Sunday, July 24, 2016

Seahorses Beneath the Sea ATC's by Cindi McGee

Designer Cindi McGee recently shared these mixed-media ATC's with a "beneath the sea" theme.  Cindi used Makin's Clay® and the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder™ to create the seaweed for her cards.   For more information visit her blog.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Whale of a Shadowbox by Steph Ackerman

Design Team Member Steph Ackerman recently shared this fun ocean themed shadowbox project here on the Proxxon Tools blog.   Steph used Makin's Clay® and our Sea Shells push mold to create her seashell and starfish accents.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Summer Blue" Floral Necklaces by Donna Budzynski


"Summer Blue" Floral Necklaces 
Designed by Donna Budzynski

I designed these with the help of my grandkids. They wanted to make a necklace out of clay and I thought why not use Makin’s Clay®, it is lightweight, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and perfect for all ages - the perfect option for our summer necklaces!  They wore them to the movies and told everyone they made them! They were a walking billboard!

We nicknamed Donna's necklaces "Summer Blue" Floral Necklaces because her pretty clay color reminds of a bright summer sky!

Materials:

Testors White Acyrilic paint

Tools:

Makin’s Clay® Cutting Mat
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine® or Rolling tool
Makin’s® Clay Cutters – Round
Floral stamp of choice
Hemp cord
Toothpick

Instructions:
 
1.     Gather your blue Makin’s Clay® and your paint. 








2.     Add some paint to the Makin’s Clay® Blue to make it a light ocean blue.  

3.     Once the paint was added I took a hint off of the Makin’s Clay® blog! After adding paint to clay, put into a plastic bag and mix in the bag.  FYI….Great tip’s can be found here on the blog!



4.     Once your clay and paint are mixed thoroughly, either roll out using your Makin’s® roller tool or the Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine® to about 1/8" (setting #2).
            





5.     Stamp your image into the clay.






6.     Using Makin’s® round cutter, cut out your images.  We used the largest cutter in the 3 piece set.   Make a hole for your hemp. 



7.     Set aside to let dry. This won’t take long. Mine were dry in a few hours (Makin's Clay® is usually fully dry in 24 hours depending upon your atmospheric conditions - a thin piece like these will take much less time!)

8.     Once dry, using a paintbrush add paint into the stamped image. Lightly wipe away paint with a damp paper towel, leaving paint inside of image.



9.     Add hemp cord to length and enjoy!



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Dreaming of Morroco" Pendant by Carole Monahan

"Dreaming of Morroco" Pendant 
By Carole Monahan

Tassels are EVERYWHERE right now.  I thought I would add to the craze with my Moroccan inspired necklace.

Materials

Makin's Clay® Black 2 oz
Viva D├ęcor Inka Gold –Platinum
Adirondack inks assorted colors
2 inch Tassel
5 Oval jumprings
Silk cord 24 inches
Toggle clasp
2 fold over cord ends

Tools

Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine™
Makin's Clay® Professional Tool Kit 
Makin's Clay® Floral push mold
Waffle design plunge cutter
Pliers and paint brushes
  
Directions:

Fill your push mold *remember less is more!  Set the push mold aside to set up.



Roll out the remainder of your 2 oz of clay to setting #2 on your Ultimate Clay Machine™.

Cut out the desired shape.  I used a plunge cutter. Make holes to hang your tassel and attach jump rings.  Embellish the edge with the detail tool from the professional tool kit.


Add the molded piece onto the flat part. I trimmed sections from the molded piece to better fit on the background. You can use another tip from the professional tools sculpting kit to add more details and to help secure the molded item down.  Let dry 24 hours. 

 Apply the Inka gold paste to the raised areas. I suggest a small short bristle brush to get more details.


Let the paste set and dry before adding the alcohol ink colors with a small detail brush.


Now you are ready to add the tassel with one of your oval jump rings and string the necklace as desired.  I used a silver silk cord and a toggle clasp to complete the look.



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