Sunday, November 12, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Solution Time - Two Ways To Soften Hard Clay

If you are using polymer clay then you may have already come across clay that was too hard to knead or condition. Eventually, you just give up and want to chuck it. Well, don't give up yet. I discovered through various tutorials and experiments that it is possible to soften clay and even make stiff clay, easier to use.
Watch my short tutorial below!

So next time you need softer clay, you know what to do! Now if your clay was
sitting in the sun and is hard, then I don't think it can be re-softened because it was most likely slightly cured or baked already. Keep clay away from heat.
Avoiding hard clay...
Buy clay as fresh as possible and keep open clay in polymer clay safe storage containers, cling film and such. I do use foil and wax paper some times.
Keep away from sun and heat.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: A PractiCLAY Project- Lantern Tutorial

Welcome to a A practiCLAY project. (practical, get it? :o)

Can't deal with bright lights in the middle of the night? I can't. But my husband helps me to get comfortable and needs to be able to see. (If you don't know, I use a wheelchair because of a neuromuscular disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy). So, I had a Problem to solve? How did I solve it? Well, I love working in polymer clay. I have translucent premo polymer clay, twinkle lights with batteries and a switch and ways to colour and decorate, so let's make a dim light in clay!


Watch the Video Tutorial Right Below:




Materials I Used For This Specific Project
💕Polymer clay
💕LED Light strand with battery pack and switch ( Can be bought at Amazon or eBay)
💕Alcohol inks
💕Glitter And powdered pigment/mica
💕Mod Podge
💕Toilet paper tube (You can use any type of cardboard tube)
💕Wax paper
💕Scotch tape Or masking is fine
💕Scissors
💕Dedicated baking pan for polymer clay
💕Tin foil to cover project when baking
💕And oven
💕polymer clay tools, including a roller or pasta machine
💕Bake and Bond or liquid clay

For the rest, Watch the video above.

Hopefully you are inspired to try making your own practiClay lantern project.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: More Faux Stained Glass Window Clingies


 Hi fellow creators! Good news. Remember the YouTube's shenanigans? I tried to upload a video similar to the one below on faux stained glass, even after YT  fixed everything, well almost, I still couldn't that video uploaded. So I scrapped it and re-made the video. So, if you happened to see the first attempt, this one is not the same.  To see the written tutorial from my original one, click here.

Watch NEW More Faux Stained Glass Tutorial Below!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

NEW Video Polymer Creating: Leaves Are In The Air The Better Version

Hi fellow creators! I know I already posted a mini version article here, about these great leaf charms/dangles. However, since I can now post YouTube videos, I did. It is far better than piecing together the one I had to do last week. So this video supplements/enhancing the first Leaves Are In The Air Tutorial.
Watch My New And improved video here Below!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Yay, New Digital Drawing To Share!

Illustrated by Anita Berglund 10/2017
Hi guys! Just wanted to share a new illustration I did to illustrate a blog post on my other blog/video at www.walkingwayoverrated.blogspot.com about finding the cause of pain when using a wheelchair.

The software used was the SketchbookPro6 app with the Bamboo by Wacomb (old version.) Hope you give drawing/painting a try even using a mouse!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Lessons Learned - Bacon, Corn Flakes or Leaves? You Decide.

 Bacon, Corn Flakes or Leaves !
Keeping with the autumn theme, I had a great idea.... I cut out and hand textured some small leaves with my craft knife. Thought the clay mix of translucent with alcohol ink, would look really cool if I made varying shapes and baked them on a jar. As well, coating the surface partially with a golden mica powder.
Dimension!
To make sure they would  be interesting, I carefully lifted and shaped each leaf, giving it a more realistic texture.
Then I had the "brilliant idea of pushing on some clear embossing powder. Well, doing it after texturing and positioning them on the jar, was probably the mistake that made my leaves like corn flakes. They are too bumpy and icky looking!

Take a look and see  how dastardly they turned out. But that is how we learn. If we don't experiment, we won't know what works and what doesn't.

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Bacon, Corn Flakes or Leaves? You Decide.


bacon !


bacon !

bacon !

bacon !


bacon !



