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Sculpey Souffle Dragonfly Pendants

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I was delighted when my friends at Sculpey asked me to give their Sculpey Souffle Oven-Bake Clay a try. I have always considered polymer clay my first obsession in the craft world. Back in the 1980’s, my sister Heidi Borchers and my Sculpey 1Momma Aleene and I took a polymer clay cruise where we learned how to make millefiore clay canes. It was 3 days of pure creative bliss. We always chuckle when we think back on Momma’s job during that cruise which was to sit on the clay. I don’t remember why we didn’t have a pasta machine but at that time we were taught to pre-warm the clay by sitting on it.

Fast forward to the 1990’s and I went on a creative binge making polymer clay aromatherapy jewelry that I sold at retail. So, since I’ve tried just about all the clays on the market, I was excited to give Souffle a try!

This clay is lightweight making it perfect for creating those medium to larger jewelry projects. It’s exceptionally strong and will not crack when baked in large pieces. I read that its Sculpey 2strength and ability to hold detail makes it an excellent clay for advanced techniques such as mokume gane, bargello and caning. It’s also designed to have a beautiful suede-like finish when baked.

This Souffle set includes 12 fun colors including: Igloo, Canary, Pistachio, Jade, Pumpkin, Cherry Pie, So 80’s, Turnip, Sea Glass, Lagoon, Cowboy, and Poppy Seed. The colors are bright and fashionable. You’ll need to be sure to go on-line and Google Sculpey Souffle and see all the amazing projects that you can create but for me, I wanted something simple and fast and Igloo and Poppy Sculpey 5Seed were my colors of choice.

The first question that comes to mind for me when working with polymer clay is always “Is it easy to condition?”, so to give it a test, I broke off a piece of the black (Poppy Seed) and I’m pleased to say that Souffle is very easy to condition by rolling it in your hands.

I did the same with the white (Igloo) and found it was very soft and easy to roll.

Sculpey 6After conditioning the clay, I used my roller and stacked craft sticks to roll out the ball into a pendant shape. (You’ll notice that I used blue tape to hold the 3 stacked sticks together.)

This is a fast and easy way to roll out a consistent thickness if you don’t have a pasta machine. Of course, if you want a thicker piece, just tape more craft sticks together (or less if desired).

There are all sorts of wonderful tools designed specifically for polymer clay crafting but in a pinch, I just use my craft sticks and pvc pipe to roll out pieces.

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I wanted to create a quick and easy project, so I grabbed a wood stamp with a dragonfly design. I know that many tutorials suggest that you spray water on Sculpey 8the stamp before stamping onto the polymer clay but since this Souffle clay was not sticky, I decided to go ahead and stamp without water. It worked perfectly, but be sure to test for yourself.

You will also want to test out how firmly that you want to stamp your design. For this design, I wanted a deep impression so I gave the stamp a firm press into the clay. Be sure you don’t press too hard because you can distort the design.  For this pendant shape, I wanted to keep it as round as possible.

You can also stamp the design into the clay and then use your Sculpey Knife Sculpey 10Tool to cut away the excess clay from the outside of the design. Using the design as the guide, just cut away the excess clay along the design line.

When cutting away the excess, leave a small allowance along the edge of your design. Notice how the Knife Tool leaves a rough edge but it’s easy to smooth edges with your fingers and the Sculpey Blunt Point Tool just by rolling it along the edges on the front and back of your design.

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Depending on how you plan to hang your pendant, at this step, you can use the Sculpey Needle End Pointer Tool to pierce a hole. Be sure to match the hole size to the jewelry wire or cording that you plan to use. The Pointer Tool is a great way to start the hole and then you can use a toothpick to enlarge it if needed.

Now it’s time to bake.

Sculpey 12Following the package instructions, you will need to bake your pieces on oven-proof glass or a metal surface at 275 degrees F)  for 30 minutes per 1/4″ of thickness. Also, per the package instructions, do not use a microwave oven and do not exceed the package directions temperatures or recommended baking time. Also, I was taught from the very beginning to always dedicate my polymer clay tools (pasta machine, baking tray and toaster oven) to my polymer clay crafts only.

