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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Silkscreened Summer Polymer Clay Pendant

Silkscreened Summer Pendant by Leila Bidler
Using silkscreens you can make a very quick and very eye catching pendant for this summer in no time!

For this project you will need:

Makins's Clay® Earth Tones Colors Package (I used the colors Olive and Straw)
Makin's® Clay Roller
Cookie Cutters (Makin's® Clay Cutters are great for this project)
Makin’s Professional® Cutting Mat
Makin's® Clay Tool Set
1 Jump Ring
Silk Screens (I used one of my own and MOIKO brand)
Squeegee (you can use an old credit card if you have none)
Acrylic colors of your choice (I used Lumiere Metallic Grape, Halo Blue Gold, True Gold, White)
Pearl Ex gold pigment powder
Necklace cord
Extra for the silk screen: a bowl of water

Instructions:

Take your two colors of Makins's Clay® out of the package and mix it with a small amount of gold pigment powder. Start with a small quantity, remember you can always add more if you think you need more, but not take it out if you did add too much! Mix both colors individually with the gold pigment powder to get it nice and sparkly.




When you are satisfied of the mix roll out the clay with the clay roller.

Now take your silkscreen and place it shiny side downon your clay. Be careful to place the correct side up and read the manufacturers instructions. Rub very slightly with your finger to make sure id adheres well to the clay. Also prepare a small bowl or dish of water to rinse your silk screen right after using it. 

There are several different approaches to doing silk screen, I like to add the color directly to the border of the squeegee (if you do not have one a rubber or silicone texture sheet or old credit card work well also). As shown here, if you want some color variations you can add two different colors: 


Now pull the squeegee and the color across the screen, from top to bottom. Go firmly in one motion but do not push too hard to not indent the clay underneath. As you can see the colors mix nicely on the screen:



This is the result on the Olive Green Clay - after using your silk screen put it immediately in your bowl of water so the paint will not dry and cloak the mesh before you get a chance to properly wash it. 



Choose a different pattern for the second piece of clay and proceed with a first print, using a dark color:

Let's add a special effect: le the color dry, wash and dry your silk screen, place it exactly on top of the previous print, then move it very, very slightly and print again using a light color. This way we will create the illusion of a shadow image on the clay: 

 

Cut out two shapes you like and place one on top of the other, putting a drop of water between them to help the clay stick together to create your pendant. You can put it on a slightly curved surface to let it dry in a curved shape to add more interest.

Have fun experimenting with different shapes of silk screens and different colors, layering them in different ways to get very interesting designs, here another example using different colors and silk screens. 


Poke a hole in your pendant before it dries. Let your pendant dry and then add a jump ring and string it and it is ready to be worn. Optional: you can add clear varnish or resin on top of the pendant but you do not really need it as the acrylic colors will not rub easily.

Go to the beach and have fun! 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Butterflies in Flight Wall Art


Design Team Member Leila Bidler recently shared this colorful Butterfly wall art made with Makin's Clay®.  Leila used a craft punch to cut butterflies from sheets of dry Makin's Clay®.  You can die cut sheets of dry Makin's Clay® too!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

"Thanks" Greeting Card



Materials:
Makin’s Clay® - Clay
Makin’s Professional® - 
Cutting Mat - Small
Makin’s®Push Mold – Borders;
White Cardstock;
Scrap of Red Cardstock;
Decorative Paper (I used Making Memories – English Garden Collection);
Your Next Die – Thanks.

Instructions:

1.    Roll green clay into a skinny little piece. 

2.    Lay skinny piece over ivy portion of border mold. Push into mold using ball of fingers.

3.    Turn mold over and ensure that all the little corners have been filled. On the back, make sure that all the edges are pushed in smooth.




4.    Pop the clay piece out of the mold and allow to dry flat. Alternatively, allow piece to dry in mold, and then pop out when dry. Create two of these leaf borders.


5.    Cut A2 tent-fold card out of white cardstock. 

6.    Adhere a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” piece of decorative paper to the card front. 

7.    Cut a 4 ¼” x 1 ¾” piece of white cardstock. Adhere in place on card front 1” from bottom edge. 

8.    Adhere clay pieces along top and bottom edge of white cardstock strip.

9.    Die-cut “Thanks” from red cardstock. Adhere to white cardstock strip, centering between clay border pieces. 


Clay borders are such a fun addition to a handmade card! They add some lovely dimension and make it special! 😊


Monday, August 12, 2019

Faux Gilded Polymer Clay Seashells

Faux Gilded Seashells by Cynthia Gougian
Materials List:
·     Makin’s Clay® 60G White, Brown
·     Makin’s® Push Mold Seashells
·     Wire Ferrule, Cocktail Straw, or Toothpick
·     400 grit sandpaper 
·     Gold Craft Paint
·     Water Based Glossy Sealer/Varnish
·     8 mm Jump Rings
·     4 mm Jump Rings
·     Chain Nose Pliers, and Flat Nose Pliers
·     Necklace Cord, or Chain
·     Earwires

Instructions:
Step 1:  Begin with a 1 ½” ball of white clay, and a ¾ “ball of brown clay. 
Step 2:  Roll the ball into logs of approximately the same length.
Step 3:  Twist the logs together. 
Step 4:  Fold the twisted log and half and twist it again.


Step 5:  Roll the log out again.  
Step 6:  Repeat Steps 4-5, until the clay becomes marbled. 

Step 7:  Dust the seashell mold with cornstarch or powder.  
Step 8:  Place a ball of the marbled clay into the mold.  Press it into the mold firmly. 
Step 9:  Turn the mold over to make sure there are no air bubbles, or gaps between the clay and the mold. 
Step 10:  Repeat this process to make smaller shells for earrings. Or, you can make several different types of shells. 


Step 11:  Use a wire ferrule, a cocktail straw, or a toothpick to create a hole at the top of the shell. 
Step 12:  Allow the shells to dry thoroughly. The shells are thick. So, drying will take at least 24 hours, more if you are in a humid environment. 
Step 13:  When the shells are thoroughly dry, sand the bottoms smooth with 400 grit sandpaper.  



Step 14:  Paint the bottoms of the shells with gold craft paint. 
Step 15:  When the backs of the shells have dried. Paint the sides of the shells with the gold paint.     
Step 16:  Add more gold stripes.  Be careful not to cover up too much of the shells.  Don’t try to create perfect stripes.  Irregular stripes look more authentic.    
Step 17:  When the gold paint has thoroughly dried, seal the shells with a water-based gloss varnish of your choice.  Apply at least two coats, allowing the sealer to dry thoroughly between coats. 


Step 18:  To create a necklace, place an 8 mm jump ring through the hole at the top of the shell. 
Step 19:  Close the jump ring with chain nose and flat nose pliers. 
Step 20:  String a necklace cord or chain through the jump ring. 


Step 21:  To create an earring, once again, place an 8 mm jump ring through the hole in the top of a smaller shell, and close it with pliers. 
Step 22:  Then, place a 4 mm jump ring through the 8 mm jump ring and close it. 
Step 23:  Place an ear wire through the 4 mm jump ring. 




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