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Friday, October 20, 2017

My Polymer Clay Journey: Leaves Are In The Air! - Making Multiple Charms From Original Molds

UPDATE: Yay! Click here to see the new video on YouTube that supplements tis tutorial.

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I have been having some fun with the new nail art powders and ended up creating some really beautiful  autumn leaves for bracelet or necklaces, or what ever you wish.

How did I create these?
The molds I made of my own leaf designs
I like to create my own images and texture sheets as you know.  so for this project I wanted to make multiple images of the same thing. In light of the fact that it is autumn, it makes sense that I dug up some original molds.

A couple of years ago I made a couple of these original leaf shapes. Since I was experimenting making my own molding compound, using silicone caulking (very stuff we use to seal up our bathroom sinks and such) some corn starch and a bit of acrylic paint for colour, I made molds of these two leaves. You can find DIY’s for this silicone mold making technique online. It works, but takes practice- getting the correct consistency. Needless to say, for me personally, I ended up buying a box of ready-made mold maker. In the photos you'll see the yellow molds, those are the store bought mold maker. And the turquoise blue one, is my home made compound. I did try using it last week, but it wasn't as smooth as a store-bought mold maker.
I carefully removed each one from their mold, making sure everything is smooth with no cracks or dents.

The clay that I used for these pieces, was Premo brand translucent. I added colour by using alcohol inks and marbleized it. The clay needs to be soft and conditioned in order to push it into the molds. 
The leaves just pulled from the molds. Not cleaned up yet.

Laying them all out, I cleaned each piece up- using a craft blade, making sure nothing was messy or scraggly. 


Bake me!

I used a green mica powder to highlight the veins, then later, I switched to  a blue powder.

Then I highlighted each piece with a few coloured nail powders (really they are mica powders)
I wanted to make the backs neat so I pressed them on to a texture stamp

Laying them all out, I cleaned each piece up- making sure nothing was messy or scraggly. Then I highlighted each piece (front and back) with a few coloured mica powders. You  can leave the clay colour alone if you want to, or use powdered chalk pastels. As well, you can use surface enhancing techniques after fired, using gilders paste, Inka Gold paste, acrylic paint...up to you. 

Bake them on a card stock sheet or a non-shiny ceramic tile (shiny results in a too shiny back). I bake everything for at least one hour (covered with tin foil). 







Love experimenting with my new chrome  pigment nail art powders (Mica with two tones-depending on the lighting)

I cut little pieces of  twenty gauge wire, forming them into a loop shape. Then using pliers, I carefully inserted the the irregular end into the part of the leaf, that I wanted it to hang from. you can use jump rings  if you don't want to make your own wire loops. They loops will not fall out if you have  a bended part tucked into the clay.

Try placing the hanging loops in a variety of places to create interest.
After, I coated them after with satin Polyurethane. They almost have a faux Raku finish.


You can see the blue veins





Here are some more photos. Hope you are inspired a little.


HeArtfully Creating,

Anita

Friday, October 13, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Even MORE Faux Stained Glass - Window Clingies


WATCH "Even MORE Faux Stained Glass"
Watch this video right below here


Okay there may be a little hiccup in the video making a road,  just check out my last post to see what I am calling them that because I am not sure if "window clings" is trademarked. 
I'm talking about. Not going to let that get me down, so here are some more of my recent faux stained glass window clingies.

To learn how to make them, click here to see my last tutorial on faux stained-glass. And yes as soon as YouTube realizes their censoring software or algorithm thingy misinterpreted a word or phrase as something inappropriate, the sooner I can can get back to making better videos. I will re-post the video that goes with the "how-to tutorial).
If you follow this blog at all, you know I create videos not just to share the "how-to" part, but because I can't stop taking pictures, so videos provide a way to share the pics. Otherwise, my posts, like this one- become loaded with far too many photos and can be hard to follow.

Simple videos
For now, I am testing out the feature on blogspot to upload simple (no frills) basic videos via this site (the blurry image at the top of this page). Hope the simple "new" way  of making videos helps to make this video a bit more enjoyable.

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Anita

at the "adding and mixing inks" in stage.

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Can you see the "mooning" I mentioned?

Can you see the "mooning" I mentioned?