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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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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to do a polymer clay washi tape style amp for your phone - lifehack!


I was looking on Pinterest and saw this, it's a toilet paper roll and washi tape to make a holder.

But then I remembered that if you put a phone in a cup you can create a sort of "amp" for it. I've done it during art classes in a group setting and it creates nice background music. So why not convert an aluminum can into a holder AND amp for your phone? So that's what I did. Inspired by a Pin... watch how I did it! 

Learn: 
  • how to cover a metal object with polymer clay
  • how to create texture easily
  • what kind of ink works really well with polymer clay
  • my favorite tool for cutting metal


Find all our tools at www.CreateAlong.com
Here are the stacking TextureStax rubber stamps



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Make a Gorgeous Easy Spring Ornament from Polymer Clay

Spring is in the air and that means the flowers will soon be blooming! On Polymer Clay TV I show how to make a polymer clay and wood ornament. These would make great Easter and Mother's Day gifts. The are fun and easy to make but yet they are so pretty. You will want to make them for everyone once you get started!

 

Starts with a Mandala #1 silkscreen.


These are some of the products I used in the project.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to make a cute DIY wall phone charger pocket using polymer clay silkscreens and rubber stamps

Create a fun colorful and functional pocket to hold onto your phone and cable during charging- stick it right over your electric outlet! Make this in any size for any kind of phone and USB charger. Silkscreen, TextureStax, and more fun tools can be found in the www.CreateAlong.com Shop.

CreateAlong detailed long-lasting silkscreens 
CreateAlong textures and stamps
CreateAlong sculpting tools

Friday, March 10, 2017

Polymer Clay Universe is a Magazine, A website, and a Resource for everything polymer clay!

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PCU is more than a magazine....

  • it's a resource for everything polymer clay.
  • Tutorials - free and paid
  • Sources for clay, tools, and supplies
  • Calendars for meet ups
  • Calendars and information about submitting your work to be published in craft magazines
  • A beautiful Member directory so you can make connections and find other artists worldwide
  • Guild lists
  • Polymer Clay Charities
  • a Discussion Board and Chat room
  • So much more!


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How to create polymer clay and recessed metal leaf stenciled design

Learn this easy polymer clay and stenciling technique. You will keep people guessing how you made it! All you need is some metal leaf a blade and a stencil and you can create this unique look.

I am all about experimenting and this came about in one of my early morning experimental sessions. I wanted to find a way to have the metal leaf in the outline of the design and this worked perfectly! It looks like its so hard and time consuming to create but its really easy. Hope you will give it a shot!

Find the stencil at:
Trellis stencil: https://goo.gl/wfqIxQ



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

How to create DIY polymer clay cabochon textured pendants with Byzantine Cross cookie cutters

  • how to make your own cabochons from clay, 
  • how to bake your polymer clay more than one time, 
  • how to use a 3D printed cookie cutter successfully, 
  • how to clean up a design you cut out with a cutter, 
  • how to make cross shaped pendants that look like aged metal, 
  • how to use tools to create textures in polymer clay,
  • how to paint your clay after baking, 
  • and more I'm sure!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Create a multi color silkscreen palette polymer clay surface technique tutorial

Silkscreening is one of my all time favorite techniques so I always like to experiment with new ideas. I wanted to find a way to add multiple colors of paint to a design and place it deliberately in certain areas of the silkscreen. Using Gilding Polish is a great way to achieve this. Gilding Polish is thick and has a mousse like consistency making it perfect for the silkscreen palette technique. You can place the polish where you want to add specific colors. When you pull the color across the screen it will create a beautiful blended look. Come create along with me and give it a try its so easy and the results are fantastic!

 
You can find our silkscreens at this link.
https://create-along.myshopify.com/collections/all/silkscreen?sort_by=created-descending

You can find the Gilding Polish at this link.
https://createalong.com/collections/paints-waxes-and-finishes-for-polymer-clay?sort_by=created-descending



Shop our Exclusive Hand Drawn silkscreen designs!



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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How to make a polymer clay bezel using an extruder and create a shiny Kato Medium glass like finish


Create Along with Kira today as she creates a beautiful faux metal bezel around a silkscreened cabochon, and then makes that coveted glass-like Kato medium finish very easily. We get lots of questions about how to do this effect and today's trick takes just 30 seconds!

You will need a pre-baked cabochon, any shape and size, that you would like to use to create the bezel around. This one is silkscreened polymer clay with a pattern, but you could use any clay one or even a glass or gemstone cab if you like, the techniques are the same (except for the Kato clay at the end).

An extruder helps for this project to create a uniform bezel edge, and Gilding Polish was used to make the metallic look.



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