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

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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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at the "adding and mixing inks" in stage.

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Can you see the "mooning" I mentioned?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

STRIKES?? No YouTube Videos For Now....

Hi guys. After three upload attempts  to YouTube, I keep receiving "Community Guidelines" Strikes. Nothing like that has ever happened before so I am trying to be patient while I wait for the results of my appeal. In no way did anything in my faux stained glass tutorial violate YT's guidelines. Based on what I have learned, I re-watched the video and though maybe the computer algorithm thingy mis-heard a word on my video. Some words apparently cause red flags when YouTubers post videos with those words. I don't  understand how they can twist and flag videos like mine, a clearly "safe," one - disrupting all productivity, based on non-human judgments. Oh well, nothing I can do now but wait for them to deal with my appeals.
I will still be posting articles, but for now, they just won't come with the videos that I love making.
Watch My First Non-YouTube Video Post Below :o)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey- MORE Faux Stained Glass And Window Clingies!!

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Update regarding The corresponding video Or this tutorial:
For some bizarre reason, I have tried to load the video  for this faux Stained glass tutorial Three different times And I keep getting a community guidelines strike against them. That means the video Is not available to watch.  I am leaving the article here as it is, And of course I am appealing the strikes against my YouTube channel. Once everything is corrected, I will re-upload the video And try again. No doubt it is very frustrating When you know you did not violate any guidelines. 
Yay! I finally finished another faux stained glass tutorial! I love doing them is so much, that I can just stop at one or two videos.  (Click here to see the first one)
So there'll be a few more to come.  If you want to know more keep reading first :0)
Making Faux Stain glass Window Cling

What you will need...
First of all, you need to create these on a shiny ceramic tile or a piece of glass. Make sure there are no bumps or dents or textures in the ceramic tile. When the liquid clay cures, the part that is in contact with the tile becomes super shiny and smooth- able to cling to your window or mirror.

💗1. a shiny ceramic tile or piece of glass
💗2. translucent liquid polymer clay (see more in the video)
💗3. alcohol ink
💗4. polymer clay tools such as: a craft knife, a toothpick or needle tool
💗5. baby wipes
💗6. an oven
💗7. solid polymer clay (I used Premo in silver and black - mixed together)
💗8. your imagination

I'm just going to tell you how I created my window clings and you can take it from there, to do it however you wish.
Step number one.
Mixing your clay for the leading part:
I mixed black clay with some silver clay, until it looks about the color of stained glass window leading. You don't have to make that colour, it is up to you. I used black and silver Premo.
Step number two.
What do you want it to look like?
To avoid wasting time if you're concerned about that,  draw on paper what you would like to create. Remember, because it is faux or imitation stained-glass, the goal is to create images that resemble how stained glass looks, that means keeping your images somewhat simple or abstract-ish. I broke up my flower into simple shapes that I could fill with liquid clay.
Step number three.
Drawing with the clay:
Roll out your faux leading, into long thin "logs." Depending on the size of the piece you are making, try keeping it in proportion to that. For instance, if I was making a flower 3 inches in diameter, my leading would be about a quarter inch round, or even a little less. To me it just wouldn't look right if I made it a half-inch thick. It's fun to experiment with different thicknesses. But, the heavy lines will take away from the transparent coloured glow of the "faux" glass.

QUICK TIPS: is to make sure that it is thick enough to hold in the liquid clay. The shallower the strips of clay, the less liquid clay you can use and therefore, it may be so fragile it could rip easily.

Never being one to prepare much, I just start laying down the black lines to create the image that's in
my head. That definitely means rearranging pieces  accordingly.  You can do the same thing, it's just more efficient if you draw it out first. Being a visual artist, I am definitely into  figuring it out as I go. Again, your preference.  That's probably why my high school English marks were so low- proofreading and rough drafts, never been my forte.

Yeah make sure when you're putting the lines down, that you're pressing them onto the tile and glass enough to stick it down. You're essentially creating a seal that will hold the liquid clay you're about to pour it.

