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Easy Silkscreen Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial #ScupleyProjects

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How to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry[pinit]

I haven't had my hands on clay for way too long.  The new Silkscreen Kit from Premo Clay was the perfect way to jump back into the medium.  If you haven't experimented with polymer clay, stop reading this and go find some.  You will be amazed at the gorgeous pieces you can make right off the bat, from jewelry to home decor and more.  It is a medium that is very forgiving, versatile, and doesn't require a bunch of expensive tools and equipment to get started.  Today I will show you how I made a lovely necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings that I kinda love a bunch.  You can make your own art jewelry with just a few simple supplies.  Let's get started!

Premo Clay Jewelry Tutorial

SUPPLIES:

Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit #SculpeyProjects

Premo Clay and Silkscreen Kit

Jump rings

2 Pairs of flat nose jewelry pliers

Toggle clasp

Earring findings

Necklace chain

Gold paint marker

Cookie cutters in circles and ovals

Bead reamer or toothpicks

Oven

Ceramic tile or flat baking pan dedicated to clay

Rolling pin or smooth bottle or glass

Protective gloves (these are optional but great for keeping clay fingerprint free)

TUTORIAL:

How to mix polymer clay colors

I began by mixing blue clay with pearly white to get my desired color.  Just twist the colors together as shown.  Continue twisting and kneading clay in your hands to mix the colors and warm/condition the clay.  Conditioning is essential when beginning any clay project.  It ensures the components of the clay are evenly distributed and the clay is soft and shapable.  This clay was super easy to condition.  I have worked with clay that is hard and brittle and takes forever to warm up, but this Premo was great!  Continue until the clay is the color and shade you want.

How to condition polymer clay

I used my Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine to get a flat even sheet.  This costs about $20 and is well worth the investment if you are going to create with clay more than a couple of times.  You can also use a smooth glass, rolling pin or bottle to smooth the clay out on a bake-able surface.  I like to use tiles I pick up at Habitat Restore for a dime.  I have tons of them on hand for just this purpose.  Once the clay is rolled out, you don't want to have to move it, as it will become distorted and uneven until it is baked and therefore hardened.  Having it on a surface you can just stick in the oven is super handy.

Premo Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit #SculpeyProjects

The kit comes with silver metallic paint, gold metallic paint, 4 reusable screens (totaling 2 large single patterns and 12 mini patterns) and a squeegee.  Aren't the designs so fun?!

How to silkscreen

Premo Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit Jewelry Tutorial #SculpeyProjects

I choose my design, placed a thin line of gold paint, and used the squeegee to pull the color across the screen, lightly so as not to indent the clay.

How to Make Polymer Clay Silkscreen Jewelry

Here is what it looked like after the first try!  So easy and pretty.

TIP:  Make sure to immediately was the screen and squeegee so the paint doesn't dry on them.  You want to reuse them for as long as possible!

How to Cut Shapes in Clay

TIP:  Spray armor-all onto the cookie cutter inner and outer edge so that the clay won't stick to it and come up off the surface when you lift the cutter away after cutting.

Easy Free Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorials

Choose an area and a cookie cutter and press it into the clay to cut shapes.  I used circles large and medium for the pendant an earrings.  For the bracelet I used a small oval cutter.

Pull the "scrap clay" away from the cut shapes and set aside.  You can recondition it and reuse it, even if it has paint on it.  Just mix it in by conditioning it with your hands or pasta machine.

How to attach clay pieces

To create holes for jump rings in your pieces, you can use a toothpick while the clay is still raw, or use a bead reamer or drill after baking the clay.  Manipulating the clay while raw always carries the risk of distorting it, so I usually wait until it is baked before creating holes.  For this project I went ahead and made the holes while the clay was raw since I was going for an organic, imperfect feel.

How to seal polymer clay

I baked my pieces at 260 for 45 minutes and let them cool.  I painted the edges and back with a gold paint marker and sealed the pieces with Matte Mod Podge after the paint dried.Polymer Clay Silkscreen Earrings DIY

I used 2o gauge gold wire to create jump rings, earring findings and a toggle clasp for my finished pieces.  You can save money and get a unique look to your pieces by making your own findings, or purchase pre made findings.

DIY Polymer Clay Easy Bracelet Tutorial

This new kit from Premo has ignited my clay jewelry flame once again!  I have made several more pieces that you will be seeing in the future.  I hope you are inspired to try some clay projects.  It is so easy, inexpensive and you will be amazed at the gorgeous projects you can make from the get go.

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Disclosure: I received product and compensation from Polyform and Blueprint Social in exchange for my campaign.  All opinions are honest and mine, as always!

