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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Sunset Polymer Clay Necklace


Today on the Makin's Clay® blog I am sharing the instructions to make this Summer Sunset necklace with Makin's Clay®.  Inspired by a technique I learned from Syndee Holt, this version is made with Makin's Clay® along with a couple of other minor modifications.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Etching Glass with Silkscreens! A Stained Glass Pendant



How this idea came to be…..I have the pleasure of working with the Polymer Clay TV team.  They not only produce polymer clay tutorial videos, but have a variety of polymer clay products in their store, host the Polymer Clay Adventure, Polymer Clay Universe, and have an extremely active Facebook group - Create Along with Polymer Clay Tribe.  Kira Slye, one of the owners, asked me one day if their silkscreens would work with etchall®, as she knows I like to design using etchall® products also! I was intrigued……   After a bit of experimenting, I’ve discovered - YES!  IT WORKS!  I am so excited to try this technique on many additional projects in the coming months.  The delicate details you can achieve are well beyond what you can do with a stencil or a die cut element - it’s just amazing! 
It takes a bit of practice, so I would recommend trying it on some empty bottles or jars you don’t care if doesn’t work out perfectly to practice a bit before moving to the “real” surface you want to etch. One disclaimer - I have not tried this technique with other brands of silkscreens yet - so I cannot guarantee that they would have the same results. 

Materials:

etchall® Creme
etchall® Squeegee 
CreateAlong.com Silkscreen Stencil - Tribal Squaredance Multi-Image 
Tape 
Piece of scrap stained glass (clear glass, mirror, etc. also works!)
Amaco® Rub n Buff in desired shade (I used Ruby) 
premo! Sculpey® Accents™ polymer clay - Bronze 
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder®, square disc #20, and ClayCore Adaptors®
Sculpey® Bake & Bond Adhesive 
Paper towels 
Clay blade/craft knife 
Copper eye pin 
Copper chain or satin cording of choice 
Vinyl/latex crafting gloves (optional It is recommended you use protective gloves, and eyewear, when using etching products) 

Instructions:

Place silkscreen orange side down over glass piece (Tip:  I got a box of scrap stained glass pieces from e-Bay at a very affordable price and have been using the pieces for years in various craft projects!

Use tape to secure sides of silkscreen to work surface.  As with any silkscreening project, the less “movement” of the screen, the better.  

CAREFULLY add a dollop of etchall® cream and GENTLY spread with squeegee.  Let set 15 minutes.  Return creme to bottle (etchall® is reusable!), remove silkscreen and wash glass.  Let dry.  Voila!  A delicate, intricate pattern of etching on your glass surface.



Apply a bit of Rub n Buff metallic wax to surface, gently buff with paper towel to remove from non-etched areas.  Your etching is now wonderfully highlighted. 








Condition Bronze polymer clay.  Roll into a cylinder and insert into the extruder.  Place the ClayCore Adapter over the clay at the end of the barrel.  Add the square disc to the cap, and place the cap back onto the extruder.   As you extrude the clay, you will find that the hole is already IN the extruding clay!  This makes bead making super easy.  It also gives you the perfect channel for adding a border to the etched glass element.


Cutting one end at an angle so the pieces will join neatly when finishing, cut strips of extruded clay to the required lengths to cover the sides of the etched glass piece (I chose to leave the jagged lower edge of this piece open).  

Carefully cut through the center of one side of the square into the opening. 

Add a bit of Bake & Bond to the top and bottom outer edges of the glass.   Working one side at a time, wrap the square extruded clay around the glass.  Bake according to manufacturer instructions. Let cool.  Repeat on top, using fingers to smooth where baked clay meets the fresh clay.  

Bend eye pin into "L" shape, trim off end. (Tip:  I did not have a copper eye pin, but I did have a copper earring wire.... so I substituted that!) Add a touch of Bake & Bond and carefully insert into the top, covering and re-smoothing with clay as needed.  Bake again.  Let cool.  Repeat on remaining side.  Bake and let cool. 

 
Add desired cording or chain and your unique, silkscreen etched pendant is complete! 

Addendum.... it's been pointed out to me that the use of silkscreens is not new in the world of glass etching!  I by no means was claiming I had tried something earth shattering..... It is just completely NEW technique for me and I'm excited to further explore it! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Asian Dragon Polymer Clay Pendant


Materials: 

premo! Sculpey® Accents® - 18K Gold
premo! Sculpey® - Black, Cadmium Red Hue 

  • Magic Transfer Paper 
  • Ginkgo Leaves Texture Sheet
  • Circle Sutter Set

  • Chinese Dragon Stamp 2564G
  • Diamond Glaze™
  • Glass Beads 14K Gold

Permanent black ink pad
Black satin cording
Clay roller 
PYM II spray sealant 

Instructions: 

Roll gold clay to a little less than 1/4” thick.   Cut out desired pattern from Magic Transfer Paper (this set of pre-printed Asian themed papers is from a Create Along Box - individual sheets in various patterns, or unprinted for printing your own designs, are available at createalong.com

Place face down onto rolled clay.  Burnish to be sure paper is completely covering the rolled clay without any air bubbles, etc. Let set at least 15 minutes.  You will begin to see the paper change color a bit, the pattern will become a bit more obvious as the paper absorbs some of the oil from the clay.  

