Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cool Tools Alpha Disk Lettering System Un-Boxing Product Review

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Cool Tools Alpha Disc Lettering System Un-boxing and product review.  Join me in my studio to see how this new to me lettering system works.  I've been using the traditional metal stamps you can find at the craft store or Harbor Freight and really wanted something else with more variety in font style and size.  So, I came across a recommendation for this lettering system from Cool Tools.  You can order sets that include 5 different fonts and includes capital letters, lower case and numbers/symbols.  Let's see how these work.

I'm not affiliated or sponsored by Cool Tools.  All opinions are my own.  Here's the link if you want to check it out.  http://www.cooltools.us/SearchResults.asp?Search=alpha+disc&Submit=Search

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Polymer Clay Interchangeable Bracelet - How to Make a Polymer Clay Interchangeable Bracelet

Hi All, Thanks for joining me in my studio.  Learn now to make a handmade polymer clay interchangeable bracelet in this video tutorial.  We'll use a leather bracelet and make our own unique bracelet components to change out the look of our bracelet.  Learn to make the bracelet component, use jump rings as the connectors, add pearlescent powders or acrylic paint to add unique, colorful patinas.

This is a great project to use with the teenagers/tweens.  You can create all kinds of fun accessories with this tutorial.  Hope you enjoy.


Jacquard Pearl Ex Powder Set 2:  http://amzn.to/249EOYD
Beads Leather Bracelet - Turquoise:  http://goo.gl/Z6TMoq
Ateco Oval Cutters:  http://amzn.to/23P0H2p
Ateco Round Cutters:  http://amzn.to/22UBTAr

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Tools:
Oven
Pasta Machine
Texture sheet or other
Craft Knife
Cutters - Oval (or paper template)
Paint brush

Materials:
Clay
Pearlescent powders
Acrylic paint
Jump rings - 2 ea 6mm
Leather bracelet with lobster claw clasps


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Friday, April 1, 2016

How to Make Elegant Polymer Clay Articulated Dangle Earrings

Hi All, thanks for joining me in my studio as we learn how to make these really elegant articulated dangle earrings from polymer clay.  These earrings measure approximately 3-1/2” and have a lot of movement.  Use your own templates or download mine (link to my blog below) for this simple project that has endless design possibilities.  Hope you enjoy.  Thanks for joining me in my studio.  Take care.




Products I used in the video:

Jewelry looping pliers – Wolf Groovy Looping Plier-3 Grooves - PLR-751.00 - http://amzn.to/1UYOaEj  These are great as they have 3 grooves for consistent loops

Texture Sheet –Judikins Clay Squisher 1960s Design - http://amzn.to/1VYAxVp  These go great through the pasta machine!

Texture Sheet - Clay Yo Texture Sheet - http://prairiecraft.com/kato/OSS/CY-TS.html
Stencil sheet – EZ Quilting 882670027 Quilter's Template Plastic Assortment, 6-Piece http://amzn.to/1M6Ishb  The quilters use these but they are so helpful for making templates for polymer clay.

Visit my Amazon store for other great products I use in my studio.

Tools
Oven
Pasta Machine
Craft Knife
Template – see links above to my blog for the template; make this from paper or stencil sheet
Jewelry pliers – round nose and chain nose

Materials
Clay – Premo Black
Texture sheets – Squishers, Kato
Ear wires – 2 ea
Eye pins – 6 ea
Acrylic paint – your choice of colors
Sandpaper
Stencil sheet (optional)

Disclosure:  All opinions are my own.  I participate in several affiliate programs. That means I receive a commission when products are purchased through links posted on my videos. (At NO additional cost to you.) This allows me to bring you more videos!  This is how I earn compensation by sharing tips, techniques and projects with you.  The affiliate programs I use include Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, and Michaels.  These are all stores I shop at for the products I use.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

How to Make Polymer Clay Fairy Door Earrings - #CACFantasyArt

Hi All, thanks for joining me in my studio.  Today' we'll make our own portal into the fairy world with the sweet polymer clay fair door earrings.  These simple earrings can be embellished any way you want by changing up the color and beads.

The legend is that these fairy doors are the portal to the fairy world and true believers can enter through these doors.  I hope you enjoy this project. See the tools and materials list below.

