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Posted on April 12, 2013 in 2013 Friesen Project by Katie Oskin
It’s the first tutorial from the “Cats” book by Christi Friesen (insert shouts of acclamation here)! Today’s project is just a simple tutorial for a kitty cat bead or ornament. Full directions for the kitty cat bead, figurine, or decoration are available in the front sections of Christi’s “Cats” book. The “cat body” tutorial will come on the blog as a bonus Friesen project post on Tuesday – cool huh? Are you ready to get started? Let’s begin making your own cat bead tutorial.
Now without further ado, let’s get started on your cutie cute polymer clay kitty cat bead – MEOW!
Deciding on the size and shape of your kitty cat bead is up to you. There are literally dozens of different cat varieties and breeds of kitty cats and every single breed looks a little different.
Before you begin, as I always say, start with a plan or an idea of what you want to create. If you start without an end in mind, your finished products will end up looking like you started without a plan. Remember that we are taking this journey together to get better with each month as we clay.
This is the fun part! Now you get to be completely creative. Think about what you want your cat bead to say. My finished kitty is saying what my kitty, Smokie, says all the time: “Ooh food!” I knew that I wanted my kitty expression to be that of “ooh food!” Check Christi’s book page 9 to see great examples of kitty expressions.
I put eye pins in both the top and bottom of my kitty cat bead. I did this because I want to add a jingle bell (I didn’t have any small enough for this cutie) and some ribbon to the bottoms. Then using the eye pin in the top, I’ll hang it off a cute cord and give to my friend as a gift. Christi uses a different method in her book to make a bead by inserting a needle tool through the back of the head (from left to right) to be used as a focal bead for jewelry. Since I’m not making jewelry, I used a different method. You need to use whatever method you choose.
Once you have designed your cuter than cute kitty cat bead it’s ready for the oven. I baked my bead at 265 degrees for 60 minutes. I have learned that the longer you bake a clay item, the stronger the end product and since this product will see much handling I wanted to make sure it was strong. See this article to read my tips on baking your items and tips to keep them from cracking and burning.
The Friesen Project is done in conjunction with Christi Friesen. All tutorials are retaught here with her expressed permission. Please make sure to read about the project here, and get answers to the most common FAQS here.