Sculpey 13Once you have baked and cooled your pieces, it’s time to start thinking about how you would like to color and finish them. I selected black and white for the base of my pieces because I love to use alcohol inks and shimmer finishes but keep in mind that this Souffle set features an awesome set of colors that will look beautiful when mixed and matched into mokume gane, bargello and caning.

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Lumiere paints apply beautifully over the black suede finish of Souffle clay. Just squeeze out a small puddle of paint and dab a cosmetic sponge into the paint. Remember, a little bit goes a long way. Dab it onto the surface of the clay and keep layering until you have the color you want. Be sure to leave some of the black peeking through.

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You can layer the shimmer colors to create a variety of effects on your clay pendants. The shimmer paints look beautiful over any of the clay colors.

On my white Souffle clay dragonfly pendants, I like to color with alcohol inks. You can dab with a cosmetic sponge or squeeze liberally over the surface. As you layer the colors, dab back any excess with a paper towel to reveal beautiful color effects. You can seal these pieces with a matte or glossy sealer. If you did not pierce your piece for jewelry wire, you can glue a jewelry bail onto the back and hang on your favorite chain.

Look at the beautiful detail that you can achieve with this Sculpey Souffle clay. It’s a winner in my book!

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Disclaimer: Product provided by manufacturer. Testing, creativity, opinions and designs are my own!


 

Faux Chocolate Thumb Tacks by Candace Jedrowicz

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Faux Chocolate Thumb Tacks Candace Jedrowicz

Bring a little chocolate love into your office and home space with chocolate thumb tacks!  Candace Jedrowicz shares a super easy way to make polymer clay chocolates to transform your tacks into tiny, delicious looking chocolates!

Watch Candace’s Faux Chocolate Thumb Tacks YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Super Gel Adhesive
Polymer clay – chocolate color – I mix my own with dark brown, gold and a little bit of orange
Small round, square and heart shaped molds – read how to make some here
Water spritzer
Thumb tacks – the flat kind
Polymer clay sealer – satin
Paint brush

1. Condition the polymer clay. Roll a small ball

2. Spritz a mold with a little water and press the ball of clay into it. Smooth the back as flat as possible.

3. While the clay is still in the mold, press the the flat side of the tack into the clay to make an impression.

4. Carefully push the clay out of the mold and make sure the tack will still fit before baking the clay according to the directions on the package.

5. Glue a tack into the back of each chocolate. Allow to dry.

6. Coat each chocolate with 2 coats of satin sealer.  Allow to dry well between coats.

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Polymer Clay Bezel Frame Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

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Polymer Clay Bezel Frame Pendant Candace Jedrowicz

Polymer clay is so much fun to experiment with! Candace Jedrowicz created the perfect frame for a beautiful little polymer clay heart.  The heart was made with layers of gorgeous, red foiled strips of clay and needed a dramatic, yet subtle frame. Featured on Cool2Craft.com.

Watch Candace’s Polymer Clay Bezel Frame Pendant YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Focal bead – it could be anything at all
Black polymer clay
Pasta machine
Cookie cutters – 1 1/2″ square and 3/4″ square
Tissue blade
Needle tool
Knitting needle
Rubber stamp with lots of detail
Water spritzer
Metallic paste

1. Roll your clay out on the widest setting on your pasta machine – about 1/8″.

2. Cut one large square.  Double the thickness of the clay and cut one more large square.

3. Spritz the rubber stamp with water and press it into the double thick square.

4. Center the smaller cookie cutter in the stamped piece and cut.

5. Place the open frame piece carefully on the background square and press gently in place.  Trim edges, if needed with the tissue blade or smooth with the knitting needle.

6. Use the needle tool to make a hole for hanging.  Bake according to directions.

7. Use a finger to rub metallic paste on the stamped side to accent the stamp detail.

8. Glue the focal bead in place.


Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop – Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz

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Tile Heart Box Candace Jedrowicz

Ann Butler has designed a new set of stamps that she calls Faux Quilting (for their patterns) and they are way too much fun!  There are several packs of designs to choose from, so the combinations and uses are fan-zillion-tastic!  Ann set up this blog hop to show many of the ways the stamps could be used.