Add a few drops of warm water to the surface of the paper.  Let it set until you see the magic start to happen - the “paper” will turn back into “pulp” and be raised up.  CAREFULLY use your fingertips to brush away the pulp.  If needed, add a tiny bit more water and repeat until all pulp is gone and pattern is transferred to the clay.  



Use desired circle cutter and cut a circle from the patterned clay. 

Roll red clay to a little less than 1/4” thick.  Ink dragon stamp with permanent black ink, stamp into rolled clay.  Use a slightly smaller sized circle cutter than the original to cut out the front portion of the dragon.  

Add a bit of texture to the area around the dragon by gently pressing the ginkgo leaves texture sheet into the clay. 


 

Mount the red stamped circle on the bottom portion of the gold patterned circle.   Bake according to manufacturer instructions. 

Roll black clay to a little less than 1/4” thick.    Use the ginkgo leaves texture sheet to texture the rolled clay.   Cut a circle the same size as the gold circle for the back of the pendant.   Add Bake & Bond to the back of the gold circle and add black textured circle, gently pressing to adhere and remove any air bubbles. 


Cut a smaller circle from the textured clay and fold in half.  Use Bake & Bond and mount over top of pendant, leaving open space at the top, to create bale.    Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 


Spray entire pendant with PYM II spray (front and back).  Let dry. 

Add a small amount of Judikins™ Diamond Glaze™ around the red dragon circle  Sprinkle on Judikins™ gold glass beads.  Let dry.  



Add black satin cording. 


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Red Starfish Polymer Clay Pendant


Materials:

premo! Sculpey® - White, Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Turquoise
Makin’s® - Sea Shells Push Mold
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®
CreateAlong.com Magic Transfer Paper 
CreateAlong.com Round clay cutters in progressive sizes 
Clay roller
Sculpey® Bake & Bond 
Sculpey® Etch & Pearl tool 
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - White Frost 
White satin cording
PYM II Sealant Spray

Instructions:

Condition and roll white clay starting on setting #1 and ending onto setting #2. (Or hand roll to a little less than 1/4”.)

Cut out desired pattern from Magic Transfer Paper (this set of pre-printed beach/ocean themed papers is from a Create Along Box - individual sheets in various patterns, or unprinted for printing your own designs, are available at createalong.com

Place face down onto rolled clay.  Burnish to be sure paper is completely covering the rolled clay without any air bubbles, etc. (I begin by rolling with a hand roller, then using my fingers to gently press and further burnish.) Let set at least 15 minutes.  You will begin to see the paper change color a bit, the pattern will become a bit more obvious as the paper absorbs some of the oil from the clay.  

Add a few drops of warm water to the surface of the paper.  Let it set until you see the magic start to happen - the “paper” will turn back into “pulp” and be raised up.  CAREFULLY use your fingertips to brush away the pulp.  If needed, add a tiny bit more water and repeat until all pulp is gone and pattern is transferred to the clay.  



Amazing detail!
Use desired size round clay cutter to cut disc from the patterned clay. 

Make starfish using red clay and sea shells push mold.  Makin’s® molds are flexible, so it is easy to remove the molded elements before baking.  (Tips:  If clay is “warm” and resisting being removed, place in the freezer for a minute or so and then it will easilycome free.   You can also dust the mold with corn starch before molding…). 

Add a touch of Bake & Bond and place molded star fish onto center of sea shell patterned disc. 



Use clay machine to roll conditioned turquoise clay on setting #1.  Cut a disc with a slightly larger circle cutter.  Place white disc with starfish centered on red disc.  



Roll conditioned yellow clay to setting #1.  Use small etch & pearl tool to create tiny with yellow clay and mount around outer edge of white patterned clay.   Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 

To make bale, roll yellow clay again, cut a strip and coil one end.  Use a touch of Bake & Bond and mount coiled end (coil facing inward) on front, top center of pendant.  Bring down over the back, leaving an unglued space at the top for the cording, and add Bake & Bond and mount the end to the back of the pendant.  Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 


Add a touch of White Frost Metallic Lustre™ to highlight the details of the starfish and the pearled edge, and the edges of the bale.

Spray with PYM II sealant spray. 

Add white satin cording.