Busy As A Bee

The last few days have been filled with creative endeavors! A few days ago I finished two new cross stitch pieces that I will be adding to the shop tomorrow, and tonight I’ve finished quite a few small projects too.

I started off making a business card holder out of polymer clay. It’s a pretty basic shape, and I added some embellishments, and overall I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I did overcook it so painting became a necessity but I’m really happy with it. It will look great sitting on my table at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on the 1st.

After that, I painted a picture of a pony. I decided to coat the surface with glittery resin, which I’m waiting to cure now, and tomorrow I’ll apply a second coat to smooth things out.

Then I decided to get into the white resin Tracy gave me. I’d never used it before, but I knew it cures in just a few minutes, so I’d have to work fast. I decided to use some of the dyes she passed on to me as well.

The first batch I mixed up I added black dye to, and poured it into my bat Halloween molds.

The second batch I mixed with red dye, and poured it into some silly skulls.

The third batch I didn’t dye, but I added a bunch of gold glitter and poured it into my sugar skull molds.

Then I decided to experiment a little more. I mixed two cups of resin, one black, one white, and then slowly poured both colors at once into my gravestone molds. I was hoping for a kind of swirled outcome and I was not disappointed!

After all the pieces were cured, I removed them from the molds and glued strong magnets to their backs.

It’s been a fun night filled with fun crafts!

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Raleigh the Racehorse

I just added this little guy to my shop, and oh how I love him!

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Raleigh the Racehorse stands about 3″ tall on his wooden base, and the plaque is 4″ wide. He’s made out of reddish brown polymer clay (Sculpey III and Premo!) to give him a rich bay coat. He’s relaxing on a bed of straw, with his lucky horseshoe and a big bucket of water nearby.

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He would make a great display piece in a horse lover’s home, and he’s absolutely one of a kind! He is not for playing with- he could be broken- so not for young children.

Each individual piece has been bonded with E6000 clear glue and the wood is finished with a pecan stain.

Keep an eye out for other cute minis in the future!

A Few New Makes

Good evening friends! I haven’t posted for a little while so thought I’d pop in and show you a few new makes. After I made the triangle scarf I showed you last time in the Red Heart Super Saver yarn, I decided to make another one, this time using some pesky boucle yarn I had in my stash that I’ve been eager to see gone. Boucle yarn is not something I like working with, and honestly, its a pain in the butt. If you make a mistake, its very difficult to pull out your stitches and chances are the yarn will just break instead and you’re left with a mess. But after its crocheted or knitted up, it makes a very nice fabric that feels pretty nice to the touch. Anyway, here’s the boucle yarn triangle scarf.

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I don’t feel like I’m tooting my own horn to say this turned out beautifully and is really eye catching! I think I will keep it for myself and hope I get to actually wear it often enough to justify keeping it.

My Halloween costume this year involves snakes, so obviously I needed a pair of snake earrings. I decided to tackle this out of polymer clay and made myself a pair using Premo clay in a mixture of a medium green and their opal clay because I wanted to give them some pizzazz.  The opal clay, though soft enough for me to indent with my fingernail, proved really hard to mix and after running it through my pasta machine about ten times, I ended up working in a few lines of Sculpey Liquid into it as well but it never really reached that nice soft warm stage. It was malleable enough though for me to make my snakes.

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As you can see, they are really basic, and if you know anything about snakes, you’ll see they are coiled backwards- a necessary cheat to make them hang evenly from the center. You can see they have a bit of glitz to them as well, from the opal clay. I gave them tiny black eyes with itsy bitsy bits of black clay, and one of my dotter tools. I haven’t added ear wires to them yet as I am waiting on a package of niobium ear wires to arrive first. Since they seem to work so well for me, I order ten more pairs to convert more of my earrings over to them.

I’m not doing a lot of crafting I can share lately because I’m trying really hard to get the big project (a Christmas gift) I’m working on done on time!

Clay Time!

The last two days I’ve been playing with my polymer clay and I’ve made a few things. On Friday, I made a fish. Yes, a fish. I just kind of started squishing the clay around and let it form into whatever came to mind and this was it. I added a little detail post-bake by rubbing dark blue acrylic paint into the scratches where I drew a few scale shapes, gills, and nostrils, and wiped away the excess, leaving just enough of a stain on the other surfaces to give the idea of a slightly mottled color.

