Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Why did I not stumble upon her site sooner. Thanks to Cindy Lietz the Polymer Clay Tutor ( Web: http://www.beadsandbeading.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/PolymerClayTips ) and her Tweet about Tina Holden ( Web: http://www.beadcomber.ca Twitter: http://twitter.com/Tinaholden1 )I found her. Thanks once again Cindy!
In this tutorial Tina used a small CD to create a wonderful decorative stand for her crystal ball. You could use this stand for candles, incense, or just to display anything you wish to. Its beautiful and a wonderful way to use up those old CDS and DVDs you have no use for anymore. If you are thinking that you can not bake CD's in your oven, think again....at the low manufactured recommended temperatures that are in place for Polymer Clay you can cover a CD and bake it without issues. To top it off there are lots of things you can use feet for and using her method while not uniquely her own as I have seen it used many times before, her tutorial shows you in a nice easy to understand and see way she gets hers done. Enjoy!!!!
Polymer Clay Bytes! - Tina Holden's Beadcomber: Polymer Clay Box or Tile Legs Tutorial
Sunday, June 28, 2009
When making molds of items you wish to create over and over again, there are many products out to help do the job. Which ones to choose. You can make these molds and bake them in the oven up to 600 degrees some of them. RTV molds. Room Temperature Release molds as they are. Alley Goop, Amazing Mold Putty, Marine grade silicon putty, there are quite a few.
In addition the video about also has links to other related videos. Some of the videos are related to polymer clay and or resin while some are just related to silicone Rubber. Enjoy looking through them as there is one from Eugena Topina of www.eugenascreations.com, she has 12 (Twelve) FREE project tutorials on her website http://www.eugenascreations.com/polymer-clay-tutorials.html.
Friday, June 19, 2009
It was not advertised. I heard it does not include Premo only Sculpey but I am not sure all stores are doing that or not.
Also www.polymerclaysuperstore.com is having a 1/2 off ] Sale on Studio by Sculpey clay!
Joann's Fabrics, today through tomorrow all Fimo polymer clay 50% off, also, Amco's clay conditioning tool (pasta machine) is only 9.99, usually 25 bucks +.
Now in addition to all this, please note that I am not an affiliate or representative of or for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and no exchange of anything including but not limited to free product, money, exchange of links or anything exchanged for my posting this. I just think its a wonderful way to shop online and you can find anything you could want or need for making jewelry.
Here is a wonderful resource put together by them that can help you with so many things. If your just starting out making jewelery you will be happy to know there is one place you can go to have all those little questions answered. They have the charts and tools to help you plan your jewelry designs.
In addition you can find out more about beading as a business, what to expect from the shows, where some of their exotic beads come from, and a Beading Dictionary where you can find out more about the different components used for making jewelry and allot more.
Beading information, Jewelry Making Resources, Charts and Advice
The link to the main website is:
Friday, June 12, 2009
I get the most of my relief from stress by crafting and working with polymer clay. I never knew such joy in my creativity than with polymer clay and now I am addicted to bending and twisting wire.
The jewelry I have been creating is beautiful and I now dress in style, everyone wants to know where did I get that? I am happy to tell them I made them myself, my husband is quick to tell them I made it and I couldn't be happier with my artistic abilities than I am when I am wire wrapping my polymer clay beads and making wearable art everyone seems to love.
Its a wonderful feeling to know my husband thinks so much of my creations that he finds ways to play with my jewelry while were out in public so that he basically is pointing things out to others when he is doing it. Just last night at a restaurant when the waitress was taking our order he grabbed my hand and started to play with my chunky square rose bead ring that I wire wrapped with copper wire to fasten it as a wearable design I could comfortably wear on my middle finger (The fattest one on my left hand).
The waitress complimented the ring and asked me how I was able to make those flowers in the glass like that. I felt so good telling her it was not glass but polymer clay. She was amazed and said she would certainly wear that. It would have ended up a nice tip for her but in these time money pays bills not nice jewelry and I love my ring and really did not want to part with it, not just yet anyway.
Wire wrapped polymer clay beads made from rose cane slices from the very 1st real flower cane I ever made from taking a class taught to me by Jane Zhao http://www.janezhaoarts.com/ .
The green gem was one I found with a few others inside a Chinese Bamboo plant I purchased for hubby for Valentines day. Apparently they put in a handful of these cut glass looking gems in with other stones to make a drainage system for the plant inside a decorative planter. They were pre-drilled with holes in them when I fished them out of the planer so I was able to wire wrap it with ease. The results are a beautiful focal piece to be worn with my other polymer clay beads, wire cage beads, metal chains, cord, black satin ribbon, pearl strand or anything else that just might go with it as it appears that just about everything would look great with it.
I made some pillow beads which are more squared then puffed like a pillow but I did make some puffed pillow beads that are a bit smaller so I wanted these shown above to look more squared and less pillow like. I wired them with copper wire and joined them all with copper jump rings I made myself.
Little baby is for the Miniature Collectors Club monthly on-going challenge for June.
