Pebeo Prisme Polymer Clay Bracelet

Pebeo Bracelet

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. 100_3211

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. 100_3216prokit03__40837__25325.1473964531

Lots of steps, but I’m pretty pleased with the final result!

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More Christmas Ornaments

Scroll-work Ornament

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.

Scroll ornament - start

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

Time to think about Christmas?

Makin's Christmas Ball

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!

Skinny Christmas tree

Makin’s Clay® to the rescue!

Ruined eyes collageI’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.

Saw Whet Owl Journal Cover

 

I did a video on how I made those leaves on my YouTube Channel

I hate wasting clay!

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!

Beetle Pot sheet

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!

 

Makin's Bookmark

3D Stamping

Makin's Clay Dog

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!

Sculpting with Stamps

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!

Making Roses

Makin's Rose

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!

Swellegant Ammonite Pin

Ammonite Pin

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!

Ammonite collage

Faux Carved Leather Luggage Tag

Faux Carved Leather Luggage Tag

Turtle title

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