Saturday, July 26, 2014

Two New Polymer Clay Tutorials

It's been a while since my last update, so am very happy to finally introduce two new tutorials for polymer clay. Both tutorials are available on my web site (polymertutorials.com) and in my Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/PolymerClayTutorials). One of these tutorials, "Polymer Clay Leaf Earrings", is intended for people new to polymer clay. It shows how to make a pair of polymer clay earrings with leaf design and hand-made sterling silver links. It does not require any special equipment or previous skills. 


The second tutorial, "Fantastic Filigree", is suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. It shows how to create necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with shining filigree designs formed with metal leaf.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Polymer Clay Class at Orlando Clay Fandango 2015


I will be teaching my polymer clay Faux Cloisonne class at Orlando Clay Fandango in 2015. 

The retreat will be on Lake Yale, from April 30 to May 4 (five days and four nights). 

You can find more information about this event and access the registration form on Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild blog.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Orchids in Washington, DC

There is an annual orchids exhibition in United States Botanic Garden (Washington, DC).  This year, it is called Orchid Symphony, and it will be on display until the last Sunday in April.

They have absolutely gorgeous music fountains this year, set to a few beautiful pieces of classic music.  There are also orchid arrangements in shape of musical instruments, but I found myself still drawn to the beauty of individual flowers.











I realized after this trip that I have not sculpted any orchids in a while.  It is time to expand my collection of polymer clay orchid tutorials, don't you think?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free Polymer Clay Tutorials and Example Pages


Updated all my polymer clay tutorial descriptions on polymertutorials.com to include the free picture versions of some tutorials and the example pages from the rest of them.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I am back

This weekend we came back from a camping trip to Florida.  We were in Central Florida (Ocala National Forest) and in St-Augustine.

Although the weather in Florida this year is worse than usual, I totally enjoyed it.  There were some rainy days, yes, but the whole trip was wonderful nonetheless. 

Pictures are better than words, so I will just show a few pictures from our trip.




...And this what we came back to:


Friday, November 1, 2013

Tutorial Embossed Polymer Clay: a Couple More Ideas

I would like to add a couple more ideas to the tutorial described in my previous two posts (below).

As you can see, in this tutorial I explained how to use a lever paper punch to create a custom stencil for embossed design.  However, you may also use commercially-available stencils.  Please refer to the picture below.  To obtain this design, I used two plastic stencils - one of them is for a letter and the second one is for a decorative corner.    


Please note that a better (deeper) design may be obtained when a thicker stencil is used.  The design created with a thin stencil is more shallow and less visible.

Here is another idea: to create your own pattern, cut a stencil out of a thick paper.
  
I decided to make a rather complicated stencil, with two trees (see below).  After sketching the trees, I cut them out with an X-acto knife.  I can now use the obtained silhouettes of the trees to make an impression in my clay in the shape of this trees.  However, if I want to have these trees embossed in polymer clay, I will have to collect all the little cutouts of the spaces between the tree branches and glue them onto a separate piece of paper.    


Too bad I cannot show you this design finished in polymer clay since I am still away from my studio...  You will have to use your imagination and experiment a little bit to use this approach.

Happy claying!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tutorial Polymer Clay Embossed and Impressed, Part 2, Christmas gifts, DIY gifts

Look for the first part of this free polymer clay tutorial in my previous post.

Following the steps described in the first part of this tutorial, you made and baked a polymer clay veneer with embossed and impressed design.  

Your next step is to sand the edges of this veneer with a piece of relatively rough sandpaper (100 grit or similar).


Below are the pictures of the polymer clay veneer edge before and after sanding.


At this point the obtained polymer clay veneer may be used to decorate the notebook cover.  However, if you would like to highlight the design with acrylic paint, it could be done in one of the two ways described below.


Option 1. 

Apply small quantity of paint onto your index finger.


Gently tap the polymer clay veneer with your finger. 


Repeat as needed until the whole veneer is covered.


Option 2.

Paint your polymer clay veneer with acrylic paint in contrasting color.  Let the paint dry.


Using a piece of sandpaper, sand off some paint to reveal the pattern underneath it.


To complete the project, first put the covers back onto your notebook.  Gently press the wire loops together to restore their original shape.


Using Super Glue or glue E6000, attach the obtained polymer clay veneer onto the cover of your notebook.

This technique may be used for decoration of many other objects, such as picture and mirror frames, various boxes, business card holders, jewelry. etc.

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