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Unfortunately, I busted off one of his tail fins when I put him in the oven and didn’t realize it until after he came out so I had to glue it on later after I had glazed him and baked him again. Still, I think he’s adorable, and he’s not sitting on our TV stand, just under the edge of the TV.

Saturday I used two of the tiny mirrors I bought and made these little garden looking glass earrings. I made the flower arrangements opposite of each other, and they turned out pretty well. I think the one on the right below turned out a bit better but they look good and I wore them last night.

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I know I could never wear these to Jami’s house because her little dog would lose her mind going after the light reflections these cast in good lighting.

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I was worried they’d be too heavy (I still haven’t tried out any of the Souffle clays that are supposed to be lighter weight for jewelry making) but they’re very wearable and I feel like i could make others to add to my shop.

Making Miniatures!

 

When I first bought my polymer clay, I watched a ton of videos, mostly on making miniature food. I was totally fascinated by it. There are people out there that make the most realistic looking polymer clay minis that it seems strange that you can’t actually eat them. SugarCharmShop on YouTube is one of them. Check out this amazing mini ham tutorial! Her work is impressive whether its this ham, or a plain old donut!

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Anyway, the day before yesterday I started making miniatures- ice cream cone earrings. Each set was a little better than the last, and except for one pair going from mint chocolate chip to a beautiful gunmetal grey in the oven, they turned out fantastic. The pair that turned colors didn’t burn, it just got dark- the cone stayed the same tan color it went in as.

At right is my pair of blue bubblegum ice cream earrings, and below are my pistachio ones- they are both in shop as well for purchase. I tried a few different things with texturing the cones as well, but what I was doing first seemed to work the best.

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I decided to give the light colored ice cream scoops eyes, and then after baking them, applied a coat of acrylic paint which I think wiped off of the outer surfaces. Using a color a few shades darker gets it worked into the low spots and gives more definition to the piece.

Today I finished up the last few pairs of ice cream cones, and I realized I have a wire stipling tool in my kit that I didn’t realize I had. Using the stipling tool made me able to make the ice cream cone drips look somewhat foamy and more natural.

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After the ice cream cones, I decided I’d try making toast. The toast turned out so easy and I might actually do a tutorial on how to make them. Its pretty much forming a nice organic square shape, indenting the sides near the top, stipling the heck out of the open surfaces, and then brushing on some chalk pastels onto the top (more on the top because that part of the bread is always browner) and sides, and then to the open surfaces in a toaster-eque pattern.

I ended up making a second set, this time with butter with a little help from Tracy at Art Resurrected and they turned out super cute. Both are in my shop. Just click on Jewelry.

Anyway, I need to work on my knitting and stop playing with clay for a bit. That’s the plan anyway. We’ll see what actually happens!

 

 

Art Resurrected’s Fantastic Tree or Gift Tags Tutorial

What do we have here? Some fantastic (and so easy to make!) Christmas tree or even gift tags you can make this season. Tracy from Art Resurrected shares this great tutorial on the Amazing Mold Putty blog on how to make these great tags.

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The idea behind them is so simple, and I’m sure anyone could make these, even without a lot of the tools she uses in her tutorial. All you really need is polymer clay, some ribbon, paint, and a few basic tools for working with the clay. Check out the full tutorial here!

What I’ve Made & New Items in the Shop

Over the last few days I’ve been making all sorts of things out of clay that were destined to be made into jewelry. Some of them I had definite ideas in my head about what I wanted to do, but others not so much. Last night and this afternoon I spent a few hours putting those ideas together. What did I end up with? Some pretty cool stuff!

7 of the 8 items pictured in the gallery above were made mostly from polymer clay. The last few days I have been making a ton of those little round, flat disks to make the bracelets, one pair of earrings, and the necklace, and I actually made too many- I still have about 50 of them left.

The two pairs of earrings at the beginning are a little different, but still polymer clay. They were so easy to make and the random splotchy designs are a lot of fun. My friend Tracy at Art Resurrected said they looked a bit fried eggs, so I ran with it. They are in the store listed as Eggcellent Earrings (in blue, and in yellow)!