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DIY Paper Hydrangeas

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What is better than a bouquet of fresh hydrangeas?  A bouquet of paper hydrangeas that don't ever wilt!  Today I am sharing with you this easy, however time consuming, paper hydrangea tutorial.  I am going to be upfront here... this project to me way longer than I expected.  That said, it is a perfect way to keep creative while chilling in front of your favorite t.v. series.  I used a Sizzix die for my project, but Lia Griffith has a great Paper Hydrangea Printable Template and DIY that I featured at Printable Decor recently.

How to make paper flower bouquet

I used wonderful filter paper that I got from Materials for the Arts in Bloomington.  If you are a crafter/artist and don't have a relationship with your local recycling center, you could be missing out big time!

imageI die cut the petals with my Sizzix Lilac Die and colored them with distress markers. For a watercolor effect I painted over the marker with a wet paintbrush. You could use watercolor or acrylics too.

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I followed Lia's tutorial linked above to assemble my flowers. Holy ninjas, that took forever. It was totally worth it though. Papercrafting tutorial paper hydrangeas

For more paper flower tutorials and awesomeness, visit our 50+ DIY Paper Flowers Roundup;

Free Printable Vintage Camper Art

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Free Vintage Camper Printable by Colleen @JustPaintIt @savedbyloves

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Hi there, Saved By Love readers! This month I have a little different type of project to share with you and I hope you like it. I love crafting and I especially love sharing craft tutorials but I realized I hadn't shared any of my artwork with you yet.

With Father's Day coming up, along with summer vacations getting started, I thought you might enjoy a fun printable that I made from one of my watercolor paintings. I have links to the downloads at the bottom of the post, but first I wanted to show you some of the steps I go thru for a watercolor.

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I start with a sketch, of course.

No, that's wrong. I actually start by gathering loads of visual references. Google makes it so easy now.

When I started painting in the '90's, I was a magazine ripper. I had binder after binder of cataloged photos. When I'd paint a mural at someone's house, their wall would be covered with magazine photos, held up with blue painter's tape. Now I just keep photos in folders on my computer. Much, much easier.

When it comes to sketching, there are lots of techniques and methods out there. (I think YouTube has quite a few.) I don't know any, however. I pretty much eyeball everything. Good erasers are a must!

For drawings like this vintage camper, I sketch in pencil pretty lightly until I'm satisfied that everything is in proper relation to everything else. Then I'll grab a ruler to draw the straight lines. When the pencil sketch looks about right, I go over the pencil markings with a black marker, usually a Prisma .03. I don't use a ruler with the marker, however, because if the ruler isn't lined up perfectly, the whole drawing is shot. That's happened a couple of times.

I'd rather freehand the lines and have a few bumps here and there. It also adds to the 'charm' of a freehand illustration. There are so many great digital artists now, and I love their work, but there's something pleasingly 'organic' to a handdrawn or handpainted piece. At least, I think so.

Another drawing tip I have is to turn the paper (or canvas) upside down and all around while sketching, both with pencil and the marker. This is particularly helpful for curves and circles. Although another reason to turn the sketch upside down is you'll see imperfections more clearly and, therefore, can fix them.

Try turning your paper upside down the next time you draw something. You'll be surprised at what you see!

Finally, after everything is inked in - and it has dried (!) - I erase all of the pencil markings. That's important before the painting starts otherwise you'll get some graphite smeared into the paint.

camper-watercolor

With the sketch inked in, it's time to lay down the colors. I'm new to watercolors so bear with me if you're a watercolorist because I don't really have any idea what I'm doing. Although I am having a lot of fun with them!

I still need a lot of practice with highlighting and shading but for simple illustrations like this camper, I just add layers of color until I get the depth I want. If you haven't painted with watercolors since . . . well, since you were a kid, then you ought to give them a whirl again. It's a great medium and the results are beautiful without a huge time investment, for the most part.

camper-watercolor

Sometimes I'll leave the painting right there and call it finished, just with the initial inked sketch and color over it.

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But going back over everything with a marker again helps sharpen the details, I think.

Either way, you wind up with a cute little painting that you can turn into a fun printable.

Home Printable

Click the above photo or here to download this 8 x 10 printable.

I thought this might be nice for a Father's Day gift or just keep it for yourself!

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Click the above photo or here to download this 8 x 10 printable.

Or you can download this camper and add your own text with PicMonkey or any other photo editing program.

Ever since I started painting, (nearly 20 years now) my goal has been for people to use my art. Sure, if you want to hang it on a wall, that's great too. But I always wanted my paintings to be on everyday items. Now, with sites like Zazzle, that's possible!

I also noticed that some artists were making their own digital clipart. After some research, I jumped into that pool too and opened a shop on Etsy where all of my art will be available as downloads. Clip art is in the works and will be in the shop soon. Not only does this keep my prices down, it means that people can use my art to make their own creations, including their blogs and web sites. So exciting for me!

I hope you like these camper printables! And I hope you'll use them for other creations, besides just printing. I'd love to see what you come up with!

