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Monday, March 25, 2019

Studio Organizer


 Welcome back to another fun project with this versatile Makin's Clay®.  I love studio organization and one thing I think is really helpful is a Lazy Susan. Luckily there is a wooden one at IKEA which it isn't to expensive. And because it is made from wood you can shape it into the size you want to accommodate to your space. Or leave as is and add more tins.


Lazy Susan
Gesso and brush
Old bookpages
Mod Podge and brush
Makin's Clay® in green and red, approx. 60 g of each color
Makin's Clay®, Floral Push Mold SKU: 39005
Gold embossing powder and a brush
Craft Heat Gun
Brown acrylic paint and brush, rather a stiff one to get into the notches and crannies.
Wet wipes 


I started layering the empty tins and then cut them back (with a saw) so accommodate the size.
Some of the tins where already white inside, the others I painted with some gesso.

For the outside I covered them up with pieces from bookpages with the help of some Mod Podge.

With the help of a glue gun I attached them to the cut back lazy Susan.

I started adding some green clay to the bottom of the tins all around. With the help of of the basic clay tool set I managed to get the clay in between the tins also.

I had to make sure that the clay stays wet until my next step, so I sprayed some water before adding more clay around the base.

Once I had all the green clay around the base I could start with making flowers with the red clay. I used the Floral push mold  and used mostly the roses.

I also used the flourishes with the red clay. What I like about those push molds is that you can check on the backside if you have clay in all the parts and also that you don't have clay, where you don't want it.

I removed all the roses and flourishes while they were still wet, means right after I have them formed properly. This helps that they stick without any glue to most surfaces and also to the clay itself. Of course you have to be a little careful when you pull them out. 

Again with of one the  basic clay tools, I placed it carefully in the corners.

Did you know that you can fill the molds just partially? Just check from the backside and fill in as much or as little as you want.

Voilà here you have a little rosebud from the push mold just partially filled.

Now that I have arranged quite a bunch of roses around the base, it is time to add some gold embossing powder. But first I sprayed again with some water and waited about 1 minute or so before I dipped a soft brush into the embossing powder and then dabbed it onto everywhere I liked it.

I had quite a bit in places where it didn't stick, which is ok. I knew when I start using the heatgun it s going to be blown away.

Next I went in with the heatgun. Make sure that you don't get to close, about 5 inches is the closest. And also move around frequently. While you are melting the embossing powder you also going to dry the clay out a bit (at least it forms a sort of a dry skin), which is helpful for our final step.

Now we need to dilute some brown paint as we want to use it as a patina all over. This means we paint onto the tin, the bottom and the flowers.

This step is a little bit a back and forth. We apply the thinned paint and wipe it of with a wet towel until we are happy with the result.


Friday, March 22, 2019

The Red Dress Sculpture

The Red Dress by Iris Rodriguez 

Hello Makers!
One thing about creating with clay is you’ll always will have scraps. However, that does not have to be the end of your clay; just reuse the clay. One way to reuse Makin’s Clay scraps is by placing them in a sealable bag; spray with water and let it soak for a couple of days. It turns into a thick paste that you use to sculpt relief type pieces. As you work through your piece if it’s too wet, let it sit out for a bit it begin to harden. Conversely, add water to make it soft again. After completing your piece, let it dry for a day or more, depending on the thickness. Then finish it off with paints or waxes. Check out how I made my red dress using this process.

Makin's Clay®– White, Black
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint-Santa Red
Baroque Art Gilders Paste- Slate, Cream
Finnabair-Ruby Red Metallic Wax
Ziploc Bag
Substrate-Canvas or wooden cradled board


Begin by selecting a substrate. Here I used the lid of a cigar box, I used the main box for another project, so I was left with just the lid. Makin’s Clay® is lightweight, so you can safely use a canvas. Or you can use a wooden cradled (shadowbox) or flat board.  
Place the clay in a sealable bag and spray water into it, ensuring to soak the clay thoroughly. Allow the clay to soak for a day, then check on the clay. At this point you can determine the viscosity of the clay. The consistency can vary from a mash potatoes to a soft dough. I would recommend something in this range. If it’s not soft enough, add more water and allow it to soak some more. If it’s too soft, take it out of the bag and let it sit out for about 20 mins; it will begin to harden.
When handling the clay, your hand will get dirty. Don’t worry, Makin’s Clay® does not stain your hand or your surface. Nor does it leave residue. Clean up is very easy; Makin’s Clay® is water soluble. As you work through your piece, clean hand with wet paper/cloth towel. Wipe your surface with water and paper/cloth towel.

Sculpt your piece. Recommend sculpting pieces that can take advantage of the irregular texture. Think wabi sabi, abstract, no rules…just create. Allow your piece to dry for one to three days, depending on the thickness.
Paint with gesso; it helps the paint to better adhere to your piece. 
Paint the dress with a makeup sponge or brush. I added a little Ruby Red metallic wax on top of the paint to give a little shine
Using Slate and Cream Baroque Gilders Paste wax, add some color to the background.
And just like that, you have a new dress, lol! Enjoy!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Heart Wall Art

Design Team Member Steph Ackerman recently shared this pretty heart wall art.  Steph used Makin's Clay® to create the heart embellishments on her project. Makin's Clay® is the perfect choice for all sorts of mixed-media projects!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Introducing the 2019 Makin's Clay® Design Team

In the coming year our International Design Team will be bringing you lots of inspiring projects made with Makin's Clay® and Makin's® tools!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Geared Heart Pendant

GEARED HEART PENDANT by Patricia Krauchune 
I love using small pieces of left over clay to make a new project.  Nothing goes to waste if you use Makin's Clay®!


Small piece of dried Makin's Clay® (any color)
6 Jump rings
Large, medium and small gear
Watch stem
DecoArt® Extreme Sheen Copper paint
Tin paint, Aged Bronze paint 
Small screw
Patina paint
Drill to make small holes (or similar tool - Makin's Clay® is easily drilled with a pick tool, even after it is dry!)
Craft knife or carving tool
Clay tool to make "carved" lines 
Jewelry pliers 
Bead chain
Krazy® Glue or strong clear drying adhesive such as Beacon 527®
Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat 


Draw a heart shape on a piece of dried clay. 

Carve out the heart shape and refine the edges.

Drill small holes as shown in the picture. 

Attach jump rings to the holes you just drilled.


Texture the heart by carving some lines.

Start layering part by first painting on copper, tin, and then aged bronze metallic paints. 

Stack the three gears starting with the largest and ending with the smallest. Push a watch stem into the holes in the gears and glue to the heart front. 

Add a tiny screw to the base of the heart. 

Lastly, use a little patina paint to age the piece. 

Add bead chain.

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