Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Student's Work, Openwork

Received this lovely email and a picture yesterday:

Hi there
Here is a pendant made based on your tutorial. I filled the cells with liquid clay and ink.
The reverse is in clear colours. I joined two spheres together.
Thanks so much. I am going to try one with the new flexible soufflé clay.
Kind regards

Thank you, Sue! I really appreciate when other artist share with me pictures of their creations made based on my tutorials. Love the idea with the liquid polymer clay inside the open-work cells.  Looks cool!

Here is the link to the tutrial that Sue followed to make this beautiful pendant: Openwork Pendants Tutorial

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dealing with an Empty Nest Syndrome

With my youngest daughter leaving for college this Fall, I decided to get ready for the empty nest syndrome. 

I am afraid there will be no time for my polymer clay for a while...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Future Tutorial: Controlled Mokume Gane and Faux Carving with Wonder Stamps

The latest among my two-sided polymer clay creations, this necklace was made using my hand-made Wander Stamps for polymer clay

I am in the process of writing a step-by-step tutorial that will explain how to use Wonder Stamps in Controlled Mokume Gane technique and in Faux Carving technique.  

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Polymer Clay Pendant: Textures and Steampunk

Here is another two-sided polymer clay necklace.  

The pendant for this one has watch parts and resin on one side and various textures on another. 

If you want to make something similar for yourself, let me recommend the following tutorials:

Faux Metal Necklace (with many different ideas for interesting textures).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Two-Sided Polymer Clay Necklace

I want to show the necklace I just made for myself.  It has design on both sides – one of those ideas that make you wonder why you have not thought of it before.  It makes perfect sense, right?  Shaping and stringing each component takes a lot of time and effort, so why not double the return by making both sides of the necklace work. 

For this particular piece, I made one side with crackle technique and another with my Fantastic Filigree technique. 

To make the crackled surface, I rolled a very thin layer of polymer clay on a ceramic tile and briefly heated it with a heat gun.  As a result, the very top layer of the clay was cured, leaving the rest of it still in its raw form.  When the raw clay was expended by rolling my heat-treated polymer sheet through a pasta machine, the crackles appeared.  I cut out the parts for my two-sided necklace elements, baked them, and treated the crackled surface with some white acrylic paint to make the texture more visible. 

These necklace elements were finished with hand-made antique bronze frames and covered with two-part epoxy resin to give them nice and smooth finish.  The frames were made in the same way as described in my tutorial “Polymer Clay Pendants with Sterling Silver Frames”.  The tips and tricks for using epoxy resin for polymer clay jewelry are explained in my other tutorial, “How to Work with Two-Part Epoxy Resin”. 

Fantastic Filigree technique (used for the other side of the necklace) is described in a tutorial with the same name.  Al three of these tutorials can be found on my website, polymertutorials.com.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cool Tools: Concave Forms for Polymer Clay

If you would like to make lentil-shaped hollow polymer clay beads or concave/convex polymer clay pendants, you will need some spherical forms.

Since the beginning of our craft, polymer clay artists developed a habit of looking at various household items as potential tools for polymer clay. That is why you can often see old incandescent light bulbs recommended in polymer clay projects as forms for convex pendants. This used to be a cheap and simple option, but with the spread of fluorescent bulbs, finding the old ones is getting more and more challenging.

The second option is also stemming from the same idea – trash to tools. If you cut out the bottom of a soda can, it can be used as a concave/convex form. The issue with this approach is that the obtained form is a bit more shallow (and it also has nasty sharp edges that you have to keep in mind all the time).

By now, there is a professional tool for this task is available from Polyform. It is called Sculpey Hollow Bead Maker. Nice, but a bit pricey. I also do not like that it has a few forms on the same base and feels kind of crowded to work with.
Here is the best option I found so far (cue the drum roll): Aluminum Sphere Cake Molds. They come in a few sizes, cost less than a dollar per pair on eBay, and very easy to work with. Enjoy!

P.S. These sphere cake molds (3" in diameter) can be used for my projects described in the following tutorials: Sea Creatures, Openwork Pendants, Faux Metal Necklace.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Student's Work, Pictures from the Class

A few pictures from my polymer clay class at Cabin Fever last week.

Polymer clay pendants in organic style made by the class participants.

Thank you, ladies, for being good students!  I hope you will use the things you've learned in this class in many of your future creations.

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