 




Be sure to check out all the links in this blog hop! Click icon –>

I had the pleasure of working with the Leaves All Over and Stripes.Dots.Hearts. sets.  I immediately pictured polymer clay tiles textured with Ann’s wonderful designs!  And, oh my heck, WHAT FUN!

Materials:

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Polymer clay – I used black
Pasta roller
Water Spritzer
Tissue blade
Metallic paste – I used Inka Gold purple and green
Clear dimensional sealer
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Decoupage matte
Gems
Papier mache box
Decorative paper
Scissors
Paint brush

 

Ann's Heart Box 1 .Roll out your clay on the largest setting on the pasta roller – about 1/8″.Spritz the stamp lightly before each imprint
Ann's Heart Box 3 You can make some interesting quilty patterns before cutting your tiles.
Ann's Heart Box 2 Use your tissue blade to cut irregular shapes and sizes.I bent the blade to make curved edges.Bake the clay according to the directions.
Ann's Heart Box 4 After cooling, apply metallic paste with your fingers over the raised areas.Brush each tile to get rid of dried paste bits before the next step.
Ann's Heart Box 6 Apply even coats of dimensional sealer to the tiles.I dropped gems onto the lovely dotted pattern pieces.Allow to dry over night.
Ann's Heart Box 7 Prepare the box by decoupaging with decorative paper and metallic paste.Sand the hard edges of the paper and apply metallic paste wherever you like.
Ann's Heart Box 9 Arrange the tiles on the top of the box and glue in place.Use leftover tiles to add interest on the lower part of the box.

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Ann Butler Designs & Unity Blog Hop !

You can find the Ann Butler Designs Stamps Collection on Unity Stamps Co.

1. Ann Butler
2. Beth Watson
3. Candace Jedrowicz
4. Candice Windham
5. Carol Heppner
6. Cheryl Boglioli
7. Cindi Bisson
8. Debra Quartermain
9. Denise Clason
10. Eileen Hull
11. Fabrizio (Fab) Martellucci
12. Jen Goode
13. Jonathan Fong
14. Kristin Kelly
15. Lisa Fulmer
16. Lorine Mason
17. Madeline Arendt
18. Theresa Cifali

 

Gypsy Tree Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz DIY Craft

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Gypsy Tree Canvas Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz is mesmerized by gypsy style.  It’s not surprising that she would turn to that soulful, expressive style to tell a story about her path. Using die cuts and doo dads, Candace shares a recipe for layered dimensional wall art.

Watch Candace’s Gypsy Canvas Wall Art YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Original Tacky Pen
6″ x 6″ Canvas
Gypsy caravan photo from Wikimedia commons
Decorative Paper – I used an embossed paper as a key part of my design
Black craft foam
Die cutter and dies – Tim Holtz Mini Bird and Cage, Tiny Tabs and Tags, Mini Lock and Key Set and Branch Tree
Doo dads – I used a polymer clay face (push mold Art Doll Faces), Tulip Beads in a Bottle dots in several colors (make them ahead on waxed paper so they’ll peel right off) – or you can use anything you have to personalize
Metallic paste – copper
Lumiere paint – pink gold, blue, bronze and olive
Sand paper
Brown acrylic paint
Brown distress ink pad
Drill with 1/8″ bit
Needle tool
6″ piece of 20 gauge copper wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Assorted fibers

1. Cut decorative paper to fit front and sides of the canvas.  Glue in place with a thin, even coat of Super Thick Tacky Glue.  Allow to dry.

2. Cut 1 tree of embossed paper and one from black craft foam.  Glue together with Tacky Pen.  Allow to dry.  very gently run a finger tip dipped in copper metallic paste over the top of the embossed design.

3. Cut a 1″ x 6″ piece of foam.  Position the foam on the Branch Tree die so that it just covers 1/2″ of the bottom of the die.  This leaves some foam sticking out, fold it over the top plate to avoid tearing.  Run it through the cutter.  Use a finger to paint olive Lumiere paint.

4. Cut a small tag from the Tiny Tabs and Tags die from foam and 1 from embossed paper.  Glue together,  Allow to dry.  Treat with copper metallic paste as you did with the tree.

