From June 2015

My June project for Makin’s Clay

Baroque Style Earrings

 

Makin's Clay Tutorial for June by Carole Monahan
Makin’s Clay Tutorial for June by Carole Monahan

Hello,

I have my 3rd detailed Tutorial that JUST came out on the Makin’s Clay® Blog

You can see all the details on how to make these great earrings plus all the amazing tips and trick and tutorials to look and learn from!

Just follow this link below to see all sorts of fun SUMMER TIME projects!

Remember this is ALL AIR DRY CLAY so do don’t have to turn on your oven and heat up the house!

Click here for more FUN !

Carole’s June project

 

Remember Be Boundless Be Creative !

Thanks for stopping by

Carole

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The Evolution of an Idea

Getting an idea out of my head and on my wrist !

3 variations on a theme  Carole Monahan 2015
3 variations on a theme
Carole Monahan 2015

The idea was great the Classic NYC checkered cab…… This was 2013 and I’m STILL “working” on THIS one idea!

I have come a long way from my 1st attempt. This shows the 1st time I tried to make this idea come to life I cut the squares out by hand and tried to line them up and then reduce the cane with out distorting the cane.(did I mention it was also my 1st attempt to do any caning?)

This 1st bracelet I brought to my very 1st Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay guild  Meeting to ask for some advice. My now Guild Buddy Debbie G told me I would be better off using an Extruder… EXTRUDER I ASK What the hell is that ???

1st attempt next to  final attempt with the correct tools!   Carole Monahan
1st attempt next to final attempt with the correct tools!
Carole Monahan

 

 

Well it is a LIFE and GAME CHANGER is what an Extruder is !!!!  It made my idea come to life and greatly reduced my cursing!

Sooo much easier

Makin's clay extruder with square disc. Carole
      Makin’s clay extruder with square disc. Carole

 

I’m STILL changing the design and exploring where I can go with this! Never give up on an idea! Always reach out to others for advice. If you are not in a guild FIND ONE ! If there is not one near go on line and join on line groups via Facebook. I see so much wonderful and constructive feed back given on line in the Polymer Clay community.  More great articles to come regarding the FUN and loving world of Polymer clay artists.

1st attempt necklace.  NYc cab carole Monahan
   1st attempt necklace.
NYc cab carole Monahan

 

2nd generation Carole M
                         2nd generation Carole M
3rd generation necklace Carole Monahan 2015
3rd generation necklace Carole Monahan 2015

 

Viral Spiral with Makin’s Clay

The Viral Spiral Necklace

My Viral Spiral necklace made with Makin's Clay.  FUN FAST and EASY !
My Viral Spiral necklace made with Makin’s Clay.
FUN FAST and EASY !  Carole Monahan 6-12-15

 

This Makin’s Clay® project is SO fun SO Fast and SOOO EASY!

I tried to make this several times but it never came out right….

With theMakin’s clay it was so much easier since it stays VERY flexible after

it cures. I have always loved the extruded necklaces from Nan Roche and from

Angela Garrod. I even have a magazine tutorial and I was not able to get the results I wanted

until I tried it with the No bake Makin’s clay.

 

All you will need is —–

2 oz of Makin’s Clay® I used Neon Pink and Neon Orange

all7120gneon

 

 

And the Makin’s Clay® Ultimate Extruder

extruderand 1-2 wooden dowels to wrap the clay around while it is drying.

 

 

 

To finish the necklace you will need some beadstringing wire

A lobster claw clasp and

2 jump rings and 2 crimp beads

2 large beads as end caps to hold the spiral in place

and some Beacon tacky glue to secure the end of the spirals to the beads

Directions

Here I just filled the entire tube of the extruder with the 1 color of the clay.

Step 1 Empty the entire tube I found that makes the perfect amount to wrap around a dowel and form a 18″ necklace. Repeat this with the other color as well. Spiral-extruded-spagetti--6

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 Wrap the extruded clay onto a dowel of the desired size. Do this quickly before the clay starts to cure it is a thin piece so it will cure quickly. I still let it sit over night on the dowel for it to really hold it’s shape.

Step 2 Clay drying on dowels
Step 2 Clay drying on dowels

Step 3 Gently remove the cure clay from the dowel and then you can merge the 2 colors together as seen in Step 4

 

Step 3
Step3

 

Step 4
Step 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5 Stringing. You make sure the bead stringing wire goes through the center of both spiral add the large bead and then finisg as usual with the crimp bead and lobster claw clasp as shown in step 5 close up.

Step 5
Step 5

 

 

 

That’s ALL THERE is TO THAT ! Now where your new work of art proudly !

 

Spiral-on-blk-full-6-15-15-

 

 

What the Duck ?

How my chore became my obsession passion!

It ALL began in 2009 my daughter and I were doing some spring cleaning. From under her bed we pulled out the plastic bin of craft supplies.

In there were your usual suspects: glue-That dried up

markers- dried up

pipe cleaners, wooden sticks

paint-yup you guessed it- dried up!    The one thing that was NOT dried up were several packets of Sculpey Polymer clay! We HAD to make sure they were still good to use soooooo my daughter made a cute purple dino and I made this little tiny harmless looking rubber ducky!

Needless to say no other house cleaning got done that day. Polymer clay has been an impediment to me becoming the next Martha S ever since!

My 1st polymer clay creation. from 2009 made to raise money for my MS walk team called The Zippity Do Das
My 1st polymer clay creation. from 2009 made to raise money for my MS walk team called The Zippity Do Das

Who knew 6 years later  THIS would be such a huge part of my life!!!

I’m still trying to learn as much as I can about this WONDERFUL medium and I would like to take you on my journey of learning and share the good the bad and my EPIC FAILS with you!