Step number four: 
Flooding the shapes-  Think "flooding" a skating rink? I used a couple of kinds of Clay,  Kato and Sculpey. I have tried mixing the two brands together at times. I don't really know what happened, because I didn't keep track of which pieces had which kinds of clays or mixes. Perhaps that was when the "mooning" happened on one of my pieces. It's always fun to experiment and try things anyway, how else can we learn?

Now you just start to add the liquid clay into each shaped, within the black lines. The Sculpey Clay is handy because it already has a pointy tip. Pointy tips, like a restaurant ketchup containers, make squirting liquid in a controlled fashion, much easier. You can transfer the liquid clay into a squeeze bottle, just make sure it is a compatible type of plastic. Or you can pour it onto a Glass dish or something like  that,  and use a toothpick or popsicle stick to scoop it up and drip it into your shapes. In fact, I believe most liquid clays are self levelling. So cover the surface with a thin layer and wait a few minutes to let it shift and level.

Push it around to fill in any exposed surfaces on the tile. Be careful not to overfill it, if you do, remove it with a popsicle stick or a toothpick.

Step number five:  Creating the stained Glass Effect
Remember you're creating a coloured stained "glass," that light can shine through so you need to use a colouring method, that is transparent. So the best colouring method that I know of is alcohol Ink. I used the Adirondack ink. A teeny bit goes a long way. More about colouring is covered in the video.

Step number six: Curing your "stained glass"- Preheat your oven at 275 Fahrenheit (if you are using Premo like I did) Place your tile on our designated baking pan and bake for at least.

Liquid Polymer clays, according to label directions cure at a higher temperature. I have never tried that. If the only ingredient was that kind of clay, then I would use the higher temp. But because I used solid clay- I bake at that temperature.

Best Quick Tip From This Project: do not use mica powders or chalk pastels powders, are any kind of paint. I made the mistake of using Mica powder and ruined one of my flowers  because the light can NOT shine through Mica powder. Made for a sparkly flower though!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Practical Projects - DIY Cord Holders


In these modern times we may  have cordless devices everywhere, but have you noticed all the cords we still need? All devices still require cords to charge. And then there are all our other tangled web of electrical cords. Always looks messy, right? Wanting to make some sort of method to contain them, the idea came to use paper towel or toilet paper rolls and/or small metal cylinders wrapped in wax paper, to create a spring action coil. A way to easily get the cords to slip inside and be contained, using a neat and artistic method.
Watch Video Below!
You can see in the video below, the shape of the cord holders. 


How I Made Them:
It is pretty easy. Roll out a long thick cylinder or sausage (depends on how long you want your holder ), and flatten it out by rolling it out by rolling a texture plate or roller (see my original texture makers). Don't make it too thin or they won't be strong enough.

I decorated the surface with mica powders. Then I laid the pieces on a designated baking pan on top of kleenex that I puff up. As well, you can use polyester fiber fill. Then your pieces will not get a flat spot.

Bake at 275F if using Premo. Always bake all items for at least one hour, it makes them stronger.  Let cool. Remember polymer clay is a plastic, not hard like earthen clay.

Special Holder Design in the video
You will see this holder in the video that is not a coil shape. For this one, I cover a metal cannoli form with wax paper and then wrapped a square sheet of clay in
a diamond fashioned. Leaving the corner that overlaps the clay free and laying a piece of wax paper between the end corner section and where it over laps. Then I baked it and before it was fully cooled, I carefully pulled it off the form and removed the wax paper between the clay layer. The cords slip in by just gently pulling the end corner away from the under part  and pushing the cords inside. It is just another practical way to organize your jumbled cords. I made smaller and large ones. Depends on the thickness of your cord sizes.

Hope you give it a try. Let me know how it goes.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

INSIDE MY STUDIO: What Have I Been Up To?

Hello! Just wanting to share some pics to share what I have been having fun with lately. One thing was coming up with a practical way to use my polymer clay to help hold in a bundle of electrical and computer cords. I will do more on that in he future. But want to share some fun stuff now! Hope you have been finding inspiration and creating!
A cord collector I made with Polymer Clay!





