Faux Ceramic look with Makin’s Clay®

Starfish with resin collage

I love the look of ceramics, so I often try to achieve it in my polymer clay work. With my Premo Clay, I can add scraped chalks into Kato Liquid clay to get a credible look, but what can I use on my Makin’s Clay ® – the no-bake clay. So I set about to experiment! I used the Makin’s Push mold called Shells to make the starfish pendant and snail earrings. Then I scraped some chalks onto my palette, and used a wet brush dipped into the chalks to apply the colour. The wet chalks went on the clay almost like watercolours – just beautiful! I used a ball tool dipped in water to make the round spots, essentially removing some of the colour to reveal the lighter colour of the clay.  I let the pieces dry for a couple of days because I wanted to try a UV Resin on them. The resin darkened the colours slightly, and made them really glossy! The resin I used was called UV Resin (Hard) and I bought it from Amazon. Really smells bad, so if you are sensitive to odours you may want to wear a mask, or work in a well ventilated room. The smell does go away after it’s cured. I cured my pieces in a 36 watt UV Lamp for 12 minutes. Sometimes if they seem a bit sticky after curing, I find if I put the work in a sunny window for a couple of hours it will finish curing better.

I really will have to use this technique more often, and play with the idea more!

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Dragon Eye Pendant

Dragon Eye Sea Urchin Texture

I recently made some texture sheets from clay, and used the Sea Urchin one that I made with Makin’s Clay® on some scrap clay. The resulting sheet looked so much like a textured skin, so I used it to make another Dragon Eye pendant. I love making them, you can find a video on my YouTube channel on how to make one for yourself!. I used my gel painted glass cabochon, and I coloured the scrap clay with mica powders. After baking, I antiqued it with black acrylic paint. Here’s a link to how I made the texture sheet too youtu.be/GEId8nXGh6I

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Hand-made texture sheets can bring a unique quality to your work! Have fun making them 🙂

Hand-made Sea Urchin Texture Sheet

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Recently, I’ve been working on the wonderful Bowl tutorial from Helen Breil in which she encouraged the making of your own texture sheets from clay. As I was searching for things to use for texture, I wondered if I could make a texture sheet from Makin’s Clay®, the No-Bake Clay®.  I rolled some white on the number three setting of my Makin’s Ultimate Clay Machine®, cut it to 3 inches square,and placed it on a tile. Then I took a real Sea Urchin and rolled the widest part across the clay, repeating lines until the whole sheet was filled. I let the clay dry for 3 days, flipping it over after the first day, just to be sure that it was well dry. When it was dry, it was firm, but flexible. I dusted it with cornstarch and placed a sheet of polymer clay that had been rolled to a number three ( medium setting ) on the cornstarch dusted Makin’s Clay® sheet and rolled both through the pasta machine on the widest setting .  Here is the resulting sheet, and a second one that I coloured with Pan Pastels.

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Polymer Clay sheet on the left, and Makin’s Clay® texture on the right. Very cool texture, and oooh, wouldn’t this be fantastic as dragon or lizard skin?!!

I made several Polymer Clay texture sheets as well, and I found adding a 1/8th inch slice of Sculpey Mold Maker into the clay really helped with the flexibility.

Here’s a picture of the bowls I made from Helen’s tutorial, mounted together on a 8×10 wooden panel

Three Bowls panel

Experimenting with Faux Knitting and Makin’s Clay®

Faux Knitted Heart Pin, Makin's

I needed a brooch for my new coat, so I thought I’d try faux knitting with my Makin’s Clay®.  I used white, black and a touch of Straw, and tore tiny pieces of each colour, then mixed them together. Tearing the clay from a thin sheet was way easier than trying to chop it into little pieces

Faux Knitting Makins's

Next, I rolled all the clay into a log and placed it in my Makin’s Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder® with the 12 hole die and extruded strings of clay. Fold each string in half and twist one, first twisting towards you, then twist away from you for the second strand. Fit both strands together to make a knitted row. This clay must be fresh for best results, but this method works for any polymer clay brands.

When I had enough strands placed side by side, I put them on a gray mix scrap clay, and used a heart cutter to cut my pin. Next I added a small red heart on the faux knitted brooch, as an accent.  I let my pin dry for a day, and glued my pin-back on with superglue.

All ready for the rest of this Winter!

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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, and cut away the clay frame. 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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Edit… update on my experiments, better way to make the Pebeo Paints skin  Pebeo Prisme Polymer Clay Bracelet

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!