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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Natural Beauty Art Board


Design Team Member Irit Shalom recently shared this mixed-media art board with die cut & push molded Makin's Clay® flower & leaf accents.   Makin's Clay® is a great embellishment for almost any project because it is lightweight, flexible, and can be molded, stamped, die cut, cut with craft punches, and more.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Clay Easter Egg Ornaments Kid Craft


Clay Easter Egg Ornaments - A Kid's Craft by Erin Reed

March is Youth Art Month, so lets make a kids clay craft!!  My 2 younger kids love to color, and to color on something different, like clay and textured clay, and they thought that this idea was awesome!!!
Materials: 

Makin's Clay® - White 
Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat
Makin's® 
  • Clay Tools 
  • Texture Sheets set H and C
Oval or round clay clutters in desired size
Crayola "Extreme" Markers - Note: we recommend using non-water based markers. 
Spray sealant

Instructions:
1) Roll out white Makin's Clay® with the clay roller to about 1/8" thick and cut out as many oval shapes as you can, if you do not have an oval cutter, then circles work too.  Shape each shape into a egg looking shape with your hands.  To create a hole to hang your eggs, either make a small hole in the top while the clay is still fresh, or let dry 24 hours then punch a hole with a heavy duty hole punch.
2) Add some texture to the eggs by placing a Makin's® texture sheet over the egg and gently pressing to transfer the texture to your egg.  Adjust the shape with your hands as needed if adding the texture effects it.  I used the all 4 from Set H and the Lace from Set C, but really any fun texture would look really cool!

 

Let the eggs dry until you can pick them up without them "drooping".  Let the kids have fun coloring them, we used washable markers, which may smear, but paint would work too!  Let the eggs dry for 24 hours.  If using non-permanent markers, once the markers have dried on the clay it is recommended you seal the finished eggs with a spray sealant to help eliminate smearing of the markers.    Add ribbons when the eggs are finished. 



Here is a video on how I prepped the eggs and my kids coloring and talking about their decorated eggs.  

https://youtu.be/wGOMiGzF0zI

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Butterflies & Flowers Wall Plaque


Design Team Member Steph Ackerman recently shared this cheerful springtime mixed-media wall plaque.  Steph used Makin's Clay® to create her dimensional butterfly accents.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fairy Collage Frame


Fairy Collage Frame by Irit Shalom

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my very last inspirational post as part of the Makin's Clay® Design Team  It's not a real tutorial, but just a kind of " how to make this project" with photo steps.

Product list:

Makin's Clay® - White and Natural
Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat
Makin'sR Roller & Cutter set
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive™
Assorted molds
Pentart Acrylic paints
Die Versions Die
$1 shop frame

Instructions:

As the first step I made those two Makin's Clay® hearts using  white Makin's Clay® rolled thin and die cut with Die Versions XL Heart die.  As you can see the die cutting was just partial, the intricate details are embossed onto the clay instead of cut from it.  The technique leaves you with fantastic elements for your projects. 

I used different molds  to  cast a variety of shapes using White and Natural clay. I let all the shapes dry 24 hours.

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I used Pentart Acrylic paints (some are metallic) to paint all dry clay shapes. Don't try to paint them perfectly, just add some color over the shapes and let them dry.

Next, I arranged the shapes over the clay hearts and make the collage of vintage shapes, fairies and butterflies.  Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive holds the pieces together.  Arrange the whole collaged piece over the frame.




Monday, March 20, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

So Sweet Travel Frame


Design Team Member Steph Ackerman recently shared this fun travel themed frame.  Steph used Makin's Clay® to create her dimensional molded globe accent.   Makin's Clay® is a great way to enhance any project!

Friday, March 17, 2017

"Bohemian" Pastel Pendant


Bohemian Pastel Pendant by Carole Monahan
This necklace was inspired by the HOLI FESTIVAL that just passed on March 12Th.

This is a fun, quick necklace you can make this afternoon if you are like me and 
STUCK in the house because of a snow storm!
WHERE is SPRING???

Materials: 

Makin's Clay®  - White 60g
Vintage silk sari cloths - multi-colored
Pan Pastels
PYM II

Tools:

Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine® 
Silicone stamp
Sponges for pastels 
Round clay cutters in 2 sizes 

Instructions: 

Use the Ultimate Clay Machine® to roll out white Makin's Clay® on setting #1.  Place the stamp over the rolled clay sheet and press evenly.  Then use a round clay cutter to cut the shape. 

Choose several pastel colors and start adding them to the stamped clay disc with the lightest color first.   

  
I decided a hole would look good in the center of the pendant, so I used a smaller round clay cutter to cut out the center, then added the pastels around the cut edge.  This changed the entire design for the better. 

Choose matching silk sari cloth in several different shades.  Lace the cloth ribbons up through the hole to form a tassel on the bottom of the pendant.  Choose another piece of cloth ribbon to hang your pendant.  Since the necklace is so long, a closure is not needed.


Seal the pastels with PYMII so your color will not smudge. 

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