Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Depth Defying - Antiquing With Paint


 Okay, maybe this isn't really a faux antique technique. Some artists call it that, so I do so it is easily understood. But when I add the paint to my pieces, they do not seem to look older, they actually create a deeper dimension to each piece as I rub off the treatment.
I never thought I would like altering my three dimensional clay work with paint, but it is too easy to see that it really adds a comletely different look.
Your beads or pieces can look great as is, but if you too want to add some depth and high contrasts, this is the technique to try!
It is so simple that I made a short video showing you how to do it! Take a watch. I know I did not invent this technique at all, but I do not know who did so I can't give credit where credit is due. Hope you enjoy this short tutorial and give it a try!
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Check Out My Tube Bead and Sari Ribbon Necklace

I finally used some of my polymer clay tube beads and wanted to share it here before I list it in my Etsy shop, A Bergie Creation. If you follow HeArtfully Creating at all, you will know how much I enjoy creating these textural and colourful poly clay beads! I have made so many, check here to see more, and I hadn't used them yet.
As always, I have taken a lot of pictures and thought it best to make a short video!
I  love the colours in this necklace. Hope your inspired.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

POLYMER CLAY JOURNEY: More On Large Hole Tube Beads

I know I recently posted my many photos of some recent handmade tube beads with one really large holed focal beads (click here to see). But, I decided I would take the bazillion pics and make them into a video. I hope it encourages you to create or at least be entertained for a few minutes!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

HeArtfully Creating: Polymer Clay Journey - More On Mica POWER!! Yes, POWER!

It is easy to see why so many of us love mica powder, because colour has POWER! When it shimmers and sparkles, it has even more power! I didn't get to share my powder swatches on the black and white clay in my last Mica Swatch article/video -click here to see -so here they are. It is worth checking out how Mica powder or other powder pigments change depending on the background or surface they are laid upon.

Experiment, have fun. If you don't have jars of powder, inexpensive eye shadow, works well on raw polymer clay as well. Try layering colours as well. For added effects, you can use rubbing alcohol on a swab or sticky packing or scotch tape to remove the powder.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: More Fun Large Holed Beads With Great Textures

Here are some great textured tube beads that I really enjoyed making. But then I love making tube beads. Oh and it helps when you love the colour palette you are working with. Hopefully you will be inspired to try experimenting with colour and textures when you make polymer clay beads.
Colour Mixing 101
Being able to mix colours in polymer clay like you can with paint is a wonderful thing. It is why I love working with polymer clay, painting in three dimensions! These beads were made by creating a colour been using a technique called the "Skinner Blend." It was created by someone named Judith Skinner. You can make it with a roller or a pasta/clay machine. Click here to see a tutorial on how to create a skinner blend, by a great new channel I like called "Jessama Tutorials."

Some folks like to mix colours of clay that are premixed by the company that makes the clay. It is a good way to start. But if you love colour mixing like I do, you often like to mix your own colours first and then put them into a skinner blend mix. These beads were created a little while ago so I can't remember for sure what I did. I think I used ready Mix colours, Premo (pretty much the only clay I use) Turquoise, Wasabi and Purple. Then they blend into some really great variations.



It is helpful to know the basics of colour mixing to achieve a palette you would like. Click here for some Colour Wheel Images. 
In Paint it is easy to mix combinations of paint do see what colours create when combined. With Polymer Clay you can practice using little amounts if you want to by smooshing little portions of clay. 
It helps to know the basics of colour mixing. 
Primary Colours are:  RED, YELLOW and BLUE. They are called Primary because we can't create them, hence the name "primary."
*Colour Note: of all colour results will vary depending on the primaries you use to begin with. For example mixing Cobalt Blue and Alizarin Crimson make a different purple than Cadmium Red mixed with Cobalt Blue.

Secondary Colours meaning we need to take two Primaries to make a Secondary colour: BLUE + RED = VIOLET/PURPLE
RED +  YELLOW= ORANGE
BLUE + YELLOW= GREEN
Tertiary Colours are when we combine three colours to achieve yet another colour! 

Analogous colour palette is what I ended up using for these beads. Analogous means using colours that are beside each other on the colour wheel.
Complimentary Colours are when you use colours that are opposite each other on the Colour Wheel. Because they are opposite, it is a great way to make a colour "pop!" Experiment, have fun and create what you love!

Here are some of these fun textured, large hole beads and one very large focal bead! Take a look....
Using a Skinner blend (see the sheet in the back.) Making a large focal bead began with  one idea, making thin strips and laying them down in various patterns. That was all I was going to do. But then....

Then I started using my dotting tool to add textures and designs in the surface. As well, I started adding small balls of clay. When you create, try different things like adding shapes, textures, contrasting colours...whatever you think looks good to you. Adding interest makes your art work something you and others want to look at.



Since I love designing beads, I also made an array of smaller tube beads. Save all your bits of clay so you can make  elements like dots and strips and whatever you can think of.

To bake, I just made a paper accordion or fan out of card stock, then the beads can just lay there, safe and secure.  As well, I have baked using kleenex or tissue all puffed up. It won't burn at 275 Fahrenheit. Just make sure it doesn't touch the element. 



To highlight areas and add shimmer, I did dust on some mica powders. Use your own preference. I just like shimmery mica powders.





Here they are. All cooled and ready to be turned into wearable art!








