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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Autumn Leaves Votive Ring

Autumn Leaves Votive Ring by Irit Shalom

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my October Fall votive tutorial made for you with Makin's Clay® products.

First, I need to say that I meant to make a clay covered fall bangle. I opened the bangle and it was so tiny to wear that I decided to go to Plan B and to use the wooden base as my glass candle votive holder. And yes, Plan B actually worked.

So here is my tutorial for you and I hope that you will always keep Plan B in your crafty mind.


Makin's Clay® - Natural, Light Adobe, Olive, Yellow, Peach and Merlot
Makin's Professional®: 

Makin's Clay® Push molds - Leaves
Beacon® 3-in-1 Adhesive 
Wooden bangle bracelet
Glass candle votive 
Gel medium based paints 
Die cutting machine
Leaf dies 

Step by step tutorial:

1.  Mix Natural, Light Adobe and Merlot Makin's Clay® and insert into the Ultimate Clay Extruder® with round hole disc #4.

2. Cover the wooden bare bangle with the extruded clay all around.

2. Use the Ultimate Clay Machine®  to roll three piece of clay in Yellow and Peach, beginning on setting #1 and rolling progressively through the settings to end on setting #4.  Let dry. 

3. Make Olive clay leaves using the Leaves push mold and let them dry.

4. This next step has a new technique I have not seen done before.  I tried to die cut the dry clay sheet with the very delicate die and was unsuccessful.  I decided to experiment and  die cut it with two layers and it worked.
So let me show you the technique of die cutting clay sheets with a very delicate die.
First make a cut and do not even try to pull the cut shape out of the die.

Put the die with the first clay layer in it over the second sheet of dry clay and now die cut both layers.

And now the big surprise: you can take the clay cut out of the die and it has two gorgeous layers!
You will also need to remove any remaining clay from the die. 

Here are just a few more leaves I made with the same technique:

5. Paint the votive and  all the die cut and molded leaves with a mix of gel medium based paint. I
 used Art Anthology paints, but any gel medium based paint will work.

First, I painted the base with two colors of paint and you can already see the yellow glass votive inside the bangle. I was very happy to find one that was a perfect fit for the bangle size.  Next, I painted all leaves with more colors:

6. Let the paint dry and arrange the leaves of both kinds over the clay base using Beacon® 3-in-1 Adhesive. As  you can see, the cluster  of leaves is not  flat and there are layers of leaves glued one over another.

 And here is how nice it looks on my vintage things table.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Steam Punk-in!

Design Team Member Patricia Krauchune is getting "geared up for Halloween" and recently shared this funky steampunk style jack-o-lantern.  She used the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine® to roll her clay, and Makin's® texture sheets on the stem.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fox Mask - Trick or Treat!

Fox Mask by Carole Monahan
I know what the Fox says!
Pssst it’s

By Carole Monahan

It is my favorite time of the year again!
So it is time for my obligatory Halloween mask!


Makin’s Clay® - White 4.2 oz
Pan pastels or chalk pastels
Elastic band
Beacon™ Tacky Glue
Basic white mask
Paper pattern of your choice


Makin’s Professional® 
  • Ultimate Clay Machine®
  • Clay Tools - several tips to cut and texture.
  • Cutting Mat

Sponge applicators for the pastels


Roll out the package of clay so it can fit your paper pattern that you have cut out.

Lay out your pattern and burnish it down lightly so it doesn’t move while you cut it out.

I like to use the pointy tip from the Professional Tools kit.

After you have your pieces cut out and the clay is still damp you can use
several of the texture tools in the kit to get a fur look.

Now you can color your pieces to bring out all the great sculpted and textured details.

I used several pan pastel colors to bring out the furry look and to bring depth to his ears.

I also added the little fluffy patch to his forehead.

I repeated the same steps on the other cut out part of the mask.

To secure the elastic I used Beacon’s Tacky Glue and more clay.

I laid the completed mask over a plain white mask form to dry to the proper shape.

You can also use the same pattern and cut out some cloth to line the back of the mask.
The cloth does 3 things:
1 - it gives it a great finished look
2 - it helps to hold the elastic in place
3 - If your mask if for a little one it helps make it more durable.

After the mask was completely cured about 24 hours I
took him outside and covered him with a good coat of
PYMII to seal the pan pastels.

Happy Halloween!

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