Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Polymer Clay Santa Ornament DIY

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I had a request to make a polymer clay Santa, so here he is:

You will need:
-  Polymer clay - red, white, flesh and black
-  Tools - clay tools, toothpicks, skewer sticks, knitting needles, your fingers, or whatever you can get your hands on!
-  Eyescrew
-  Ribbon


Here are some items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Create a ball in flesh for the head and a small ball for the nose.  Blend the nose into the head.
2.  Create the hat.  Use red and make a cone.  Create a bend at the top of the hat.  Attach to the top of the head.
3.  Create a larger and wider cone for the body.  Add head to the top of the body.
4.  Make two logs in red for the legs and two for the arms.  Attach and blend.
5.  Make a thin black ribbon, cut it, so the sides and ends are clean.  Wrap it around the body and trim to size.  Cut a small rectangular piece to look like the buckle and attach.
6.  Create two balls for the gloves.  Attach and use a toothpick or other tool and create and indent for the thumb, making it look like a mitten.
7.  Create two ovals and attach to the bottoms of the legs for the boots.
8.  Take white clay and flatten to create trim around the bottoms of the legs, around the bottom of the coat, the cuffs at the arms, round the base of the hat.  Attach in all those places and use a tooth pick or ball tool and texture it, so it looks like fur.
9.  Add ball at end of the had for the pom pom.
10.  Attach a mustache, beard and hair.  Use needle tool to texture it.  
11.  Make three tiny black balls and add to the face for eyes and mouth.  Use a needle tool or toothpick to poke a hole in the had to be able the add an eyescrew later.
12.  Bake according to the clay package directions.
13.  Once cooled, paint on gold acrylic paint for the buckle.  
14.  Add eyescrew and ribbon. 

That's it!  Thank you for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

Mona

Monday, December 15, 2014

Polymer Clay Polar Bear Ornament DIY

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I had a request to make a polar bear out of polymer clay and this is what I came up with:


You will need:

-  Polymer clay - white, black, purple
-  Acrylic paint - black and pink
-  Optional:  Skewer stick, knitting needle, needle tool, blade, eye screw

Here are some items available through Amazon, that you might find helpful:



Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take a piece of white clay, enough to create the torso.  Roll it in a ball and create an egg shape.
2.  Create two legs, by rolling two pieces of white clay into tapered cylinders - thicker on one end and thinner at the other.
3.  Attach the thin ends to the bottom of the body.
4.  Create similar shapes with the arms and attach them to the sides of the body.
5.  Make a head and attach to the body.
6.  Take a small ball of clay and attach it to make the snout.  Using a knitting needle, clay tool or whatever works, smooth it onto the head and make it a little pointy.
7.  Create two small balls, flatten them a little and attach them to the top of the head, for ears.
8.  Using a skewer stick or knitting needle, indent the ears.
9.  Shape and blend everything as needed.  Flatten the feet and hands a little to create a paw like shape.
10.  Take a piece of purple clay and create a rope.  Flatten it.  Trim both ends with a knife or clay blade.  Then cut in fringes, on both ends.
11.  Wrap the scarf around the bear's neck.  Remember it is supposed to look like fabric, so make sure it bends in areas and the fringes are separated.
12.  With black clay, create two small eyes and a nose.  Attach them to the bear.
13.  If you want to turn him into an ornament, poke a hole into the top of his head.
14.  Bake according to the package directions.
15.  Once cool, add eye screw, if you want to turn it into an ornament.
16.  With acrylic paint, add eyebrows, feet and pink in the ears.

That's it!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Saturday, December 13, 2014

DIY Lollipop Christmas Coaster Set - Another Coaster Friday!

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I know I'm late getting this up!  It was actually done on time, but I didn't get the video edited quick enough.  So, this is a Saturday edition of Another Coaster Friday!!

I  decided to do a set for the holidays and I wanted something fun.  What could be funner than lollipops?!?!?!?!


