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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Flowering Bottle of Hope



Design Team Member Carole Monahan recently shared this cheerful Bottle of Hope made with Makin's Clay® and Makin's® Flower Clay Cutters.  No matter what design you can imagine, Makin's Clay® can make it a reality!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Cabin Fever Event Workshops



Design Team Member Lisa Haney will be teaching two creative polymer clay workshops at the upcoming Creative Arts Fest Cabin Fever event in Laurel, Maryland on February 17th.

Lisa's Moroccan Lantern Beads were created using the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder®, and the Makin's® Flowers/Leaves, Geo and Mini Geo, and Flower Clay Cutters.

The Textured Fish projects were created using the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder®, and the Makin's® Heart Clay Cutters.

Both of these workshops look like a wonderful way to explore a variety of ways that Makin's® tools can be used when creating with any type of polymer clay!





Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wings of Hope Bottle of Hope


Wings of Hope Bottle of Hope by Irit Shalom

Note - Here is a bit more information about what Bottles of Hope are - Makin's Clay® is proud to have our designers supporting this worthy effort through the creation of Bottles of Hope featuring Makin's Clay®.  

Bottles of Hope are small glass bottles covered with polymer clay and given to cancer patients. They symbolize a wish and a hope for health.  This project was started in 1999 by a Rhode Island cancer survivor and has spread internationally. Bottles are made by artists, students, survivors, seniors and many more who volunteer their time and love.   Learn more about this worthwhile project, see a gallery of many creative bottles and more here on their website

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my Makin's Clay® January post.  This month we were challenged to make Bottles of Hope.  This is my very first time to make such a small project and I never ever covered any bottle of this size with clay.

Materials:


Makin's Clay® - Blue, White 

Makin's Professional®
Makin's®
Instructions:

1. Roll the blue clay to the size that will cover your small bottle using the clay roller from the tool set.

2. Use the weave texture sheet to make the texture over your rolled blue clay.


3. Cover the small glass bottle with your textured clay and roll over the mat.  If the texture diminishes when rolling the bottle, simply roll the bottle over the texture sheet again.

4. Use small circle cutter from circles clay cutters set and make the bottom circle to cover the bottle.

5. Use Easy Mold Silicone Putty and metal wings from your stash to make your own mold for future use with the clay.

Work according to manufacturer's instructions that are in the putty box.







6. Cover the bottle to the edge with blue clay and make the top with the original cork inside a white piece of clay.

7. Cast the wings with white clay in your self made mold.

Cast the small owl in another mold (Plaid).

Cast the bow using the Christmas Nature push mold.

Cast the top piece with another Plaid mold.

Paint the dry shapes with acrylic paints (I used DecoArt Media Line).






This is the top piece over the bottle.

And the bottle with a cork and the closure.


I hope that you liked my small tutorial and will do some Bottles of Hope for anyone  who needs a bit of hope.  But don't we all need some?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bottles of Hope Workshop


Design Team Member Carole Monahan will be facilitating a BOTTLES OF HOPE workshop at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT, on February 4th from 10:30 am -12:30 pm.  We are proud that Makin's Clay® and Makin's® tools will be shared as a part of this workshop.

Reserve your spot now for this fun, free, and heart warming creative workshop. Follow this link on Meetup.com or  you can call the library directly to reserve your spot at (203) 964-1000.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sending You a Note Card


Design Team Member Steph Ackerman recently shared this all occasion greeting card, with a wonderful Makin's Clay® feather accent, here on her blog.   Makin's Clay® is great for creating embellishments for paper crafts as it is lightweight and flexible when dry, and can be push molded, cut with clay cutters, die cut, craft punched, and more.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Grinch's Heart


Christmas may be past, but the message to "open your heart" is never out of season!  Design Team Member Patricia Krauchune recently shared this fun project she made for her sister in law, who loves the Grinch!  The hearts were made with Makin's Clay®, and were textured with several Makin's® Texture Sheets. The handle was formed from clay that was extruded using the Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder®.  


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