Polymer Clay Tip: Paper Cut Outs

Polymer Clay Tip: Paper Cut Outs

TODAY I’M JUST gonna share a polymer clay tip I often showcase in some of my tutorials. If you’ve been following me, you’ve probably observed that I often use paper cut-outs for my projects. I think this is a cheap and easy way to get consistent shapes, and more accurate and symmetrical patterns in my clay works.

 photo spikey1_zps57cb3dad.jpgYou can map out your pattern in a computer program like Photoshop, or even use the default shapes in programs like Word or Publisher if you’re just making a basic shape. I do this personally or ask my brother to do it for more complex shapes. You can also draw on notepaper.

 photo spikey2_zps3526a845.jpgAnd then cut it out.

 photo spikey3_zpsd8009f72.jpgI put it on top of my clay sheet, and then just cut using it as guideline. I used this template for a star shape because I suck at drawing stars and shaping stars lol.

 photo spikey4_zps86f10ec9.jpgI mean to make Spikey Mikeys, a dessert that my special friend adores. He showed it to me sometime ago and they were cute so I decided to make them. So I just rounded off the edges of the stars by hand.

 photo spikey5_zpsb3e51619.jpgAnd then I added chocolate liquid clay and micro-sprinkles. I made a pair to use as earrings!

That’s about it for paper cut-outs. This is a simple and very straightforward tip/tutorial, but I admit there are beginners out there who could use this advice. You could avoid making wobbly and uneven shapes using this technique, and if you plan to make more than one of an item, it helps keep your sizes uniform. I have cut-out templates for all the items I repeatedly make over and over.

Hope this tip helps! See you guys on next week’s update!

3SK Giveaway! Win Polymer Clay and Craft Stuff! Read For Details

3SK Giveaway! Win Polymer Clay and Craft Stuff! Read For Details

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Hey there! We at 3SK have been pretty inactive in online presence this month due to a lot of things we’ve got brewing. I have a personal e-book project going on, but basically what’s really taken my time is making costumes for Ozine Fest. ^^;; So this giveaway is truly delayed!

But still, I am holding it in celebration of our official move to our own .com from my free wordpress blog. This blog, the domain and technical stuff, and all the graphic work, is thanks to my brother Joey of Friendly Panda Creations~! We’re still starting out again so we’d like to gain awesome subscribers—so by way of bribe here is a giveaway~! We’ll be giving away art and craft materials mostly, as pictured above! Also included are stuff NOT pictured above. xD I get lots of messages and comments on my blog from readers who want to start their own polymer clay hobby or business, so I decided it’s appropriate to give away what is mostly a polymer clay starter kit.

 photo claygiveaway_zps9923a437.jpg The giveaway will include 2oz and 1oz blocks of clay in various colors and brands. It’s a mixture of Premo, Sculpey III, and Bakeshop. ^^

 photo findings_zps709409cd.jpg There will also be metal findings in various quantities, all included in a small, compact organizer. You’ve got basics like eyepins and earring posts, and stuff for the more creative like hair combs and barrettes. I’ll throw in some resealable plastic pouches for packaging material. xD

 photo liquids_zps03fd991e.jpg There will also be vials of various liquids that you need or probably want to work with. xD These are smaller repacks of these liquids in small vials, but guaranteed they’re the real stuff~ They’re my destash from the big bottles I have at home. These vials are small, but a little goes a long way with these stuff! I have some Kato liquid clay, Mod Podge Gloss, cinnamon oil (you can use them to scent your clay creations), a small vial of Nendo Pixie Dust in Gold, and Sculpey Glaze Gloss. There will also be a pack of resin and hardener if you want to try your hand at resin casting. They’ll be packed in a different vial than the one pictured since they may spill.

 photo glues_zps849ada74.jpg I’ll include a de-stash of slightly used Aleene fabric glues: Jewel-it (attaching acrylic stones to fabric), No-Sew-Fabric Glue (temporary fabric glue), and OK-to-wash-it (permanent fabric glue). And then there’ll be some decoden glue sticks in Strawberry pink and Chocolate brown. Just load them into your glue gun and you have chocolate or strawberry sauce for your decoden/art projects. All that and more~! I and my brother will include other stuff in the pack, so grab this chance to join in! Get raffle points below:

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Giveaway is only valid for Philippine residents. To get the CODE for the five raffle entries for blog subscribers, please wait for a confirmation email from Three Smitten Kittens. ^^ Winner will be posted and contacted through our Facebook page.

Good luck!

Tutorial Time: Polymer Clay Bangles and Armbands

Tutorial Time: Polymer Clay Bangles and Armbands

Quick and Easy (and Cheap!) Tutorial Time! This week I tell everybody how to make bangles or armbands out of Polymer Clay. Most anime/game characters wear bangles or arm bands (which miraculously never fall off)  so it’s a popular accessory! You may want to try making one yourself. 919770_193032464181100_2073551715_o

This bangle was my first polymer clay bangle~ I’ve used the technique I explained here in making it. ^^

I’ve browsed local markets and most polymer clay bangles sell from between 400-800PHP, which is pretty expensive. D: I tried to calculate why this was so and by doing so figured out how to make them on the cheap(er).

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Polymer Clay Starter Kit Shopping List!

Polymer Clay Starter Kit Shopping List!

claysh0p0Hello everyone! Back with my helpful post for the week. I’d like to share with everyone a “Shopping List” of sorts to help you take the leap if you want to get into the polymer clay hobby for the first time! If you’re a newbie you might think all you have to buy is clay, but there are other must-buy tools that are important that you might miss out on if no one tells you what you must buy! That’d be disastrous! Imagine having lots of clay but having no tools to work with them! D: So I decided to make this list, hopefully to help out newbies!

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Glosses, Varnishes, and Sealers: Where to Buy and Reviews

Glosses, Varnishes, and Sealers: Where to Buy and Reviews

gloss0I’ve been getting asked a lot of what gloss, varnish, and sealers are good to use for clay crafting. Most of my stuff and tutorials use clay in them one way or another, and will most often need a coating of gloss if it’s polymer clay, or sealer if it’s air dry clay. So I’ve decided to make this compilation of easy-to-acquire glosses, varnishes, and sealers in the Philippines–where to get them, how much, and reviews for usage. You can buy most of these from the shops I listed down in my Where to Buy Clay in the Philippines post.

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