Thursday, June 22, 2017

POLYMER CLAY JOURNEY: From Clay and Resin Into A Necklace

I love giving my pieces a name when I put them for sale in my Etsy shop ( www.abergiecreation.etsy.com ) - but this one hasn't been posted yet, so no name so far. Hmmm....what name should I give this?

I Made A Lot Of Resin Pieces That Day!
A way back I got to play around with epoxy resin for the first time. It takes patience and care and about 24 hours to fully cure and shouldn't be used if you are young. There are too many warnings about safety and I wouldn't want to cause any vulnerable persons to dive into a material that could cause some harm if not used correctly.  At first I was a little paranoid about using it. It was because most of the tutorials I had watched prior to using it, were adamant about wearing gloves, having ventilation, and not getting it on your skin. However, I did loosen up once I became familiar with it and it did touch my skin.  If that happens, wipe off right away. Baby wipes and rubbing alcohol with rags are your best friend when using resin and clay too. I look forward to working with it some more but haven't yet. So far...
It was a really fun first time and out of that resulted some really cool potential pendant pieces (See above), at least that was my intent when designing and making them. Using silicone molds, I poured the resin in along with polymer clay inclusions that I made, such as the orange leaves below. The word inclusion was something I have learned about from watching Christi Friesen's tutorials. Check her out, she's a mighty artistic inspiration. 

And I also dropped in glitters and other sparkling elements like acrylic rhinestones. Based on my own experiences, these acrylic sparkly bits from nail
Can you see the glitters and sparkly bits?
art places (mine are usually from Ebay and Amazon),  have held up fine in the oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet, mostly all the tutorials I have watched, say only use glass and crystals.  If you are are not sure, you try on a scrap piece before using acrylic/resin pieces for inclusions.
It took a while to transform my square into something spectacular, but I finally did. If you see the photo where the piece is in it's simplest beginnings, I then embellished the square resin and clay piece into a more interesting, hopefully beautiful pendant with a bale made from wire,(another idea from another jewellery artist, Keepsake Crafts). As well, the polymer clay decorative addition was textured and accented with beads and mica powder. 

Thanks to so many great tutorials, I also learned how to make my own end caps, again thanks to Patricia Roberts -Thompson. out of clay (those are the end parts holding the ribbon ends and clasp). Along with accent beads and using sari ribbons to suspend it on. 

Hope you are a little bit inspired to create something!
πŸ’—HeArtfully Creating,
Anita
Here Is Original Leaf and the Mold I made using silicone and cornstarch and acrylic paint for colour.

Can you find the original piece in there? (front middle)
Here Is the finished pendant turned into a necklace!

Here Is the finished pendant turned into a necklace!



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Here Is the finished pendant turned into a necklace!
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

POLYMER CLAY JOURNEY: Pink Delight. Faux Knitted Simple Stud Earrings

Hi guys! I just wanted to share A pair of faux knitted square stud earrings that I recently made for fun. After watching some photo knitting Techniques and polymer clay, I tried and tried and couldn't seem to get it to look like knitting. 
After some more learning, I figured out what I was doing wrong.
So please learn from my mistake, I'm going to post a couple of  video Tutorials So you can learn how to create the faux knitting look in clay. 

My mistake? Make sure you twist the two strands of clay in one direction, twisting away from you and then the second set of strands, twist towards you, laying them down side by side, in alternating directions.

That way when you lay them side-by-side they will look like the knitted look you're going for. For the longest time I was stumped and didn't get it, I'm a slow learner. The key is to not give up. Once you get that part, it is a very Simple technique that looks real. We all know that knitted items are soft and squishy. So when you touch these, Of course they are not.

To Make The Pink Square Studs that I Did You Need...
πŸ’— A set of earring studs with backs that have a flat disc to attach clay to
πŸ’— 2 complimentary colours of Polymer Clay of your own choosing
πŸ’— Krazy Glue or a strong bonding glue OR, you can push the post base into the clay in it's unbaked state and bake it on
πŸ’— Mica Powder for Sparkle
πŸ’— Straight blade cutter
πŸ’— Needle tool
What Next?
πŸ’— Watch  the video tutorials below to learn how to "knit" with clay. The smaller you roll out the strips of clay, the smaller your "knitting" stitches will be. In the videos below, are a few various sizes. MoClay's brooch stitches are about the closest to my stud square size.

Once you create a small sheet of "stitches," cut out matching squares. Mine are about 1cm x 1cm or 10mm x 10mm. I did  not use a cookie cutter but if you have one, you can.
Then I laid each square onto a contrasting colour that I rolled out to the same thickness almost. Taking a straight blade, slice along all 4 side of your knitted square. Smooth it all out on the edges with your fingers. 
πŸ’—Texturing: I took a needle tool and poked a texture into the back and sides of the coloured back.
πŸ’—Highlighting: Then I took a a hint of mica powder from the lid of my powder and highlighted wherever I thought best.
πŸ’— Bake face up, flat, on a piece of cardstock or paper on a ceramc tile, at the manufacturer's temperature for one hour. Yes, it says a shorter time on the package, but I have learned from other artists the clay is stronger when baked at least one hour even if it is thin. Or you can  bake them on a crumpled up tissue if you want.
πŸ’—Once Cooled. I just squirted a bit of Krazy Glue on the center back and placedd the posts on. Let sit for a while.

Voila, all done!

FAUX KNITTING TUTORIAL VIDEOS



Be inspired and comment below letting me know if you have try this technique. I would love to know how it went for you.

πŸ’—HeArtfully Creating,
Anita


See, all glued on!