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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Explorations with Sculpey Liquid Bakeable Clay Clear White Gold Silver

Today we'll show a few uses and ideas for your Liquid Sculpey clay. Use it in molds, as a glaze or sealer, to create patterns and designs, draw with it, paint with it, dome with it, the possibilities for this clay are fantastic. In this video you will see tips and tricks and even a fail- so you know what you need to do. Enjoy! Cutters and tools shown are from the CreateAlong.com shop.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017



A hamsa is an amulet for protection and it has gained in popularity in designing projects and jewelry and Kira even has a T shirt with one on it.

Until now all you could find was big cookie cutter sizes but we have created a set of 3 graduated cutters that are the perfect size for jewelry making! I am having lots of fun playing with these and see so many possibilities. Join me on Polymer Clay TV when I show how I created a Hamsa pendant.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How to create a polymer clay trinket bowl with cane slices and mylar foils

Learn how easy it is to make a polymer clay ring bowl using cane slices and mylar foil to create patterns!

This project requires 2 bakings, get tips and tricks for working with your polymer clay every week here at PolymerClayTV.

Bowl form and pink foil can be found at http://createalong.com and the fish scale cane tutorial is from http://polymerclayuniverse.com

There is another great tutorial using this cane to create a bracelet in the magazine too :)

If you'd just like THIS single issue, you can find it here:


August Issue of Polymer Clay Universe Magazine Released!


Want to learn these beautiful tutorials,
Read about our upcoming teaching studio and the 
projects we are doing,
Learn about a long-time polymer clay artist....

How about a monthly art challenge, video resources for loads of techniques, easy links to all the great polymer clay article sites on the web, plus links to pretty much everywhere in the world you can shop for clay and supplies... place to find free and paid tutorials, and so many other fun things for polymer clay all in ONE place!
check it out today. http://polymerclayuniverse.com



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We're opening a physical location in North Florida, come and see us soon! Things Crafty Creative Center in Lake City.


Well, it's true. The next nutty thing we are doing is opening up a retail and classroom space. We actually have 2 classrooms, and we have invited local artisans and crafters to bring their goods in for consignment. We are so happy to be able to provide the local community and our friends and fans a place to come and learn and perhaps pick up something fun in the gift shop!

We plan to be open sometime in August, of course there's a lot of decorating to do! Ilysa didn't have internet for over a week- so today we are just showing you a quick tour of the new space, we weren't sure if the internet situation would support a polymer clay tutorial. So we'll be back next week with something fun. In the meantime, don't forget we are having a 25% Christmas in July sale until the end of the month!

The Sale Coupon Code is BELLS at http://createalong.com



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to make a collar necklace with polymer clay and a metal quick collar form


I love these quick collars! The shape of this one in particular fits a lot of necks :) You can customize them in an infinite number of ways... use the colors you like, change up the theme, use different cutters and stamps, silkscreen on it, the choices are endless!

For this one, I used the left and right birds and cherry blossom cutters, my metal stampers, and a quick collar. 
I also used some mica powders! What fun, this project comes together quickly and easily.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Polymer Clay Shrine Inspiration and Embossed design


I can't keep my hands off the shrine cutters I am so drawn to working with them. At first I was trying to make traditional shrines but then I started looking at the cutters in a whole new different way. I thought what if I turn it upside down now it becomes a super awesome design element too! So off I went to play and play and the rest is history. Join me on Polymer Clay TV to see some of these fun and easy creations I have been making.

We created the first set of shrine cutters for our Create Along Box which is a monthly box that we curate and create.  These boxes have been a big hit as we pack them with lots of fun and new things to create with. You can get the July and August boxes at this link.

We have since added 3 new sets of shrine cutters and you can find them all in our http://www.createalong.com shop. We also have the elements mylar stencil and the silkscreen available too. Some of the products are exclusive to the box but we do try to make a few things available after the boxes are shipped. 






While I was playing with the stencil I decided I wanted an embossed hams design so it dawned on me how I could get a great texture. Watch the video to see how I achieved this look. Hope you have lots of fun creating!










Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to polymer clay tutorial attach to wood and make an ornament, magnet, or pendant


In this project you can learn how to attach polymer clay to a piece of wood and embellish it so you can create an ornament or magnet. You could even adapt this technique to jewelry to create pendants and earrings.

Supplies used:
Folk Art Color Shift Paint
Word art: Here's the Silkscreen I used
Premo Turquoise polymer clay
Sculpey Liquid Clay gold
Slice of wood from Hobby Lobby (oval)
2 eye screws
small piece of sari ribbon
about 4 inches of crystal cup chain
Paintbrushes

Monday, July 3, 2017

Unboxing the June Shrines CreateAlongBox! Thanks to Mudkip Mama on Twitch


thanks to Jamie, or "VegasJamie" on Youtube, "MudkipMama" on Twitch- who got one of our June boxes and was so excited about it that she unboxed it on live video, watch below!

If you don't know what Twitch is, it is a live streaming platform where you can watch people do all kinds of things. Many people play video games there, but there is a section for live crafting, playing musical instruments, makeup tutorials.... you can find all kinds of things! You can comment and chat live, and you can just jump on there anytime to see what's going on. Jamie usually does crafting on her channel on Friday nights.