You will need:
-  Polymer clay - red, green and white 
-  Piece of scrap 2" x 4"
-  Red ribbons
-  White dimensional paint
-  Skewer stick
-  Stencils
-  White glitter
-  Red acrylic paint
-  E6000 glue

Here are some of the items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:





Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Take a half of the white clay and knead it until it is soft.  Then, roll it into a snake and set aside.
2.  Repeat with the red clay.
3.  Put the red and white lay next to each other and gently squeeze them together.  You are trying to combine them to make a rope.
4.  Roll the clay and twist it.  Roll and twist until you get the desired effect and it looks similar to a candy cane.
5.  You are going to need a good amount of working space because you need a long snake.  
6.  Once you get it to the desired length, begin to coil it.  You are now making the coaster.  While you are coiling it, remember to gently squeeze it together and gently press it down.  You don't want any gaps, or it won't be a very effective coaster.  You want it somewhat flat so a glass will sit steady on it.
7.  Once you reach the end, pinch the end to a point and then finish the lollipop.  It will give it more of a tapered end.  
8.  Take your skewer stick and gently insert it into the clay.  Use a drilling motion and gently insert it until you reach  close to the center.  Repeat with remaining red clay and green clay.
9.  Put them on a pan lined with parchment paper and pop them in the oven.  Bake according to the clay package directions.
10.  In the meantime, drill holes into the wood, so you can later insert the skewer sticks.
11.  Paint the block of wood red.
12.  Cut the skewer sticks to the desired lengths.  Paint the skewer sticks white.
13.  Stencil or decorate the block of wood as you wish.  I used a J and a Y stencil with a snowman in between to make it look like JOY.  You can use stickers or anything you would prefer.
14.  Insert the skewer sticks in the holes.  Put the clay lollipops on the sticks.  Add ribbons.  I put a dab of hot glue on the ribbon, to help keep it in place.  I also inserted the skewer sticks, with the pointy end in the base.
15.  Take the dimensional white paint and paint the block to look like snow has fallen on it.  While wet, sprinkle with glitter, to give it and icy effect.
16.  The block of wood was kind of wobbly, so I also made four white balls out of clay, baked them, glued them onto the base and added the paint and glitter.

Now you have a festive and fully functional coaster set.  Just take the lollipop head off  and use as a coaster.  When you are done, put it back.  The sticks always stay in the base.  Polymer clay is non-porous, so you don't need to seal it.  If you did want a shiny effect, I would suggest painting it with resin, because that will give it a durable finish.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Polymer Clay Penguin Ornament DIY

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It's been a while since I have done anything with polymer clay and I thought I'd make a penguin ornament for the holidays!


You will need:
-  Polymer clay - black, white, orange, red, pink
-  Small eye screw
-  Ribbon
-  Black acrylic paint
-  White acrylic paint

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Roll the black clay into two balls - a larger for the body and a smaller for the head.
2.  Put them together - shape them and blend together.
3.  Take the white clay and roll a small amount into a circle and flatten it down.  With a knitting needle or needle tool, create a indent.  Place the piece on the face of the penguin and flatten it in.  Make sure the indent is toward the top of the head.
4.  Flatten a larger white piece into an oval and attach to the belly.
5.  Create two black balls and flatten them into the shape of wings.  Attach to the body.
6.  Take two orange pieces and shape into triangles, for the feet.  Attach to the bottom of the penguin.
7.  With a needle tool, create indents in the feet.
8.  Take two small black balls and flatten for the eyes and attach to the face.
9.  Create a cone shape, with orange clay, and attach to the face as the beak.
10.  To create the scarf and ear muffs, I had a leftover piece of pink and red swirled clay.  I made it by making two snakes of pink and red.  I put them together and twisted them.  I rolled it and twisted it continually.  For the scarf, I measured it around the neck of the penguin and cut it to size.  I then took it off and flattened it.  I used a blade tool to cut in fringes at both ends.  I put it back around the neck of the penguin and shaped it as I wanted. I created a thin flat piece for the ear muffs and placed it over the head.  I then cut two round pieces and put it over both ears.
11.  I took my needle tool and created a hole in the top of the head.
12.  I baked it according to the package directions.
13.  Once I took it out, I painted white of the eyes with acrylic paint.  Once dry, I painted on the pupil and eyebrows, with black acrylic paint.
14.  I took a small eye screw and twisted it into the head of the penguin.
15.  Add a ribbon and hang on the tree!