5.  Paint your moon face with pink gold Lumiere.  Allow to dry.

6. Cut a foam key from the Mini Lock and Key Set and a cage and bird from the Mini bird and cage set.

7. Paint the key bronze, the birdcage copper and bronze and the bird blue with bronze beak and feet.  Glue the bird to the cage.  Allow to dry.

8. Sand the edges of the paper on the canvas until they are smooth and the canvas shows through.  Paint the exposed canvas with brown acrylic paint and spread a bit onto the papers.  Allow to dry.

9. Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the canvas.

10. Fit the bottom of the tree into the strip of green foam and glue in place on the canvas using the Tacky Glue Pen.

11. Color the edges of the photo with distress ink and glue into place with the glue pen.

12. Add the foam key and Beads in a bottle dots with the glue pen.

13. Cut 12″ of assorted fibers.  Feed them through the hole in the small tag and tie.  Glue the tag in place.

14. Make a hole in the top of the bird cage with the needle tool.

15. Wrap the copper wire around the round nose pliers and crimp with the chain nose pliers to make  loop.

16. Slide the bird cage on to the loop, slide the wire ends through the hole in the canvas and bend the ends down to secure it.

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Cool2Cast Faux Chocolate Jar Topper by Candace Jedrowicz

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Cool2Cast Chocolate Jar Topper by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz is pouring Tiffany Windsor’s amazing Cool2Cast into a chocolate box insert to make lovely fake chocolates to decorate the lid of a gift jar.  Is it easy?  You bet!  And it looks so yummy!  Featured on Cool2Craft.

Watch Candace’s Cool2Cast Faux Chocolate Jar Topper YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Cool2Cast
Aleene’s Collage Pauge Matte
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
An insert from a chocolate box – I used one from a Mrs Fields candy box
Water
Scoop
Quart plastic bag
Brown acrylic paint
Candy paper cup
Decorative paper
Drill with 1/16″ bit
Focal bead
Headpin

1. To mix the Cool2Cast, scoop 2 parts Cool2Cast to 1 part water into the quart bag.  Seal the bag and shake and smoosh the bag until all the lumps are gone and the mixture is smooth.Cool2Cast Chocolate Jar Topper by Candace Jedrowicz CU

2. Cut a small bottom corner of the bag and fill the mold(s).  Allow the Cool2Cast to set for an hour, carefully unmold and allow to dry overnight.

3.  Sand off any unwanted lumps and paint with chocolate brown paint.  Allow to dry and repeat if necessary.

4. Glue the chocolate in the paper candy cup.

5. Holding the chocolate by the bottom, paint the chocolate with the Collage Pauge and allow to dry.

6. Cut a circle of the decorative paper and glue to the top of the lid.  Allow to dry.

7.  Drill a hole in the center top of the chocolate.

8. Slide the focal bead on the headpin, dip the end in glue and insert into the hole.  Allow to dry.

9. Glue the chocolate to the lid.

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Polymer Clay Birdhouse Beads by Candace Jedrowicz DIY craft

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Polymer Clay Birdhouse Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

Are you fascinated by tiny things?  Candace Jedrowicz has loved tiny things her whole life.  Candace shares a technique for creating an itty bitty birdhouse bead from scrap clay.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Polymer Clay Birdhouse Beads YouTube video tutorial!

 

Materials:

Scrap polymer clay blended to brown or gray
Crochet needle for smoothing
Needle tool or toothpick
Pin
White acrylic paint
Cotton swab

1. Condition clay and form a 1/2″ cube.

2. Form a triangle to make the pointed top of the house.

3. Form a flat rectangle for the roof and push into place.

4. Use the needle to texture the wood exterior and the thatched roof.

5. Use the end of the crochet needle to make the main hole and a smaller window above and one on the back of the house.

6. Form a small half circle for a balcony below the main hole and attach by blending the edges.

7. Flatten tiny balls of clay and cut in half.  These are the shutters for the top and back windows.  Attach them with the rounded side toward the window and use the needle to mark the shutters and attach them firmly.