Kemper Klay Cutter - 3/16" 4 basic shapes - flower, teardrop, circle and heart  http://amzn.to/1MuNH4W

Visit my Amazon store as a resource for the products I use in my studio.  http://astore.amazon.com/sweewilldesi-20

Tools
Oven
Pasta Machine
Craft blade
Craft knife
Needle tools
Embossing tool
Jewelry pliers - round nose and cutters
Cutters - 3/16" heart and flower; 1" and 3/4" circle

Materials
Clay - Raw Sienna and various colors for flowers.  I use Sculpey Premo!
Paint - Burnt Sienna or other dark brown (optional)
Earring findings - 2 ea of ear wire, ear nut, eye pin and head pin
Beads - 2 ea

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

How to Make a Polymer Clay Faux Wood Cuff Bracelet - The Polymer Clay Workbench

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See the first two videos in this series to learn to make the Basic Polymer Clay Cuff and Wood Grain Stack/Cane.  Here are the links to those videos.

Polymer Clay Faux Wood Grain Stack/Cane:
https://youtu.be/csTdM8K59K0
Polymer Clay Basic Cuff Bracelet:
https://youtu.be/KpGkXdwhpS4

Yay!! Here's the Faux Wood Look with Coral Pebble bracelet that reached #1 in the poll.  Let's get started.  In Part 2 of a 2 Part video tutorial, we'll make a polymer clay faux wood and coral pebble cuff bracelet.  Please refer to the video "How to Make a Basic Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet."   This is one of my favorite bracelets that can  easily  be customized with color or design.  See some of my recommended products and the tools/materials below.  Hope you enjoy and thanks again for joining me in my studio.  Take care.


Build your studio:

Acrylic Roller:  http://amzn.to/1QKRgIa
Clay Blades:  http://amzn.to/1RchgPW
Bracelet Bender (The exact one I use is no longer available.  Here's an inexpensive one of equal quality):  http://amzn.to/1LYmLdu
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 25 1/2" Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1L7f8GE
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 25 3/4" Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1LYnifp
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 144 Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1L7f3mw
Aluminum Bracelet Blank Preformed 5 1/2" pieces (Note:  this doesn't get a great review on Amazon because the reviewer said they were too lightweight - this is what we want!):  http://amzn.to/1TvVTJY
Brass Channel Bracelet Blank 1 5/16" piece:  http://amzn.to/1TeLHF8
Silver plated Channel Bracelet Blank 1 ea .929" channel space:  http://amzn.to/1TeM4zC
Extruder:  http://amzn.to/1X3Dl1i
Plastic Grid Sheets:  http://amzn.to/21Rfsxh
Stencil Plastic:  http://amzn.to/1X32l8U

What I use to make my videos:

Canon Vixia HF R600 Camcorder:  http://amzn.to/1LYnPOo
Studio Lights:  http://amzn.to/1LYnT0C
External Microphone:  http://amzn.to/1RMHrcN

Tools/Materials:
Oven
Pasta machine
Craft knife
Acrylic roller
Clay Blade
Needle tool
Bracelet template
Bracelet blank - 3/4" aluminum
Burnt Umber Paint
Sandpaper - 400 grit (optional)
Sanding bucket/tub
Clay - Sculpey Premo! in Raw Sienna, Translucent, White and Ecru
Round center focal - I used some glass pebbles from the floral section of my local craft store.

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Disclosure:  I participate in several affiliate programs. That means I receive a commission when products are purchased through links posted on my blog and videos. (At NO additional cost to you.) This allows me to bring you more videos!  This is how I earn compensation by sharing tips, techniques and projects with you.  The affiliate programs I use include Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, and Michaels.  These are all stores I shop at for the products I use.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

How to Make a Basic Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet - The Polymer Clay Workbench

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Hi All, thanks for joining me in my studio.  This is the second Polymer Clay Workbench.  In this video tutorial, we'll use the bracelet form we made to make a simple, basic cuff.  The construction techniques used in this cuff can be translated into so many different styles with endless options for embellishments.  Stay tuned for the end of the video where there's a poll for the next bracelet project.  Hope you enjoy and thanks again for joining me in my studio.  Take care.
See some of my favorite products below.

