15 Aug 2016
in From My Workbench, Interesting Techniques, New Products, Tips & Trick, Tutorials
Tags: beadsandbeading, cindy lietz, free, how-to, lessons, mica powder, pastel chalk, pearl ex, pearlex, polymer clay, silk screen, stamp, sutton slice, texture, Tonja Lenderman, tonja's treasures, tonjastreasures, tutorial, video
Cindy has very recently done 2 videos which review my products. 🙂 The first shows you how to do the Sutton Slice technique with one of my clear stamps called Round Design Patterns #2 .
The newest video shows how to silk screen using dry ingredients like Pearl-Ex and pastel chalks. The look it creates is wonderful ! This is a list of the silk screen names that Cindy uses in this video 🙂 – Tribal Dance, Microbial Doodles, Retro Circuit Board, Stonewalled, Tapestry Flowers, Tile Mosaic #1, Mehndi Doodle.
You can find all my silk screens and stamps in my Etsy Shop Tonja’s Treasures.
Please check out Cindy’s site Polymer Clay Tutor ! She has so many wonderful video lessons and you can sign up for her monthly club which provided new lessons each month that will keep you creating and having fun.
11 Aug 2016
in Shopping, Tutorials
Tags: ammonite, chalks, etsy, fossil, how-to, Iris Mishly, lesson, polymer clay, polypedia, stamps, texture, tonjastreasures, tutorial
What a great pairing !!! Iris Mishly of PolyPedia used my 2 ammonite stamps from the Fossils stamp set to make these AMAZING polymer clay beads following her tutorial called Cosmic Ceramic: faux ceramic !!!!!!!!! The technique is stunning and a must have for your tutorial library. 🙂
17 Dec 2015
in From My Workbench, Interesting Techniques, Tips & Trick, Tutorials
Tags: christmas ornament, Filigree star, First Impressions, how to make, Krylon Leafing Pens, lesson, mold, polymer clay, push drill, Sculpey Ultralight, silicone, silicone mold, star, tonjastreasures, tutorial
I know it’s been ages since I posted anything, so here is a free tutorial. 🙂
I used Sculpey Ultralight clay.
a silicone mold from First Impressions called Filigree Star,
leafing pens made by Krylon (available in Silver, Copper and Gold)
The oldest dullest clay blade I own. 🙂 A dull blade will trim excess clay from the mold nicely without cutting into the soft silicone mold. Plus a way to drill a hole (I prefer a push drill like the one pictured below). I don’t recommend trying to put holes in the raw Ultralight clay. It is very soft and likes to squish easily.
Condition a small ball of Ultralight and press it into the mold. I like to shape it to fit so I can see what I need to trim, but that’s just me. 🙂 I’m not going to go into deep detail on “How to use molds” because there are a bunch of tutorials & YouTube videos already available on the internet. Trim away the excess clay with your dull blade.
Slowly bend the mold to pop out the clay.
I ended up with 27 stars from one pack of Ultralight with just that tiny ball of clay left over. Now bake your stars according to package instruction.
Once baked and cooled you will need to drill a hole. The drill bit goes through very easily. FYI: did you know Ultralight clay floats? 🙂
Now pick your favorite color leafing pen and have some fun coloring. Drag the tip of the pen along the raised areas of the Filigree Star design. The paint dries quite quickly. Add a string to hang in on your tree and enjoy !
Here are all 3 colors – Silver, Gold and Copper. I think my favorite is the Copper. 🙂
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!!!!
06 Mar 2014
in Shopping, Tutorials
Tags: from polymer to art, learn, magazine, polymer cafe, polymer clay, subscribe, the polymer arts
Can you believe it ? There are now 3 magazines on the market completely devoted to polymer clay. This is an amazing and wonderful thing!!! Not that long ago you were lucky to find a single article in a craft magazine that used polymer clay. If you don’t subscribe you should. It not only supports the clay community as a whole, but you can learn from some amazing artists and stay informed on the latest product releases, newest techniques or just be inspired.
I can’t say I have a favorite among the three publications, because I like them all. Each has it’s own personality and place in my library. My only preference is that 2 of them I can purchase digitally. They are The Polymer Arts and From Polymer to Art. Polymer Cafe still comes the old fashioned way, in the mail, but I am sure it won’t be long before they join the digital revolution. I hope.
It has been brought to my attention that there is a 4th magazine published in French. It is available for digital download or print purchase.
26 Aug 2012
in Interesting Techniques, Polyclay Artists, Tutorials
Tags: Bettina Welker, Blend, cane, pixelated, polymer clay, retro, tutorial
When it’s Bettina Welker’s Pixelated Retro Blend Cane that’s gone viral!
In a recent post I listed several free tutorials you just had to try. One of those tutorials was Bettina’s Pixelated Retro Blend Cane. It’s one of those technique that just screams “Try Me !!” Even I was enticed into making a couple canes and turning it into some jewelry. It seems the tutorial has gone viral in the polymer clay community. It’s a world wide phenomenon. Just Goggle the title and you will get many links, plus there is now a group on Flickr specifically for the technique.
I found a few special pictures I wanted to share in this post that really highlight the beauty of this canes possibilities.
27 Jul 2012
in From My Workbench, Interesting Techniques, Tutorials
Tags: beads, bone, border, bracelet, cane, denim, extruded, extruder, facebook, faux, free, how-to, ivory, pixelated, polymer clay, poppy, retro, scrap, swirl, tile, Tutorials
First on my list was Bettina Welker’s cane she calls “Pixelated Retro Blend Cane”. It’s a twist on the extruded retro “Klimt” cane that has become so popular. Here is what I made using her tutorial.
Next I want to try Marie Davis’ border cane
The next is a fun, funky bracelet and I believe was written by Anna Anpilogova. It’s in Russian ) I think) but the pictures say it all 🙂
I use this tutorial by Valerie Wallace to make tile beads a few years ago. It sure helps keep the bead holes even!
I recently did a variation on this tutorial to make a quick and easy pendant. The tutorial will soon be on the Polymer Clay Central website.
A great faux bone or ivory tutorial written my Desiree McCrorey
This is a really cute way to make faux denim. It’s also in Russian ( I think LOL) But he pictures are great.
Yep, another one I can’t read. Good thing the pictures tell me what I need to know to make this fabulous extruded bracelet.
It’s a Russian invasion !!! Just kidding 🙂 But these gals are so talented. Just saying 🙂 Here is an amazing Poppy cane
Last but not least, I love this use of scrap clay to make a Magic Swirl Cane
If you want to see more great polymer clay tutorial both free and for sale join us over at the Facebook Group “Just Polymer Clay Tutorials”.
14 Jan 2012
Tags: beads, bird, butterfly, canes, eggs, enamel, extrude, extruder, faux, flowers, free, mica shift, mokume gane, necklace, polymer clay, tutorial, Tutorials
Golden Polymer Clay Beads
Rough And Tough Polymer Clay
Radiant Mica Shift
Butterfly Cane From Basic Canes
Earth Toned Mokume Gane Beads
And a cool tip 🙂 Inside bottom of pop can makes a great curved surface to bake on. Just be careful of the sharp edges.