Need I say more...its totally steampunk and wearable art at its weirdest but I like it!!!
What do you think about this kind of wearable art?
I saw this and had to share. Not just for the art and the cool conversion but a few other neat steampunk things that are just fabu (fabulous) right where I found this from. I mean if this page from Design Tavern does not give you the whole steampunk feeling and inspiration you need to try and create or convert something of your own I don't know what else can.
5 DIY Steampunk conversions Design Tavern
Its Spring and were heading right into Summer, so why not go out and collect some rocks. This looked like a great craft you can do with the kids, for parties or just to give as gifts. I have a small sack of Akasha Crystals River Rocks and I thought now here is something I can do with these.
Messages of Inspiration or Good Fortune:
I did an art show once to sell table top fountains and the tables were nicely displayed with table cloths that kept wanting to fly up and lift away with what was a very windy day. I would have loved to have had some nice river rocks painted to look like animals which would have went nicely with the display. I could see some koi fish and rocks with pond lilies and or orchids on them.
Rock Crafts and more creative crafts projects, templates, tips, clip-art, patterns, and ideas on marthastewart.com
It just was not enough to have the 3 previous posts on creating with pipe cleaners AKA chenille stems ...going with the same Christmas theme here is yet another animal you can create, keeping with the Christmas theme. These are adorable, but don't just think of them for Christmas... I see also horses, donkey, moose, dogs, etc... not just for Christmas, use them for other occasions as well. Making Figures: Reindeer
But picture this...your dollhouse needs to be decorated for the Christmas holiday, why not a few reindeer out on the front lawn or up on top of the house pulling Santa's sleigh.
I just couldn't help myself I saw these and thought well they are cute, crafty, great for a nice project with the kids. Seem to be a clean craft as well. Not the mention the possibilities for miniatures. Just remember the thin pipe cleaners will enable you to create smaller items than those being shown in these tutorials from Martha Stewart website. I can see a tiny tank made from a blister pack and a little chameleon inside. Or a nice backyard scene or decorating around your miniature tree with one of those cute deer that look like Bambi. Have a miniature monkey for a circus room box or how about a kids party scene.
Pipe Cleaner Creatures and more creative crafts projects, templates, tips, clip-art, patterns, and ideas on marthastewart.com
Pipe Cleaner Ornaments and more creative crafts projects, templates, tips, clip-art, patterns, and ideas on marthastewart.com
Pipe Cleaner Ornaments and more creative crafts projects, templates, tips, clip-art, patterns, and ideas on marthastewart.com
Pipe Cleaner Decorations: Christmas Tree and more holiday recipes, crafts projects, decorating tips, gift ideas, and simple solutions on marthastewart.com
Martha does it again with a wonderful craft DIY that's perfect for us miniature lovers. These fantastic realistic faux Douglas firs would make great Christmas Trees for your dolls house and or miniature roombox scene. Its amazing what some chenille stemmed pipe cleaners can become. I can see some scented with essential oils that smell like real pine trees.
Cut out a circle of red scrap fabric or felt for a skirt, and wrap tiny blocks of wood with additional green and red chenille stemmed pipe cleaners for bows. You can find the smaller stem pipe cleaners for the bows on the gifts and the candy canes on the tree or make ornaments from Fimo, Sculpey, Premo, Kato, Cernit, Polymer Clay or Air Dry Clay and create tiny balls and other ornaments for your tree from beads.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I saw him and just had to share. Just another example of art meets steampunk style.
Deborah is an Army Wife and Mother of 3 Boys. She is a proud crafter who has a passion for polymer clay and her whimsical style and fantastic fantasy sculptures of dragons are very nice affordable gifts for just about any occasion. Dragon lovers would love to own one of these cute little ones.
Handmade Accessories on Etsy - Sir Edmund Meowlary by dlsarmywife
To see more from Deborah or to follow her on her blog click here: http://www.dlsarmywife.blogspot.com/
Future Passed - Front by *monsterkookies on deviantART
FREE TUTORIAL - ADD SCENTS TO POLYMER CLAY
She has a nice tutorial on adding scents to your polymer clay. Its common scents oops sense, "LOL" to me that you have to use oil because polymer clay is oil based, but there are some great tips and it would not hurt to try her method and if you use it give her credit for having used her online tutorial.
Monster Kookies - Custom Handcrafted Polymer Clay Jewellery!
Steampunk Oddfae by ~oddfae on deviantART
I am in love with steampunk and yesterday while in Michael's Crafts I noticed many things now that are for the style. From clock parts to golden wings, keys and locks, springs and sprockets. Even beautiful focal beads and charms all that would make great past time pieces. Many aged bronze and copper items that just fit. Look for more on this steampunk stuff from me, I love it
I had a very hard time finding anything for Michaels on their website but certainly had not problems whatsoever getting them from this website. Not this week though. Michael's Crafts (in my local area anyway) did not put out a sales circular thus no coupons. However I signed up on the Michaels website for their newsletter and advertised specials announcements in my email, they sent me a link to a 50% off any one non sale item. I printed out 4 of them but could have printed out many more, and they are good until June 21st.
