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Monday, April 30, 2018

Monogramed Crystal Prom Corsage


Create a custom made prom corsage with a lasting keepsake pendant - it's easy with etchall®!

Materials:

etchall® etchmask™
etchall® Squeegee
etchall® Pick Tool
Electronic die cutting machine
Connie Crystal flat backed crystal pendant 
Thin wire 
Stretch corsage bracelet 
Organza ribbon - I used 1/4” and 5/8”.
Flowers - Use fresh or artificial - either work.  I used artificial filler flowers and fresh red roses. 
Scissors 
Floral ribbon







Instructions:

Select desired font and size monogram to fit on the flat space on the crystal.  My monogram is sized to about 3/4” tall x 1/2” wide at the base.  

Use electronic die cutting machine to cut monogram from etchmask™.  (I printed a few sizes to have a variety to compare). 

Use pick tool to remove letter from etchmask - we are using the negative space. 

Leave at least 1” of space around the letter and cut the letter free from the sheet. 

Peel off of bakcing and place with sticky side facing upwards onto a flat surface.  Carefully place flat side of crystal over the letter and where it is where you want it etched, press onto the etchmask.  Note - I used hte pick tool to remove the additional piece of my “A” and insert it back into the image.    Press firmly to ensure all edges of the etchmask aruond the letter are adhered tightly to the crystal. 


Apply a thick coat of etchall® creme.  Let set 15 minutes.  

Return creme to bottle.  etchall® is reusable! 


Wash crystal and remove etchmask.  Set aside. 

I followed an online tutorial for the construction of the corsage - there are many written and video options.   The basic steps were as follows: 

Cut a few stems of the filler flowers. Gather together, then create small loops with the 1/4” ribbon around the flowers as shown.  Wrap with floral ribbon (or glue together if desired).  Repeat to make a second set.   Then use floral tape to wrap the ends of each bundle together in the center. 
Place this base onto the center of the bracelet.  Use thin wire to tie in place.  

 

Cut stems of two focal flowers about 2” from flower.  Place flowers in opposite directions and tape stems together.  Trim ends as needed. 

Wire to bracelet over the base flowers. 



Create a multiple loop organza bow with the 5/8” ribbon.  (Note:  the corsage shown in the photo was "Plan B" to better match her gown - it has black and white organza ribbon added to the red....)

Wire to the center of the bracelet between the focal flowers.  

Add a piece of wire to the hole in the monogramed crystal pendant. 


 Place the pendant centered over the bow and allow it to hang down from the arrangement .  Wire in place. 

Wrap with additional red ribbon to hide the wire. 


Add a few of the filler flowers over the ends of the wire, above the crystal.  I wired mine in place and added more ribbon to cover the wires, but you could also glue them in place. 



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spring Daisy Polymer Clay Pendant



Today on the Makin's Clay® blog, I am sharing the instructions on how to create this quick & easy Spring Daisy Pendant.  This would be a great project for almost any age group!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Etched Flowers Square Glass Pendant DIY Video


In this episode of When Creativity Knocks, I share how to create a unique pendant with etched glass and a clay border.  Featuring products from etchall®, Activa® and Judikins™.  


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Faux Polymer Clay Opals - My Way



I have been having a wonderful time trying a huge variety of polymer clay techiques I’ve learned from polymer clay artists who share their tutorials on YouTube!  Jessama Tutorials, Ludmila Bakulina, Patricia Roberts-Thompson..... and so many more!  This version of faux opals is sort of a mix of things I learned from some of the other tutorials for faux opal both on YouTube and on various websites.  I combined bits of this and bits of that and found what worked for me.  

Materials:

premo! Sculpey® Accents - Opal 
Alcohol inks - Wild Plum, Denim, Pesto (or colors of your choice)
Clay blade 
Resin - I used UV curing resin (Optional)
Fine grit wet/dry sandpaper 

Instructions:

How much clay you choose to tint will depend upon how many finished faux opals you wish to create.   For this batch, I used about a 1/2 of a brick of clay.  

You may wish to wear gloves for this technique as alcohol ink WILL stain your hands and fingernails (and clothing, and work surface…. so be prepared if you wish to avoid that.  I don’t mind inky pinkies, so I just proceeded without gloves.) 

Divide one third of the opal clay into three pieces.  Add 1-2 drops of alcohol inks, one color per piece of clay (Note - I recommend starting with ONE drop, then blending, and if you wish it to be a little darker, add another drop.  You do NOT want very dark colored clay for this technique - less is more.…)   I used WIld Plum, Denim, and Pesto - but you can certainly vary the colors if you wish. 

Blend each color into the clay to create tinted opal clay. 

Place tinted clay, AND a portion of untinted opal clay that is slightly larger (for example - if your colored clay is about dime sized, use a nickel sized portion of plain opal clay….), into the freezer and let them remain their for at least 30 minutes. 

Remove frozen clay from freezer, and immediately use clay blade to begin chopping each color into small pieces as shown.

Use your fingers to gently mix the colors together and form a pile. 


Take a small portion of the pile, and gently begin compressing the clay pieces back together, and form into the desired shape for your cabachons.  I chose to make ovals in various sizes.  

Carefully smooth the surface of each to remove any fingerprints. 

Make a bowl of ice water and set aside (I kept mine in the fridge until it was time for use!)

