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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Beaded Birdy Pendant

Design Team Member Patricia Krauchune recently made this beautiful beaded birdy pendant with Makin's Clay®!   We love how she filled in the punched bird area with microbreads for aded texture, depth and color.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Laundry Scent Booster Bird Sachets

Laundry Scent Booster Bird Sachets by Patricia Roberts-Thompson
Join me in making these scented sweet bird sachets, perfect for tucking into a lingerie drawer, or hang them up in your closets! Fun and easy to make with Makin’s Clay®.  One 120g package will easily make 4 to 6 birds.


Makin’sClay® White 120g
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®  
Makin’s® Texture Sheet Set D 38004 Woodgrain, or texture of your choice
Acissors, needle tool, paintbrush, small hole cutters
Art-C Gold paste, Art-C Turquoise
Inka Gold paste, blue, red , turquoise and Platinum
Black acrylic paint  
Americana DuraCoat Gloss Varnish, cornstarch, white glue, seedbeads size 6 or 3mm pearls or 4mm crystals
Laundry Scent Booster, I used ‘Gain’
White glue
25mm glass or stone cabochons, or glass nuggets
Glass or tile to work on.


Fig 1:  Cardinal - Print the pattern, then cut out the paper cardinal shape on the bottom. Each bird measures approximately 4 inches in length and 2 inches high. Condition a third of a package of white Makin’s Clay®, and roll it on a number 3 setting of the Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®. Dust a texture sheet with cornstarch and texture the sheet of clay if desired. Using a needle tool, scribe around the shape as a guide to cut, flipping the pattern over to make a second one facing the opposite direction. These birds need to be two sided to work. I used scissors to cut my birds, but a sharp craft knife can work also. Use a needle tool to mark the details of the bill, cheek and wing and tail and also mark where the eyes will be placed. I used a size 6 seed bead for the eye of the cardinal for each piece. To make the pocket that will hold the laundry scent booster chips, I placed a glass nugget in the wing area of the back side of the bird, then turned the bird over and placed it on a ceramic tile (glass works well also) The idea is to get the head and all the edges of the bird to stick to the tile so that these parts dry as flat as possible which makes gluing the pieces together much easier. If the clay doesn’t want to stick to the tile, spray a tiny amount of water on the back, wait 30 seconds or so and try again. I found it easier to cut some small holes over the glass nugget area while the nugget is in place, though you could poke some holes before placing, or even drill them after the bird has dried. I used two different sized bootlace ferrules to make my holes. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the holes should be smaller than the scent booster chips. Let the bird parts dry for 24 hours then, unmold the glass nugget from the back and if it has not completely cured allow a bit more time before assembling. When dried you can either paint each part now, or wait until it is fully assembled to paint. 

Assembly:  If you want the bird to hang, prepare a loop of yarn, string of narrow ribbon. Moisten the edges of the bird, keeping all water away from the pocket. Apply a bit of white glue to all edges on both pieces, again making sure the pocket stays dry. For the cardinal, I added a piece of yarn by dipping the ends in glue and placing it below the head. Add your scent booster chips in the pocket, they should heap up on the one side since when both pieces are together there is room for all the chips. Now press both sides together, matching as well as you can. You may need to hold the edges a bit to make sure they stick together properly. You will probably have some small differences which can be trimmed with a sharp knife, scissors or scraped with a rigid craft blade. When the glue has dried you can paint your bird. For the Cardinal, I used a base coat of copper and followed up with some Inca Gold Lava (red) and some gold Art-C paste for the bill, finally some black acrylic paint for the bib of the Cardinal. Lastly, I added a bit of gloss varnish, just to the black area.

Fig 2:  Bluejay. See general directions for the method. Cut the Bluejay pattern and use it to make two sides facing opposite directions. I used a 4mm crystal for the eye. On the blue jay I used a 25mm round glass cabochon, which gave me a more uniform pocket. Other things you could use would be a flat round stone, or even make your own form from aluminum foil. I painted my bluejay before assembling, and then had to touch it up after gluing the parts. I used Inca Gold Blue for the crest and back of the jay, Inca Gold Platinum for the belly, and black acrylic paint for the chest markings. When dried I touched up the black bits with gloss varnish. The advantage to this is not messing up the other side by holding the bird while wet. The photo shows only a small amount of chips, I added more before assembling. This one doesn’t have the hanger.

Fig 3:  Finch. See general directions for the method. The finch is a fun one to do, as you can get more creative with your color choices – realistic or fantastical. Cut the Finch pattern and use it to make two sides facing opposite directions. I used a 4mm crystal for the eye. And a 25mm glass cabochon to form the pocket. I used Art-C Turquoise paste on the body, Art-C gold paste for the bill, then a little Inca Gold platinum over the turquoise in the chest and belly area. The fourth bird on the cover photo was painted with Inca Gold platinum, gold and purple.

 The scent lasts a really long time, and it is possible to separate the layers in the pocket area with a sharp craft knife and add fresh scent booster chips, and re-glue.
These birds will make wonderful gifts, have fun with this project!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thomas the Turkey - Altered Thimble

Thomas the Turkey Altered Thimble - By Patricia Krauchune 

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I decided to make a little Tom Turkey finger puppet. The little guy is built on a sewing thimble.

