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Fill 2016 With HOPE— Bottles of Hope !

That is my only resolution for this year!  I would like to fill people’s heart’s with hope and love. These little Bottles of Hope are the tool to achieve this.

This simple but elegant bottle in a Faux Wedgewood look only takes about 10mins to make but the impact it will have on a cancer patient that might be having a particularly rough day of chemo is HUGE!

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Lets flood the polymer clay websites with EVERYONE’s Bottles of Hope. See Diane’s inspiring story of how she                      started Bottles of Hope  in 1999.

Really all it took was blending the peach from the earth tones collection and the Blue( F and F) on the Makin’s Clay mixing ruler  and then roll out the sheet to cover the bottle  and then I press some white clay into the Florals mold, and then adhere to the bottle.

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Follow Your Own Path

Yes I’m like many others out there and I love The Wizard of Oz……….

Tin Man moves you 2015 This was my December project for Makin’s Clay you can see the details on the Makin’s Clay blog . I really enjoyed creating this project and took advantage of the Makin’s Clay double sided spinning frame!

On the reverse side I have the famous quote from the Wizard Himself ! But what I don’t show is the Tin Man’s reply. “I know but I STILL want one! ”

Remember follow YOUR own PATH by Following your heart!

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Paying My Dues Tuesdays (Makin faces)

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Most nights you can find me on my couch watching my favorite shows with my hubby. But I am Never still! On my lap is my little lap desk and a small tile with a lump of clay on it.

I’m hunched over; much to the chagrin of my physical therapist practicing my sculpting techniques. Most of these faces will NEVER see the heat of my oven and most just get SQUISHED back up into the same lump of clay. I try to sculpt one face a night JUST for practice. I have started at least taking pictures of my faces so I can track my “hopeful” progression.

I have many tools that I have used to sculpt and while they are good I could not use them to make small faces to fit on my cameo pins and my delicate Fae-cicles. UNTIL NOW!

I received my Makin’s Clay® professional tools kit and needless to say I ripped into it AS soon as I heard the mailman drop it at the door. The male dude to say the least is a bit scared of me! lol

 The housework was derailed yet again!

With my Makin’s  Clay pro tool set I can make my own custom tools so I only have the 2 tools on my lil lap desk(which are actually 4 tools with the double ends) instead of 4 or 5. The pro tools  have sped up my sculpting time since I spend less time groping for the tool I need I just spin it around to the other end !

There is even a great Makin’s Clay professional tools Tips and Techniques  click on it!

This is ALL part of my Paying My Dues TUESDAYS schedule. I also practice my color mixing as well as palette ensembles and new techniques. More of my Paying My Dues Tuesdays will be posted and you can suffer along with me!

I was so excited by my new Pro tools I bought Dawn M Schiller’s spectacular book Fae Maker check it out here !

One of the large guys sculpted was supposed to be an elf  but ….he looked more like Vinny Barbarino from Welcome Back Kotter with his smirk on his face so I gave him some hair to match.  If you want to see more of my work check out my FLICKR

I know I still have so much to learn(like making Ears!) and I’m STILL in sponge mode and I hope to ALWAYS be learning all the time. I will show you all my Epic fails and well as a triumph here and there !

I GOT your back! The easy way…..

Makin’s Clay® has got your back!!

 

Extruded back

 

 

All you need is your Ultimate clay Extruder and Disc # 17 the triangle from the original disc set that comes with this extruder and the Makin’s Clay clay core adapters is the SHHHH secret weapon to make this so easy. Just load the extruder with your clay add the core adapter od your choice and then the triangle disc so in one step you get the shape you want with a hole in the center. I like to cover that with one last thin layer of matching clay to polish the look and guarantee it will stay in place.

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Genius !

Klay Away 2015  New Hampshire

This was my 1st Klay Away Retreat and I had a BLAST !

If you have never been to a polymer clay retreat I highly recommend it! Everyone is so kind and supportive and so much FUN! Folks travel from far and wide for these 4 day events. One such traveler was Pat G; she and Diane N came all the way from Ontario (yea it is THAT FUN! )

Pat was one of the teachers giving demos this year. She was nice enough to share her tips and tricks with the gang. One of her tricks was this amazing and creative idea for holding her Makin’s Clay Ultimate Extruder. She just “Macgyvered” it using what she had in her basement. She took the hardware used to hold a broom and mop handles and added it to a piece of wood and then clamped the whole thing down to her table. This helps her control the flow of the clay as it comes out. She showed the group how to make her extruded canes as seen here. I only wish you could feel them to see how they feel like glass. Pat is one of those patient people and she sands and buffs her pieces till they have a smooth gloss finish!

What is your favorite handmade tool?

 

Pat Ghadbane Klay away 2015 class

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!