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Friday, January 18, 2019

Stitched Heart Pendant


Stitched Heart Pendant by Iris Rodriguez 
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Don’t forget to show some love with this stitched heart pendant. Or make one for yourself. Not only is this heart pendant fun wear, they fuss free to make. Simply adhere two water drop shapes created with Makin's Clay® and the Makins'® Water Drop Cutters.
Materials:
Makin's Clay®– Black
 Makin's®– 
Clay Roller
Water Drop Clay Cutters  
Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint-True Red
Glue
24 gauge silver wire
Clay needle tool or awl
Drill bit (optional)
Leather or cotton cord

Instructions:
Roll out a ¼ inch sheet with the roller. Cut two water drop shapes.
Make a heart shape by adhering both pieces on the curved end. Play around with the shapes; offset a little or a lot; you can get different wonky heart shapes. 

Glue both pieces together. 
Keep a little a pressure on the shapes until the glue adheres. Allow the heart to cure for 24 hours.

Using a pastel pencil or other water soluble marking tool, make X’s. At the ends of the X’s is where you will poke a hole. Ensure you have enough clay area to poke a hole.
Poke holes into the ends of X’s. For this you can use a drill bit, needle clay tool, or awl. Ensure that your wire will fit through the holes. It’s wise to use a wooden surface or other tough surface, so that you don’t damage your crafting area, mat or table. Use a paper towel or cloth with a little water and wipe off the X marks.

Paint the heart with acrylic paint, wax or other paints. 

Before the adding the wire, seal the clay with a clay sealer, or other type of sealer or varnish. Wrap the wire into the holes. 
Secure the ends in the back by twisting the ends. Run you fingers, ensure that the ends are not sticking out, if so; bend the wire in towards the clay or tuck under another piece of wire.  At this point you can leave it like this or roll out a thin piece of clay and glue to the back, ensuring to cover the back. Add a hole toward the top of one of the sides of the clay; this is where you’ll on hand the chain. Run a leather or cotton cord through the hole. Add a clasp and you’re done! 




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Etched Winged Bottle




Steph Ackerman recently shared this altered bottle with Makin's Clay® wing embellishments.  Makin's Clay® is the perfect option for almost any craft project as it's lightweight and flexible!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Classic Black, Red & White Jewelry Set

 
Classic Black, Red & White Jewelry Set by Bea Grob

A classic jewelry set made with cup beads and tiny leaves made with Makin's Clay®.

Materials:

Makin's Clay® - black, red and white about 30 gr from each color
Makin's® 
 - CLAY MIXING RULER
 - CLAY TEXTURE SHEETS - SET E the Curly pattern
- Roller
Makin's Professional® 
- Ultimate Clay Machine®
- Cutting Mat
Tissue Blade
Findings
Headpins, 2 mm elastic cord and earring hooks.
Flat nose pliers, round nose pliers
Ponybeads in size 8

Instructions:

I used the mixing ruler to have always the same amount of clay for the flowers and leaves.
Use the hole Size E for the larger flowers, Size D for the small flowers and Size B for the leaves.
Simply fill the holes and then use the tool to push it out and at the same time start shaping a bit.




Form the clay more around the ballpointed end of the tool. I used the bigger sphere for the bigger flowers and the smaller sphere, you guessed it, for the smaller flowers.

To smooth them out a had a wet towel ready and did dip my fingers into. You want the somewhat damp but not soaking.

Then I carefully removed it from the ball and that is what it looks like.

 

Add the headpins to the flowers.


For the leaves, form first a flat leave shape, and then add the headpin before pinching it just at the bottom slightly together. The goal is to see the rounded end of the headpin, but enough wrapped so that the headpin stays in place.

Repeat to make flowers and leaves from white, black and red clay.


I use foam to hold them while they dry for 24 hours. I had approx 10 to 11 flowers of each size in red, white and black, and also about 10 leaves in red, white and black. 


Once the clay was dry, I began constructing the earrings.  Gather three parts at once and bend them to mark where the loop will start. As you can see I staggered them a bit.