I was also really happy to use that big black and silver focal beads in the green bracelet because I honestly had no idea what to do with it for ages. I had purchased it as part of a string of beads with a purpose in mind for 4 of them, but still had a few leftover, including it, and the black crystals and metal beads on either side of it.

Anyway, you can see all of these items in my shop- just click on the Jewelry category!

Clay Day Play Day

I woke up today with a headache and just felt wonky, but I wanted to do something, so why not play with clay? Its low stress, and can be as easy as I want it to be, so why not? Its been a while since I’ve played with my clay too, so an even better reason to mess around with it.

I ended up playing around with some different ideas after looking through some Pinterest boards on polymer clay, and came up with something I liked, though it really does make me think of pimento cheese. I also used up some small scraps and made a few round beads while I was at it.

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The flat shapes I will make earrings out of, and have some ideas in mind already, I just need to take inventory of my jump rings and my chain first. Maybe I will do that tomorrow. The round beads I don’t know what to do with yet, so for now they are in my stash along with my other round beads awaiting a use to come to mind.

The flat shapes were super easy to make with the color blobs in them. I just rolled out a stubby tube of a color, wrapped a sheet of another color around it, sliced it up, and then placed slices of it on my background color before rolling it out. They smeared and melted into the background color perfectly. So simple and such fun effects!

Holiday Shopping & Current Crafts

Thursday Mattie’s Dad and brother came by for Thanksgiving dinner. We had tons of food, good things to drink, and lots of pie for dessert. Normally I am all for them visiting, but after five hours of the TV volume being really high, I ended up retiring to the bedroom, and shortly after slipping out to Michael’s to take advantage of their holiday shopping Thursday night sale. They had a 30% off everything coupon, and a lot of the store was marked down as well.

I looked up the regular prices of things after I got home, and I got out of there with what normally would have been $53 worth of stuff (yes, I know they are over priced) for $29. What did I get? All sorts  of stuff. I walked out with….

  • 2 strands of beads, reg price $3.99 at 60% off
  • 2 5″ x 5″ stapled canvases, reg price $7.99, 70% off
  • 5 2 oz blocks Sculpey III clay, reg price $2.79 each, 16% off for buying 5
  • some weird plastic rings to use at stitch markers in my knitting, reg price $2.99
  • 2 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, reg price $3.29, 31% off
  • plastic 6″ embroidery hoop, reg price $3.99
  • small pair scissors, reg price $1.79

Plus I also had a 30% off reg. and sale price items, so that brought it down to $29 and change out the door. I pulled the regular prices off of the website and I think some are slightly different than in the store, but it gives you an idea.

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The yarn is a lovely orangy-brown color and the beads are green and purple. I grabbed some clay colors I don’t already have, plus black, because I always seem to be using black, and the one other thing I wanted was a very thin, fine paint brush, but I was 1) out of money, and 2) couldn’t find the ones I really like anyway.

I’ve also made some other trips to Michael’s in the last few weeks as well, and have come home with a few items each time. So many things I want!

Now, what have I been working on you ask? I finished a pair of fingerless gloves I will keep for myself for sure in black with rainbow eyelash trim. Right now I’m working on another pair in lettuce green that are longer, and without the eyelash yarn edging. After this is done? I’m thinking of doing a scarf- a scarf I will want to actually wear, not the scary mess I made when I was first getting the hang of things. Hopefully I will have photos of both soon.

Some Polymer Clay Beads

A while back I purchase the Polyform AS2035 Sculpey Bead Maker, which advertises to make perfectly round beads in three sizes- 13mm, 16mm, and 18mm. It comes with little measuring cups for your clay to ensure you use the enact amount needed, and a roller contraption to form them into perfect spheres. I watched the video about it on YouTube when I heard about, and it looked so easy I rushed over to Amazon to buy one.

beadsThen the little contraption sat in its box for a few months with my clay and other supplies doing nothing. Finally, about a week ago, I decided to bust it all out and make myself some round beads. I ended up using a half a dozen colors or so, and making 2 or 3 beads in each color. After I formed them, I used some of my sculpting tools to push little grooves and other texturing into their surfaces, and added other embellishments to some of them as well. Hearts, swirly lines, polka dots, and two of the beads were marbled.

All in all, a very good experience using this tool, and it was a nice relaxing way to pass part of the afternoon! So easy and fun! I’m looking forward to making more round beads with this little gadget.