Sunday, March 17, 2013

Polymer Clay Cat Beads

I know it's been a while since I've posted to here.  I'm going to try to post more often.  I have a LOT of clay things I want to make and I'm hoping this year I will find more time to do it.  I also have a LOT of clay to use up!

I started these beads a while ago and had to set them aside until I found a time when I could play with clay again.  As you can tell, clay is not high on my priority list.  Though I wish I could find a way to move it up a few notches.  I LOVE working with it and creating.  

I found a step by step on the net to make these.  Though this step by step was for the whole cat.  I only wanted to make heads.

These are what I got completed yesterday.  Right down to the glaze!  

I had watched a video on how to make your polymer clay creations even harder.  You need to take them out of the oven and immediately put them in ice water.  Well, we didn't have any ice but being in Minnesota with a few snowstorms lately, we had snow!  So last night I went outside with my bowl and filled it full of snow.  The clay only takes about 15 minutes to bake so I had to melt some of it.  I just added some water  and I had a nice soupy slush and that was all I needed.  I really don't know if it made the clay any harder but I just went with it!

These were very fun to make and if you want to make some you can find the link here.  The instructions are a follow the picture type thing so you need to pick what size you want to make your clay pieces.  Sometimes I like it when the instructions actually tell me what size to use.  And of course I didn't write it down when I made these.  But I did use the largest circle on the extruder and I cut all the pieces the same length so I could have all the cats heads the same size.  The ears were harder to keep the same size but it's ok, I like them.  I think they are cute and I think they will sell well at the Demo & Do in April!  

Happy Clay Crafting

Monday, January 7, 2013

Polymer Clay Gingerbread House Ornament

I thought I would share with you a Christmas ornament I made just 2 days before Christmas.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute to get things done!!!  

I made this out of polymer clay (Fimo and Sculpey).  Polymer clay has always been one of my favorite things to play with.  I actually have three craft mediums I love to play with and they are polymer clay, rubber stamping and beading.  Clay being the cheapest of all of them!!!  Clay is something that I can actually run out of.  The stamps and beads, well that would be unheard of!!! LOL  

When I started this ornament I had a different house in mind.  But I do like how this one turned out.  I had this little jar half full of little clay candies so it was easy to just add them to the door trim. I whipped up a couple of  candy canes and with the snow on the roof and ground I was going to leave it as it was.  But then I realized I didn't have any room for the year so I added the little clay charms (the gingerbread boy and girl and heart).  And that completed the ornament.  I was now proud to give it as a gift!

It was very fun to make and I may make some to sell in my web store but not for a few months.  I need to recover a bit longer from the holidays before I dip into Christmas stuff again!

Thank you for visiting today,