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Happy Sunday Crafties.

Today’s post is a small one.

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I’m sharing a picture of my polymer clay work desk. Why?

Did you notice the little camera on the tripod to the right of the photo. Yes, crafties, I’m going to try my hand and doing you tube videos. Mostly tutorials and clay things but sometimes other things too.

Right now I’m testing out the best angle for recording that shows what I’m doing but also allows me space to work.

I’ve had my little digital camera for years, but I hardly used it because we mostly use our cellphone cameras for photos. But I dug it out this week, got a power adapter (so I don’t have to spend a fortune on batteries) and a little tripod.

My hubby bought me a 16 gb memory card yesterday so I’m set. Lets hope I can actually do this. I’m notoriously camera shy.

But I’m going to give it a try, I’m going to call the channel “A Work of Heart”

its the name I use when I sell my finished products.

 

While I’m sharing I wanted to tell you all about this:

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I’m sure those of you who are hard-core clayers have seen the new fandangled kneading machine on the market. I’m not going to mention names but you should know what I’m talking about.

I saw one and wanted it Sooooooo bad (note the capital S) I have problems with my hands and kneading clay is painful at times, especially the extra crumbly and hard fimo. So getting one of them would have been prayers answered. But, sadly, because I’m in South Africa it would have cost me a couple of grand to get here. I don’t have the money. So I asked the saint I married if he could make me something similar.

Saint-hubby took one look at the picture of the kneading machine and said.

“That is an arbour press.”

To which I answered. “A what now?”

He went on to tell me its a modified arbour press and that he could easily make the plates I needed to knead the clay.

I looked around and found a 1 ton arbour press at Adendorff for R800. So I bought it, spray painted it pink and Saint-hubby did the plates for me.

A LOT cheaper than trying to import it.

Plus I put magnets on it and that’s where I keep my clay blades, the little basket on the top was something like R12 and I keep my heat gun and my hairdryer in it, both tools I use at my clay desk all the time.

My verdict?

I frigging love it! My hands take so much less strain and I can work the clay without my fingers locking up. Every clayer should have something like this in their studio.

 

One last find that I adore. I was in @home at Irene village mall and I saw a cutting board. Not only is it smooth glass, its a good size and it has kitchen conversions all over it.

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and rulers in cm and inches. It was only R200 and as a work surface is ideal. So if you have an @home near you go see for one, you wont regret it.

That’s it for today, Crafties. I hope you will join me on my new channel once I get it up and going (more information to follow on that)

Have a crafty day,

Genevieve

 

 

 

 

Baby Dragons

Happy Sunday, Crafties.

Its been a crazy couple of weeks for me, but I managed to find time for some claying.

I have to admit — although I’m a fan of any craft– I have my favorites. And polymer clay sculpting is becoming my top one.

Its scary to try and envision something that you want to create.

Frustrating to remember that you aren’t a master and as you are still learning you should stick to the basics.

But such a rush when you succeed in what you wanted to do.

 

I found these little treasure chests at Herannies (a craft store near me) and bought a few. They are very inexpensive the most expensive of them was R12.50.

When I saw them the first thing that popped into my head was Dragons!!!

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So I set about creating some baby dragons to fit onto the boxes. Since then the next thing that popped into my head was Fairy’s and Mermaids so those will come soon

But for now here are my dragons.

Green baby first:

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Then I did a purple baby, and she’s holding on to her teddy-bear.

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Then I did a red dragon.

All three of these babies have a home with my friend in the states. They have already been mailed off. She should be getting them soon.

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Even the eyes are made by me on the purple and red dragon. I’m so proud of how they came out.

Needless to say I went and bought some more little treasure chests and I will be making more little sculptures soon.

Have a crafty day,

Genevieve

Clay Storage

Morning Crafties,

I hope you are all having a lovely day.

Today I’m going to share with you how I store my open clay.

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I got these storage cubes from Plasticland. They cost about R140 for 4×4 rows of drawers. So 15 little drawers per cube. The cubes slot into each other so you can build them into a wall of drawers.  I can’t find them on the website (and I’ve looked and looked) but I know the Plasticland in Centurion Lifestyle center has them because that’s where I got mine.

Each little draw can fit two blocks of clay, and once again I have them in Brand then color order.

I’ve got each draw labeled with the name of the clay too. The round colored sticker on each label tells me at a glance which brand of clay I’m reaching for.

In front of the stacked cubes is one of my old storage boxes. In there I keep my scrap clay separated by color.

I’m going to be making another box for different color eyes. I plan on making many eyes.

I’ve got one of those drawer sets (the ones on wheels) I plan on using that for my unopened clay. Just have to find another home for my bear making supplies first.

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Hopefully this has given you some good ideas for your own clay storage.

Have a wonderful day,

Genevieve

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Polymer Clay Color Recipe Box

Boy that’s a long title…

 

Hello, Lovely Crafties,

Its another Sunday and what a beautiful day it is.

Okay, so I don’t really know what kind of day it is. Because its Monday and two weeks before this post is going up, but we can pretend, right?

Today I’m going to be showing you a storage solution/idea for all those polymer clay color recipes we collect.

I’ve seen people use folders and notebooks and every other thing I can think of to save the recipes.

There are some brilliant ideas out there.

But I had an idea that would both be a space saver in storage, and an easy to flip through catalog of color recipes.

(No, that’s not a spelling mistake, that’s how we spell color here.)

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Index Cards:

I know… They went out the window before VHS tapes did, but lets haul out and dust off this wonderful filing system because its perfect for a few different catalog needs.

As you can see this is a simple plastic “Bantex” index card holder. I put some vinyl lettering on it and used some Washi tape for colored accents.