Next, make the loops into each flower. I also added some pony beads in size 8 just for fun, but that is optional.

 
I don't recommend adding the loops directly to the earring hooks. The just hang better if you add a small jump ring. Then you can add the jump ring to the earring hook.


For the bracelet, make the loops right at bottom of the flowers or right after the bead. I did about half half with beads and with out beads. The reason for I wanted them to be a bit staggered too.

I used the 2 mm elastic cord for jewelry and marked the ends. I simply wrapped around the wrist to figure out how much I needed.


Next, tie a black bead on one end and start with 3 flower/leaf combo before adding two beads again. I did try to space them somewhat between sizes, forms and colors.










Friday, January 4, 2019

Zippy the Robot


Zippy the Robot by Patricia Krauchune
Here's a little bottle robot I made using a small piece of zipper, some ball chain and gears. 

Supply List:

Makin's Clay®:  Black        Ball Chain                                     3 Mini Gears
Small Bottle                         2 Square Eyelets                           3 Glass Pins
Piece of Zipper                    1 Large Gear / 1 Medium Gear     5 Minute Epoxy
Krazy® Glue                       Small Bulb                                    Art C & Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Wax

Recommended Makin's® Tools: 

Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®      Makin's® Texture Sheet - Tractor Tread B

Instructions:

Trim the piece of zipper to fit onto the front of the small bottle.


Use some Krazy® Glue to attach the zipper to the bottle.


Roll out some Black Makin's Clay® on the # 2 setting on the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®.

Cover the bottle with the rolled out clay and immediately add texture using the Tractor Tread B  Makin's® Texture Sheet.
                                                                                                                                                              Push a couple of square eyelets into the side of the bottle to form a "socket" for the ball chain arms. Secure using Krazy® Glue.


Next I glued a medium size gear to the bottle top followed by a bulb for the robot's head.
Three small gears were added inside the zipper space.


A small piece of ball chain was added around the neck of the bottle and three glass pins were used to secure the small gears.                                                                                                                              

I used 5 minute epoxy to attach a large gear on the bottle bottom.


The robot was "colored" using Art C and Cosmic Shimmer Gilding wax.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 Design Team Call



Are you a polymer clay artist? A scultpor? Is creating unique jewelry your passion? Do you enjoy creating decorative elements for cakes & cupcakes?  Do you enjoy working with mixed-media and adding dimensional embellishments to your projects?

Makin’s Clay® is in search of amazing designers who share a passion for working with polymer clays and mixed-media products to join the 2019 Makin’s Clay® Design Team for a term of twelve months, effective 4/1/19 thru 3/31/2020.

The goal of the Makin’s Clay® Design Team is to leverage the diverse creative perspective of our Design Team members to make unique pieces of art which illustrate the broad range of application possibilities of Makin’s Clay®.  We are looking to build a long-term relationship with designers who are excited with the prospect of becoming a Certified Makin’s Clay® Professional and future Ambassadors of the Makin’s Clay® brand.

Makin’s Clay® Design Team members and their projects will be featured monthly on our blog and other social media channels.  Special opportunities exist for designers who are interested in submitting “art-for-pay” to be used in newsletters, lesson plans, industry magazines, retail stores and trade shows

Expectations For Design Team Members:
  • Design and create at least one Makin’s Clay® project tutorial per month to be posted on the Makin’s Clay® blog.  Project must include:
  • Easy-to-follow, stepped out instructions.
  • Full supply list with proper use of product names and trademarks.
  • High resolution step-out photos.
  • High resolution photo(s) of finished project.  
  • Finished project photo(s) must bear the personalized Design Team watermark which will be provided to you. 
  • One blog post per month on your own blog/social media sites using Makin’s Clay® products, with products named as required above in the post. 
  • Add a Makin’s Clay® Design Team logo to your blog for the term of the Design Team.
  • Be proactive and responsive in the promotion of Design Team activities and Makin’s Clay® blog hops and team challenges.
  • Be proactive and supportive of fellow Design Team members and their projects by sharing posts and leaving positive feedback and creating interactive dialog.  All team members must visit the Makin’s Clay® Facebook Page at least weekly and “Like” projects, leaving comments as desired, and visit the Blog at least weekly to leave feedback for fellow Design Team Members.  Share projects from our Facebook page and/or Blog on your own social media as desired. 
  • Join the private Makin’s Clay® Facebook Group and participate in the sharing of information, project ideas and interactive dialog with other Design Team members.
  • Join, follow, subscribe and promote the Makin’s Clay® Blog, Facebook page, Twitter, YouTube channel, and Pinterest boards.

