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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Heart Clay Bowl



Design Team Member Iris Rodriguez recently shared this pretty heart bowl just in time for Valentine's Day!  Find her tutorial here.  Iris made her bowl from a stoneware clay, and used the tiny heart from the Makin's® Mini Geo Cutter Set to cut her hearts into the bowl.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Falling Snow Necklace


Falling Snow Necklace by Cindi McGee
Materials:

Makin’s Professional® 
  • Cutting Mat
  • Professional Clay Tools 
Makin’s® Christmas Nature Push Mold
Jewelry wire
Clear/Silver glass bugle beads
Blue crystal beads 
Silver closure 
Swellegant® 
  • Silver Metal Paint 
  • Sky Sapphire Patina 
  • Sealant
Jewlery pliers
Paint brush

Instructions:

Use white Makin’s Clay® to make 1 small snowflake, 1 medium snowflake (your choice of the two patterns) and 2 additional medium snowflakes in the pattern you did not select for the first medium snowflake.  

Use clay tool to make small hole for jump ring near edge of smallest snowflake, near edge of two matching snowflakes, and on center snowflake make 3 holes, evenly spaced, around outside. 



Let dry 24 hours. 

Paint snowflakes, front and back, with silver metal paint.  Let dry.  Apply second coat.  Let dry. 

Apply third coat, and while paint is still wet, dab on sky sapphire patina.  

Let dry overnight. Apply sealant to front and back of each snowflake.  Let dry. 



*Note - I changed my overall design concept after the snowflakes had dried and were painted.  Another great feature of Makin's Clay® is that even after it has dried, it maintains it's flexibility and it was easy for me to push a needle tool through two of the snowflakes to the make additional holes I needed on the opposite side of the original two holes. 

Use jewelry wire with beads as accents to connect the smallest snowflake to the center snowflake.  I used a pattern of one blue, one silver bugle, one bugle on both the front and back of the pieces as a connector.

Repeat to connect two matching snowflakes to center snowflake, using the same blue/silver/blue pattern on the front and back sides.  

Measure and cut enough wire to have the necklace hang at desired length (cut a little extra for wrapping, etc.).  Cut in half.

Loop wire through remaining holes in two matching snowflakes, add a blue bead then push the opposite end of the wire through the blue bead, and wrap around wire above bead then trim.  Add bugle beads to remaining length of wire.  Repeat on opposite side.  Add closure.




Friday, January 18, 2019

Stitched Heart Pendant


Stitched Heart Pendant by Iris Rodriguez 
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Don’t forget to show some love with this stitched heart pendant. Or make one for yourself. Not only is this heart pendant fun wear, they fuss free to make. Simply adhere two water drop shapes created with Makin's Clay® and the Makins'® Water Drop Cutters.
Materials:
Makin's Clay®– Black
 Makin's®– 
Clay Roller
Water Drop Clay Cutters  
Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint-True Red
Glue
24 gauge silver wire
Clay needle tool or awl
Drill bit (optional)
Leather or cotton cord

Instructions:
Roll out a ¼ inch sheet with the roller. Cut two water drop shapes.
Make a heart shape by adhering both pieces on the curved end. Play around with the shapes; offset a little or a lot; you can get different wonky heart shapes. 

Glue both pieces together. 
Keep a little a pressure on the shapes until the glue adheres. Allow the heart to cure for 24 hours.

Using a pastel pencil or other water soluble marking tool, make X’s. At the ends of the X’s is where you will poke a hole. Ensure you have enough clay area to poke a hole.
Poke holes into the ends of X’s. For this you can use a drill bit, needle clay tool, or awl. Ensure that your wire will fit through the holes. It’s wise to use a wooden surface or other tough surface, so that you don’t damage your crafting area, mat or table. Use a paper towel or cloth with a little water and wipe off the X marks.

Paint the heart with acrylic paint, wax or other paints. 

Before the adding the wire, seal the clay with a clay sealer, or other type of sealer or varnish. Wrap the wire into the holes. 
Secure the ends in the back by twisting the ends. Run you fingers, ensure that the ends are not sticking out, if so; bend the wire in towards the clay or tuck under another piece of wire.  At this point you can leave it like this or roll out a thin piece of clay and glue to the back, ensuring to cover the back. Add a hole toward the top of one of the sides of the clay; this is where you’ll on hand the chain. Run a leather or cotton cord through the hole. Add a clasp and you’re done! 




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Etched Winged Bottle




Steph Ackerman recently shared this altered bottle with Makin's Clay® wing embellishments.  Makin's Clay® is the perfect option for almost any craft project as it's lightweight and flexible!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Classic Black, Red & White Jewelry Set

 
Classic Black, Red & White Jewelry Set by Bea Grob

A classic jewelry set made with cup beads and tiny leaves made with Makin's Clay®.

Materials:

Makin's Clay® - black, red and white about 30 gr from each color
Makin's® 
 - CLAY MIXING RULER
 - CLAY TEXTURE SHEETS - SET E the Curly pattern
- Roller
Makin's Professional® 
- Ultimate Clay Machine®
- Cutting Mat
Tissue Blade
Findings
Headpins, 2 mm elastic cord and earring hooks.
Flat nose pliers, round nose pliers
Ponybeads in size 8

Instructions:

I used the mixing ruler to have always the same amount of clay for the flowers and leaves.
Use the hole Size E for the larger flowers, Size D for the small flowers and Size B for the leaves.
Simply fill the holes and then use the tool to push it out and at the same time start shaping a bit.




Form the clay more around the ballpointed end of the tool. I used the bigger sphere for the bigger flowers and the smaller sphere, you guessed it, for the smaller flowers.

To smooth them out a had a wet towel ready and did dip my fingers into. You want the somewhat damp but not soaking.

Then I carefully removed it from the ball and that is what it looks like.

 

Add the headpins to the flowers.


For the leaves, form first a flat leave shape, and then add the headpin before pinching it just at the bottom slightly together. The goal is to see the rounded end of the headpin, but enough wrapped so that the headpin stays in place.

Repeat to make flowers and leaves from white, black and red clay.


I use foam to hold them while they dry for 24 hours. I had approx 10 to 11 flowers of each size in red, white and black, and also about 10 leaves in red, white and black. 


Once the clay was dry, I began constructing the earrings.  Gather three parts at once and bend them to mark where the loop will start. As you can see I staggered them a bit.

Next, make the loops into each flower. I also added some pony beads in size 8 just for fun, but that is optional.

 
I don't recommend adding the loops directly to the earring hooks. The just hang better if you add a small jump ring. Then you can add the jump ring to the earring hook.


For the bracelet, make the loops right at bottom of the flowers or right after the bead. I did about half half with beads and with out beads. The reason for I wanted them to be a bit staggered too.

I used the 2 mm elastic cord for jewelry and marked the ends. I simply wrapped around the wrist to figure out how much I needed.


Next, tie a black bead on one end and start with 3 flower/leaf combo before adding two beads again. I did try to space them somewhat between sizes, forms and colors.










Friday, January 4, 2019

Zippy the Robot


Zippy the Robot by Patricia Krauchune
Here's a little bottle robot I made using a small piece of zipper, some ball chain and gears. 

Supply List:

Makin's Clay®:  Black        Ball Chain                                     3 Mini Gears
Small Bottle                         2 Square Eyelets                           3 Glass Pins
Piece of Zipper                    1 Large Gear / 1 Medium Gear     5 Minute Epoxy
Krazy® Glue                       Small Bulb                                    Art C & Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Wax

Recommended Makin's® Tools: 

Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®      Makin's® Texture Sheet - Tractor Tread B

Instructions:

Trim the piece of zipper to fit onto the front of the small bottle.


Use some Krazy® Glue to attach the zipper to the bottle.


Roll out some Black Makin's Clay® on the # 2 setting on the Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®.

Cover the bottle with the rolled out clay and immediately add texture using the Tractor Tread B  Makin's® Texture Sheet.
                                                                                                                                                              Push a couple of square eyelets into the side of the bottle to form a "socket" for the ball chain arms. Secure using Krazy® Glue.


Next I glued a medium size gear to the bottle top followed by a bulb for the robot's head.
Three small gears were added inside the zipper space.


A small piece of ball chain was added around the neck of the bottle and three glass pins were used to secure the small gears.                                                                                                                              

I used 5 minute epoxy to attach a large gear on the bottle bottom.


The robot was "colored" using Art C and Cosmic Shimmer Gilding wax.

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