Polymer Clay Fimo and clay tips and tutorials 2014-09-21T06:14:11Z http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/feed/atom WordPress Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Your Basic Pumpkin]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4995 2014-09-21T06:14:11Z 2014-09-21T06:14:11Z pumpkins

This is the basic pumpkin making tutorial: orange and green clay, a tool to make marks. You can make fabulous little pumpkin beads, pumpkin decor. You can fancy it up by antiquing your pumpkins or turning them into little … Read More ...

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This is the basic pumpkin making tutorial: orange and green clay, a tool to make marks. You can make fabulous little pumpkin beads, pumpkin decor. You can fancy it up by antiquing your pumpkins or turning them into little jack o’ lanterns.

If you decide to make pumpkins larger than 1/2 thick or so – bigger than beads, basically – consider using tightly packed foil for the insides. It’ll reduce how much clay you need and reduce the amount of time you need to bake for.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Tiny Birdhouses]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4992 2014-09-19T03:54:28Z 2014-09-19T03:54:28Z tiny-birdhouses

Kellie of MakeItWithMe has a tutorial for these adorable bird houses. She uses Fimo Soft for the project along with a little wire and mini dowels. The results are some cute little houses with springy birds. Yes, I know, autumn … Read More ...

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Kellie of MakeItWithMe has a tutorial for these adorable bird houses. She uses Fimo Soft for the project along with a little wire and mini dowels. The results are some cute little houses with springy birds. Yes, I know, autumn is showing it’s face in my part of the world but you could vary the colours on this project to suit whatever season or decor you needed. Right now, little harvest themed houses or pumpkins with little bats on springs might be the most perfect version.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Watermelon Cane]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4990 2014-09-17T04:55:39Z 2014-09-17T04:55:39Z I’m having a little fun the last few days finding more veggie and fruit clay pieces – as I try to put together autumn and harvest pieces in my real world claying – and here’s a watermelon cane tutorial that’s … Read More ...

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I’m having a little fun the last few days finding more veggie and fruit clay pieces – as I try to put together autumn and harvest pieces in my real world claying – and here’s a watermelon cane tutorial that’s a little different than the average.

The tutorial is on a French page – here’s a link to the translated to English version – but the tutorial itself works entirely from the photos if you are at all familiar with caning. Cristalline, the author, has LOTS of tutorials on her blog.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Halloween Serving Ware]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4987 2014-09-16T05:07:52Z 2014-09-16T05:07:52Z polymer-clay-tutorials-2new

Jennifer uses white original Sculpey, pottery tools and acrylic paints to turn plain cutlery into nifty Halloween decor. The tutorial outlines how to make the pumpkin like decorations, paint and antique them. You could use coloured polymer clay and skip … Read More ...

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Jennifer uses white original Sculpey, pottery tools and acrylic paints to turn plain cutlery into nifty Halloween decor. The tutorial outlines how to make the pumpkin like decorations, paint and antique them. You could use coloured polymer clay and skip the orange paint step – I like the antiquing effect so I’d still go with that. And I’d probably add little jack-o-lantern eyes and mouths to my pumpkins. You could make extra little pumpkins for table decor in the same way and coordinate with your serving ware.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Polymer Clay Trick or Treat]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4984 2014-09-14T06:14:38Z 2014-09-14T06:14:38Z Halloween is a fun bit of time in the calendar and polymer clay Halloween stuff is even more fun. There’s something about making silly Jack-o-lanterns, cute candy corns, spooky monsters from little bits of clay.


Frankenpod Nautilus Necklace by Noadi
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Halloween is a fun bit of time in the calendar and polymer clay Halloween stuff is even more fun. There’s something about making silly Jack-o-lanterns, cute candy corns, spooky monsters from little bits of clay.


Frankenpod Nautilus Necklace by Noadi

Glow in the Dark Costume Horns by prismmoon

Halloween Treat Bucket Mini by cyndesminis

Halloween Votive by TimothyDormanDesigns
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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Polymer Clay Vegetables]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4981 2014-09-12T05:18:56Z 2014-09-12T05:18:56Z vegetableclayminiatures-all

Going along with the harvest theme and the fun of making polymer clay miniatures here’s a tutorial for putting together tomatoes, chilies and eggplants. The tutorial suggests air dry clay or polymer clay and either would work – particularly the … Read More ...

