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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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Friday, December 28, 2018

Leaves & Turquoise Polymer Clay Pendant

Premo! Sculpey® Burnt Umber
CreateAlong.com Create Along Box - “Fall-ing in Love” Box 
  • Falling in Love Fall Leaves Texture Stamp 
  • Copper Grunge Foil 
  • Decorative “Wavy Bracket” Cutter 
  • Hot Fix Cabochons in coordinating shade 
Round clay cutter set 
Oval clay cutter slightly larger than focal cabochon of choice 
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Cosmic Blue, Gold Rush 
Clay blade 
Clay roller/clay machine 
Sculpey® Bake & Bond adhesive 
Turquoise blue sari ribbon 

Condition Burnt Umber clay and roll to about 1/8”.  Apply copper grunge foil to surface and burnish to transfer foling to clay sheet.  

Cut base disc from foiled clay. 

Roll additional Burnt Umber clay to about 1/4” and impress uninked Fall Leaves texture stamp. 

Use decorative cutter to cut shape from the textured clay. 

Apply light touch of Gold Rush Metallic Lustre to surface.  

Embellish with coordinating shade hot fix cabochons.

Mount to foiled disc.

Then add a very light touch of Cosmic Blue Metallic Lustre.  

Bake according to manufacturer instructions and let cool. 

I used a faux turqouise cabochon as an accent.  If you do not already have something similar to use, follow Jessma Tutorials DIY video for creating faux turquoise and make a cabochon.  

Roll brown clay to about 1/8”.  Use oval cutter to cut base for turqouise cabochon.  Use Bake & Bond to adhere turquoise cabochon to brown base.  

Use Bake & Bond to mount centered on leaf textured shape.  

Roll a strand with the brown clay.  Add around the cabochon.  Apply gold Metallic Lustre.  

Cut another oval a shape from brown clay. Use Bake & Bond and mount to back of pendant to create bail.   

Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 

Add turquoise sari ribbon and closure. 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Peacock Pendant

I am having so much fun creating projects with my new Peacocks & Paisleys product line from CreateAlong.com!  2 Silkscreens are now available, many more silkscreens and other items are coming soon!  This pendant is my first experimentation with my set of 4 images.  


Premo! Sculpey® Accents® - 18K Gold
Premo! Sculpey® - Cobalt Blue
Sculpey® III - Teal Pearl 
CreateAlong.com Deco Disc - Paisley 
Gold acrylic paint 
CreateAlong.com Circle Cutter Set 
CreateAlong.com Hot Fix Cabochons in coordinating shades 
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder® - Multi-Hole Disc #9
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Gold Rush 
Sculpey® Bake & Bond 
Sari ribbons in coordinating shades 
Tiny Pandora Deepshine UV Resin 
Clay roller 
Clay blade


Condition cobalt blue clay and roll to about 1/8” thick.  Silkscreen peacock image using gold metallic paint.  Let dry.  

Use appropriate sized round cutter to cut out peacock image.  

Roll Teal Pearl clay to a little less than 1/4”.  Wet paisley deco disc and use to texture sheet, repeat until an area slightly larger than the peacock image has been textured (do not be concerned over lines caused by edges of deco disc, they will not show when pendant is assembled). 

Apply a light touch of gold Metallic Lustre to the textured clay.  
Use circle cutter slightly larger than blue silkscreened circle to cut disc from teal pearl textured clay. 

Roll 18K gold clay to about 1/8”.  Use circle cutter slightly larger than teal pearl disc to cut gold disc. 

Center teal pearl textured disc on gold disc, then center peacock silkscreened disc on top.  

Extrude 18K gold clay.  Cut pieces about 1/4” from extruded strands.  Roll into a ball, then roll to flatten one end and create a “teardrop” shape.  Begin adding the teardrop pieces as shown and surround the blue peacock disc.  (Thanks to Pritesh Dagur for sharing this technique in her 2018 Polymer Clay Adventure workshop!) 

