Friday, April 18, 2014

Mini bow polymer clay post earrings tutorial



I used sterling silver posts to make these earrings but your can easily use hypo allergenic, nickel free, or other ones.  This project uses a minimal amount of polymer clay so it’s a great use for your leftover clays!  Perfect for little girls…or mom since Mother’s Day is right around the corner. These earrings are simple but elegant and perfect for any occasion.

You will need:

Polymer clay

Clay tools, (roller, pointed tool, craft knife, clay blade)

Waxed paper to cover work surface

Earring posts and backs

Gloss glaze for polymer clay

Ruler

Aluminum foil to cover cookie sheet and home oven pre-heated to 275 degrees

E6000 glue

Masking tape to hold bows while applying the glaze

1.     Roll out your clay thinly.  Use the clay blade to cut two strips of clay 1/8” wide by 1 ½” long. 






2.     Fold one end into the center and press lightly to make a loop.  Fold the opposite end to the center to meet the first loop.  Press in the center with the pointed clay tool.



3.     Cut two more strips of the thinly rolled out clay 1/8” wide by ½” long.  Fold at an angle.  (See photo) Place the bow loops you just made on top of this piece and press to adhere. (Bow tails made)




4.     Make the center knot by attaching a tiny strip of clay at the top center and bring around to the bottom using the pointed clay tool.  Press lightly to attach a knot to each bow.



5.     Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.  Preheat your oven to 275 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Do not use a microwave.  Let cool.

6.     Attach a piece of masking tape, sticky side up and place the baked bows on to hold while you brush on a coat of clay glaze and let dry.



7.     Add some E6000 glue to the back of your post earring findings and attach a bow.  Repeat for second earring. Let dry completely. (E6000 glue is available in craft stores and discount department stores everywhere and works best)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quick and easy Easter ideas




For the adult Easter lover





Revamp an old basket to give it new life


For the boys...





And a kid's craft...


And finally a recipe for Greek Easter cookies...




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cracked look plastic Easter eggs tutorial



It’s almost time to fill those baskets and start the hunts!  Plastic eggs are great to put in small gifts and candies but while they very inexpensive they are kind of plain.  I thought why not glam them up a bit and give them a unique cracked egg look.  It’s easy and fun.  All you need is a paint pen, some clothespins and a well-ventilated area to work in and you can whip out a bakers dozen in no time flat. 

You will need:

Plastic eggs in colors of your choice

Clothespins

Scissors

Fine point black paint pen marker (You must use a paint pen because sharpie markers will rub off but the paint pen marker will not.)


1.     Work in a well-ventilated area.  This is a great outdoor project on a warm sunny day!  Cover your work surface with paper. 

2.     If the plastic eggs halves are not separate, clip them apart with a pair of scissors.


3.     Clip a clothespin on each egg section.  This makes it easier to work with while the paint pen dries.  Working on the top of an egg section use the paint pen to draw a circle and then make lines in a spoke like fashion. (See photo)



4.     Continue working down the egg section by drawing a line all around the circumference.  Add vertical lines all around.  You will have squarish sections all around the egg half. (See photo)



5.     Draw lines in varied directions in each section you made. (See photo)  Continue making lines in all directions in each spoke area at the top of the egg section as well.




6.     Make another group of vertical lines all around under the previous one and fill in like you did in the round above just until you reach the clothespin.  Wait until the marked areas have dried (it should only take a few minutes) and then move the clothespin and mark that area too.  (See photo) 




7.     For the final step mark the line all around the bottom where the eggs join.




8.     Repeat steps 3-6 for other half of egg and let dry.  Fill your eggs and enjoy.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easy Clay Flip-Flop Earrings Tutorial



Did you know that Sculpey makes a super flex oven bake clay?  After you bake it, it stays flexible and pliable.  These little flip flop earrings look and feel just like the real thing and are so cute in any color you desire!  They are quick to make and so very easy that you can even make these with a Girl Scout troop or group camp craft.  I’ve made them into earrings but you can easily adapt them for bling on backpacks and zipper pulls! 

You will need:

Sculpey superflex oven bake clay

Sculpey clay modeling tools

X-acto or craft knife

Flip flop pattern (download)

Scissors

Ruler

Jewelry findings, jump rings, oval jump ring, fish hook ear wires

Needle nosed pliers

Optional Sculpey texture sheet


1.     Download and print the flip-flop pattern.  Cut out the pattern with scissors.  Roll out a layer of super flex clay to about 1/8” thickness. If you want to add optional texture to the bottom of your flip-flops put the texture sheet over the rolled out clay and run the roller on top.  Place the pattern piece on the non-textured side and using an X-acto or craft knife carefully cut out.  Turn the pattern piece over, trace and cut out another piece.  You will have the soles for two shoes.




Optional texture on the bottom


2.     Mark three dots where the thong will go using the pattern as a guide.  Just lightly mark it and do not go all the way through the shoe.


3.     Roll out a thin snake shape with your hands and using the ruler measure and cut two pieces of the snake ¾” long.   




4.     Use the flat end of a clay tool to pat one piece of snake on the top mark and repeat with the other piece of clay.  (See photo)



5.     Attach each thong end to the side marks and press with the flat edge of the tool.   Repeat steps 3-5 for other shoe.

6.     Use the needle tool to make a hole in the top of each flip-flop.


Bottom of shoe


7.     Preheat your over to 275 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes.  Let cool


8.     Use the needle nosed pliers to open an oval shaped jump ring by twisting rather than pulling apart.  Insert it through the hole you made in the top and twist closed.  Open a small jump ring in the same way, add a fish hook ear wire making sure it is facing in the correct direction and close the second jump ring by twisting to close.