Supply List:

Makin's Clay®: Brown/Peach/Straw/Olive/White/Red    
Amazing Quick Hold® Contact Adhesive
Glove with Texture                                                              
Leaf Silicone Mold                                                            
Beacon's™ Tacky Glue                                                      
Krazy® Glue
Golden® Gloss Polymer Varnish

Recommended Makin’s® Tools:

Makin's Professional® Clay Tools
Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®


Roll out some brown Makin's Clay® on the #3 setting on the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®.

Apply a thin coat of Amazing Quick Hold® Contact Adhesive to the thimble.

Cover the thimble with the rolled out brown clay, trim. I then used a damp paper towel to smooth the surface.  Let dry overnight.  When dry, I added another layer of clay, the same thickness as the first layer of clay.

I immediately added texture using an old garden glove.
I used the small leaf on a silicone mold and made three leaves in the colors of olive, peach, and straw.

I next cut the leaves in half. Place the leaf halves in a fan like arrangement.

The leaf halves where then glued to the back of the thimble using Beacon's™ Tacky Glue. Smooth the leaf halves to blend into the thimble base.

I had some left over dried clay pieces that I used to form eyes, a beak, the waddle and little feet.
The eyes, beak, waddle and feet were then glued to the body using Krazy® Glue.

When the glue was dried, the puppet was sealed using Golden® Gloss Polymer Varnish.

There you go, Tom Turkey finger puppet is ready to entertain!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Housewarming Gift Basket

Housewarming Gift Basket by Steph Ackerman
Do you know someone who has just purchased a new home?  Why not put together a gift basket with assorted goodies the new homeowner will enjoy.  Steph here to show you how I decorated a plain wood basket with Makin's Clay®.


Makin's Clay® - Straw, White, Red, Green
Makin's ProfessionalⓇ Cutting Mat
Makin'sⓇ Push Mold - Leaves
Makin'sⓇ Clay Tool Set
Beacon Adhesives - 3-in-1
Imagine Shimmer Craft Spray-Frost


Since I had some opened clay, I decided to created a variety of colored leaves. I kept some leaves a solid color, then mixed clays to achieve a variety of colors.

Using the Leaves Push Mold, I created quite a few leaves.  While still damp, the leaves are easy to handle and I used the Rasp tool from the Clay Tool Set to cut away any undesirable edges.

Once the leaves were ready, I spritzed them with Imagine Shimmer Craft Spray to give them a little bling. 

Next, I arranged the leaves in a pattern on the basket and glued them in place with Beacon Adhesives.

I filled the basket with all kinds of goodies from sauces to coffee to candies and cookies.

What do you think?

​Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Poinsettia Vintage Metal Effect Pendant

Vintage Metal Effect Poinsettia Pendant by Cindi McGee
The aged, vintage metal effect on this poinsettia pendant gives it a feeling of days gone by - a relic from a past holiday in the "old days".  It looks as though it could have been dug up from an old west town or a "little house on the prairie".....  


Makin's Clay® - Light Adobe (other colors can be substituted, I just prefer to work with a base color that is as similar to my paint color as possible)

Makin's Professional®
  • Cutting Mat 
  • Ultimate Clay Machine®
  • Round Clay Cutter 4 Piece Set 
  • Christmas Nature Push Mold 
  • Brass Metal Paint
  • Darkening Patina 
  • Blood Red Dye Oxide
  • Spruce Dye Oxide 
  • Sun Yellow Dye Oxide
Gold satin cording 
Plastic wrap
Craft knife


Roll clay in Ultimate Clay Machine® starting on setting #1 and ending on setting #2.

Place plastic wrap over clay sheet, use  ______mm round clay cutter to cut disc from clay.

Use Christmas Nature push mold to make large poinsettia.

Make two additional poinsettias.  Use craft knife to cut some of the individual petals free from the flowers.

Fresh clay will stick to fresh clay without additional adhesive, if necessary you can dampen the clay slightly to help with adhesion while clay is fresh.  Arrange the petals you cut from the flowers as desired on the outer edge of the disc.  These will be the leaves of your poinsettia.

Add the complete flower to the center, overlapping the leaves.

Make a small hole at then top of the disc for the cording.

Let dry 24 hours.

Paint entire piece, front and back, with brass metal paint.  Let dry.  Apply second coat.  Let dry.

Apply third coat, and while paint is still wet, sponge on some
darkening patina.   Let dry.  The aging effect will begin almost immediately and continue to progress over night.
Apply a small amount of red dye oxide to the flower, spruce to the leaves, and yellow to the center of
the flower.  Let dry.

When dry, use fingertip to apply very light highlights of brass metal paint to enhance details. 

Coat entire piece with Swellegant sealant.  Let dry.

Add jump rings, chain and closure

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Clay Collaged Journal Cover

Design Team Member Bea Grob recently shared a tutorial for creating this amazing journal cover using Makin's Clay®.   The collage of details is wonderful, and the tones of the colors are lovely. this piece would translate equally well to a canvas for wall decor.

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