8. Make a tiny v-shaped piece of clay to be a portico over the mail hole.  Attach.

9. Form a tiny chimney and dormer (gable) and attach to the roof.  Mark the chimney with horizontal lines and thatch the top of dormer like the roof.

10. Use the needle tool to make a hole through the house from top to bottom.  Bake according to the directions on the original package.

11. Use the cotton swab to dry brush the white paint to give the look of aged wood.

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Molded Glitter Heart Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

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Glitter Heart Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

Glitter and hearts aren’t just for little girls anymore!  These easy to make polymer clay beads are pressed into a mold that you make yourself!  Candace Jedrowicz will walk you through the process and you’ll come out all kinds of sparkly!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Glitter Heart Beads Necklace YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Polymer clay – any color(s) you like
Polymer clay molding compound
Fine glitter – in the same colors as your clay1
Needle tool or toothpick
Crochet needle to smooth the clay
Talc powder
Spray bottle with water

1. Make a small flattish heart shape from clay and bake it according to directions.

2. Dust the heart with powder. Condition a piece of the molding compound and press it over the heart.  Remove the heart and bake the mold according to the directions.

3. Condition clay by smashing it in your fingers and rolling it in your palms.

4. Roll the soft clay in glitter and repeat the conditioning to work it in. Repeat until it’s glittery enough for your liking.

5. Spritz the mold and press a small amount of clay in it.  Pop the clay out of the mold and repeat.

6. Put the 2 hearts back to back and smooth the edges with the crochet needle.

7. Use the needle tool to make a hole in the bead for stringing.

8. Bake according to directions.

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Valentine Charm by Candace Jedrowicz

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Polymer Clay Valentines Heart Charms by Candace Jedrowicz

Craft foil on polymer clay is dazzling and romantic!  Well, it is to Candace Jedrowicz, who loves making sparkly polymer clay and craft foil hearts!  Add the hearts to a chain with some baubles and beads and you’ve got a dandy Valentine Charm.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Valentine Charm YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Polymer clay – I used red and pink
Pasta machine or rolling pin
Craft foil – also red and pink
Cookie cutter – mini heart shape
Crochet needle
Bone folder or piece of paper for burnishing
20 gauge wire
Jump rings
Chain, clasp
Crystals and assorted beads
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Clear dimensional sealer

1. Condition clays and roll to about 1/8″ thickness or the second thickest setting on the pasta roller.

2. Lay the craft foil on the clay and follow the package directions for applying.

3. Cut 2 hearts.

4. Cut a 1″ piece of wire.  Fold it over the round nose pliers.  Crimp the wire to form a loop.  Turn the ends up.  This will hold the loop in place when the 2 pieces are in place.

5. Put the clay hearts together, back to back with the loop in place.  Push lightly to join together.  Bake according to package directions.

6. When the clay is cooled add a layer of clear dimensional sealer.  Allow to dry.  Repeat on the other side.

7. Fix the clasp to one end of the chain.

8. Use jump rings to add the heart(s), and beads to the charm.

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Mixed Media Brooch by Candace Jedrowicz

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Mixed Media Brooch By Candace Jedrowicz

Grab your beads, bobbles and polymer clay!  Candace Jedrowicz sharing a recipe for making a stunning handmade brooch that you’ll want to try!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s super cool Mixed Media Brooch YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Polymer clay
Aleene’s Platinum Bond Super Glue
Beads, jewelry bits, coins, buttons and whatever else you want to add
Micro Beads
Metallic paste
Sealer
Pin back

1. Roll a small ball of clay and flatten until it’s the size you want.

2. Begin adding the the larger beads and elements, pressing them into the clay.

3. Add smaller pieces to cover the clay.  There may still be gaps, but that’s okay.

4. Remove the pieces before baking, remembering where you put them.  Bake the clay according to the package directions.

5. After cooling, glue the pieces on.

6. Gather even smaller pieces.  Add sealer to the exposed clay and drop the little bits on.

7. Sprinkle micro beads on to fill in the rest of the clay.  Allow the sealer to dry.

8. Dip your finger in the metallic paste and rub on the edges on the brooch and some of the beads.

9. Glue  the pin backing in place.