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Friday, December 2, 2016

Just Steampunk! Vol #8 Publications


Our Makin's Clay® Design Team Members are doing a fabulous job of sharing the wonderful world of Makin's Clay® through print publications!    The most recent issue of Scott Publications Just Steampunk! Vol #8 magazine features several projects featuring Makin's Clay®!

Patricia Krauchune has 8 of her unique steampunk style projects made with Makin's Clay® products. 


Design Team Member Irit Shalom has 5 of her unique steampunk style projects featuring Makin's Clay® accents.




Carole Monahan's Steampunk Infinity Ball made with Makin's Clay® is also a part of this issue! 



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gingerbread House Gift Box

Gingerbread House Gift Box by Steph Ackerman

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here.  This  month our team was challenged to create a project inspired by a pin from the Makin's Clay® Polymer Clay Inspiration Projects or Tutorials & Techniques boards.  These gingerbread house ornaments inspired me to recreate a gingerbread house with Makin's Clay®, but my box has the added twist of being a small gift box too!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/501588477234209816/

Supplies:

Makin's® Clay - Brown, White, Green, Red
Makin's® 


Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®


Beacon Adhesives - 3-in1 Adhesive
Spellbinders Dies
Wilton Mold 

Because I wanted a somewhat mottled look, I began by mixing white and brown clay together. 
  
Roll out brown and white clay in the Ultimate Clay Machine® beginning on setting #1 and continue rolling increasing one setting at a time until the clay is as thin as you like it.  Look at the fun effect I achieved with the clay.

Place the clay on the cutting mat, and following the ruled lines, use the clay cutter to create straight edges on the clay panel.


I had a chipboard house I planned to use as the base so I wrapped the clay around it and cut it to fit.  Then I used Beacon Adhesives to adhere the clay around the box.

Using the clay tools, I cut left over clay pieces to fit the roof.


I combined all the left over clay bits together and rolled them through the clay machine on setting #1 and continue rolling increasing one setting at a time until the clay is the desired thickness.

I wanted some roof shingles so I used a scalloped Spellbinders border die.  I placed the clay between two layers of wax paper and then die cut the damp clay.  You can wait until the clay dries before die cutting, but, as you know, I don't like to wait.  The wax paper stops the clay from getting stuck in the die. 
 

I added a separate piece of brown clay to the chimney, then used the clay tools to create the bricks in the still damp clay.  An angel was added to the chimney top.


A gingerbread house is full of lots of different candy pieces, so I used assorted clay cutters and different colors of clay to create elements I wanted to use.  I die cut ovals from white clay to use for the door and cut them in half to use as the windows.  I cut candy canes from red clay, then I used push molds to create the other elements I wanted for the house.

 

Finally, I wanted some gumdrops, flowers and candy strips so I used white clay with a Wilton silicone mold.  I used clay tools to smooth the backs of each element before removing them from the mold.


The fun part is always decorating.  So I added all the elements about the house using Beacon Adhesives.  And who doesn't like to see a wreath over their front door this time of year?


 Now for the surprise - fill it with candy and give it as a gift!


It's always fun making gingerbread houses for the holidays, but why not create one from Makin's Clay® this holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by.

- Steph

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holly Holiday Card


Design Team Member Martha Lucia Gomez recently shared this pretty holiday card with Makin's Clay® accents on her blog.   Martha used Makin's Clay® and the Makin's® Christmas Nature push mold.

Rosemary Mini Wreaths



Design Team Member Erin Reed shares these pretty rosemary mini wreaths here on her blog.  Erin used Makin's Clay® and our Dove & Bell clay cutters to create the hanging embellishments on her wreaths.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Bulb Gift Embellishments & Ornaments


Design Team Member Donna Budzynski recently shared these festive gift embellishments/ornaments made with Makin's Clay® and our Bulb clay cutter set!  A great way to decorate your gifts with something they can hang on their tree in years to come!





Poinsettia Ornament


Poinsettia Ornament by Lucy Reese 

SUPPLIES:

Makin's Clay® - Red & Green
Makin's® Christmas Nature Push Mold
Plastic or Glass Clear Ornaments 
Pipe Cleaners- Green Pine
Silks Glaze by ColourArt- Crimson & Olive Vine 

Black acrylic paintBeacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Adhesive™
Needle tool
Paint brushes 
INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Using your red and green clay plus the mold form all your embellishments. I chose to use the poinsettia, holly, and berries.

2. Once you get all your pieces molded and cleaned up. Use a needle tool to help exaggerate some of the texture.



3. While your clay is still fresh, add the adhesive to the back of each piece and place onto the clear ornament until your happy with the design. Once that is done you can begin to paint your pieces. I chose Silks Glazes because I didn't want to lose the color of the clay, I just wanted to enhance it. Being that Silks are transparent, that worked perfectly.






4. Once all your elements are completely dry. Remove the ornaments hanging parts. Then, place as many of the green pine pipe cleaners inside until your satisfied.

5. To give my ornament a bit of a vintage look. I made a wash mixing a little black paint with some water, painted it on, waited a few minutes, and then wiped it back. 



Your finished!!

That's it!! Pretty simple, isn't it? I hope you enjoyed this months project and it inspires you to give it a try. As always, if you have ever tried any of my posted projects.. I would love to hear from you!!!

       ~Lucy
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Autumn Birds Tags


Design Team Member Irit Shalom recently shared these "autumn birds" mixed-media tags with push molded Makin's Clay® accents.   Makin's Clay® is a great accent for paper crafts as it is lightweight, flexible, and is acid free when dry.  

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