I have had soo much fun this last year working with Makin’s Clay as a design team member! This is a project I have been trying to perfect for some time now. It really shows off how flexible Makin’s clay REALLY is after it is cured. This piece has no SUBSTRUCTURE it is only Makin’s Clay and my beloved Swellegant for the finish!
Here are some pics of the ball as well as the plain white prototype ball from white clay. I think the plain white ball will be great for a 3 D Zentangle piece to doodle on!!!!
This is currently my new OBSESSION!!
I’m sure exploring the possibilities of this design will keep me busy for quite some time!
You can find all my other past creations and obsessions of these pages!
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!
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
And the Makin’s Clay® Ultimate Extruder
and 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
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.
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 3 Gently remove the cure clay from the dowel and then you can merge the 2 colors together as seen in 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.
That’s ALL THERE is TO THAT ! Now where your new work of art proudly !
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!
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!