Painting On glass With he Lumiere paints


Trying to make glass eyes....more in the future I hope....

Making Alcohol Ink Swatches 
Love these new pens! 
You will see more about faux stained glass in the future... :o)

New powders
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

POLYMER CLAY JOURNEY: My New Invention- Texture Rocks or "Rockit"

If you love working in polymer clay like I do, you probably love creating textures in your clay. And you may already know about creating your own
texture Plates, Sheets, Or rollers. Have you ever heard of texture rockers though? If you have I would love to hear about it, so I won't wrongly take credit. I do think there may be styles of rubber ink text or number stamps for things like administrative purposes, such as a date stamp or a word like "CANCELLED" across your unpaid cable bill, ha ha.

As for the kind I am sharing with you, I like to think that I invented them as a solution for those of us with weakened or arthritic hands or those of us who can't stand up to apply even pressure.  If you have learned from watching polymer clay tutorials, like I have, Then you will know that it is often recommended when impressing a texture that you should stand up and press down hard and evenly. Can't stand? Then you are with me maybe on how to find a solution to figure out how else to do it. That is why I am sharing this new video with you. It is about the TEXTURE ROCKERS or my new name may be "Rockit!" Hey, any big corporation like Makins or Polyform interested mass producing my idea, ha ha. No seriously, anyone? Of course, if I didn't invent this concept then, no million dollar invention for me 😁 

The theory is that if you cannot stand up to push down on your texture stamp or plate, that way or you just don't want to, you can use the rounded texture surface and just push as much as you can and rock it back and forth on the clay, until it is how you want it to be. Therefore,  making impressing textures and such possible or easier. That was my theory anyway. To find out if it worked Please watch the video below!!
Watch "Rockit" in Action Here:

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

POLYMER CLAY JOURNEY: More Textures...Is This An Octopus?

Sorry, I haven't completed that second texture Rocker and Roller video yet. But for now, I wanted to share this really cool texture rocker that I sculpted. By the time I was done, I thought it looked like a mess of Octopus tentacles. What do you think?
A Lesson Learned
I explained in this video/post (click here) about creating texture "Rockers" to make it easier to use for those of us with weak hands. (So much for that theory.) As you can see, it definitely impressed textures but, my details were to deep and detailed. That meant, a couple of impressed areas tore up. As well, I couldn't rock it, I had to lay the sheet on the texture rocker and press it in.
How can we learn if we don't try things out!
Hope you feel a little inspired.




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Monday, August 28, 2017

HeArtfully Creating: Polymer Clay Journey- Making Your Own Texture Rock And Roller

If you are new or have returned for more fun, here at HeArtfully Creating, Welcome! I know it has been a while, But I finally have had a chance to put together a new video To hopefully inspire you to make your own polymer clay texture Making tools. That means they can be in a roller, sheet, or plate form. Because I am I was experimenting learning, You will see that I have tried Some variations. Since I love making my own texture tools, I have decided to make a three or four part series on the subject. Otherwise the video that goes with this article, would be way too long. Personally I find it easier to watch shorter videos in a series as opposed to a really long single video. I would love to hear what you think. It's much easier to focus on one or two pieces than my entire collection all at once.
Before we begin here is the video that goes with this article.