But this blog will give you coupons for your favorite/local craft stores. JoAnne's Fabrics and Crafts, Michael's Crafts, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby...
GET THEM HERE
In case the above text link does not work the address to your printable craft store coupons is as follows:
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
This time I wish to share a neat online tool you can use to help with all those times when you wish to choose color schemes for just about anything. I am sure it was created with webpage designing in mind but you sure could use it to choose colors for beaded jewelry, polymer clay creations, dressing dolls, applying makeup, scrapbooking, paper quilling, designing a room or room box and or for anywhere you may need to choose colors that compliment one another and thus look good together.
From warm colors to cold colors and anything in-between. Check out the mono colors, colors that compliment, triad of colors, tetrad of colors, analogical and accented analogical. The possibilities are endless now and you can have an online helper whenever you need it and not worry about taking up anymore space in your craft area.
Today I wanted to quickly blog about a neat tutorial I just now got tweeted to me on twitter. It looks really nice and extremely easy. I do not make jewelry although lately I have been tampering a bit because I do make polymer clay beads. I would love to be able to make other types of beads that would compliment the clay beads and bobbles in a nice arrangement where they can be worn as earrings, charms, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, cell phone charms, barrette charms, sunglass buddies(tm) and other wearable dangles.
I have some copper wire which I picked up at my local Home Depot in the plumbing section, so when I saw this tutorial just now I got a hankering for making some wire cage beads. What about you? Go ahead give it a try. If you don't have copper wire it okay to use any wire you may have on hand. I myself may try with some floral wire about the same gauge and just test it out and see if I can get the same or similar twisting results.
CLICK HERE FOR TUTORIAL:
Monday, June 1, 2009
Every YouTube video player has controls under where you view the video being shown. There are a number of buttons with icons on them, each one performing a different function. *Please note some button options do not always have all functions available.
This button brings up more options. This is where you can bring up the code to embed this video into your own blog, website, MySpace, FaceBook, forum post etc.. Additionally there may be options available where you can annotate and add (CC) captions/comments to the video being played.
Here are some samples of videos that were shown in the video player once I selected the more content icon. I could scroll through to see the other 2 of the 9 not being shown. *Note there is only so much room these players can open to show. While you can choose the size of the player in some instances this is the default size as it will be shown to most viewers no matter what browser they are using.
Top right corner will show the Embed code to add the video player showing the video you just saw to your blog, networking friends site profile, forum message and comment posts.
The URL is the web address to share the video you just saw with others. When there is no need to post the video but you still wish to share it with others, you can select this web address and copy it to paste it into your email, blog, instant messenger or text message on your cellular phone.
Starting this month (May 2009) some of the members of one of the most wonderful groups (Miniature Collectors Club) on yahoo have participated in a group challenge. A challenge is not a contest to win anything or rein the best of any one other miniaturist artesian, but to challenge ones own abilities as an artist and creator to create from your own imagination and test your limits based on a theme. This challenge is bases on a month to month challenge of ones self to complete a calendar baby using the free tutorial provided by Penny Dolls.
This is the 3rd baby I created before I was happy with what I submitted। It certainly was a challenge। The 1st one I made weeks ago burned in the oven when I was baking her while working. Yes I have the pleasure of being able to do some things while working since I do work at home, but if you can not pay attention to what is in the oven then you should not be baking. The outcome is not pleasant. Polymer clay releases fumes they say are toxic more so when burned. Besides I can tell you the the tiny AA and Latino children I have been creating have been interesting test subjects. Each one in itself a test of my patience and tolerance for this craft. I love clay its forgiving in many ways and or you can take something and make a happy accident from it...but once bakes it is what it is.
The chair is a metal and wire chair from an old handed down dollhouse with accessories from the 1960's I made the seat cushion from polymer clay, and the table is the match to the same chair which I covered with lemon yellow piece of tissue paper I cut a circle from large enough to cover the table and the legs all the way around। Everything else is polymer clay made by me। The doll is polymer clay made over aluminum foil and toothpicks with slight adjustments made to the tutorial provided by Penny Dolls, as the 1" cone body as instructed would yield a play scale baby or slightly larger baby. The fork was added to the molded open hand after baking as it is made of plastic. The babies tiny earrings are 1/2mm no hole beads. The lips were painted using a rose red acrylic paint and applied with a sharp tipped toothpick. Mod Podge Gloss Luster was used to highlight certain parts of the baby like the eyes, the earrings, strawberries on her teeny little dress, her sandals, the cake plate, the cake platter, the birthday candle and certain parts of the cake decorations as well as to highlight the custard center of the birthday cake. The birthday hat is from the burnt baby made a couple of weeks before.All was okay until I decided to try and use mohair on her and make her a little red head. So this one I made with clay hair to be safe.
I can not wait to do this months June Baby Challenge. This was fun and I have lots of ideas now and feel great when I am being creative and using my imagination. Nothing better than spending my day off going clayzie ( addiction to clay to the point where you once you start playing with it you just can't stop).