Polymer Clay Fimo and clay tips and tutorials 2014-08-20T06:01:27Z http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/feed/atom WordPress Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Polymer Clay Olaf]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4930 2014-08-20T06:01:27Z 2014-08-20T06:01:27Z disney-frozen-olaf-polymer-clay-photo-420x420-IMG_9821-2

Disney’s Family site has all sorts of crafts and goodies on it. Including a tutorial on how to make a polymer clay Olaf figure. The cute snowman is from the insanely popular movie Frozen. You could embed a … Read More ...

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Disney’s Family site has all sorts of crafts and goodies on it. Including a tutorial on how to make a polymer clay Olaf figure. The cute snowman is from the insanely popular movie Frozen. You could embed a decent sized jump ring in the clay before baking and turn your Olaf figure into an ornament for your Christmas tree.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Creating Background Texture in Polymer Clay]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4927 2014-08-19T05:12:28Z 2014-08-19T05:12:28Z shawl-pin

This trick lets you add what appears to be two layers of different texture or design with one stamp or texture. There’s a background texture created with a low relief pattern stamp or tool and then a contrasting or higher … Read More ...

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This trick lets you add what appears to be two layers of different texture or design with one stamp or texture. There’s a background texture created with a low relief pattern stamp or tool and then a contrasting or higher relief design cut out. In the final items this creates a textured piece with two types of texture or design. A little antiquing or other surface decoration would enhance the raised designs.

Joan Tayler is a talented Canadian clayer from the west coast. She uses this sort of design in creating her pretty shawl pins.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Fantasy Pendant]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4924 2014-08-17T16:56:49Z 2014-08-17T16:56:49Z evenstarnecklace

I am a big fantasy buff – books, movies, games, art, hobby. I’ve always loved drawing pictures of dragons and elves and mermaids and sometimes I work up the courage to roll that into my clay work. Lord of the … Read More ...

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I am a big fantasy buff – books, movies, games, art, hobby. I’ve always loved drawing pictures of dragons and elves and mermaids and sometimes I work up the courage to roll that into my clay work. Lord of the Rings (both the books and the movies) is one of those works that’s inspired generations of fan art. Here’s a video tutorial for a pendant based on Anwen’s evenstar.

A more experience polymer clay artist could bling this out a bunch more with fancy foils, embedded pieces, mica powders and metal pastes I bet.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Hollow Forms for Polymer Clay]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4921 2014-08-15T15:05:11Z 2014-08-15T15:05:11Z oozeq

One of the big things in polymer clay is making hollow forms. Hollow forms can be made using two part forms, air for the filler or dissolving filler. I’ve used all of these and I’ve used cornstarch “gum” to make … Read More ...

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One of the big things in polymer clay is making hollow forms. Hollow forms can be made using two part forms, air for the filler or dissolving filler. I’ve used all of these and I’ve used cornstarch “gum” to make shapes and cover them in clay to wash out later. The cornstarch mixture isn’t usually the most malleable stuff – seriously, it’s a great science experience, mix water and cornstarch – and it cracks as it dries. You can add glycerin to it to make it into a more useful molding material but after that it gets a little more complicated.

Oozeq is a new mix of molding paste made just for this: to create armature forms for hollow works such as polymer clay artists would use. There’s an Etsy shop you can buy some to use and a Kickstarter to help fund the start up project. Sounds like neat stuff!

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: The Fish Cane]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4918 2014-08-14T05:26:05Z 2014-08-14T05:26:05Z 12620388955_05fec31d86_o

As Lavilla says in the first slide of this Flickr photo tutorial for a fish cane – it’s a more detailed version of the very good fish cane tutorial on Kim Korringa’s site. Which you should take a look at … Read More ...

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As Lavilla says in the first slide of this Flickr photo tutorial for a fish cane – it’s a more detailed version of the very good fish cane tutorial on Kim Korringa’s site. Which you should take a look at and enjoy, she does beautiful canework in fabulous colours.