These make great gifts or party favors!  Make them smaller to make earrings or a necklace!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Here are some of the items I used, available at Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:


Sunday, December 7, 2014

DIY Dollar Store Christmas Tree Decoration and Hat Craft

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Happy Monday!  Here's a dual purpose craft - it's a Christmas decoration and/or a hat!  


You will need:
-  Green tinsel garland
-  Posterboard 
-  Plastic ornaments
-  Rope garland
-  Wood star
-  Gold paint
-  Gold glitter
-  Glue - I used hot glue to glue the cone together and Tacky Glue to glitter the star.
*I bought everything but the glue and star at Dollar Tree


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Create your cone.  Take a string tied to a pencil.  Put the end at one of the corners of the poster board.  Make the string as tall as you want the tree.  Hold the end of the string at the corner of the poster board and run the pencil, in an arc, from one side of the poster board.  Cut along the line you drew.
2.  Roll the cut out portion into a cone shape and glue together.
3.  Take your tinsel garland and wrap it around the cone, hot gluing every so often to attach it.
4.  Take rope garland and wrap it around the tree, gluing every so often.
5.  Glue ornaments around the tree.
6.  Paint wood star gold.  Allow to dry.
7.  Using a clear drying glue, paint it on the star and sprinkle with glitter.  Allow to dry.
8.  Glue star to the top of the tree.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Giveaway!



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I have another giveaway for you!  I'm giving away the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that I made out of golf balls!!

If you are under the age of 16, you must get your parent's permission to enter!  This is open internationally.  One winner will receive all four turtles.  The winner will be closed randomly!



YOU MUST ENTER HERE:






If you want to see how I made them, you can watch the video below!!


Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Mona

Snowman Mold Giveaway!!

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Tis the season for a giveaway!!  Today I am giving away a snowman silicone mold, like the one I used recently in my Big Resin Snowman Decoration DIY!



This giveaway ends on Thursday, December 11 at 12:00am.

You must enter below.  If you are under the age of 16, you must have your parents' permission before entering.  This is open internationally.  If you can get mail, I will send it to you!

YOU MUST ENTER HERE:



You can see how I made the snowman here:


Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Mona



Friday, December 5, 2014

DIY Christmas Ornament Coasters - Another Coaster Friday

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I wanted to think a little outside the mold today to come up with Christmas Ornament Coasters!


You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work just as well)
-  Glitter - I used chunky green, fine red, fine gold, fine silver and a homemade mix of blue, white and silver (left over from another project)
-  Dimensional paint - I used metallic white, pearl green, gold and brown
-  Jewelry clay  - You could substitute polymer clay, but you will need to bake that before attaching it to the coaster and the jewelry clay is more durable.  
-  Parchment paper

Here are some of the same or similar items available from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:




 Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  
2.  Mix in whatever color glitter you want to have as the background.  Pour into  mold.  Pop bubbles as necessary.
3.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Decide on a design and take your 3D paint and paint it on the cured resin.  Allow to completely dry.
5.  Once dry, prepare more resin and pour over the coasters.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before removing from the mold.
6.  Prepare your jewelry clay, according to the package directions.  Roll the clay into a ball and then flatten and shape it to be the ornament cap.  TIP:  Try not to touch the front of the coasters when handling the jewelry clay because it will leave a residue behind.
7.  Once shaped, press it onto the side of the coaster.   Shape as necessary and add the hole.
8.  Take your fine glitter and brush it onto the clay.  Run a thin blade under the clay to detach it from the parchment paper, carefully turn it over an apply glitter to the back of the ornament cap.  Flip it back over and let it cure.  
9.  Once it is cured, you can brush off any excess and if you didn't get enough glitter on the clay, you can add it with some Mod Podge or clear drying glue.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dollar Store Wine Glass Christmas Makeover DIY!

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You know I have fallen in LOVE with the outline stickers and I can't get enough!  I'm going to use them to makeover some dollar store wine glasses!  This is an inexpensive and easy project!


You can create stunning and original stemware for minimal cost! 



You will need:

-  Dollar store wine glasses - I found mine at Dollar Tree
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite will work just as well.
-  Outline stickers - I used Starform stickers
-  Markers - I used a combination of Sharpies and metallic stickers
-  Glitter or clear nail polish

Here are some of the items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try.  I couldn't find the exact stickers on Amazon, but added some that looked like they might work, or would be fun!  For the wine glasses, look at the smaller stickers on the sheet. 





Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Make sure the under side of the base is clean.  I cleaned it with rubbing alcohol.
2  Pick your stickers and carefully remove them from the sheet, one at a time.  Add them to the underside of the base.  I wore gloves when putting on the stickers, so I wouldn't put fingerprints on the glass.
3.  Rub the stickers down, so they are well adhered to the glass.
4.  Take some fine glittered nail polish or clear nail polish and paint it over the stickers.  It just needs to be a thin coat.  It will seal the stickers, so marker won't bleed under the stickers.
5.  Once dry, start coloring in the stickers with the markers.  Allow to dry.
6.  Mix resin, according to the package directions.  
7.  Mix in glitter.
8.  Carefully and slowly pour the resin/glitter mixture onto the bottom of the base.  Pour it into the center and use your stir stick to carefully spread it to the edge.  Make sure you do it carefully and don't have it overflow the edge.
9.  Allow it to cure, undisturbed, for a minimum of 12 hours.  Be careful not to bump the table.  

That's it!  Once cured, you can submerge it in water and it will be fine!  I would not recommend the dishwasher.  I don't know how that would hold up.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

Mona


Monday, December 1, 2014

Easy Newspaper Christmas Tree DIY

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It's time to reveal the Holiday Craft Challenge projects.  For a quick review, this is the second Holiday Craft Challenge between Craft Klatch and Suzys Sitcom.  

If you missed the first one, you can find it HERE!

This time, we had two restrictions.  
1.  We could use anything we wanted, but we HAD to include newspapers.  
2.  It had to be a holiday themed craft.

So, off we went to our craft rooms and this is what we came up with:

I decided to do a Christmas Tree.


and Suzy made these A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E Holiday Birds:



They turned out SO CUTE!!

If you want to see how Suzy came up with her project, you can find all the directions HERE!

Here is how to make the tree, you will need:

-  Newspapers
-  White glue (a lot)
-  Acrylic paint - green, red, gold and brown
-  Hot glue or tacky glue
-  Varnish
-  Glitter - I used chunky green, chunky red, chunky gold and fine copper
-  Wooden star 
-  Wooden candle holder
-  Wax paper
-  Patience (It takes quite a while to dry.)


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  In a plastic container, pour a bottle of glue and add green acrylic paint to color.  Mix well.
2.  Line your work surface with wax paper, or garbage bags to protect your table top.
3.  Rip a section of newspaper (I used half sheets) and dip a section into your glue and paint mixture.  Make sure it is well covered and squeeze off any excess.  
4.  Make it kind of a snake shape and coil it around in a circle, on your wax paper.  You can squish it down to make it wider, but keep coiling.  You can put the next level up on the base and keep coiling until you get the shape of a tree.  
5.  Once you have it the size you want, take thinner strips and wrap those around as well.  The tree is very moldable and pliable at this time, so you can squish it and shape it as you wish.  
6.  Once I had it shaped, I gently scooped it up and moved it to a tray that was also lined with a fresh sheet of wax paper.  I then moved it to a warm spot to dry.  Warning:  This will take probably 48 hours to dry enough - depending on how humid and warm it is where you are at.
7.  After 24 hours, I carefully removed the wax paper from the bottom and flipped it over into a vase, so the bottom could better dry.  I left that for another 24 hours.
8.  While it was drying, I made a red acrylic paint and glue mixture and tore small pieces of newspaper, dipped them and rolled them into balls.  I let them dry on wax paper as well.
9.  I also used a watered down glue mixture and added newspaper to the candleholder and the star.
10.  I then painted the star gold and the candleholder brown.
11.  I put Triple Thick varnish on the candleholder and the star.
12.  When everything was dry, I took more glue and ran a bead around the tree and sprinkled it with green glitter.  I did the same with the ornaments, the star and the candleholder, but used coordinating colored glitter.  Again, I let everything dry.
13.  Time to put it together!  I simply used hot glue to attach the candleholder as the base and the red balls as ornaments and the star on the top of the tree of course!!

That's it!  I was trying to make a project that was inexpensive and kids could get involved in too!  I wanted the newsprint to show, but if you would rather it didn't, you could always put a coat of paint over it, before you add the glitter.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona