I tried something new. It took a long time to make, but my idea was to use Pebeo paints on a polymer clay bracelet. Now these paints can’t be baked, so some creative thinking was in order. First I made a scrap clay bezel ( #1 thickness ) on a tile using the cutting wheel from my Makin’s Clay Professional Clay Tool® set, and baked it for 30 minutes. When it was cooled, I added drops of Pebeo Prisme paints ( be sure to stir it well! ) The paints will do what they want to do, that’s the beauty of them! I covered it and let it cure for a couple of weeks since it was pretty thick. When dried I used a stiff blade to scrape it from the tile. The underside was still a bit tacky so I turned it over and let it dry for a day or so.
The edges of the dried pebeo was a bit rough, but it trimmed up nicely with my paper cutter. Scissors work too! I prepared my bracelet using Tiny Pandora’s easy cuff kit – I love how easy they are to use! The painted section was set in place, but removed just prior to curing the clay. I made sure I had pressed it in enough to make an indented area to glue it to later. After curing the clay, I glued the painted section with Gorilla glue. It came with a brush applicator so that made it pretty easy to start at one end, hold it for a few seconds and move on until I had it all glued. To finish, I put the bracelet on a homemade holder ( paper towel roll bulked up with aluminum foil ) and used a brush to apply a thin coat of UV Resin. I held it under my 36 watt UV lamp for the required time. The UV resin I used only required 2 to 4 minutes to cure, but I kept it under for longer. The paper towel roll allowed me to constantly turn the bracelet, curing all parts and avoiding drips.
Lots of steps, but I’m pretty pleased with the final result!
I saw a neat video on YouTube, so I thought I’d try it out- with a couple of changes of course! I covered a glass Christmas ball with a very thin layer of white Makin’s Clay® and added clay pieces that were molded with the Makin’s Push Mold® 39005 Floral. It has two fabulous scroll borders in addition to flowers and leaves. I found, that if I added small pieces of the Makin’s Clay® to the mold, it worked better than adding too much and slicing off the excess. A light dusting of cornstarch on the mold, will help with the unmolding, but I didn’t find it too hard. I used the scroll border in the lower left corner, and three of them were perfect to go around my ornament. A light misting of water helps the molded pieces adhere to the base clay. I wanted a bit more decoration for the bottom of the ball, so I used a ModPodge mold as well.
I let the Makin’s Clay® dry for a day, then painted the whole ornament with a cream chalk paint, and when that was dry, I coated it with Tim Holtz’s Rock Candy Distress Crackle medium. After everything dried, I antiqued the ornament with a mix of black and bronze acrylic paint, and highlighted the scroll-work with gold and silver acrylic paint. I love the effect!
Here’s the YouTube video, if you want to try something similar https://youtu.be/RFYD3jWo3Zg
Every year I make something new for my White and Silver decorated Christmas Tree. This year I covered a scratched glass ball with a thin layer of black Makin’s Clay® and added several heart shapes, cut with the new set of mini cutters from Michaels. I used Chrome nail powder on the hearts and silver Mehron Metallic powder on the base clay. When it dried for 24 hours, I gave it a spray of PYMII to seal. I think it will look very pretty on my tree!
I’ve been working on a Saw Whet Owl Journal Cover in polymer clay, for a few days and today I was finally ready to bake it. It cured beautifully, but I was pretty shocked to find the the glass eyes that I painted with Gel nail polish, and liquefied with the heat. On close inspection of the second pair I had prepared, I saw the the polish hadn’t cured. This was because I had made too thick a layer of the yellow. I should have been more patient and built the colour up slowly- live and learn! So, what was I to do? Dig out the old eyes and replace with better ones. But, I didn’t want to re-bake the whole piece again, so I got out my black Makin’s Clay® the No-Bake Clay® and used it to set the new eyes. Very happy with the outcome. The photo shows from left to right – the ruined eyes, the reset eyes, and lastly the final paint on the head.
I did a video on how I made those leaves on my YouTube Channel
So, I had a bit of leftover Chameleon Nail powdered pieces of Makin’s Clay® from my last project, and I couldn’t bear to throw away all that gorgeous colour!
I took out my ModPodge silicon mold and used the leftover Makin’s Clay® to mold three sea creatures. I was really impressed how well that clay molded, as it was super thin – no tearing at all! I let them dry, then cut them out with scissors.. A little more leftover black clay made the base of a bookmark, which I placed the molded pieces on. I squished them as flat as I could- it’s a bit thick, but still works as a bookmark. Yay! No wastage!
I had one of those ” great ideas in my sleep ” last night, so today, I got out my Makin’s Clay® to try it out. I call it 3D Stamping, and I think it has potential! For this dog, I used Tim Holtz’s Mini Cats and Dogs stamp, and coloured it with Silver and gold Art-C paste. I added a nose, tongue, ears and a bone to the stamped image after using the Art-C paste. Gotta love that great citrus scent of the Art-C paste!
I love that stamp too – so cute! I think I need to explore this further, and maybe make a video too!
Update : Here’s a video I made on the process- have fun!
I had my white Makin’s Clay® out today, to try to make a rose. I loved the crepe-like quality I got, and it coloured beautifully with Pan Pastels. So soft and gorgeous! I have to make a few more, and then decide what to do with them!
I was playing with some leftover Makin’s Clay® The No Bake Clay® from a necklace project I did, so I decided to see how it behaves in some molds I made ( Sea Urchin and Ammonite fossil ). I was very happy with it, the two pieces bonded well together, I used a bit of glue, and moistened the joint. I allowed a couple of days to dry, as it was quite thick. Then I got out my Swellegant patina paints, by Christie Friesen. Fun to watch the aged metal patinas develop right before your eyes! This is a pin for my coat, can’t wait to wear it!
Faux Carved Leather Luggage Tag
Skill Level – Beginner
Supplies used: Makin’s Clay® White – golf ball sized ball
Makin’s Clay® Persimmon – pea sized ball
Turtle Stamp from Inkadinkado Under the Sea
Pan Pastels in Orange Shade and Red Iron Oxide Shade – any leather colours you like
Spray sealer, such as PYMII or other suitable sealers. Try to lightly sponge sealer on so
You don’t disturb the pastels
Straw to make a hole
Cording – I used 1mm leather
Click the link above to read the full tutorial
Check out my YouTube video to see how I made these pretty bookmarks https://youtu.be/cjwFJ2ZxpgM