Polymer Clay Fimo and clay tips and tutorials 2014-08-31T02:11:33Z http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/feed/atom WordPress 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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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Back to School Clay]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4937 2014-08-28T04:51:54Z 2014-08-29T10:30:44Z It’s the bestest time of year again! The kidlets are heading back to school, the routine and schedules are on their way back and, where I live, the mosquito onslaught will stop soon. Here’s a selection of back to school … Read More ...

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It’s the bestest time of year again! The kidlets are heading back to school, the routine and schedules are on their way back and, where I live, the mosquito onslaught will stop soon. Here’s a selection of back to school trinkets, clay tools and fun stuff from the talented clayers of Etsy:


Apple Post Earrings by Creatureshire

School Bus Mold by MoldShop

Siamese Cat Stick Pen by polymerclaybijoux

Decorative Paperclips by estico
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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Textured Napkin Ring]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4942 2014-08-29T04:47:40Z 2014-08-29T04:47:40Z napkin-ring

The tutorial for this napkin ring uses air dry clay but you could substitute polymer clay and, voila, it works equally well. The shiny finish on the ring is from using mica powders to highlight the texture. You could use … Read More ...

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The tutorial for this napkin ring uses air dry clay but you could substitute polymer clay and, voila, it works equally well. The shiny finish on the ring is from using mica powders to highlight the texture. You could use this to coordinate to whatever event or colour scheme you’d like. Use letter stamps to add names. For example little initials in a heart would be fabulous for a wedding version of this napkin ring.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Soufflé Cone Earrings]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4939 2014-08-28T04:59:53Z 2014-08-28T04:59:53Z Souffle-Cone-Earrings

Patti Kimle has a project up on the Sculpey.com site. It’s done with the new Polyform clay, Soufflé, but you could do it with any of them. The nicely faux-metal look of the bead cap or cones is achieved with … Read More ...

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Patti Kimle has a project up on the Sculpey.com site. It’s done with the new Polyform clay, Soufflé, but you could do it with any of them. The nicely faux-metal look of the bead cap or cones is achieved with mica powder, something I highly recommend most clayers have in their arsenal of goodies. You could make the same sort of cones to finish off the ends on a matching necklace.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Succulent Wedding Favours]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4934 2014-08-27T03:42:08Z 2014-08-27T03:42:08Z wedding-favors

Emily of Merrypad mentions how she made the tiny succulent pots for her recent wedding out of clay. Her walkthrough is based on the tutorial by Rachel at Transient Expression.

You get to combine the insane popularity of teeny tiny … Read More ...

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Emily of Merrypad mentions how she made the tiny succulent pots for her recent wedding out of clay. Her walkthrough is based on the tutorial by Rachel at Transient Expression.

You get to combine the insane popularity of teeny tiny succulents and of faceted or rough EVERYTHING. Little handmade planters, cute plants and you could even customize your clay colours. Sounds like a pretty nifty favour idea!

Sorry for being absent guys! I had technology issues while I was out of town! I do have a little stack of goodness for the week though, as a result. And the out of town bit was fabulous and fun and relaxing.

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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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