Add hot fix cabochon accents.  

Bake according to manufacturer instructions.  Let cool. 

To make bail, roll 18K gold clay to about 1/8”.  Use circle about 1” to cut disc.  

Roll teal pearl clay to about 1/8” and texture with deco disc.  Cut disc the same size, mount onto gold disc.  Use smaller circle cutter to cut center from the disc.  Use bake & bond to adhere the base of the open circle to the back top of the pendant.  Place toothpick or similar under top half and bake according to manufacturer instructions.   Apply metallic lustre to textured clay.  

Apply UV Resin to peacock image.  Let cure.  

Add sari ribbons and closure.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Baby's First Christmas Customized Ornament

Our grandaughter, Ava Rae, arrived on November 16th - just in time for her first Christmas! Her mom asked if I had a glass ornament that she could use to put their hospital bracelets inside. I told her sure, but I had to jazz it up a bit..... I used etchall® creme to etch "Ava Rae McGee  November 16, 2018" on the front, and "First Christmas" on the back.  Then I created a poinsettia with white Makin's Clay® tinted to a pink shade with acrylic paint, and green clay tinted with a mossy green paint. I used the Makin's® Christmas Nature push mold to make individual portions of petals - the molded images themselves were too large for what I needed, but by making small petals I could trim them down to size and reassemble them to create the perfect sized poinsettia. The flower received a light dusting of shimmering mica powders in coordinating shades. After etching, Antique Gold Rub N Buff was used to highlight the etched lettering, and gold DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ was used to highlight the details of the poinsettia. A shimmering, shear pink ribbon was the finishing touch.  When we see them tomorrow, they will add their hospital bracelets! 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

New Product Line- Peacocks & Paisleys

Peacocks & Paisleys! Announcing my new polymer clay product line! I am thrilled to be working with the team at CreateAlong.com to bring you an entire line of creative tools in the coming months. The first two silkscreens are now available! 
Find them here on their New Products page:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmas Stars Embellished Photo Frame

In this episode of When Creativity Knocks, I share how to turn an ordinary frame into something special to display a favorite holiday photo.  And, I get to show off our granddaughter Ava Rae's photo too!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Passion for Polymer PRINT Magazine - Volume 1

It's here!!!  Pre-orders for Volume 1 of Passion for Polymer Magazine began today!  This first issue, printed on heavy, glossy paper and packed with amazing tutorials and articles from artists around the world, a gallery, and more, will mail in January.  I am beyond thrilled to be Editor of this new publication and look forward to sharing it with you!  View a flip video and get a peek at what's inside, and order YOUR copy today here!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Santa's Milk & Reindeer Treats

I recently shared a Cookies for Santa plate I made for our granddaughter Ava Rae who is supposed to make her appearance on 11/23.   This month I'm completing the set with a mason jar mug for drinks for Santa - hot cocoa or milk or even water - it will be Ava's choice; and a little bowl for treats for the reindeer too (they are always quite appreciative of a small carrot or two, or even some sparkling reindeer oats...)

Once I determined the size of the elements I wished to etch, I used an electronic die cutter to cut the stencils from Etchmask™.                                   

I used the pick tool to remove the extra etchmask from around the images, then used the transfer paper include in the Stencil Combo Pack to transfer to the images to the mason jar mug and the small bowl.  Using the transfer paper ensures that the tiny details (like the middles of letters, etc.) stay in place during the transfer and positioning of the stencils. 

Next, I applied etchall® Creme to the first two images (one on each piece) and let it set for 15
 minutes.  The creme was returned to the bottle - etchall® is re-usable!  I then applied the creme to the remaining stencils on each piece and let it set for 15 minutes.  After returning the creme to the bottle, I washed each piece and removed the etchmask.

Colorful details were added with DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™, then the pieces were baked according to the manufacturer instructions to set the paint.

I hope this special set for Santa's snacks brings Ava Rae a lot of joy for years to come!