I love it when my fans & readers have specific polymer clay projects in mind. I have had several requests lately for a fun beaded project tutorial. As many of you know I’m not really a jewelry person, not because I don’t like it, because I most certainly do, but rather because I’m not a person that tends to “accessorize.” I wear a wedding ring & my earrings and that’s it. Sometimes you’ll catch me wearing a watch, but other than that … nadá. So while I love to make beads, since I don’t wear jewelry (or sell it in my Etsy shop), I’m never sure what to do with the beads. So for those of you who are like me, here’s a really fun handmade Natasha Bead Keychain. Let’s get started, shall we?
Today’s mini-tutorial will be on how to create your own custom marbled polymer clay base for your figurines … yep, a quick, & easy marbled base tutorial. This is an easy tutorial that anyone (including beginners) can do.
Today’s tutorial is brought to you in video form. The video begins with an explanation of all the materials that you will need to complete your polymer clay texture plate. After the presentation of materials, you will see the entire process of creating a texture plate in fast motion with embedded instructions.
It’s a do-it-yourself world out there and crafters around the globe are finding better, simpler ways to make things themselves. From recipes, baked goods, clothing, jewelry, and so much more. Tuesdays are usually devoted to a polymer clay tip, something that will help you clay better. I was asked to do a tutorial on how to make buttons. This is a beginner’s tutorial for simple buttons. You can use the knowledge you already have in your polymer clay technique repertoire to build on these simple buttons.
Well, it’s finally here … the second week of Tutorials for the 2013 Friesen Project. I have loved seeing all of your work and dragons that you have made over the past week since we began this project. Here are two of my personal favorites…both done as an offspring of the Wendyll dragon from the first tutorial.
Sometimes your polymer clay pieces need an extra something, just a touch of something special to bring out the details that you have embedded into the clay. When you have carved or engraved your clay, you will often want to accent those pieces after they have finished baking. Many artists call this adding a patina to polymer clay. Other artists call it antiquing an item. For today’s mini-tutorial, we’re going to call it an “antique finish.” There are many ways to do this, but this is the way that I find the easiest…
Well, it’s finally here … the first week of Tutorials for the 2013 Friesen Project. Are you excited? I know that I am! After last week’s Friesen Friday and reading your book, some of you just couldn’t wait to dive right in and have already created your dragon. That’s fine, no big deal! But throughout this month there will be several different “specific components” you are going to need to work on for each project. Without any further ado however, let’s get started!
PLEASE NOTE: In order to do this dragon tutorial, you will need Christi Friesen’s Dragon book that is available for purchase here. Due to copyright, exact details and process have been minimalized to protect Christi’s art and design. Polymer clay is the most shared community in the world, please do not ruin that by going against US copyright laws.
For anyone who’s a self taught polymer clay artist, you’ve already made some critical mistakes in claying. You tried a shortcut (that didn’t work) or tried a way to do something that ended up ruining your piece. It’s okay, don’t worry, we’ve all been there. This month we are going “back to basics” in creating with polymer clay. So for today’s mini tutorial we’re going to go over the proper way to embed a bead into polymer clay.
How to Cover a Bic Round Stic Pen with Polymer Clay
Well, it’s about time…my first ever polymer clay video tutorial! Perhaps I can get one of these made every month for all my wonderful readers and claying friends…but we’ll have to see. Today’s how-to is a polymer clay pen tutorial. Before you begin watching the video there’s a few things you will need.
There aren’t many people who don’t like snowmen…unless you live in the tropics where snowmen do not exist because…well, they melt. But for those of us who live in areas with four seasons, we are blessed to have the ability to make snowmen when those gorgeous white flakes arrive. Every year I anticipate the coming of the snow, making of snow angels, and building the cutest snowmen in our country acre. But there’s always something missing…in my head, a snowman’s eyes tell his story. Well, for clayers and crafters, here’s a great weekend project for you. A DIY Snowman Kit. Perfect for Christmas gift exchanges this year.
Don’t you just love winter? I know that I do. Winter is my second favorite season, second only to fall. Living in NW Pennsylvania near Lake Erie, we get a LOT of snow every year. We live in the snow-belt region of the country and I love it! Yesterday I was delighted to showcase the art and talent of Meg Newberg. Meg does a lot of awesome things with clay, but her best are made with millefiori canes. Today she’s going to show us her snowflake cane and where you can purchase the tutorial to make it yourself as well.
Polymer Clay Tutorial of a Snowflake Millefiori Cane by Meg NewBerg ow.ly/fa7f3 Visit the blog to see this awesome cane today!
One of the hardest things to do is to cut a cane in an even, thin slice, without any drag. When I first began working with polymer clay millefiori canes, both raw & baked, I had the hardest time cutting them in thin, even slices. One side would always be thicker than the other or I’d adjust my blade halfway through the slice and create very unpleasant “drag marks” on the sliced piece of cane. After several years, I got smart and solved my problem…
It’s not easy to cut a millefiori cane with accuracy and precision every time. Trust me, I know. But there are a few things that you can do to make your millefiori cane cutting adventures a little easier.
Repurpose x-acto blades? Absolutely you can do that! This simple and quick tip had a huge response in last week’s email, twitter, & even on FaceBook. It was shared, retweeted, and commented on more times that any previous tip I had posted. So today I will show you how you can take that old, grungy, and slightly beat up old cutting blade and repurpose x-acto blades into something more useful.
Have you ever taken the time to emboss something on your clay? I love to emboss patterns, stamps, and whatever kind of texture “catches” me at that moment. I love the crisp, clean, almost effortless and yet professional look it gives to my pieces. One of the hardest things for me however, is embossing with powders (i.e.: Pearl ex, Perfect Pearls, etc). A lot of clayers have problems with this as well.
I’ve read many articles that say you should slightly dampen your stamps first. *Sigh* This still didn’t help me. The result was half on and half off, dark in some places and not in others, you get the idea…I just wasn’t happy with the results. And I always emboss things…so I needed a solution that was quick, easy, and stress free.
We are trying some new things with our store this year. Some of those things we have never done before. Or in the case of our Interpretive Art Pendant Series, we’ve done them a lot but never listed them in our Etsy store. One of the NEW things that we are trying to 2012 is “faux stained glass” sun catchers. The picture above is a picture of the three sun catchers we did in honor of Valentine’s Day. We hope to do MANY more suncatchers. These suncatchers are made with 100% polymer clay. What’s nice about these is that they are UNBREAKABLE! Unlike those expensive real glass sun catchers, if these fall to the ground, off the door, or onto the tile below they will NOT shatter. You won’t have to worry about your children or pets stepping in the glass!
The pattern was first hand-drawn and placed on parchment paper. The black clay was used to outline the design. Then translucent liquid Sculpey was blended together with vivid alcohol inks. The colors were mixed and then place into the heart. The colors were then “feather” together using knitting and sewing needles. The heart was then baked. The resulting effect is a semi-translucent “sun catcher” that allows light through in beautiful patterns. Try making these also with mica powders.