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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tutorial : Mint Chocolate Chip Polymer clay necklace and earrings


Mint Chocolate Chip Polymer clay necklace and earrings. 

Hello and thank you for stopping in! 

I thought I would share with y'all, the way I make my Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream cone earrings and necklace! 

 Starting off with mint colored Polymer clay,  I added chunks of pre-baked dark brown "chocolate chip" Polymer clay to the mix, then I about tore the skin off my fingers kneading all the pre-baked chunks into the mint clay. Right next to the mint chocolate chip clay is the base to the sugar cone.


 To mix Mint Polymer clay, you take standard blue (I used French Blue, by Sculpey III) Standard Yellow, by Sculpey III. I have found that if I use anything other than what I have listed above, the mint just isn't the correct color, for me. You can experiment if you like.

When you see the words 1 part this color and 5 parts that color, 
What does that mean? 
This means you will roll out the Yellow, on the thickest setting of your pasta machine. Do the same for the French blue and Vanilla. Take your 1” cutter, larger or smaller, which ever you want to use and then roll out the clay colors you will need.

The formula I used was:

1 part French blue Sculpey III= using your cutter, cut out one circle of French blue.

4 parts Yellow Sculpey III= using your same cutter, cut out 4 circles of the Yellow clay.

Mix those colors together. Of course they make green. And one might say “can’t we just use green to start out and save this step” Well, of course you can, but I have found that when I use green, it just doesn’t come out the way I want it to, so I use this formula. This is also great to know for when you are working on something and run out of green!

Then you want to take your Sculpey III Vanilla and cut off ¼ of the 2 ounce block

After you have mixed the blue and yellow, add them to your Vanilla cream. It’s important that you don’t use pure white for this, it will be a pastel color. If you want that color, then by all means, use white.

Now, you have the Mint green that you want for your ice cream.

 Next, I took my favorite tool for making the "sugar" cone. Can anyone guess what it is?                                                     

It’s part of a screen off an old screen door. I put tape around the edges so it wouldn’t distort and it also kept poking me.

Taking your rolling tool or glass bottle works really well, make the impression into the clay.
                                                   
I just love the impression is makes in the Polymer clay!

Next thing you need to do is cut out your clay with the new impression. Using your circle cutter. For the necklace, I used the neck of a coke bottle that I cut off. *I love to reuse items I find around my house* so I was rather resourceful and cut a coke bottle neck, it works so well for the size I want. This size is right at one inch on the inside.

 So, now, the cone shape needs to be cut. Here’s what I do. I take the clay, cut the 1” circle out then I cut off the top of the circle.

I've cut out the shape I want from the clay and I'm just about to manipulate it into the cone shape. The clay I'm using is extremely stiff, so the little 'squares' don't smooth out when I'm shaping.

Sometimes this is the most difficult thing of the entire process. If you aren't careful, you'll have smoothed out areas and then you'll have to start all over again. (sometimes with lots of cursing) LOL!!

 I haven't finished adding the texture to these "ice cream" tops yet, but I wanted to show y'all that it's not as difficult as you might think it is. Since I use such stiff clay, I'm able to do it all without first baking the cone then adding the ice cream. 
*If you are using softer clay, this is where you would bake the cone at the temp the manufacturer recommends.*

So, what I've done is take a piercing tool and make a hole right down the middle of the ice cream. Then taking a head pin, make sure the head of the pin is on the bottom of the ice cream. To insure the head pin stays in place, I take some scrap clay and hold it place.

I do the same for the cone. Since I don't bake mine ahead of time, I like the stiffness the scrap clay adds to the cone. *It also helps to bond the ice cream to the cone* 

So, now at this point, I have it shaped just as I want it, this is where I put on the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. You can add more texture or just leave the ice cream as it is. Bake it according to the manufacturer's recommended setting. The one thing I didn't take photos of was me dusting the cone with pastel chalk.


I like to use the soft "Cinnamon" color pastel clay and lightly dust the sugar cone. If you want the sugar cone to appear as it's been dipped in chocolate, then you can wait until the clay cools and paint a very thin strip of dark brown acrylic paint. 
Finish them all off with your choice of jewelry findings.

 Doesn't that look yummy?

Thank you so much for stopping to view my tutorial. 

If you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to answer them. I'm by no means an expert, this is just how I do things. 

Have a great day and I'll see y'all soon!


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Holiday Ornaments and Jewelry sampling ...

I've put together a sampling of Holiday items you can find in my Etsy shop:
Cobalt Moon Jewelry


Christmas moose Ornament

Punkin' slice earrings and whole pie necklace


Pecan pie necklace and earrings set



Melted and sad snowmen earrings



Santa got stuck in the chimney Ornament

click here to view more holiday ornaments and jewelry 

Thank you for stopping by. Warm Holiday wishes to everyone ! 

Happy shopping !



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This week in clay table news…


This week in clay table news…

This is a new weekly feature that will be running, letting y'all know what goes on in my day to day life, creating things, sculpting and just plain ole’ smooshing of Polymer clay, cause lets face it.. if you’ve done anything with earthen clay or Polymer clay… it’s so much fun!

Let's dive right in, shall we? 

This week, I have decided to do something different. I was getting a little bored with just telling y'all what I was doing and posting a few photos. I decided to do a tiny tutorial for y'all! 

Mint Chocolate Chip Polymer clay necklace and earrings. 

 Starting off with mint colored Polymer clay, I added chunks of pre-baked dark brown "chocolate chip" Polymer clay to the mix, then I about tore the skin off my fingers kneading all the pre-baked chunks into the mint clay. Right next to the mint chocolate chip clay is the base to the sugar cone.



 Next, I took my favorite tool for making the "sugar" cone. Can anyone guess what it is?                                                     

                                                   
I just love the impression is makes in the Polymer clay!
 So, now, I've cut out the shape I want from the clay and I'm just about to manipulate it into the cone shape. The clay I'm using is extremely stiff, so the little 'squares' don't smooth out when I'm shaping.

Sometimes this is the most difficult thing of the entire process. If you aren't careful, you'll have smoothed out areas and then you'll have to start all over again. (sometimes with lots of cursing) LOL!!



 I haven't finished adding the texture to these "ice cream" tops yet, but I wanted to show y'all that it's not as difficult as you might think it is. Since I use such stiff clay, I'm able to do it all without first baking the cone then adding the ice cream.
There are other things I do that, because it's hot out or my hands are making the clay too soft, I will have no choice but to bake in between each layer.

So, now at this point, I have it shaped just as I want it, this is where I put on the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. Doesn't that look yummy?

Please let me know if you want to know how I obtained the Mint clay color. Now, there may be a pre-mixed Mint Polymer clay color, but I haven't been able to find it in the stores, so, I have decided to whip up my own. 

Also, if there is a certain technique that you are interested in, I'm certainly no expert, in fact, I'm a self taught Polymer clay artist. At times it's quite frustrating to see something and not be able to just whip it out. In my case it's cane building.. Grrrrr! 

I would love to share the tips and techniques that I have picked up over the years, these tips have really made a difference for me! 

If y'all are interested in seeing more 'tutorials', 
please leave me a comment letting me know which item you are interested in. 

That’s all the time we have for this week.

Tune in next time when we will feature yet another tutorial. 

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