Dec 31, 2008

Polymer Clay 3 D Mold Tutorial

Making a 3 D mold is simple. Choose a two sided metal pendant, or even a textured bead. You will require 2 of these as you will be making 2 identical molds.

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Step 1: Making the Mold

For the fish you need to make a two-piece mold.

Step 2: Condition enough Elasticlay for 2 of the fish or beads by squeezing between fingers like play dough. Mold maker doesn't need much conditioning as it is very soft. Best not to overwork it, otherwise it becomes too warm and squishy.

Step 3: Roll into a ball, then roll out into a tube and cut in half. Flatten the balls slightly.

Step 4: Brush your fish or object with Armour all or cornstarch as a release agent. Press your fish or object into the clay ½ way.

Step 5: Mark opposite edges with Exacto knife or needle tool, so you can realign the mold and the sides later.

Step 6: Repeat with second fish, but use reverse side of fish and press into clay.

Step 7: Mark each side of the clay ...

...So that marks will match each other.

Step 8: Bake the mold and object together, according to manufacturers instructions. Let Cool.

Remove fish from the molds.

Dec 23, 2008

Polymer Clay Box or Tile Legs Tutorial

Had a Polymer Clay request for how to make legs for a box, bowl or tile. This one is for you, Vanessa :), but also for anyone else who stumbles onto this blog, is new at claying or is just plain curious....Merry Christmas! Forgive me, if I'm not super accurate with describing in more detail, but made this tutorial in a couple of hours.....rush rush rush, lol.
I chose to make a tile stand for one of my crystal balls, using a 3" CD, black premo, translucent liquid sculpey, silver mica or pulver and a texture plate.

Step 1: Condition clay, roll out on #3. Brush some armour all onto the texture plate. Lay sheet of clay onto texture and run back through at #3. Make 2 sheets.

Step 2: put CD onto the non-textured side of clay sheet and trim around CD. Then cover other side of CD with textured clay and trim.
Step 3: After covering both sides of CD, use blade and trim edge.

Step 4: You may want to decorate the edge of the tile with a trim of sorts. Either just roll out a long snake and use this plain, or roll out a snake and prepare a mold with armor all as shown, using a brush. Use very little armour all, you don't want to saturate your mold with it. You can also use water or corn starch. I prefer armour all as a mold release.

Step 5: Press snake into the mold evenly and firmly.
Step 6: Trim along mold, removing excess layer of clay, then carefully remove decorative trim.
Step 7: cover edge of tile with decorative trim.

Step 8: I pressed my crystal into the clay to give it a bit of a 'bowl' to sit in....

Step 9: Apply mica or powder with finger for an antique kind of finish by letting the black of the recesses show.

Step 10: For Legs....Roll some clay with your fingers into a long tube or snake. Use Kato Marxit ruler.... and lightly press into clay to score/mark clay.

Step 11: Cut scores at equal intervals.

Step 12: Cut 4.

Step 13: Roll each end of legs to a point. Try and make them as equal as possible.

Step 14: Start coiling the tapered ends into snails.

Step 15: Try and coil them to about the same length.

Step 16: Lay a coiled leg onto texture plate and gently fold plate over to texture both sides at same time.

Step 17: Use mica/pulver to coat the legs.

Step 18: Apply liquid sculpey on the flat part of the leg. Press a short piece of wire into that part of the leg also, letting just a little stick out (not shown) . This will help adhere it to the base of the tile.

Step 19: And apply each one to the bottom of the tile, gently pushing down on each leg. After you've applied all 4 legs, turn tile over and carefully stand on legs and gently push down. This will help adjust any 'wobble' in the legs and correct unevenness. A leg may fall off, just reapply. Bake in this position. You may need to use little props so legs don't fall over, but the short pieces of wire should help prevent them from falling over.

Step 20: There you have it. You can make little trivets this way with larger CD's and not cutting out the centre hole. You can make legs like this for boxes....whatever tickles you!

Dec 8, 2008

Bazaar, Art Fest and Polymer Clay result

Polymer Clay not glitzy enough? Notes to myself...add some 'bling' to it in future. All my beadwork now is pearls and some sparkle. The crowds were definitely drawn to that first.
Well, the community got together for a great weekend!
First it was St.Francis of Assisi's Annual Christmas Bazaar, then our Winter Celebration Art Fest. The Church raised a fabulous $18,000 for Charity with an amazing $6000 on baked goods alone! As usual we made our bids in the auctions and ended up with a whole bunch of goodies, including the coveted 'Basket', filled with donated goods from the local business community. Will be a fun thing to open at Christmas.
In their basement sale of the Bazaar I made some great finds too, a beautiful scalloped amber glass bowl, an amber and red glass dish, two awesome odd sized column candleholders and 13 antique silver spoons. The spoons lay on a platter that read .10cents. I thought maybe the platter was .10. I asked one of the Sisters running the show if the spoons were really .10cents or the platter and she sighed: "not the platter and no-o....." (ok, I thought, I bet they will be more like $3 or $5 a piece..??) when she says:"I guess they could be 5 cents a piece." I laughed:"no, no, NO! I'm definitely going to pay the 10 cents!" A big sweet smile on her face lit up so bright. You can bet I left a tip too! Some of these spoons are actually antique butterknifes and another one I will take a picture of because I have no idea what kind of tool that was. No idea what I'll do with those yet.
Anyway....I utilized the glass dish right away for my polymer clay bangles and the columns for my small black busts....I don't know if you can see them in the pics.
My "Elizabeth I-Inspired" line was well-received with the twenty-somethings...those drops look great with cleavage or even a turtleneck (see on necklace on red bust above with earrings and just below here).

My Bling Rings, some 'steampunk' style, some chunky sized disappeared just as quickly.

My polymer clay stuff did alright, but women are definitely attracted to my glitzier stuff, especially this time of year.
Are you having as much fun this time of year as I? All your shopping done?...I have and am glad...decorating time today!
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