The tutorial covers a variety of great caning techniques – using cut and insert methods as well inserting tubes into holes for the eyes. While it makes a fish it also helps you picture how to build up other sorts of faces and detailed images.

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Larissa Coleman http://craftgossip.com <![CDATA[6 Video Tutorials For School-Themed Clay Charms]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4905 2014-08-13T03:40:57Z 2014-08-13T14:55:20Z schoolcharms

If you love making cute little miniature clay sculptures, these 6 videos from YouTube are something you need to check out.  Each of them have detailed visual instructions for you to create your own version of these tiny pieces of … Read More ...

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If you love making cute little miniature clay sculptures, these 6 videos from YouTube are something you need to check out.  Each of them have detailed visual instructions for you to create your own version of these tiny pieces of art.  Maybe you can make one for the new teacher your child will be with this year, or maybe you will want one for a lucky “charm” for your own little one.  Or just maybe you will want to keep them for yourself.

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1- Molang In Backpack Tutorial from Sweetorials

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2- Book and Notebook Charms from SoCraftastic

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3- Bookworm and Apple from Pudding Fish Cakes

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4- Coloured Pencil Tutorial from This Charming Stuff

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5- School Bus Tutorial from Ashley Chaumont

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6- #2 Pencil from Cup of Cake TV

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Polymer Clay Variety]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4897 2014-08-12T04:19:53Z 2014-08-12T04:19:53Z mosaic-monday-49

It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time admiring the work of polymer clay artists. Flickr is one of the venues I use to find and watch artists and the folks above are some of the most prolific … Read More ...

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It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time admiring the work of polymer clay artists. Flickr is one of the venues I use to find and watch artists and the folks above are some of the most prolific and talented folk who appear in my timeline week in, week out. It’s not easy but it is doable to make one or two quite good clay pieces. To do it regularly is a whole other ball game.

Reclaimed Table with Polymer Clay Veneer by Alice Stroppel | Dragon Trio by KatersAcres| Necklace by greti53 | Graffiti Bangle by Anke Humpert

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Vikram Goyal http://www.craftgossip.com/ <![CDATA[How to make Polymer Clay at home]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4893 2014-08-09T22:58:20Z 2014-08-09T14:55:45Z homemade-polymerclay

You can make polymer clay at home and that too – using household items!

If you have cornstarch and white PVA or Elmer’s glue, it’s easy to make it. You might be surprised to know that it also contains lemon … Read More ...

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You can make polymer clay at home and that too – using household items!

If you have cornstarch and white PVA or Elmer’s glue, it’s easy to make it. You might be surprised to know that it also contains lemon juice.

The Etsy team at New York has put all the details together: Homemade Polymer Clay.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Polymer Clay Tea Party]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4890 2014-08-09T05:26:19Z 2014-08-09T05:26:19Z The cute, polymer clay kind of tea party treats as brought to you by the talented Etsy polymer clay folks:

A cocktail ring by DIVINEsweetness loaded with sweet treats for your tea party themed event. Or just to make you
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The cute, polymer clay kind of tea party treats as brought to you by the talented Etsy polymer clay folks:

A cocktail ring by DIVINEsweetness loaded with sweet treats for your tea party themed event. Or just to make you smile
The perfect tea set minis by cherrydot so that your dollhouse characters can enjoy a cup of tea.
An embellished tea pot by onedancingcrow
A steampunk styled tea bag buddy by MuddleDesigns
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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Jasmine Flower Necklace]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4887 2014-08-07T04:20:55Z 2014-08-07T04:20:55Z whitejasminenecklace

Delicate, summery flowers and little bobbles make this necklace a light and airy piece to whip up. The polymer clay flowers that are constructed could easily be any other colour, depending on your whim. Deep red roses, darker chain and … Read More ...

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Delicate, summery flowers and little bobbles make this necklace a light and airy piece to whip up. The polymer clay flowers that are constructed could easily be any other colour, depending on your whim. Deep red roses, darker chain and little black crystals would make a lovely piece for your dramatic friend. Tiny pansies or lilies for your gardening lover.

