™ background rubber stamps - 
  • 2671 J • Harlequin Background
  • 2424 J • Florentine Background
Gold leafing 
Clay blade 
Megallic gold permanent pigment inkpad
Diamond shaped clay cutters in graduated sizes ( I used a set of 4 graduated sizes)
Clay roller 
UV light (optional)

Instructions:

Roll white clay to a little less than 1/4” thick.   Ink harlequin background stamp with gold permanent pigment ink and stamp into rolled clay, pressing to transfer ink and the texture of the pattern into the fresh clay.  Let the ink dry. 


Roll additional white clay to slightly more than 1/4” thick.  Apply gold leafing and roll again gently to spread and crackle the gold leafing as desired and reduce thickness to same as original piece.

Roll metallic gold clay to same thickness as white.  Use uninked florentine background stamp and stamp into the clay to transfer the texture to the fresh clay. 

Use clay blade to carefully remove thin slices from the top of the stamped clay until the surface is smooth again.  Roll lightly to further smooth surface.  (This is the mica shift technique.)



Roll additional gold metallic clay to about 1/4”.  Impress with uninked florentine background stamp.  For some of the pendants, I used smallest diamond to cut a diamond from the stamped clay. 

Use largest diamond cutter to cut diamond from harlequin stamped clay.  Use cutter to cut
away section from the diamond, from the center out to one side as shown. 



Use cutter to cut diamond from metallic leaf crackled clay.  Place this diamond into the space cut away from the harlequin diamond.   Then use cutter to cut away a section of that piece as shown.

 

Use diamond to cut diamond from the metallic gold clay with the mica shift technique.  Place this diamond into the space cut away from the leaf crackled clay.  

Use cutter to then recut around original diamond to remove excess from second two 
diamonds. 


If you wish to vary your pendants as I did, determine what patterns you would like on your pendants and cut the necessary amount of diamonds, etc. for each.  

For the two pendants with the raised diamonds in the center, I took scraps from the stamped white clay, metallic leafed white clay, and the mica shift metallic gold clay above and placed them next to each other and rolled gently to combine and create a veneer, then used the largest diamond cutter to cut a base for those pendants. 

Use the clay blade to cut very thin strips (about 1/8” +/-) of the stamped clay.  Apply the strips in sections to outline the pendants and each individual section of the pendants.  

I used the smallest diamond cutter to cut small diamonds from the stamped metallic gold clay to place in the center of the two “solid” veneer diamonds. 

 
I rolled all remaining scraps together and re-rolled the blended clay to about 1/8” and then used the largest diamond cutter to cut backing pieces for each pendant. 

Add bake & bond and apply the backing.  Trim as needed and use fingers to carefully wrap around the diamond and cover the sides up to the gold border pieces as shown. 


Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 

Next, I applied a tiny amount of gold clay with my fingers to seal the joints where each border strip meets.   

I also cut small rectangular sections from the gold stamped clay and rolled them to create tubes for bails.  They were mounted to the backs of the pendants using bake & bond.


Bake again and let cool.  

Carefully fill each section of the diamonds with Gel Du Soleil UV resin.  I did NOT coat my border pieces or the center stamped diamonds.  Set in the bright sunlight for about 20 minutes to cure (or use a UV light and cure several minutes until set - time will vary with strength of UV light).  

Add gold satin cording. 


Friday, February 23, 2018

"Lost in Space" Vibe Polymer Clay Pendant



Just thought I'd share another pendant I recently added to my Etsy store.  This one is made with polymer clay and silver leafing.  The shape was freeform cut.  Someone mentioned it had a bit of an "outer space" feel - and I I think she's right - it does remind me a bit of the old Lost in Space show for some reason!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Irregular Ruffled Disc Polymer Clay Pendant


I love to create unique jewelry pieces to match my clothes.  The colors and overall design of this pendant was made to match a skirt with the same colors and a bit of an irregular circle pattern.   

Materials: 

Polymer clay - light brown, almond, olive, teal (various brands)
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®
Clay roller
Clay blade
Decorative bronze brad 
JudiKins Clay Squishers™ 
JudiKins Diamond Glaze™
Sculpey® Bake & Bond 
CreateAlong.com graduated circle cutters 
Brown suede cording
Closure 
Fine sand paper 

Instructions:

Roll almond and teal clay to about 1/8” thickness - I rolled to setting #4 on the clay machine.  Stack teal clay over almond.  Use Clay Squisher to add desired texture. 

Repeat with light brown and almond clay, using a different texture.

Repeat with olive and almond clay, using a third texture.  



Choose 3 graduated sizes of circle clay cutters.    Use largest selected circle to cut out brown texture clay circle.  Then use next size to cut the teal, and the smallest to cut the olive. 

Carefully tear away the edges from each circle. 

Make a small hole in the center of each.  

Carefully use yoru fingers to make “irregular ruffled” edges of each disc and form into a cup shape.  

I placed each cupped circle onto a clay cutter and then baked according to manufacturer instructions.   Let cool. 



Coat the surface of each piece with Diamond Glaze.  Let dry. 

Lightly sand the surface of each piece to remove some of the glaze and add variation to the color of the surface. 











Roll a small piece of almond clay and cut into a rectangle, then form a tube and mount to the back of the pendant using Sculpey Bake & Bond.  

Roll a small ball of almond clay and flatten over the ends of  the brads to cover them on the back of the pendant.

Bake pendant again to cure clay.  Let cool 


Add suede cording and closure.  



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.