Bake, tented with foil, per manufacturer’s instructions.  Upon removal from the oven, IMMEDIATELY drop into the ice water and let them set about 10 minutes.   

Remove from water and dry.  You may note that the chunky "glittery" pieces from the clay itself may be popping up here and there.  At this point you can either sand your opals with fine grit wet/dry sandpaper and then polish with a cotton or denim cloth, or, you can apply resin.  I chose to sand to smooth the surface and remove any extending pieces of the glitter, and then use a UV resin.  

My choice to use resin is what lead, quite by accident, to an effect that I really liked and thought made my opals look even more genuine.    When I created the pendants I wanted to use the opals in, I added my opals and then baked the pendants.  What resulted, when I “re-baked” the opals with the UV resin applied, was that the resin itself began to slightly crack.  

If you sand and buff rather than applying resin, then I do not believe this cracking would take place when you re-bake them on a finished piece. 

I've created three pendants so far with my faux opals, and still have several in my stash awaiting their destination projects! 




Monday, April 16, 2018

Butterfly Polymer Clay Pendants - Create Along Box


Butterfly Bollywood! I have been having so much fun creating projects with my Butterfly Bollywood Create Along Box! These boxes are jam packed with products to inspire you. These are just three of many pieces of I have created so far. They are all now available in my Etsy shop!






Monday, April 9, 2018

Getting Golden - Polymer Clay Paisley Pendants


Golden glow..... 3 more of the new pendants in my Etsy shop.   The main elements are multi-layered marble like veneers done with gold leaf and other gold finishes.  One of my latest creative addictions has been experimenting with slightly different options of Mokume Gane, and thus this veneer was born.... I am also a bit obsessed with Makin's® Water Drop Clay Cutters - They are PERFECT for paisley projects! 



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Kitties for A Cause


Today I am officially launching "Kitties for a Cause".  Read the whole story of what inspired this project on each kitty listing in my Etsy shop.  
ALL proceeds from the purchase of these ring/trinket bowls will benefit Purrfect Hearts Cat Rescue in Wilson, NC.     




Kitties in need like Gretchen, her four 3 week old kittens, and the 1 week old kitten she adopted say THANK YOU!!!

Want to make your own bowl? Here's my DIY video tutorial! 

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Shabby Chic Floral Monogram Polymer Clay Pendant


In this month's issue of Polymer Clay Universe Magazine I share a tutorial on how I created this shabby chic floral monogram pendant.  Turn ordinary, flat images cut with clay cutters into amazing, dimensional flowers!  I used the Makin's® Flower/Leaf Clay Cutter Set, and the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder® to create these fabulous flowers.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easy Faux Batik Polymer Clay Pendants


These pendants are available in my Etsy shop!.  Or, want to make your own?  Here's the tutorial sharing my simple technique for getting pretty, faux-batik like effects on polymer clay!  

Materials: 

premo! Sculpey® - White 
premo! Sculpey® in colors to coordinate with whatever colors of alcohol inks you choose 
Sculpey® Bake & Bond
Sculpey® Etch & Pearl tools 
JudiKins™  Floral Squares stamp 
Clay roller
Round clay cutters in progressive sizes
Alcohol inks in assorted colors 
Scrap cloth, felt or cotton balls
Fine wet/dry sandpaper 
White satin cording 
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - White Frost 
Optional - PYM II spray sealant or JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™

Instructions:

Roll white clay to a little less than 1/4” thick.   

Place uninked stamp onto rolled clay and press firmly to transfer the pattern to the clay.   This stamp is perfect as the flowers are actually in “negative space” against a flat background.  This makes the flowers raise up off the surface when impressed into the clay.

Use round clay cutter to cut out around flowers.

Select 2-3 colors of alcohol inks for each pendant.  Apply over the surface allowing the colors to blend into each other at the edges as shown.  I used scrap pieces of a wash cloth to apply my inks, but you can also use cotton balls or pieces of felt.  

Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 

Use sandpaper to lightly sand surface and remove ink from the raised areas.  

Select 2-3 coordinating colors of clay for base of pendant.  Roll first color to about 1/4” thick. 

Place stamped floral piece onto rolled clay - do not press to try to adhere - you are just using it as a guide for the larger circle - and use larger round clay cutter about 1/4-1/2” larger than first cutter to cut out base from solid color clay.  

Roll second color of  clay to about 1/8” thick.   Add a touch of Bake & Bond to back of floral disc and place onto rolled clay and use clay cutter about 1/8” larger to cut disc.  Place onto larger disc. 

There are several ways you can add details at this point.  I used three different techiques.  For the first, I rolled a third color of clay, and use a Sculpey® Etch & Pearl tool to add pearls of clay surrounding the flowers.

For the second I used the tool at an angle to create indentations along the edges in both base layers.  

For the third I used the base of the tool gently pushed it into the layer beneath the flowers to add impressions.  

Bake according to manufacturer instructions 

I then created bails for each pendant using rolled clay, added a touch of Bake & Bond and re-baked the pendants.  Once cool, I applied a light touch of  White Frost Metallic Lustre™ over the base clay to highlight the edges and details.  

You can seal your pendants if desired with a coat of PYM II spray, or add resin over the floral discs.  I used JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™

Add coordinating satin cording.