I'll be back at the end of June with another fun project. In the meantime, drop by Just Paint It for more paint projects. You can also find me on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram too. And of course, I'd love for you to drop by my Etsy and Zazzle stores.

Before too long, this camper will be in both. Not yet though. Right now, it's just for Saved By Love Creations readers.

Happy Summer!

Colleen

DIY Rustic Home Decor Wooden Cake Stand

wooden-cake-stand-tutorialThe look of wood in the home is something I enjoy having in my home. Especially since I live in an apartment it’s hard to do any change physically to the apartment but adding wood accents help make it homier. I’ve seen wooden cake / cupcake stand in magazines and I just needed to give it a try myself. I decided to go to my favorite place Home Depot and pick up a couple of things to make my rustic cupcake stands. wooden-slice I first got the wooden slice of wood from my local craft store. They always have different size woods at the craft store and I always like visiting time to time to find that once piece that is bigger than the rest. wood-cupcake-stand-sealer (1) I used sealer to make sure the wood will not dry out or get molding if food or water get on it. Also the sealer will darkened the wood just a little which I really liked.  I used the sealer all around wood slice. wooden-stand-leg I got a wooden leg from home depot and sealed it too. They have different varieties but do keep in mind to have something that will keep it balanced. cupcake-wooden-stand I attached the wooden leg with wood glue and let it set over night. And now you have your ever own rustic cake stand for you home. I used my cake stand to show off my mother’s day flowers which my little man got for me, he does have good taste.   Stay Crafty!

Over 50 DIY Projects Using Old Maps

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Do you love old maps?  Well if so, today's round-up is going to make you dance and celebrate.  If not that, you will at least find some inspiration in super cool things to make with old maps.  Here is a collection of over 50 of the best projects "on the map"!  Enjoy, and as always, if you have a tutorial you would like included in the collection, send me the link for consideration.

Make Wood Shims From Reclaimed Wood and Resurface a Coffee Table

       

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What is better than revamping a garage sale find?  Revamping a $5 garage sale find that you got in 2006 a second time, that is what!  Today I am sharing how I did just that to create this reclaimed wood resurfaced, chalk painted coffee table.  I am super proud of this bad boy.  With some old deck wood I inherited when my mom demolished her deck and my table saw, I created wood shims, attached them to the table top, framed them in with the same deck wood, and stained them with Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths.  The result is exactly what I was going for, and I am loving it with the decor where it landed.  Wanna see how you can make your own?  Let's do this!

Make a Coffee Table

TUTORIAL:

Paint your table base as desired.  I used gray chalk paint.

Rip thin "wood shims" from reclaimed wood with your table saw, or buy wood shims!

Resurface a table

Place your shims with excess stick over both edges.

Attach Wood Shims with Air Nailer

Use wood glue and Air Nailer to secure wood shims into place.

Mark straight edge and cut with Jigsaw

Draw straight edge and cut off excess wood with jigsaw.

Frame in and fill in gaps with wood putty

Frame in by measuring length and width of table and cutting wood at 45° with short edge the same length and width as your table.  Attach with glue and nail gun.  Fill in gaps and holes from nailer with stainable wood putty.

How to use orbital sander

When wood putty dries, sand with orbital sander to smooth out surface.

Minwax wood finishing cloths

If you have been around here long, you know I am a huge fan of Minwax Wood Finishing ClothsMinwax 30820 Wood Finishing Cloths, Natural Oak.  They are super awesome.  Stain and seal with just a swipe.  Here I used Natural Oak and went over that while still wet with Dark Mahogany for a custom color.

Reclaimed wood table tutorial

That is it!

The inspiration for this project came from the recent 50+ Wood Shim DIY Projects we shared:

Check it out for tons more inspiration!  Enjoy.

How to Chalk Paint on Fabric

Hello! It is me again, Vidya from Whats Ur Home Story. Has Spring been good to you? Surprisingly for the first time in many years my allergies are minimal, which is a huge relief. As a result I got to cross off many projects from my To Do List! Yay! †Have you noticed that sometimes it is the small projects that surprise you with how big of an impact they make? Today, I have one such makeover for you.

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In its past life this bin used to be "under the bed toy storage" in my daughter's room.

fabric bin makeover

Yes, complete with pink and white stripes that my daughter used to love when she was 5. Not any more! As she has grown so has her tastes in decor. She is also at a stage where she doesn't play with her old toys much; so we ended up donating most of it. This freed up the bins for using in the laundry room. But pink?

