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Monday, February 25, 2013

Raspberry Pie Tutorial

We take a piece of polymer clay that looks like batter and roll it through a medium size on the pasta machine. 

 This is what we are going to use to fill the "pie".

We use a toothpick and use it to create some realistic edges for our pie. 

We also want to make it more realistic on the outside.

We add some polymer clay small pieces. 

The edges are too smooth so we want to use a toothpick to make small holes in them(sorry I forgot to take a picture of this step)

We use an extruder to make some "cream" for our pie.

The end. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spring 2013 Colors

We all know that the main color for 2013 is green but there are some of the other trends that will be shown on the catwalk:
here are the colors pantone shows to be trendy this year:

So I think I'm going to start making some new jewelry with that right away. I'm also inspired by:

cool Anna Sui accesories:

and this:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Old Favorites Part 2

I wanted to make something that would feature stars so I made this:
 Here is a Christmas decorative piece made out of polymer clay for a Christmas contest a few years ago:
 I really loved this piece, I already talked about how the edges broke because I didn't make it sturdy enough.
 I really liked this piece, it remembered me of a girl that was sleeping on a bed of flowers:

 I wore this for a very long time, it was one of my first pendants:
 This was a brooch I really loved making, I wanted to make it look a bit more vintage:

My inspiration and some old favorites

I get inspired a lot from anime or fairy tales. Since I was little I loved reading fairy tales and I had a big collection of books. I'm planning on doing collections inspired from various fairy tales around the world, a lot of unknown fairy tales, not just Snow White, Cinderella or stuff like that. Some of the old polymer clay jewelry were a bunch of girls that were living in this fairy tale world. However, I sold some of them so I only have some old photos. Here are some photos: 

 This was one of my favorite, it was a girl who had a lot of things stuck to her hair. Unfortunately, the whole embroidery thing I was trying to do on the edge was not a really good idea because it didn't last and broke while I was wearing it.
So if you plan on doing something similar, you should fix it really well with some translucent clay. I even advise you to put translucent clay in those gaps and it will look the same.

                                           For other old projects you can check out this page. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

10 Tips For Polymer Clay Beginners

I have some tips I wish people would have told me when I was starting to play with polymer clay. Here they are:

1- If you want to remove lint, dirt, color from light pieces of clay, rub them with acetone. Also use gloves while you work with them. I recommend sterilized gloves.Make sure that you keep a spray with alcohol around and napkins to always wipe everything after using other colors. Also, if you don't like using gloves, you can simply get a piece of white clay and roll it on your hand to get everything on it.

2 - Uncooked polymer clay will deteriorate some types of plastic so make sure that you keep it away.

3 - Always store clay that you don't use in plastic foil.

4 - If clay hardens, there's no need for quick mix, you can just use some hand cream or liquid clay. Cut it in small pieces, pour some liquid clay on them and mix them together.

5 - You can mix brands of polymer clay to achieve harder clay  Premo is harder while Fimo Soft or translucent clays are softer. You can mix them together to achieve the firmness you want.

6 - Babywipes are always good for cleaning things.

7 - If you don't want moonies on your clay projects (small bubbles that form when playing with transparent-ish clay) you should gradually heat them before reaching the right temperature for baking. Don't preheat the oven.

8 - Buy bigger chunks of polymer clay. It's cheaper. Start with red, yellow, blue, white and black. Mix them together to create other colors.

9 - You can make your own sculpting tools, there is no need to buy most of them. Just search for the sculpting tool you need and make it out of polymer clay.

10 - Invest in a pasta machine if you want to have smooth and precise finished products.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Some old favorites of mine...and their stories Part 1

I remember doing this, I wanted something that reminded me of the sea but with a darker attitude. I loved this pendants because it was simple and only came with a rubber cord. 
When I created this brooch I wanted something that was inspired from Ancient Greece. 

 After creating pendants and brooches, I figured that perhaps people would want to see some earrings, so these were my first earrings featuring little girls.

You can see other old projects of mine on this page.

3d Pendant Tutorial

I always admired those 3D pendants I saw such as:
Here is how I did it (sorry for the quality of my pictures but I had poor light)
1. So you start with your favorite cane or background:

2.  We make a cut, it can be whatever shape you want.

 3. We apply stripes of clay, I chose the biggest size of sheet for the pasta machine:

4. We take the sheet of clay that we want to put on top (I rolled it through the nr 3 setting on the pasta machine, it shouldn't be very thick or very thin):

5. We make a hole in it or whatever shape we want, it can be a butterfly for example if you have that cutter, it makes for an interesting pendant I guess.

 6. We apply the sheet over the rectangle:

 7. We smooth it out:

 8. Cut the edges:

 9.We pimp it a bit:
 10. Finishing touches:

Old things

Hi, my passion is polymer clay and I've been playing with polymer clay for about 5 years. Before that, I used other types of clay like paper clay or ceramic clay. However, they weren't very good for small details so I was searching for a new medium to sculpt with.These are some of the things I did in the past:

However my work has improved since then and I will probably attach some photos as soon as I figure out how I want to approach this craft blog writing thing.