Thursday, March 29, 2012


This is me......

Today I turned 45......
It was AWESOME!!!!
I would like to say thank you to everyone who had a hand in getting me this far.
You know who you are......
I love you all.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Marsgraphic jr and Embossing Powder Backgrounds for Polymer Clay

I really enjoyed the last dragonfly project and wanted to try to use the STAEDTLER marsgraphic jr watercolour markers with the clear embossing powder to create a watercolour washed background. I love the way it turned out and think there will be many applications for this technique in future project planning.

It reminds me of the colour hidden on the inside of sea shells.

Things you will need to create this project:

various garden themed stamps
Gold sparkle embossing powder
Clear embossing powder

I made a ball of Fimo effects glitter white clay and flattened it. I rolled it out a bit to make sure it was even before I pushed the stamp into it. I baked the piece for 10 minutes at 270 degrees and let it cool completely before the next step.

I filled the stamped area of the clay with gold glitter embossing powder and baked the piece at the same temp as before for another 10 minutes and allowed it to cool.

I made a 1/2 cm worm of Fimo and added it to the edge of the piece.

Next I made little Fimo balls and pushed them into the worm edge with the back end of a paintbrush. I baked the piece again for another 10 minutes and let it cool.

I dusted the edge of the piece with more gold glitter embossing powder and made sure that I kept the background of the piece clean. I baked it again for 10 minutes and let it cool.

I used the marsgraphic jr watercolour markers to add some colour to the background of the piece. You can see that I did get a bit of embossing powder onto the background. The colour won't stay on the cured embossing powder. Next I coated the piece with clear embossing powder and baked it again for a final 10 minutes and let it cool off.

I really like the resulting uncontrolled colour application. Maybe next time I'll use some iridescent embossing powder to add a glimmer of shine. 
Love the versatility of these markers.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Polymer Clay and Embossing Powder Enameling

I really like the depth I can create using STAEDTLER Fimo and marsgraphic jr markers with different embossing powders. I want to keep playing and not do my house work. This really is a whole lot of fun. I can imagine a bunch of these little garden critters made up to create a halo or tiara of beautiful sparkling hair embellishments. Have you tried using these products together yet?

Things you will need to create this project:

various garden themed stamps
Gold sparkle embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
medium grit emery board
cream colour felt
Fabri-tac adhesive
large hair clip

I tried to get a good shot of the baked piece for you but I don't think I've quite been able to show how cool this turns out. This shot comes close and shows how the markers behave just like watercolour.

Roll out some of the Fimo to about 1/8th cm thick and stamp your design deep into the sheet. I loaded my stamp with a gold pigment powder so you could see it. Yours won't show colour.

Use a scalpel to cut the shape out and bake it at 270 degrees for 15 minutes and let it cool.

Load the baked and cooled Fimo pieces with gold embossing powder. Use your finger to brush away any powder not in a crevice. Bake the piece again for about another 15 minutes at the same temp and let it cool.

With a medium grit emery board sand away any of the embossing powder that is on a high point of the design.

Use the marsgraphic jr markers to add colour to the piece. The colours will blend and mix when baked so don't worry about adding detail. It will all melt into a beautiful watercolour effect.

Add some clear embossing powder to the top of the piece. I used my finger tip to smooth the powder out and make sure it was as even as possible.

This is what the piece looks like after another bake session. I left it in the 270 degree oven for another 15 minutes and allowed it to cool completely.

I glued the piece onto a hunk of felt and trimmed away the extra felt with some sharp scissors.

Then I used another piece of the same felt to glue the Fimo piece onto a large hair barrette but you could certainly glue it onto a hairband or a brooch back or make a pendant for a necklace. This is a great technique and I can't wait to spend more time with it. I would also like to try this on other colour background clay. 
Wish there were more time in the day!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The March Hare.

Here's a really simple Easter Brooch to make with the kids. 

Things you'll need to make this piece:

Basic sculpting tools
paper towels
Acrylic paint in pink, a flesh tone, black and white
several small paint brushes
white glue
pink sparkles
E6000 jewelry adhesive
Large brooch back

Roll out a 5cm ball of clay and flatten it onto your work surface. I work on parchment paper because it's so easy to clean up.

Make two worms and attach them to the top of the flattened ball to make ears. Blend the seam where the clay meets by gently rubbing with a damp piece of paper towel.

I used my finger nail inside the damp paper towel as a sculpting tool. I made a ridge just inside the edge of the flattened clay ball.

I used my stylus tool to make a smile. You can use a pencil tip if you don;t have a stylus.

Next I drew some eyes and eyebrows. Keep everything smooth by cleaning the surface of sculpting debris with a damp paper towel.

I rolled a small ball of clay for the nose and stuck it right there in the middle of the face. Let this dry overnight.

Paint the bunny suit part of the brooch any colour you'd like. I chose pink.

Colour in the skin any fleshy tone you think will work.

After the paint is dry, add a coat of white glue to the bunny suit and sprinkle glitter over it. Let it dry and add a second coat of glue and glitter if you want to.

Paint in the eye nose and mouth details using a fine brush

Leave a thin black edge around each eye and fill the center in with white.

Add a black dot to the middle of each eye.

I also added a fleck of white to the top right corner of each pupil to add a gleam of light. Use a soft brush to drybrush some pink onto the apple of each cheek. Dry brushing is easy.... Dab a teeny bit of paint onto the tip of your soft brush and rub most of it off by painting in circles onto your pallet paper. When you have most of the paint off of the brush you can swirl it over face again and again until a thin soft bit of colour begins to show up.

Add a brooch to the back of the piece and voila..... you have a cute festive brooch to wear over the Easter Holiday.