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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, June 5, 2019

How to Create a Bohemian Flower Polymer Clay Veneer - DIY VIDEO


My next Polymer Clay TV video is now live!  This week I share how to create a multi-dimensional flower polymer clay veneer using a variety of products.  If you like the silkscreens and cutters I used, they can be found at www.createalong.com.  It's our YEAR OF VENEER on Polymer Clay TV.  Which one will be YOUR favorite? 




These are my finished pendants made with this veneer!
 Can't wait to try this one again with different colors! :)



Saturday, June 1, 2019

Polymer Clay Mummy Beads



I share a tutorial for Faux Mummy Beads in the JUNE issue of Passion for Polymer!

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Around the World - June Issue of Passion for Polymer Magazine



The June issue of Passion for Polymer Magazine is now LIVE!  Get your copy of this digital only issue today!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Home Sweet Home Etched Glass Plate


Some young family friends just purchased their first home. I wanted to make them something as a housewarming gift. Etchall® to the rescue! This inexpensive plate was customized with “Home Sweet Home”and their names, along with a stack of barnyard critters in the center. A little bird told me she loved “farmhouse” style decorating so I am hoping she will like this too!  I plan to make some homemade cookies and present it to them the next time I see them. 

Materials:

etchall® Creme
etchall® Stencil Combo Pack
etchall® Pick Tool
Glass plate 
Electronic die cutting machine/manual die cutting machine/stencils 

Instructions:

I began by selecting a font and typing the text I wanted to include on the plate.  I used Picmonkey (online photo editing option) to create curved text then created a .jpg from each set of words. I removed all the background from around the words (also in Picmonkey) and I was ready to cut!  I did the same with the farm animals image (removed the background and saved as a .jpg).

After measuring the plate to determine size requirements, I used my electronic die cutting machine to cut the stencils from etchmask. You could use a manual die cutting machine, stencils, or freehand draw your lettering and image if desired. 

I used the pick tool to remove the centers of the cut images as I wanted to create stencils for etching. 

I placed a sheet of transfer paper (included in the Stencil Combo Pack) over the stencils.  The transfer paper will ensure that all those little bits and pieces stay right where they are supposed to be when transferring  the stencil to the glass.

Next, I placed the stencils onto the plate.  I use scrap pieces of etchmask to mask around the stencils just to ensure I don’t get any etchall® creme where I don’t want it. 

A thick coat of etchall® creme was applied and allowed to set for 15 minutes. The creme was then returned to the bottle for later use.  Etchall® is re-usable! 

Lastly, I washed the plate and removed the etchmask. With etchall® it’s easy to get a perfect etched result every time! 


 

 


Now I just need to get baking and it will be ready to deliver! 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Golden Peacock Polymer Clay Pendant Collection


 
It is the most satisfying feeling to be able to create beautiful jewelry using products in your own product line! I love experimenting with my Cindi McGee Designs Paisley Peacock silkscreens, texture sheet, and new paisley clay cutters!  These pendants feature one of the silkscreens and the texture sheet.  

Makin’s Professional® Cutting Mat, Ultimate Clay Extruder® - Round hole disc 
Makin’s® Clay Roller & Clay Tools
Round clay cutter set 
CreateAlong.com Cindi’s Peacocks Silkscreen 
CreateAlong.com Cindi’s Peacocks Texture Sheet
CreateAlong.com Golden hot fix crystals 
Gold acrylic paint 
Gold DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™
Gold satin cording 
Beacon Adhesives™ Tacky Glue 


For Pendant 1 - Peacock Mandala 

Roll white clay to about 1/4” thick. 

Place silkscreen orange side down onto rolled clay sheet. 

Use scraper or squeegee to apply gold metallic paint to peacock mandala image on silkscreen. Lift silkscreen to reveal image, wash silkscreen immediately for later use. 


Let silkscreened image dry. Use round cutter approximately same size as image and cut out image. Let dry for about 20 minutes.

Roll another sheet of white clay about 1/4” thick. Place peacock texture sheet over the sheet and roll with roller to texture the sheet.

Use larger round cutter to cut disc from textured clay sheet. 