With the help from some left over chalk paint from a chair makeover and a stencil that I used for a throw pillow project I gave it a new lease of life!

laundry room redo

†When using chalk paint on fabric,

  • First mist the fabric thoroughly with water using a sprayer. The fabric should be damp but not completely wet.
  • Paint using a well loaded roller. Th fabric does soak up paint so you'd end up doing at least 3 coats.
  • Once the paint is dry position the stencil with a stencil adhesive on the flat side of the bin. With a sponge gently stencil with fabric paint.

fabric tote makeover

The project is very forgiving as you can easily go back and paint over any mistakes. For example, see the orange paint smudges next to the bird?

fix stencil mistakes

I just went over those with chalk paint and poof they were gone!

how to chalk paint fabric

Have you used chalk paint on fabric before? How did it go?

For more easy DIY ideas stop by†Whats Ur Home Story†or follow me via†Facebook,†Pinterest,†Twitter,†G+,†Instagram.

Washi Tape Coasters

Hello everyone! It's Barbara from Chase the Star! In the warmer months I like to decorate in fun vibrant shades especially when entertaining, so I dug up an old set of inexpensive coasters and updated them with paint and washi tape to give them a new look for summer!

Washi Tape Coasters

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This basic set of coasters have been with us for a few years, they've worked very well!

In order to give them a new look I gathered my materials:

Washi Tape (I used 4 rolls)

Acrylic paint

2 Foam applicator brushes

Exacto knife

Mod Podge (I used the "Dishwasher Safe" formula)

Paint, Mod Podge and Washi Tape to update coasters via Chase the Star for Saved By Love Creations

Step 1:

First things first, always start with a clean surface! I wiped the coasters and holder clean. Using one of the applicator brushes I gave the coasters a few coats of the paint. I went with 'Vivid Orange' by Folkart, it's so bright--I love it!

Painting Coasters via Chase the Star for Saved By Love Creations

Step 2:

Next, I applied the washi tape in a repetetive pattern to the top and bottom of each coaster, and trimmed the excess off with the exacto knife.

Washi Tape Coasters for a new look via Chase the Star for Saved By Love Creations

Use paint and washi tape to update old coasters via Chase the Star for Saved By Love Creations

Step 3:

Lastly I added a couple of coats of Mod Podge to seal the Washi Tape in. I chose the 'Dishwasher Safe' formula because although I doubt I'll run the coasters through the dishwasher, I'm sure they will get their fair share of moisture, after all, that's their job!

I used the same process for the coaster holder.

Old Coaster set gets a new look via Chase the Star for Savved By Love Creations

I think this will make a great addition to my outdoor parties this summer!

Do you have an old set of coasters that can use a little love? If you don't, you can pick some up at the thrift store, or any other discount store!

For more craft and DIY ideas stop by Chase the Star, and follow me on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Have a great summer!

For more washi tape ideas, visit our 50+ Washi Tape Crafts to Make

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50 Plus Gorgeous DIY Flowers to Make

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Whether you are decorating for a DIY Wedding, spring our summer party, or simply want to make your space more beautiful, this roundup of DIY paper flower tutorials is a great place to start!  We have gathered our 50+ favorite handmade paper flowers from all around, and you are sure to find what you need to add some zero maintenance, everlasting floral decor to any occasion.  Enjoy!

Dollar Store Craft DIY Mercury Glass Votive Holder From Martini Glass

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I am excited to share with you this Dollar Store Craft, a lovely DIY mercury glass candle holder.  I made it from the stem of a dollar store martini glass and a dollar store candle holder!  Read on to see how I removed the stem and attached it to the holder, and how I created the mercury glass finish with Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint.

SUPPLIES:

DIY Mercury Glass With Looking Glass Spray Paint

Dollar Store Martini Glass

Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

Martini Glass

Glass Cutter

Butane Micro Torch or candle and lighter

Bucket of cold water

Coarse sand paper or grinder with diamond bit for glass

E6000

TUTORIAL:

Make a score line around the stem of the martini glass at its top where the stem meets the upper part of the martini glass.

How to cut glass

Apply heat to score line and submerge in cold water to separate the stem at the score line like I showed you in this DIY Wine Bottle Rings tutorial.

Sand or grind top of separated stem to give a flat surface for gluing to the bottom of the glass candle holder.

Dollar Store Craft

Here is the glass I used to glue onto the stem of the martini glass.  I used E6000 on to attach two pieces, and placed the glued pieces against the wall for support while drying.  Let dry several hours before applying the mercury glass finish in the next steps!

DIY Mercury Glass Tutorial

Mercury Glass DIY

Pour Epson salt into the glass so that to about one inch from the bottom.  It is not important to be exact here.

 In a well ventilated area with protected work surface, spray looking glass paint inside of the glass at the rim. Make sure to follow instructions on label. You want to shake the can vigourously before using.

Shake the glass a snow globe (holding your hand over the top), so that the salt grabs the paint and drags it around. This will create the mercury glass look.

Repeat steps 5 and 6 a few more times, allowing each coat to dry for about 5 minutes before applying the next. Stop when are happy with the look!