Here's what she thought about the last create along box- we did not ask her to do this :) Thank you Jamie for being awesome :)
If you want the next create along box, be sure to bookmark http://createalongbox.com and get on our newsletter so you are notified when it goes on sale!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Going Mod on Polymer Clay TV with Easy and Fun Pendants


I love to mix up different textures and patterns to create unusual jewelry. These fun Mod Lantern cutters were a great shape to do this with. You can turn it upside or downside and get 2 different looks with one cutter. I love the look of using the graduated size designs and stacking them on top of each other using different silkscreen patterns. These have a kind of Tribal vibe to me and I was happy with the fun results not to mention how easy they are to make. 


I used several different silkscreens to achieve these pendants. You can find our silkscreens at this link.
You can find the Mod Lantern Cutters at this link. 

Try stringing these a variety of ways to get even more different looks. Add a leather cord, string with beads or even for a simple look add to a wire necklace. Have fun creating!




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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How to cover a glass beer bottle with polymer clay to decorate and recycle



I finished off a bottle of my favorite Ginger Beer, Crabby's.... and I noticed that this bottle has a cool flare at the bottom and and interesting overall shape. Why would I toss this bottle into the recycling bin, when I could cover it with clay and make a beautiful vase?

With a couple of design decisions- such as using a silkscreen and mold that complement each other, picking a triadic color scheme featuring split complementary colors, and making my own "bling," this bottle was completely transformed into something fun and funky :)







Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Polymer Clay and Extreme Sheen Paint



You will love the way Extreme Sheen acrylic paint looks on polymer clay! This finely pigmented paint by http://www.Decoart.com adds so much metallic sheen to your projects. See what it looks like with the Create Along silkscreens and mylar stencil. It gives such a classy look to things it makes you want to use it over and over again. Have fun creating! ***Extreme Sheen comes in 16 traditional as well as jewel-tone colors.***



Find our fun products in our shop. http://www.createalong.com

Today I am also sharing a teaser of our brand new June box. This months theme is Shrines! Get your box before they are gone at http://www.createalongbox.com






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How to make polymer clay magnets with multicolor Mandala designs


Learn how to apply different colors to the same silkscreen, and how to create a nice flat back with a strong Neodymium magnet. Tools shown are available at http://createalong.com.

Find these super strong magnets here.

Mini Mandalas are a gift with purchase of 2 or more silkscreens during our anniversary celebration June 1-10, 2017.




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Long Silkscreens Create the Best Cuff Bracelets & 10th Anniversary

It's amazing that 10 years have gone by since we started Polymer Clay TV, June marks our 10th anniversary and it feels like we just got started. We have so much in store for you and we have tons of new things in the works. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support and friendship over the years, it has truly been an amazing journey! Of course after 10 years we still from time to time have technical difficulty and for some reason my iPad decided to film sideways so I tried to rotate it which made the video a small square you can't see on a phone. I have since re uploaded the sideways version which should be at least regular size so you can create along with me. You may actually enjoy the angle better who knows.

Today I used our long silkscreens to make a cuff bracelet. The beauty of these long silkscreens is you can create one long design that will fit a cuff or necklace and you don't have to piece things together! I don't know about you but that's never fun trying to get rid of seems and such. I ended up finishing the cuff using my metal stamps to add a little more to the bracelet, you can also find those in our shop. I decided I like to leave my clay on the metal cuff rather than pull it off and make it double thickness. To me it is less chunky but you can do what you like best many people bake it on the metal cuff and pull it off and add a double layer of clay to help thicken it, it is up to you but I did leave mine on the metal form.






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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Product bundle for an Awesome Life and Better Business!


Many of you know (and some of you might not know!) that Polymer Clay TV and CreateAlong is a successful 6-figure business, and we partnered with IndieBizChicks to offer this big bundle of Life and Business products for only $19.

We are part of this awesome limited-time-offer deal. I know many of you are interested in starting or growing your business- the stuff in here might be helpful to you :) https://goo.gl/vzFodJ

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How to use Magic Transfer Paper to create images on your raw polymer clay tutorial

Create Along today while Kira shows you how to create quick, simple & easy image transfers. Magic Transfer Paper eliminates the "long rub" that you have to do when you use regular paper to try to do an image transfer. Stop spending all that time rubbing off the paper! With MTP, it takes no time and no effort (no scrubbing!) to get the paper off and leave the beautiful ink design.

You can see more tutorials and get more info about the paper at our special page for it: http://magictransferpaper.com

You can find all the Color Me pre-printed MTP here

AND this week, it's ON SALE! Save 25% off your pre printed Color Me designs using this coupon code: CMMTP25



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Liquid Sculpey and Pentagon Cutters

You have probably heard about the new Liquid Sculpey by now but if not it now comes in clear, black and white. I have only scratched the surface having just received mine but I see LOTS of potential! The one thing I noticed about the new LS is that it was not as thick as the silver or gold so it has more of a runny consistency. Obviously it will work better for certain applications than for others so it will involve some experimenting and pushing it to its limits. I wanted to use black as a type of grout and was happy with the results for the most part however I did notice when I accidentally got some of the black LS on to my piece and tried to wipe it off it smeared and stained a little. I was able to scrape some of it off but not all of it without distorting the silkscreen design. So if I was going to do this application again I would probably execute the piece differently next time. I would probably spread the LC across my base coat of clay and then place the tiles rather than trying to grout it in the traditional way. Just a tip.