Tools You Need
💕1. Scrap polymer clay.  Note: Now is a good time to use cheaper clays like Sculpey 3, or clays you do not like as much, That you happen to have lying
around. Also a good times to use up Colour Blends That you really don't like.
💕2. Sculpting tools. As well as Purchased tools. Use whatever you think will work best to make the shapes and textures that you want. If you're new to polymer clay and do not have An addiction to buying Clay tools, Like I do, Add want to save money, you can actually accomplish pretty much the same end result by using use items you would find around the house. For example: toothpicks, Knitting needles, Crochet hooks,  dental tools (I was able to acquire some from a hygienist who is going to throw her tools away), Popsicle sticks, Skewers, Icing Tips for cake decorating, Screwdriver tips, Utensils....Just make sure whenever you use Stays dedicated for clay only....
NOTE: Because some plastics React to Polymer clay, Be careful not to leave  whatever household  item, you may be using In contact with the clay for extended periods of time. Metal And glass As well as wood, Are all safe.
💕3. An acrylic roller. Again if you're new polymer clay, You can use anything that we'll roll out your clay. You can use Metal cannoli forms, I wouldn't dowel, A smooth pen Or pencil. And for those who have the supplies, You can use the roller or the pasta machine. Again a reminder that anything used with Polymer clay, can't be used for food items after.
Polymer clay is not toxic, But, It is not recommended that you interchange tools That you would use for food preparation Or eating.
💕4. A dedicated baking pan For baking your texture sheets/rollers.
💕5. A ceramic tile Or a piece of glass that can be put in the oven To work and bake on.
💕6. Card stock Or file folder.
💕7. Tinfoil Or an aluminum baking pan that fits As a lid On the pan you will be baking your clay in.
💕8. Baby Wipes
💕9. Water spritzer
10. For A roller or rocker style, use a toilet paper tube, or a metal tube shape covered with wax paper.
Most important, Your creativity!
Beginning
I like to work in a freestyle manner. If you have a specific design or texture or image you would like, then be sure to jot down your ideas in your sketchbook.
Foundation:
In this video you see that I am making a roller style texture tool. I wrapped wax paper onto a metal tube used for nail art. Using tape holds it well. Then I roll out polymer clay and in this case I added and shaped pieces as I wanted. Remember any texture left on the piece will appear on the raw clay you want to texture. So be sure to smooth out all that you want to be smooth.
Ready To Bake
Always bake on a dedicated baking pan, using a ceramic tile on top, with an insulating layer of card stock or a file folder. This helps distribute heat and avoid scorching.
Once your roller or rocker is ready. It is important to not bake your piece on a flat surface or you will have flat spots. I use bunches of tissue including toilet paper. Make a nice bed of soft kleenex or t/p. You can use quilting batting as well. At 275 degrees fahrenheit, these products will not burn. Make sure they do not touch the element. Lay your pieces down.
Tent It.
To help contain fumes and to avoid scorching, always use  an oven thermometer to insure your oven is to temperature. As well tent some tinfoil over top or lay an aluminium cake pan on top.
I always bake my pieces at east one hour, even if thin. It makes it stronger.
When baked, let cool. And you are ready!


Using  Your Texture Sheets and Tools:
For those of us with weakened  hands  like I do, we can still work with clay but we need to modify techniques at times. For instance, many tutorials talk about how you need to stand up and look straight down when slicing a cane or pressing on a texture stamp. In my case, I use a wheelchair and standing isn't an option. So, it just means that I need to be extra careful to slice straight down from a seated position. And regarding textures or rubber stamps, I have been learning that because we can't stand up, for leverage and to apply pressure, making a roller style texture stamp works better. I did try a rocker style stamp as you will see in the videos, but I still wasn't strong enough to apply pressure by rocking it back and forth. On that note, I find pressing  the clay down onto the stamp or flat plate works best. Using your finger tips, pushing it carefully into the nooks and crannies. Just be careful it doesn't stick by using water or corn starch or even better...Baby Oil....

BABY OIL TIP: Baby oil has more than one use. I use it in small quantities to condition rock hard clay. In fact because my hands are weak, if clay is  too stiff, I work in a bit of baby oil to soften it up. Maybe I will make a tutorial about that in the future.
Regarding texture tools made from polymer clay,  to avoid clay sticking to my polymer clay texture tools is, rub a light coating of baby oil onto the stamp or roller's surface. No only does it smell great, it kind of keeps the clay made sheets and such in a non-stick state. It reminds me of how you condition or season a cast iron pan or wok.

Next time, I will share another video in this DIY Texture Series!
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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!
Watch Below Here!

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