Friday, August 26, 2011

Artsy Blogger Link-Ups for Saturday

It's hard to believe that another week has gone by in a jiffy now hasn't it? Well I've got a few bloggers that need their information posted so that you can  do a good look around. These are the links I have this week for the Artsy Bloggers Group:

Beading Arts

Want to add a bezel to a curved surface? Cyndi shows you one easy way to do it!

Blue and Teal Garden Glass Sculpture

Another glass sculpture! This one uses blue and teal glass.

Creative Dreamer

June's red bird turned out so well, she's made a blue bird... a blue bird of happiness, of course! And she's giving it away... get entered by September 4th!


Creative Paperclay Necklace

Something new with paperclay!


Eileen - The Artful Crafter

Eileen tries her hand at 3D paper tole. It's not as difficult as it looks, but does require a bit of patience.

You really need to check out these wonderful blogs! You might win something or learn something new! Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting news that I want to share. I won something on my gourd art and will share as soon as I get pictures. Woot! Have a great weekend.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Creative Paperclay Necklace

I must say that I totally enjoy going to other people's blogs and reading about their creative endeavors in whatever the mediums and techniques are that they use and I hope that you enjoy mine. Today I'll be showing you how easy it is to make a necklace. You can just use your imagination to design your own.

To begin with I rolled out some paperclay and cut it into this shape:
(Don't pay attention to the marbling in the clay, it had a little paint mixed in it by mistake)

Also don't pay attention to the splotches under the clay as that is on the plastic covering the table. The clay has a piece of stencil material under it and you can see through it. Anyways after cutting out the piece for my necklace, I used a rubber stamp and stamped this on it:

I then took some of the paperclay and rolled out a thin rope that I placed around the other clay piece like so:

After I reached that stage of the necklace I let the piece dry for a couple of days. I didn't have to, I just went on to other things for awhile. It probably would have been dry in just a few hours as it wasn't very thick.

Once I was ready to work on the piece again, I painted it, sealed it, and hung it on a chain. Here's what it looked like when I finished it:


I'm telling you again folks, you're only limited by your imagination. Remember that you can purchase Creative Paperclay at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and of course: Creative Paperclay!  I hope that you give this clay a try and let me know how you like it!


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Artsy Bloggers Link-Up Saturday

I do hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Since you are now checking out different blogs, I want you to try the following:

Beading Arts:

Cyndi shares step by step how she engineered one of her recent bead embroidery pieces.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter

Consider the profit potential of jewelry repair and redesign.

Make a Friendship Journal

Since Sunday is Friendship Day, Cherie describes how to create a friendship journal.

Mo(o)re Gourd Whimsies

Whimsical Memory/Gift Boxes made with Creative Paperclay

These are some terrific blogs and I do hope that you check them out.

I want you all to know that I appreciate each and every comment that I receive and that I notice every time that a new person signs up to follow my blog. You are all appreciated!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Whimsical Memory/Gift Boxes made with Creative Paperclay!

A little bit of information before starting on this post...... The beginning pictures of my project all got lost. :-( I was in a real tizzy after finding out that the card in the camera that I was using was not working. I thought maybe that the pictures were still on the camera and not on the card since I had reviewed them on the camera, anyway when I got ready to take more pictures, the first ones on there weren't there. Uh Oh! I had already gone beyond those pictures and wasn't able to start over with that project. Hmmm what to do? Well start over I suppose! I used a smaller box (jewelry) this time.Here's a list of the items that I used on the project:

Creative Paperclay                              Paint (acrylic)
A candy box or jewelry box                  Stamps
Brushes                                               Molds
Embellishments                                    Glue

Here's the start of the project:

After I rolled out some paperclay, ( I use a fondant roller ) I attached it to the box lid. I used glue between the clay and box as I didn't want the box to get to wet and disintegrate. lol I pressed the stamp into the clay to make an impression and thought it turned out quite nicely:         

After I stamped into the creative paperclay I used a copper metallic paint and got it into all the creases and crevices. I then used champagne metallic paint to go over the rest of the clay and sponged a couple of colors into the the clay lightly. Once the paints were dry I glued embellishments onto the clay, making my box just adorable I think. What about you?

 I gave you two different pictures to look at  'cause I couldn't get the lighting just right. The little round thing by the key is a button. Now this lid goes on a small jewelry box, but I think it would also be great as a little memory box also.

     Since I did get started on the candy box to be used as a memory box, I felt that I should finish that box also. I used stamps on the big box also and used a lacy looking stamp in one corner of the top of the box and also on the sides. I used different metallic paints on this box also but I also used glitter, and a few different embellishments such as buttons, a head which was created from paperclay and a mold, butterflies cut out of paper, a tiny key and ruffles around the whole thing. See....


Here's a couple of pictures of both boxes together:


What do you think of the hummingbird that I stamped into the lid of the bigger box? I had a lot of fun making these Creative Paperclay memory boxes and I think I will put things in them as kind of a time capsule of my life. Working with Creative Paperclay is a great time and you can purchase it at Michaels or Hobby Lobby or from guess where else? Yep, Creative Paperclay!!