Anyway today I show what I did with the Liquid Sculpey and our Create Along Pentagon graduated size cutters. I was given a great tip from Iris Weiss of Polyform and that was to make sure and bake the clear Liquid Sculpey at 300 degrees F. It will not ruin the other clay these directions come directly from the makers of the clay. However to be cautious if you are using a light or white color clay I would tent it so it doesn't discolor. Thats just my thoughts better safe than sorry.



Clear Liquid sculpted over silver clay
Black and white Liquid Sculpey




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tribute to Wonder Woman Cuffs bracelet how to with polymer clay


Don't you just love a strong female role model? I always loved Wonder Woman as a kid, and now you can wear a reminder of her on your wrist!

If you're a cosplayer, you can customize these to your heart's content, the many versions of Wonder Woman had different cuffs :)

 Learn how to antique polymer clay (and why) alcohol ink techniques, see how flexible Premo polymer clay can be, and more in this fun crafting tutorial.

http://createalong.com for the tools shown- the long zigzag border cutter, mini starts plunger cutters, purple brushes, and Quick Cuff blank. 

http://createalongbox.com for our limited edition tool kit boxes.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Shooting Polymer Clay Arrows to your Heart in Graduated Sizes

I have always loved the simple shape of an arrow maybe because it has so many design possibilities or in its simplicity maybe it's because it's quite elegant. Whatever the reason is I am having a blast trying all kinds of designs with our NEW graduated arrow cutters. The possibilities are endless. I have tried stacking them, turning them upside down, foil stenciling on them, silkscreening and so much more. Can't wait to see what fun designs you come up with!



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How to make wine glass twists and charms using polymer clay


There are so many ways to identify your wine glass at a party... this one is fun and easy to make! You can make as many as you need in as many colors as you want, and they make a beautiful hostess gift too!

Tools can be found at CreateAlong.com, and there are almost 500 projects on our YouTube channel! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

NEW Extra Long Silkscreens Great for Bracelets Borders Frames and More

We are so excited about these new extra long silkscreens. Tired of having to piece things together because they aren't long enough? Well these silkscreens solve that problem. They are nice and long and are perfect for creating bangle bracelets, picture frames, borders and so much more! So many possibilities await with these we have only started exploring so stay tuned for more great ideas. Here is a link to where you can find them Long Silkscreens


We are getting ready to head out to North Carolina to visit the mansion we rented for the in person retreat we are having in October of this year. It's going to be a blast! We wanted to check out the seating and get a better idea of what we need so we can make it extra special for everyone. We also are looking for chefs and caterers so the food will be extra delicious! The retreat sold out fast but we have had a cancellation on a coveted king room. If you want to join us we would love to have you! Here is a link to the details. https://createalong.com/products/polymer-clay-adventure-in-paradise-art-retreat-on-the-beach



All of the Create Along collection boxes have been mailed. If you missed out on one of these awesome and highly discounted collection boxes make sure to keep an eye out next month so you don't miss out! Have a creative and wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How to create your own multipetal lotus flower pendant with polymer clay


I thought it would be fun to make a multi petal layered flower today, and use a simple technique to create a domed center. I chose the complementary colors of orange and turquoise metallics, and a slightly less shimmery gold color to allow the shine of the turquoise to really pop.

Demonstration of how to silkscreen a flower center and create a domed shape, how to embed cup chain for sparkle, how to cut and layer flower petals, and how to use eye screws to make hangers for your pendant. Silkscreens and interesting cutter shapes can be found at the www.CreateAlong.com shop.

Lotus Cutter Set
Dots and Lines is part of our GEO collection- subscribe to our newsletter to find out how to get this collection at a deep discount when it is released. Of course you can use any tool you want to create a flower center, see our exclusive silkscreen designs here.
Larger Rubber tip tools
Small Rubber tip tools

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Learn to Foil Stencil on Polymer Clay TV with Ilysa

Those who know me know that I wake up way too early and I discovered the foil stenciling on polymer clay technique in one of my 4AM experiment sessions. I like to think of different ways to use products and this was one way to use our NEW foils and our NEW mylar jewelry sized stencils. The possibilities are endless on what you can make. The brick stencil with the foils would make an amazing fairy house! In fact I just found an egg shaped jar and I plan to use it on that. So stay tuned for that and get your stencils and foil ready for some cool stuff! I share how to do the foil stenciling technique on today's Polymer Clay TV video. I can't wait to see what creative ideas you can come up with. Make sure to share them with us in Polymer Clay Tribe our free Facebook group. We have over 10,000 members who love sharing so come join the fun.
You can find the mylar stencils at this link. MYLAR STENCILS and FOILS HERE



 




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