Build your studio:

Bracelet Bender (The exact one I use is no longer available.  Here's an inexpensive one of equal quality):  http://amzn.to/1LYmLdu
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 25 1/2" Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1L7f8GE
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 25 3/4" Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1LYnifp
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 144 Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1L7f3mw
Aluminum Bracelet Blank Preformed 5 1/2" pieces (Note:  this doesn't get a great review on Amazon because the reviewer said they were too lightweight - this is what we want!):  http://amzn.to/1TvVTJY
Brass Channel Bracelet Blank 1 5/16" piece:  http://amzn.to/1TeLHF8
Silver plated Channel Bracelet Blank 1 ea .929" channel space:  http://amzn.to/1TeM4zC
Plastic Grid Sheets:  http://amzn.to/21Rfsxh
Stencil Plastic:  http://amzn.to/1X32l8U

What I use to make my videos:

Canon Vixia HF R600 Camcorder:  http://amzn.to/1LYnPOo
Studio Lights:  http://amzn.to/1LYnT0C
External Microphone:  http://amzn.to/1RMHrcN

Tools/Materials:
Oven
Pasta Machine
Extruder with small rectangle die
Texture sheets/plates
Paint
Sandpaper - 240 & 400 grit
Sanding tub, water & dish detergent
Paper Towel
Clay Blade
Bracelet template

Bracelet bender or 1-1/2" glass jar
Bracelet blanks - aluminum 1/2" or 3/4" inch


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Disclosure:  I participate in several affiliate programs. That means I receive a commission when products are purchased through links posted on my videos. (At NO additional cost to you.) This allows me to bring you more videos!  This is how I earn compensation by sharing tips, techniques and projects with you.  The affiliate programs I use include Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, and Michaels.  These are all stores I shop at for the products I use.

Friday, March 4, 2016

How to Add Strength and Flexibility to Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelets - The Polymer Clay Workbench

Hi All, Thanks for joining me in my studio.  I'm starting a new series called "Polymer Clay Workbench".  In this series we'll look at polymer clay basics, answer questions and work on techniques that improve the quality and beauty of polymer clay projects.  I'll also share the products I like to help you build your studio and polymer clay art room (see links below).  I hope you enjoy this series.

In the first Polymer Clay Workbench, we'll look at how to add strength and flexibility to polymer clay cuff bracelets.  It's common for new clayers to make their cuffs only from polymer clay.  Many experience softening as the skin warms the clay or breakage.  I'll show you how to use bracelet blanks/forms to add the needed strength and flexibility.  We'll focus on cuffs in this video.  Just the underlying structure.  In a future video we'll make a cuff using this technique.  You'll see how you use basic tools/materials to make your bracelet form.  I hope you enjoy.  Let me know what you think about this series.  Thanks as always for watching, liking and subscribing to my channel.  Following are some affiliate links for products that help you build your studio.

Build your studio:

Bracelet Bender (The exact one I use is no longer available.  Here's an inexpensive one of equal quality):  http://amzn.to/1LYmLdu
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 25 1/2" Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1L7f8GE
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 25 3/4" Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1LYnifp
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 144 Pieces:  http://amzn.to/1L7f3mw
Aluminum Bracelet Blank Preformed 5 1/2" pieces (Note:  this doesn't get a great review on Amazon because the reviewer said they were too lightweight - this is what we want!):  http://amzn.to/1TvVTJY
Brass Channel Bracelet Blank 1 5/16" piece:  http://amzn.to/1TeLHF8
Silver plated Channel Bracelet Blank 1 ea .929" channel space:  http://amzn.to/1TeM4zC

What I use to make my videos:

Canon Vixia HF R600 Camcorder:  http://amzn.to/1LYnPOo
Studio Lights:  http://amzn.to/1LYnT0C
External Microphone:  http://amzn.to/1RMHrcN

Tools/Materials:
Bracelet bender or 1-1/2" glass jar
Bracelet blanks - aluminum 1/2" or 3/4" inch
Aluminum strips - if you want to make your own
Heavy duty metal snips
Chain nose pliers

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Disclosure:  I participate in several affiliate programs. That means I receive a commission when products are purchased through links posted on my videos and blog. (At NO additional cost to you.) This allows me to bring you more videos, blog posts and tutorials!  This is how I earn compensation by sharing tips, techniques and projects with you.  The affiliate programs I use include Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, and Michaels.  These are all stores I shop at for the products I use.