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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!

Join us now and get Founder's pricing for the life of your membership!

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!


Join us: www.PolymerClayUniverse.com



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



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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.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to use Ranger Distress Crackle on polymer clay


I love that worn crackled look and the good thing is it is really easy to create on polymer clay. My favorite crackle medium is the Ranger Distress Crackle. There are 3 choices available white, black, and clear and they can be found at most craft stores or online. Each one looks different depending on the color of clay you use. As the medium starts to crack you will see the clay color in the cracks. You can also add Pan Pastels and mica powders to change up the colors. As with most mediums the weather and humidity can affect how it works so experiment and see what works best for you.
You can find our NEW exclusive cutters in the shop. https://createalong.com/collections/all/allcutters?sort_by=created-descending

 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to create a hinged box opening lid Fairy Door that moves with polymer clay


Watch as Kira creates a hinged fairy door in a papier mache hollow heart. You can use this technique to create hinges for any polymer clay door you want to create to make an opening for a box, a locket, or anything you want to have parts that move like a door. This project features a Fairy Door that really opens!

Tools at http://createalong.com, and download the Create Along app where you can easily find everything you enjoy from Polymer Clay TV- read the blog, watch the free tutorials, talk to Polymer clay Tribe members on Facebook, watch your PCA classes, take online workshops, get your supplies at the shop, and more!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

How to use polymer clay to alter a paper mache heart

I wanted to use polymer clay to embellish a paper mache heart. I started by creating a shadowbox like recessed area. I show how to achieve this on today's Polymer Clay TV. Once you learn the technique you can create anything you want to of your heart. How about a little fairy world inside the heart? The sky is the limit! Kira will continue with her fairy door heart next week so you will see several ways to use these fun hearts. Valentines Day is right around the corner so why not get started now!








Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to create several surface techniques for polymer clay faux wood, raku and stone


Today Kira uses the popular Fairy Door to illustrate how you can easily make a faux wood look, faux stone, moss and mortar. Several easy to find mediums and paints are used.

PanPastel was used with dark brown clay to produce an instant antiqued wood look. Micaceous Iron Oxide medium by Golden is painted and stippled to give a stone look and it bonds well with polymer clay. You can produce a faux raku look with this technique as well! Patina by Ranger in the color "Clay" was used on the wood door stoop. And Pearl Ex Powders were used with a paintbrush to add dimension to the faux stone.

Join the fun! Visit CreateAlong.com for a kit to create this project.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How to make punchinella flowers with graduated ruffled edge cutters

I love freeform flowers and thought that our ruffled edge graduated cutters would be a great way to make them. So I grabbed a few different pieces of our new punchinella and I started mixing colors of Souffle polymer clay. I know many of you are under multiple feet of snow so how about creating along with me to make a bright flowery box to brighten your day. I share design tips that help to make things flow better in today's video. So come create along with me!
Don't forget that Polymer Clay Adventure is now in full swing and we would love to have you join us. Find all the info at this link. 







Monday, January 9, 2017

Synergy Conference: An international Gathering for Polymer Clay enthusiasts


Registration is now open for this summer.
You can learn from polymer clay artists in presentations, workshops, and clay classes! Plus meet artists from all over the world. This year it is in the USA. Check it out today, before it sells out! Click here for info.









Wednesday, January 4, 2017

How to make a flexible polymer clay Polka Dot Cuff Bracelet


This video covers lots of info- how to use Patina and Gilding polish paints with polymer clay, using stencils to create designs, how to trim the cuff, what clays to use to make it flexible enough to take on and off your wrist, and how to bake your clay to make it strong.



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