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I made some dividers by laminating black card stock, cutting it down to size then using scrap-booking paper to make the tabs.

I made the labels using the print and cut feature on my cameo.

I made main dividers to keep brands separate then I subdivided by color groups.

Premo:

  • Black / White
  • Skin Tones
  • Browns
  • Pinks
  • Reds
  • Yellows
  • Oranges
  • Greens
  • Blues
  • Purples (which is my indigo and violet)

Then Fimo and so on  until I had dividers for all my brands of clay.


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For the actual recipe cards I used bright index cards and printed and cut out labels on my cameo (again) The little color chip goes on the top right hand corner of the card.

I thought I was rather clever, but then I’m an organizing junkie.

Happy Crafting,

Genevieve

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Fairy/Doll

Morning Crafties,

 

A couple of days ago I got ambitious. I’ve been learning to make polymer clay dolls from a wonderful youtuber SandrArtes. I love all her tutorials, but I love her dolls especially. She makes it look way easier than it actually is.

But I’ve followed a couple of her tutorials so I thought I’d try and make one on my own.

I didn’t take nearly enough photos of the process so next time I make a doll I’ll take a lot more and walk you through what I did step for step.

For now this is just a break down.

 

Project Name: Christmas Fairy

Materials: Polymer Clay (Fimo original and Fimo Professional)

Wings: Printed transparency with water based green makers, sequins and Glossy Accents covering it all.

 

  • I started with google. I needed to find an image of an elf outfit that would work for my idea. So I did an image search found something along the lines of what I wanted and used it as a basic reference.
  • The boots were what I worked on first. Using a simple tapered rod of black clay I formed and shaped them until I was happy
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  • Legs, again the tapered shape but in the color Carmine.
  • Then I did the torso. I didn’t mix a skin tone and I’d run out of the one I’d used previously, so I used the color “Champagne”
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  • Once I had the torso I used a head pin for stability and attached the legs to that. Then I went to work on the outfit.
  • Then the arms. I still struggle with hands, but I’m hoping practice makes perfect
  • The neck and head next then the hair before I added the hood. (That took a bit of working out, I wasn’t sure how to for the shape. I ended up making a rectangle and flattening half of it on the fold. Cutting away the excess clay and gently shaping a hood shape from the rest.
  • To make the fur trim on the boots and jacket hand hood I used Carmine again rolled quiet thick I used a needle too to make the texture so it seemed more fur like.
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  • The hair was ochre, champagne, and chocolate.
  • The pompoms just little textured balls.
  • I made sure to add two pieces of wire to her back so that I could add the wings later.
  • I baked her at 110c for an hour and a half. Sometimes the clay can be a bit brittle if I bake for less time, so I made sure I baked longer than necessary.
  • Once she was ready I used a glaze on her boots and belt buckle to make them shiny.
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I’m really happy with how she turned out! Next one is going to be a reindeer fairy!

Thanks for reading,

Happy crafting

Genevieve

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To the Moon and Stars

Good Morning Crafties

Today I have a small polymer clay project to share.

A week ago, my 15 year old daughter asked me to make her a necklace charm with a crescent moon and a star.

Because its such a small charm I used my Filani clay, glow in the dark for the star and black for the moon. (her color choices) I used a lot of glitter that I mixed into the black clay for the moon

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I used cookie cutters to make the shapes of the star, and a circle cookie cutter for the moon, then I used my exato knife to cut the circle into a crescent.

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I put holes in with my needle tool and baked.

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Polymer Clay Storage

Morning Crafties

Today I’m going to show you how I store my opened packets of clay.

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These boxes can be bought at the Crazy Store (We have them all over South Africa) and they cost about R50 I remember when I could get the boxes for R20 (ah, the good old days)

I use these boxes for a lot of my craft supplies but they come in particularity handy with polymer clay.

I have 7 boxes for my clay and I used to mix all my brands and pack them by rainbow order

Box 1 is for my scrap clay, I like to keep my mixed colors separated, that way I can go back and use the little bits for accents and so on.

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The muddy color you see in the left big rectangle contains all the bits that are really too small for anything and I use that to put through my pasta machine before I start putting the color I’m working on through. It takes all the black marks my rollers leave and cleans the rollers. A must have if you want clean clay.

ROY Gives Big IV‘s

R- Red

O- Orange

Y – Yellow

G-Green

B-Blue

I-indigo

V-Violet

Starting with my whites, blacks, translucent, browns and skin tones in the first box.

Fancy clays like glitter, and glow in the dark in the last box

In between was the rest of the spectrum.

They are all in little zip-lock baggies that I buy at Herannies for R11 for 50 and each is label with the brand and color name and number. (gotta love my label maker)

But after my chewing-gum-clay experience I’ve separated them out. Still in rainbow order. Like I did it before, but this time all my Filani (and I have every color there is in the range) in one set of boxes

All my Fimo in their own set of boxes (i have quiet a few of those but need more) and the few Cernit and Premo blocks I have in the last box.

Now, all these boxes are fine and dandy,but they can be a bit of a pain when I have to lift three boxes to get to my greens

so what we are going to do is this.

My Saint-Husband is going to make a frame work for a draw set, (out of some old wood we have lying around the place) then I’m going to take the lids off the boxes and put them in the framework so they pull out with the long end facing me. That way I’ll be able to pull the “drawer” that contains the color I need and brand I need with no trouble at all and it can all fit on my polymer clay work desk.

I will post a picture once the project is done. Saint-Husband can be a bit slow getting to it then fish-wife has to nag a bit.

Have a crafty day,

Genevieve