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Posted on November 12, 2013 in Polymer Clay by Katie
One of the things that we haven’t talked about a lot on this blog is how to finish a piece you have been working on. For many of us we will antique the piece and even varnish the piece. But what do you do after that? I’m going to show you an example of what I did with one of my pieces.
I know that this seems like the most obvious, and it is. But if you want to frame your polymer clay design, then you must first make a polymer clay piece that is worthy of framing. There are lots of tutorials here on my blog you could have a go at, or you can run a search in Google, or try a project from Pinterest! But make something that looks and seems like “fun” to you and something you would enjoy. You can see the piece that I framed & it’s tutorial here.
Deciding how to finish your piece is often the most difficult part. Sometimes pieces look better with an antiqued finish. Some pieces look great with the look of the raw clay. Some pieces it’s far better to seal them with a gloss varnish. The question always becomes … now what? If you’re not making jewelry, then your piece has the ability to do something. Maybe it can sit on a coffee table, hang on a wall, be placed in a doll house … stop … think … what can your piece do?
If you’ve decided that your piece should hang on a wall, then give it a little kick! My piece was great, but it’s a Christmas gift for two people I dearly love … so I couldn’t just give them the Menehune … I decided it needed to be in a frame. So now’s the hard part. Take your little creation shopping! That’s right! Pack up your piece and hit the stores.
I like to start at TJ Maxx. They have high quality frames at very inexpensive prices. In fact, in the case of this little guy, I found my frame at TJ Maxx and didn’t have to shop anywhere else (even though you know I did because … well … it’s shopping … why not?). As a side note, one of the reasons I take my piece with me is because even if I take dimensions of my piece, I want my frame and my piece to look like they go together. In the case of this framed piece, the Menehune was over 1″ deep. Therefore, my frame needed to be deeper than that (or at least that’s how I wanted it).
You could also try your local craft store. Here’s why I DON’T get my frames at a craft store. They are not that interesting. Here where I live they are kind of boring, usually they have a beveled edge, are plastic, or need a paint job. This being said, if you are a craft diva through and through … paint your own frame, decorate it up, go for it! But as for me … I’ll buy the frame and make the centerpiece for it. Finding a frame may take a long time. I still have 2 pieces that aren’t framed … why? I haven’t found the right frame. You need to be patient with this process. It can take awhile of dedicated shopping and latte drinking when you HAVE to stop at Starbucks because you’ve shopped so hard.
The next part is super easy and you need just a few supplies. I think for the most part 90% of your creations that you want to frame will work with 3 basic materials: a frame, a piece of sticky backed felt, and 3m mounting tape.
Thanks for joining me today,