Welcome to my NEW BLOG!

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 13, 2019

PolymerClayTV Year of Veneer Faux Rust Look for Polymer Clay Tutorial




So excited to share that I'm joining the PolymerClayTV team to bring you a new polymer clay video each week!  Ilysa Ginsburg and Kira McCoy have over 500 videos already part of the library to inspire your clay projects!  Subscribe to be sure you don't miss future episodes! 



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"Gather" Etched Ceramic Pitcher



One of my favorite things about etchall® is how it can transform ordinary items, many of which I find in the local charity thrift shop, into something special.  This ceramic pitcher is a perfect blue to match my kitchen.  But, it just needed *something*…etchall® to the rescue!

Materials:

Ceramic pitcher
etchall® Creme 
etchall® Stencil ComboPak
etchall® Pick Tool 
Electronic die cutting machine 
Instructions:
Measure surface of pitcher where you wish to etch the design. You can find a lot of options on the internet, for purchase at sites like Etsy, or you can easily make your own. I found a piece of royalty free clipart (the wreath) and just added the text in an editing program.  

Use electronic die cutting machine to cut the image to be etched from etchmask.  I cut two, as I was not sure which size I wanted to use. 

Use pick tool to remove unwanted etchmask. 

Apply transfer paper to the etchmask.  This will ensure all the elements remain in the right place when the stencil is applied to the pitcher. 


Peel away the backing of the etchmask, and carefully apply the stencil to the pitcher.  Because of the curved surface and the size of the stencil, you will have wrinkled areas and may have to fiddle a bit with the wreath to keep it in a unbroken wreath form. 


Apply a thick coat of etchall creme.  Let set 15 minutes. Return creme to bottle for another project - etchall® is re-usable! 
Wash pitcher and remove etchmask. 





Monday, February 11, 2019

Bold Monarch Polymer Clay Trading Coin or Pendant


Artist trading coins are the next “big thing” in artist trading projects.  The team at CreateAlong and I have taken it to the next step and are sharing POLYMER TRADING COINS! 

There are 15 tutorials in our new book, and a huge gallery of inspiration. You can get your copy of the book here at CreateAlong.  

Today I’m sharing a quick tutorial for how I created one of the gallery coins.











Materials:

Premo! Sculpey® - Black, Orange 
2.25” Circle Cutter 
DecoArt® Americna® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Pumpkin Spice, Licorice 
Squeegee 
Clay blade 
Clay roller 
Craft knife

Instructions:

Condition and roll orange clay to setting #2 in clay machine. 

Place butterflies silkscreen orange side down over orange clay sheet. Silkscreen your choice of images with black paint. Carefully lift silkscreen. Wash silkscreen and squeegee immediately.  



Condition and roll black clay to setting #2 in clay machine. 
Place dots silkscreen orange side down over black clay sheet. Silkscreen your choice of images with orange paint. Carefully lift silkscreen. Wash silkscreen and squeegee immediately.  

Let paint dry on both clay sheets. 

Use 2.25” circle cutter to cut around the dots image. 

Roll additional sheet of orange clay. Use 2.5” circle cutter to cut disc from orange clay sheet. 

Use craft knife to carefully trim around silkscreened butterfly image. 


Mount butterfly centered on black disc. The wings will extend off the sides. 

 

Place black silkscreened disc with the butterfly centered on orange disc.  

Add black Hot Fix cabochons equally spaced around the outer top edge of the black disc. 

Bake according to manufacturer instructions. 

Trade your coin with a friend!  

Not into trading coins?  I am going to make another one of these and turn it into a pendant by simply adding a bail and some black cording.



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Gold & Black Paisley Bangle Bracelet


I am having so much fun creating unique pieces with my new line of silkscreens at CreateAlong.com The first three silkscreens in my Peacock Paisley collection are now available.  This bangle bracelet was created using the newest addition - the Peacock Borders silkscreen. 

You can find complete instructions for this project here on the Makin's Clay® blog.







Saturday, February 9, 2019

New Peacock Paisley Silkscreen & Passion for Polymer Magazine - February & March


The February issue of Passion for Polymer is now live and available for purchase!  
The PRINT March issue, Volume 2,  is still available for PRE-ORDER through tomorrow, March 10th!  Individual copies will be available for purchase but the postage will be the normal flat rate in the CreateAlong.com shop. 


My project for the February issue is this Passion & Flowers necklace featuring two silkscreens from my Peacock Paisley collection at CreateAlong.com!  This brand new borders silkscreen just debuted in my product line this week!  Super excited about this one! 




My March project is this Peacock Mandala Necklace which also features one of the new silkscreens from my Peacock Paisley collection!