Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Copper and Blue Pendant

Hello Makers!

Copper and blue. Ever think of those colors together; they are stunning together. I grew up in the Southwest and was reminded of canyons and mesas with bright blue skies up above. I was inspired by these colors that I just had to make a pendant using these colors.

I made this pendant using bake polymer clay and Makin's Clay tools; 3 piece rectangle and round cutters and set H texture sheets.

To make this pendant I rolled a sheet at the 2nd thickest setting then stacked two sheets. I textured the clay, cut out the rectangle shape. Using the rectangle shape as my center, I then cut out the the circle shape and baked the clay. For the surface treatment, I used blue acrylic paint in the crevices, and wiped paint off the raised areas. I then colored in the raised with Copper Gilder's Paste and finally wire wrapped beads and a made bail out of the same wire. I hope you enjoyed this pendant.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stir Things Up - Altered Spoon

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Today I invite you to stir things up...don't go around causing trouble, now. What I mean so with this altered spoon Makin's Clay project. I used a plastic spoon that I got with my soup from Panera...just love their soups, yummy! I covered the spoon with Makin's Clay, did a little stamping and texturing. I gave it a simple surface treatment with Imagine Inks. I embellished it by wire wrapping some beads around the handle. To get detailed instructions, along with images, please visit the Makin's Clay Blog.

Some stepout images. Visit the Makin's Clay blog to get more details

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Clay Wedding Ring Dish

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Spring is nearing and the weather is getting nicer and around the corner is the wedding season. Although weddings happen all year round, June is a popular month for weddings. The origins of June wedding goes back to ancient times, the Romans celebrated the festival of the deity Juno and his wife Jupiter, who was the goddess of marriage and childbirth, on the first day of June. The Victorians celebrated June weddings because the flowers were in full bloom, which was used as wedding decor. Today, the month of June and generally the summer is simply a practical time of the year; kids are out of school, people go on vacation and of course the weather is nice. 

This month at Imagine we are featuring wedding theme projects and the color of the month is Pantone's Ultra Violet. So, for one my projects for Imagine this month I made a purple dish made of polymer clay and has been colored with Imagine's VersaMagic Inks and IrRESISTible. This dish can be used during the wedding to transport the ring down the isle. After the wedding, use it to store your rings and you'll always have a keepsake from your wedding day. Please visit Imagine's blog to get detailed instructions on how to make this cute project.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Steampunk Arrow

Got direction?

I do today...with my steampunk arrow. So one day I was walking through my local craft store when I noticed new section; a sorta chipboard section. They had large, small, well every size blank chipboard shapes, ready to embellish. I saw this arrow and immediately knew what I was going to do with it. See, you never know when the Muse will arrive. You could say it gave me a sense of direction (corny pun intended). 

This arrow measures about 12 inches in length and about 3 inches at the widest point. I have embellished with yet more chipboard; faux sheet metal, gears, and levers are all chipboard. The rivets and screws are metal though. Of course, added my fave go to steampunk surface treatment; metallic wax. Well, I hope you like my project and find direction in your life today.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Waterdrops Pendants

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Today I have a quick, easy and very stylish project to share using Makin's Clay Waterdrops 3-piece Waterdrops Cutter Set. I like that little curvy waterdrop look to these cutters, makes things look whimsical.

For this project I used bake clay. For the thickness, I used two sheet of clay at the thickest setting on the pasta machine. I then cut out raindrop shapes using the largest and second largest cutter in the set.

I treated the pendants with Susan Lenart Kazmer's Ice Resin Enamels, design to use on metal, but works on clay. I used the torquoise enamel. To do this, the clay has to be baked. Place a piece of paper under the pendants to catch the excess enamel. Apply the adhesive designed for these enamels with a brush. Then sprinkle on the enamel, shake off the excess on the paper and put back in the container. Melt the enamel with a heating tool. I drilled a hole after enameling using a 1/16 drill bit. I did this manually; a drill is overkill and you will risk cracking the pendant.

It's a little tough handle the pendant with your fingers because of its size. I found it way easier to add a makeshift handle. This can be done with a needle, toothpick or precision knife, really anything that sharp and has long handle. Stab one of these tools to the back of  the pendant. Do so gently and not too deep, or you'll cut through the front. Now you have a handle and applying the adhesive and enamel becomes easier and more comfortable task. It's important that these pendants be sealed with a proper clay sealer or polyurethane or the enamels will scratch off.  Happy Creating!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

7gypsies Vintage Keys Necklace-Canvas Corp Brands

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Today I am sharing my first Canvas Corp Brands (CCB) Design Crew project, a handmade 7gypsies vintage keys necklace. Really, this project is easy and stylish, I might say. I am fond of keys and use them in projects. I find them fun, stylish and inspirational. I am smitten with CCB's 7gypsies metal embellishments; they are solidly made and have an authentic vintage look. I was inspired to make a necklace, using the vintage keys set. Check out the CCB Blog to learn how to make this stylish project.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Copper Patina Bowl - Makin's Clay

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My Makin's Clay project this month is a patina and copper holy bowl. Keep in my this bowl is not going to save your soul, but it can hold your trinkets. I used Makin's Clay: mini GEO Cutter Set, Rollers and Cutter Set and white clay. To paint the bowl I used copper metallic paint and furniture and home decor patina wax from Art Minds. Please visit the Makin's Clay Blog to get detailed instructions and take a look around for more project ideas.

Normally, you use home decor waxes to paint wooden furniture or walls, I don't do either of those things, but I sure do like it on my arts and craft projects, like clay, metal, canvas and plaster. Waxes are great for antiquing; they do a superb job at getting into crevices and wiping off the surface. I like antique surface because it adds dimension. I then usually paint the surface, leaving the wax in the crevices. I have an easier time antiquing with waxes than I do acrylic paint. For antiquing I use dark brown, gray and black waxes. Waxes also seal surfaces, that's one of the reasons for using on wooden furniture. They also dry fast. I have used other brand waxes; Art Minds, Deco Arts, Folk Art and Annie Sloan and like them all.

 Alrighty then! Did mean to go on and on about waxes. See, this why you don't go to the craft and look around, you discover stuffs. Put on blinders and just get what you need is what I say, but still can't! Well, I hope you enjoy my little bowl and visit the Makin's Clay Blog. Below are some sneak peek pictures.