The video tutorial, by Irina Ivanitskaya, is well done and brightly lit. Enjoy!

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Faceted “Eye” Effect]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4884 2014-08-05T04:51:32Z 2014-08-05T04:51:32Z 8603006599_599a2de21d_z

These beads look like the composite or faceted eyes that some insects have. The use of mica powders gives the whole piece a nice shine and colour variation. Andrea Machler, the author, refers to the mesh she uses as tulle … Read More ...

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These beads look like the composite or faceted eyes that some insects have. The use of mica powders gives the whole piece a nice shine and colour variation. Andrea Machler, the author, refers to the mesh she uses as tulle but it looks more like the mesh you get for wrappings or other fabrics here which makes me think you could do this sort of piece with any similar sized mesh and get a variety of effects.

You can find the first page in the tutorial here. To go through it just click through the photos using the right arrow.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Simple Flower Cane and Beads]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4880 2014-08-04T05:32:18Z 2014-08-04T05:32:18Z 2

The charm of this type of cane and bead or applique is that you could use a skinner blend instead of the simple black and white bullseye for the full colour effect. Or you could use solid colours or varying … Read More ...

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The charm of this type of cane and bead or applique is that you could use a skinner blend instead of the simple black and white bullseye for the full colour effect. Or you could use solid colours or varying ones.

The flowers themselves make good beads and great brooches or earrings. Just pop a post earring finding on the back of a couple or a pin finding and voila.

The writing for the tutorial is in French – translation here – but the pictures are so clear you don’t even need it.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Mediterranean Landscape Cane]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4877 2014-08-02T04:41:39Z 2014-08-02T04:41:39Z landscape-cane-2

Almost all of the polymer clay work I do involves canes – canes to make beads, to decorate bowls with, to add to sculpted pieces. Some of those are simple canes and some are more complex. One type I’ve done … Read More ...

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Almost all of the polymer clay work I do involves canes – canes to make beads, to decorate bowls with, to add to sculpted pieces. Some of those are simple canes and some are more complex. One type I’ve done very little of is landscape canes because I’m never quite sure what to DO with a complete landscape cane!

Josie has a tutorial and a finished item with her landscape cane – the original tutorial is in French but you can visit the Google translated link here to get the sort of English version.

In Sue Heaser’s book, the Encyclopedia of Polymer Clay Techniques, there’s a good landscape tutorial and a few pieces made with it to use as ideas, as well.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Scrap Clay Bangles]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4874 2014-08-01T04:59:53Z 2014-08-01T04:59:53Z scrap-bangle

In case you haven’t checked out CraftArtEdu.com – a site started by Donna Kato a few years ago – you should! There’s plenty of offerings in clay and other media. There’s even some freebies here and there. Deb Hart has … Read More ...

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In case you haven’t checked out CraftArtEdu.com – a site started by Donna Kato a few years ago – you should! There’s plenty of offerings in clay and other media. There’s even some freebies here and there. Deb Hart has one for her scrap clay bangles. Considering how fabulous her work is you can be pretty sure this will be one of those useful projects to add to your arsenal.

You can see some of Deb’s work in her Etsy shop or check out her Facebook page.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Tiger Skin Cane]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4872 2014-07-30T05:59:31Z 2014-07-30T05:59:31Z DSC_0597

Here’s a picture tutorial for a tiger skin cane (what got used to make the nifty beads pictured above I’m betting). Animal skin patterns are often fairly straightforward canes to make and are forgiving of reducing and asymmetry. Tiger and … Read More ...

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Here’s a picture tutorial for a tiger skin cane (what got used to make the nifty beads pictured above I’m betting). Animal skin patterns are often fairly straightforward canes to make and are forgiving of reducing and asymmetry. Tiger and zebra are similar layouts. Cheetah, leopard, and giraffe are made with dots or eyes instead of the stripes.

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