Expectations From Makin’s Clay®

  • FREE Makin’s Clay® products, tools and accessories.  Four shipments will be sent to all Design Team members throughout the Design Team term. 
  • FREE products from collaborating companies in the arts and crafts industry.
  • Designer recognition with Makin’s Clay® projects used across social media platforms, in marketing and promotional events.
  • Eligibility to receive Endorsement Fees for Makin’s Clay® projects published in print.
  • Compensation for selected Makin’s Clay® projects used in major marketing initiatives, promotional events, lesson plans, retail display boards and trade shows.
  • Opportunity to become a Certified Makin’s Clay® Professional.
  • Certified Makin’s Clay® Professionals will be posted on the Makin’s Clay® website and given advance notice and preference when considering paid engagements for distributors and/or retailers in the domestic and international business communities.
  • Certified Makin’s Clay® Professionals will be the first point of contact when considering special calls for project designs, workshops, make & take project activities, product demonstrations and trade shows.
  • Certified Makin’s Clay® Professionals will be given advance notification of new products and product samples as they become available.

Additional program details and benefits will be provided to those designers selected for the team.

How to Apply

Send an email to Cindi@Makins-USA.com, place 2019 Design Team in the Subject Line.

In the body of your email, please include a short paragraph which tells me what has inspired you to apply for the 2019 Makin’s Clay® Design Team.

Provide links to your blog and other social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) 

Attach three clear photos of your favorite project designs which you feel best represent your creative style and persuasion.  Note: The projects do not have to include Makin’s Clay® products.

Provide a short bio.

Please identify any preferences you have for areas of design, such as; polymer clays, jewelry design, mixed-media, fine arts, sculpture, etc.

Please tell us if you have been published and where (not required to be on Design Team).

Please tell us if you have worked on other design teams (not required to be on Design Team), and please include a list of any other design teams you currently serve on.


Submission deadline is February 28th - Midnight EST 



Design Team selections will be notified on or about March 8th, 2019.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Mr. Snowman


Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a fun winter project to share.  With winter upon us that means snow will be here shortly.  Since it can be a little too cold outside to make snowmen, why not create your own snowmen from the comfort of your home.  

​Supplies:
​ Tattered Angels Baseboard - Lava
​ Ribbon
​ Leaves
​ Wiggly Eyes
 Adhesive 
​Instructions:​ 

Start by creating the snowman using tinfoil which has been tightly rolled into 3 balls.  Continue adding tinfoil until you have 3 different sized shapes.  Place toothpicks between the balls and glue in place to hold the shape.  Put aside to dry.
Using the Ultimate Clay Machine®, roll each piece of clay starting at the thickest setting (#1).

Continue putting the sheets of clay through the clay machine, moving up the settings one at a time, until the panels are the thickness desired.



Wrap the clay around the snowman, folding and pinching where necessary to achieve a desirable snowman.  Since snowmen are not always smooth, don't worry about the lumps and bumps that show as a result of the underlying tinfoil.

Allow the snowman to dry 24 hours, then paint with white paint.



Roll out terra cotta clay to create the arms.  Allow the edges to be a little raggedy so they look like tree limbs.  Adhere to the sides of the snowman. 

I had no black clay handy so I rolled out 3 little balls of terra cotta clay for his buttons and his hat.  Then I spritzed them with Tattered Angels Lava mist to change the color of the clay. 
I placed the hat on his head and added leaves to the side.  Finally I tied ribbon around his neck.

​Standing about 7" tall, he is a reminder of the winter weather that is to come.

​Thanks for stopping by.

Steph




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