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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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