Apply gold Metallic Lustre to highlight details of texture

Place a small ball of scrap clay onto textured disc (I offset my focal image to the bottom of the circle). Place the mandala image over the ball of clay and genty press with the palm of your hand to push the edges down and create a “domed” mandala image.

Use extruder to extrude a strand of white clay. Add a touch of tacky glue around mandala image on textured disc. Carefully position the extruded strand to encircle the mandala.

Apply gold Metallic Lustre to outer edges of strand.



Add tacky glue to the edge where the strand meets the mandala and apply golden hot fix crystals around the image. 

Make a small hole at the top center of the textured disc for the cording.

Let dry 24 hours.  

Apply gold Metallic Lustre to outer edges of the textured disc.  





Add gold cording.

For Pendant 2 - Peacock Feather & Paisley Circle 

Roll white clay to about 1/4” thick. 

Place silkscreen orange side down onto rolled clay sheet. 

Use scraper or squeegee to apply gold metallic paint to round peacock feather and paisley  image on silkscreen. Lift silkscreen to reveal image, wash silkscreen immediately for later use. 

Let silkscreened image dry. Use round cutter approximately same size as image and cut out image.

Add a small amount of metallic gold paint to white clay.  Begin to blend just enough to marbleize the clay. 

Roll marbleized clay about 1/4” thick. Use larger round cutter to cut disc.


Apply gold Metallic Lustre to outer edges of both discs

Add tacky glue to the back of the silkscreened disc and mount centered on marbleized base.

Add tacky glue and mount 3 golden hot fix crystals to accent one of the silkscreened paisley images. 

Make two small holes about 1” apart  at the top of the base disc for the cording.

Let dry 24 hours.  

Add gold cording.

Instructions for Pendant 3 - Golden Peacock - will be shared on the Makin’s Clay® Blog soon. 



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How to Make a Bright Floral Polymer Clay Veneer DIY Video



It's the Year of Veneer on Polymer Clay TV! I am excited to be a part of it!  In this week's video I am 
sharing a veneer inspired by the bright and bold floral prints in this ad I saw on Facebook recently!  Click on the video below to view this episode!



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Faux Bumblebee Jasper - Polymer Clay Tutorial!


After much experimenting, I finally created a version I'm thrilled with!  Find my tutorial for this faux polymer clay stone in Volume 3 of Passion for Polymer Magazine!  Get your PRINT copy today before they are gone! Digital option also available!





Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

"Gone Fishing" Pillow


In this week's episode of When Creativity Knocks, I give an old pillow new life and create the perfect accent for our cottage at the lake.  Like the stamps I used?  They are all available at JudiKins.com - Fishing Lures Background, Sunfish, and Fishing Plug 



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Parisian Roses Etched Glass Jar Vase


I love to upcycle and repurpose items. I save anything and everything GLASS when I’m finished using it for it’s original use. In this case, it was a holiday candle jar. My roses are bursting forth and I wanted to bring some inside to enjoy. As they are “shrub” roses I did not want to remove all the extra leaves, etc., but rather wanted them to be full and lush. That called for a large mouth vase so they would not be too tightly bunched. This old candle jar was the perfect answer! 

Materials:

etchall® Creme
etchall® etchmask® Stencil Combo Pack
etchall® Pick Tool
etchall® Squeegee 
Wide mouth glass jar 
Image for cutting/tracing 
Scissors

Instructions:

I first found a graphic that I liked online and printed it with my electronic die cutting machine onto etchmask®. You could use a stencil, draw something, or trace something onto the etchmask if you don’t have a die cutting machine. 

I’m using the negative space for the stencil, so I removed all the writing and floral images.
 


Then I placed a piece of transfer paper that comes with the Stencil Combo Pack over the image and pressed well to adhere it to the etchmask. Carefully peel away the back layer off the etchmask, ensuring that all your little bits and pieces remain in place on the transfer paper. 


Be sure your jar is clean and dry, then align the stencil as desired and press to transfer it to the glass. I like to use scraps of etchmask on the outer edges just to avoid any “extra” etching where I hadn’t intended it to be.
Apply a thick coat of the the etchall® creme and let set 15 minutes. 



Return the creme to the bottle for use another time. Etchall is re-usable! Wash the jar and remove the etchmask stencil. Voila! A customized wide mouthed vase perfect for displaying my spring roses!