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Going along with the harvest theme and the fun of making polymer clay miniatures here’s a tutorial for putting together tomatoes, chilies and eggplants. The tutorial suggests air dry clay or polymer clay and either would work – particularly the coloured air dry clays like Makins. With polymer clay you wouldn’t need to worry about the white glue and could simply stick raw to raw or raw to cured clay. Use a little liquid polymer clay for backup.

To turn your tiny veggies into charms, embed a jump ring into the still raw clay and heal the seam. Add a little liquid clay over the spot on polymer clay. Finish as normal. These would make cute charms on a bracelet.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Tomato Cane]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4979 2014-09-11T05:56:51Z 2014-09-11T05:56:51Z Tomato Earrings

The adorable tomato earrings are actually partially caned – the slice detail is from a clever tomato cane by Shay Aaron. You can check out a photo tutorial for it on Shay’s Flickr.

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The adorable tomato earrings are actually partially caned – the slice detail is from a clever tomato cane by Shay Aaron. You can check out a photo tutorial for it on Shay’s Flickr.

My affection for all things tomato right at the moment is due to all the tomato harvesting and babying going on here. We’re having an early frost so my kitchen is crowded with potted tomato plants and my yard has wrapped plants. After all the fuss, I’m pretty sure the polymer clay version is simpler if less tasty!

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Larissa Coleman http://craftgossip.com <![CDATA[6 Fall-Themed Pieces To Make With Polymer Clay]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4970 2014-09-10T03:20:28Z 2014-09-10T14:55:49Z fall

The season best known as Fall will soon be upon us, and we will be enjoying cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and the well-known aromas of baked goods.  Why not bring in a touch of the season to your polymer clay … Read More ...

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The season best known as Fall will soon be upon us, and we will be enjoying cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and the well-known aromas of baked goods.  Why not bring in a touch of the season to your polymer clay crafting with one (or more) of these 6 great ideas?  Whether through décor or jewelry, you can enjoy them for the next few months.

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1- Lumina Clay Leaves from Camille Art

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2- Autumn Fox Figurine from Sculpey

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3- Pumpkin Pies from Living With Three Moon Babies

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4- Acorn Buttons from Polymer Clay Workshop

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5- Cute Scarecrow from Air Dry Clay

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6- Pumpkin Charms from Makoccino

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Polymer Clay Puffin]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4966 2014-09-08T05:31:24Z 2014-09-08T05:31:24Z Puffin-Tutorial

Katie of KatersAcres is a prolific polymer clay artist. She has an active presence on many social networking channels, sells on Etsy and posts great stuff on her own blog. The puffin tutorial is one of a pile of cute … Read More ...

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Katie of KatersAcres is a prolific polymer clay artist. She has an active presence on many social networking channels, sells on Etsy and posts great stuff on her own blog. The puffin tutorial is one of a pile of cute projects on the site.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Thanksgiving Decorations]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4962 2014-09-07T04:21:31Z 2014-09-07T04:21:31Z Fabulous_Fall-tablescape_thumb

Actually, this is just a great, simple way to make shiny clay leaves. The tutorial uses metallic spraypaint from Rustoleum which may or may not be permanent for clay – some sprays make polymer clay stick after a while – … Read More ...

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Actually, this is just a great, simple way to make shiny clay leaves. The tutorial uses metallic spraypaint from Rustoleum which may or may not be permanent for clay – some sprays make polymer clay stick after a while – but you could just as easily paint with a compatible paint or airbrush with it. Or use leaf or mica powders on the raw clay. Using real leaves with the polymer through the pasta machine makes a great and delicate impression so I’ll have to give this a shot – I usually just press my leaves into the clay or use my brayer a little.

If you want to use these as place cards for table settings you could sketch or stamp in names. I think a dish of these leaves would be fun as a decoration, basically a polymer clay bowl filler.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Polymer Clay Dreams and Fantasy]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4960 2014-09-06T05:02:36Z 2014-09-06T05:02:36Z After some gentle mocking last bunch of Etsy picks – for the returning student in our household, my daughter, that is – she told me she got to pick the picks this week. And they are all sweet, fantasy themed … Read More ...

