Polymer Clay Fimo and clay tips and tutorials 2014-10-01T04:53:25Z http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/feed/atom WordPress Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[A Little Bit of Inspiration]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=5018 2014-10-01T04:53:25Z 2014-10-01T04:53:25Z Ignore me I'm a Spoiler

Back when I started doing polymer clay online – in 2002 or so – I found a community going strong at PCC(polymerclaycentral.com) and lots of people who were big or upcoming names in the polymer clay world. I joined swaps … Read More ...

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Back when I started doing polymer clay online – in 2002 or so – I found a community going strong at PCC(polymerclaycentral.com) and lots of people who were big or upcoming names in the polymer clay world. I joined swaps where other players were the people who wrote the books I’d seen in the store. It was a great spot for a newbie to get started and I joined lots of swaps and played and talked.

One of the people who always had a bit of advice and a style that appealed was Sarajane Helm. A mixed media artist, Sarajane does miniatures, beads, jewellery, music, costuming, fabric and, lately, lots and lots of digital art. I joined in her mask swaps once or twice and just took a peek at the 2014 ones. She’s also got the 2011 ones on her site. If you haven’t had a chance to see the masks from previous goes… you should, just for the sheer variety. And if you ever have the chance, do participate. It’s a huge, well organized swap with great quality work done. It was intimidating as heck to do but worthwhile.

The picture above are some of the masks, uncured, I put into the 2009 swap.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Making Clay Leaf Bowls]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=5015 2014-09-30T04:10:19Z 2014-09-30T04:10:19Z fall-leaves

I’ve dabbled in ceramic and air dry clays and I’ve done polymer clay as my day job for years now. Apart from making canes and beads, my favourite item to build is bowls. Little bowls, great soup bowls (from ceramic … Read More ...

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I’ve dabbled in ceramic and air dry clays and I’ve done polymer clay as my day job for years now. Apart from making canes and beads, my favourite item to build is bowls. Little bowls, great soup bowls (from ceramic clay in this case), little trinket dishes from every type of material.

These autumn themed leaf bowls appeal to that bit of me: the poster discusses making the dishes and processing in a kiln but also trying these with air dry clay. They used acrylic clay and varnish for the colouring. You could complete the same piece with polymer clay and either use paint for the veining or mica powders. Cure your leaf shape on a slightly curved oven safe dish such as a large glass bowl and voila, polymer clay leaf bowls. Just think how lovely little dishes with wrapped candies would be for your Thanksgiving decor.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Making Polka Dots]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=5012 2014-09-29T05:15:36Z 2014-09-29T05:15:36Z polkadots

Making precision anything with craft materials is sometimes a challenging experience so I always like tips and tricks on how to get great, clean results with fairly basic tools. The pearl and etch tool set from Sculpey are nifty that … Read More ...

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Making precision anything with craft materials is sometimes a challenging experience so I always like tips and tricks on how to get great, clean results with fairly basic tools. The pearl and etch tool set from Sculpey are nifty that way. I have dome ended tools (the pearl end on the Sculpey tools) from other sculpting sets but I hadn’t used them to make little dots like this.

The tutorial itself is in Russian. Here’s a link to a translated to English version.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Polymer Clay Adornments]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=5010 2014-09-27T05:14:25Z 2014-09-27T05:14:25Z A little selection of wearable pretties from polymer clay artists on Etsy:


Leafy Cha Cha Bracelet by wilywolverine

Pod Flower Earrings by Loveroot

Mixed Media Cuff Bracelet by adrianaallenllc

Wolf Love Necklace by wcgoods
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A little selection of wearable pretties from polymer clay artists on Etsy:


Leafy Cha Cha Bracelet by wilywolverine

Pod Flower Earrings by Loveroot

Mixed Media Cuff Bracelet by adrianaallenllc

Wolf Love Necklace by wcgoods
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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Making a Small Dish]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=5007 2014-09-25T05:10:42Z 2014-09-25T05:10:42Z ronit-cupcakebowl

This falls more into the category of quick tips but hey, it’s a bright idea just the same. Getting her inspiration from a baking recipe that uses the outside of a cupcake tin – minis or full size, I’m not … Read More ...

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This falls more into the category of quick tips but hey, it’s a bright idea just the same. Getting her inspiration from a baking recipe that uses the outside of a cupcake tin – minis or full size, I’m not sure – to bake cookie bowls, Ronit made little trinket dishes from clay.

It looks like she used thicker pieces of cane covered clay sheets cut with a circle cutter then formed over the outside of the tin. You could use a little texture on the outside of the piece to give the outside of your finished piece some interest and avoid sanding.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Making Macarons]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=5002 2014-09-24T13:44:52Z 2014-09-24T13:44:52Z play-doh-eraser-macron-scupty-recipe

The local bakery makes a nifty flavour-of-the-week batch of cupcakes and macarons each week and the macarons are definitely my daughter’s favourites. Here’s the fun clay version. The tutorial uses eraser clay but you could definitely use any of … Read More ...

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The local bakery makes a nifty flavour-of-the-week batch of cupcakes and macarons each week and the macarons are definitely my daughter’s favourites. Here’s the fun clay version. The tutorial uses eraser clay but you could definitely use any of the other polymer clays for this. If you want to make the delicately pastel colours a lot of the macarons seem to be start with white clay and mix very small amounts (crumbs, seriously) to make the colours. Or go for bright and saturated like these guys.

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Elaine Robitaille http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tutorial: Little Clay Mummies]]> http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/?p=4998 2014-09-22T05:14:36Z 2014-09-22T05:14:36Z Mummy-final

Making cute decorations for the holidays is one of those perfect clay things to do. And, really, Halloween has a lot of silly possibilities like this mummy. The tutorial by Phoebe Doehring on Sculpey.com makes a sweet little mummy figure. … Read More ...

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Making cute decorations for the holidays is one of those perfect clay things to do. And, really, Halloween has a lot of silly possibilities like this mummy. The tutorial by Phoebe Doehring on Sculpey.com makes a sweet little mummy figure. If you need a spookier one, thin and elongate the form a little and make a bit creepier expression in the bandages. Add a little grime with the acrylic paints.

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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.

My affection for all things tomato right … Read More ...

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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.

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.

leaves

1- Lumina Clay Leaves from Camille Art

fox

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

scarecrow

5- Cute Scarecrow from Air Dry Clay

pumpkins

6- Pumpkin Charms from Makoccino

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