Hello dear friends!
I’ve entered 2016 full of energy, inspiration and with a lot of wonderful projects. One amazing thing is the fact that I enrolled in the Polymer Clay Adventure (Online Art Retreat) so I will have a year full of inspiration and lessons taught by artists that I admire. Thus I don’t have any other option, but striving for the best version of myself, being in good company:)
And it only gets better, as I bought the ticket for the EuroSynergy Conference in Bordeaux and I count the days till this event. It is a dream come true and I feel blissfulness just by thinking I will attend the Polymer clay event of the year this summer.
As I seem not to be very able to organize my time very well (I hoped that I would post more often and I didn’t), I also take up Kater’s Acres challenge and commit to work with polymer clay and post a weekly tutorial. So I said it and therefore I will have to do it. #2016PCchallenge This is the link to the Challenge in case you need a motivation to be more organized when working with polymer clay: http://katersacres.com/polyclay/2015pcchallenge-polyclay/2016-polymer-clay-challenge/
Before passing on to the tutorial, I want to thank drowningwings.wordpress.com (https://drowningwings.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/3-days-quote-challenge-3/) for the nomination for the 3-day quote Challenge.
Rules for the challenge:
- Thank the blogger that nominated you.
- Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone or anything.
- On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.
My nominees are:
Carolina from http://yesterdayafter.com/2016/01/20/the-warrior-necklace/ You’ll love her unique jewelry pieces!
Nima from https://nimasonti.wordpress.com/ You’ll find inspiration to create!
Ordinary Woman http://aboutordinarywomen.com/polymer-clay-woodland-candle-holder/ You’ll find beautiful polymer clay tutorials on her site (and she already started the #2016PCchallenge – so we’re on the same page!)
One last thing: I wanted to thank my friend, Gary Gautier, for the book. Anton [my son] loved it! Thank you, Gary! http://www.garygautier.com/
And, finally, the tutorial:
Materials and tools used: scrap clay, red polymer clay, dark blue polymer clay, light brown polymer clay, pasta machine, filigree brass components, liquid polymer clay, a blade, wooden stick, metallic acrylic paint, craft knife, varnish.
- I started by rolling a ball of scrap clay.
2. I flattened it by pressing on it with a plastic box (any acrylic bloc would do).
3. I am preparing the pieces for the bead. The center part made of polymer clay and the bottom brass filigree component.
I used liquid Fimo to glue the smaller filigree brass component on the top of the flattened bead.
4. I trimmed around.
Using liquid Fimo, I glued the resulting cabochon on the larger brass filigree component.
I like the effect of the colored scrap clay showing through.
5. I prepared a stripe of polymer clay to make the side of the bead.
I trimmed off the excess.
I textured the sides using the non-cutting side of the craft knife.
6. I am adding stripes of blue polymer clay to create a pattern.
I textured them as well.
7. I rolled a log of red polymer clay.
I cut little pieces and I rolled them between my hands into oval balls.
8. I created a design and then I pressed down the clay oval beads, using a wooden stick (the clay from the oval beads would stick to the clay showing through the filigree).
I did that all around and then I decorated the center with blue polymer clay.
9. Using Liquid Fimo, I attached a crystal rhinestone in the middle.
I pressed on the crystal with the bottom of the craft knife to press it down and capture it between the blue “petals”.
10. For some of the beads, I added bronze metallic acrylic paint for a shinier effect (with my fingers) and then removed the excess paint using baby wipes. I put some on the crystal rhinestone to tone down the color.
11. Be careful to center the bead to the brass filigree component from the bottom of the bead.
12. I put them in the oven according to the clay manufacturer’s specifications.
13. I varnished the petals (especially those painted with acrylic paint).
As always I’m glad to hear from you and I thank you for reading my posts and for sharing your impressions with me!
My best to you!