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After some gentle mocking last bunch of Etsy picks – for the returning student in our household, my daughter, that is – she told me she got to pick the picks this week. And they are all sweet, fantasy themed miniatures. We have talented mini makers on Etsy.


Micro Unicorn by MadeWithClayAndLove

Organic Textures Tutorial by LeggendeSegrete

Dragon Box by polymerclaybijoux

Mermaid Necklace by Barbarasartistry
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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Mixed Media Coffee Bean Necklace]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4956 2014-09-04T04:28:02Z 2014-09-04T04:28:02Z coffeebeanpin

I consider coffee one of my daily rituals so coffee themed jewellery works for me. And in the craft jewellery world, personalized jewellery or pieces with quotes and inspirational words have been insanely popular for a few years. This mixed Read More ...

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I consider coffee one of my daily rituals so coffee themed jewellery works for me. And in the craft jewellery world, personalized jewellery or pieces with quotes and inspirational words have been insanely popular for a few years. This mixed media piece by Amy Latta uses a little of each: a polymer clay coffee bean and cute, popular stamped metal pieces.

You could do your own version along whatever theme you prefer – or would like to give away: a favourite flower bead along with the recipients name or the flowers latin name, a favoured candy, a seasonal decoration and seasons greetings.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Polymer Clay Finds]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4953 2014-09-03T04:24:23Z 2014-09-03T04:24:23Z mosaic-monday-50

I found a wonderful mix of polymer clay goodness on Flickr this time through – twisted, cloudy blues in a necklace. A bright and friendly robot by the tremendously talented RobotsAreAwesome. A fabulous face cane. I’m a sucker for a … Read More ...

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I found a wonderful mix of polymer clay goodness on Flickr this time through – twisted, cloudy blues in a necklace. A bright and friendly robot by the tremendously talented RobotsAreAwesome. A fabulous face cane. I’m a sucker for a good face cane. And cute pixelated sheep although the artist calls it faux cross stitch.

Necklace by Twisted Clay | by HerArtSheLoves | Girl with Scarf by Patricia Roberts-Thompson | Faux Cross Stitch Sheep by Cate van Alphen

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: An Autumn Turtle]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4950 2014-09-02T04:22:44Z 2014-09-02T04:22:44Z Pumpkin-turtle-final-a-1226x1138

Where I live you can feel autumn inching in – the day time temperatures are still lovely but there’s a chill in the mornings and the evenings come so much earilier than they need to. School starts for the kidlet … Read More ...

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Where I live you can feel autumn inching in – the day time temperatures are still lovely but there’s a chill in the mornings and the evenings come so much earilier than they need to. School starts for the kidlet in a couple of days and I’m starting to rotate the fall coloured stock into my shop. I found a very autumn themed turtle on the Sculpey site. The tutorial has lots of great techniques in it: sculpting using an armature, antiquing, making things “cute”, adding embellishments.

This guys cute enough to sort of ease the pain. Sort of. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a warm, sunny autumn too, of course.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Stamped Clay Bowls]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4946 2014-08-31T02:11:33Z 2014-08-31T02:11:33Z diy-stamped-clay-bowls-title-640

Following along from the tutorial the other day for stamped napkin rings, here’s one from Emma of GatheringBeauty for pretty stamped trinket dishes. I am a sucker for little bowls. Outside of beads and canes, I make bowls the most. … Read More ...

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Following along from the tutorial the other day for stamped napkin rings, here’s one from Emma of GatheringBeauty for pretty stamped trinket dishes. I am a sucker for little bowls. Outside of beads and canes, I make bowls the most. When I do pottery, I make bowls. When I play with plasticine… I make bowls. This tutorial, too, uses air dry clay but you could just as easily use polymer clay (or, if you’re daring, do this with ceramic clay and glazes)

She uses regular ink pad ink to highlight the stamp impression but mica powders, heat set paints, washes of regular paints and even chalks would work. If you particularly like the stamps used I have the same ones which I got at the local Dollarama (a dollar store chain here).

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