Polymer Clay Tip: Restore Dried / Hard Clay

Polymer Clay Tip: Restore Dried / Hard Clay

HELLO EVERYONE! Today I have another quick tip/tutorial for polymer clay enthusiasts–how to restore or soften dried or hard clay. If you’ve ever bought an unlucky bar of clay that was just ROCK HARD then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you just get unlucky and buy a pack that’s rock hard and FLAKY. The clay doesn’t like to stick to each other and instead just crumbles like a bad piece of pastry.

There’s an easy solution to this problem though!

 photo restore_clay_1_zps833b28d8.jpgYou’ll just need some oil, and a resealable plastic packet. Other sorts of oil can be used I hear, but the most common and the one I use is ordinary baby oil.

 photo restore_clay_2_zps91abc18a.jpgThe clay I’m restoring for this example is FIMO Classic Raspberry. This really isn’t “old” but FIMO Classic in itself is a particularly hard clay. I cut it up a bit so you see what I mean by “flaky”–the clay tends to crumble off when cut, which isn’t what you want.

 photo restore_clay_3_zps7e312405.jpgI just pop it into a resealable pouch and then pour a few drops of oil in it. I let it sit overnight or for however long I want the oil to sink in. Sometimes I leave it there until I need to use the clay! It’s guaranteed to restore the softness in the clay.

I recommend doing this for cut bars–don’t condition the clay you mean to soak beforehand, or else it could end up too soft. Soft enough to qualify as clay icing for cakes! Unless that’s what you mean to achieve. If you want icing-soft clay, just condition clay and let it soak in oil for a good amount of time. Trust me, you won’t need to stir it long like the liquid-clay technique just to get it to icing consistency!

But what would happen if it gets too soft for your tastes? What you can do is take the clay out of the pack and then just let it rest between sheets of paper, tissue, or whatever absorbent material. The paper will absorb the oils in the clay. You can let it sit for as long as you like, when the oils are absorbed to your liking.

Hope this tip helps!

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!

Elsa Snowflake Hairpins Tutorial (Custom Shapes in Resin)

Elsa Snowflake Hairpins Tutorial (Custom Shapes in Resin)

Hello everyone! Today my tutorial post with be about making Queen Elsa of Disney’s Frozen’s hairclips. This can also serve as a tutorial on how to cast custom shapes in resin, whether it’s snowflake or not!

Elsa’s snowflake earrings have a semi-transparent and sparkly quality to them that I thought was best-suited for a resin project. I chose to do the color in icy blue because that would really make it icy! You can also choose to do it in silver or any color/variety you want.

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Epoxy Resin Casting Tutorial

Epoxy Resin Casting Tutorial

Craft time! Today I’d like to share my experience casting items out of Epoxy Resin. I’ve always wanted to try resin casting, and I finally decided to invest in some last October. A lot of my clients had custom commission requests that needed custom transparent gemstones, so I thought resin would be a business investment as well (that and shiny new craft stuff to play with yay)

I’m just quickly going to run you guys with the how-to’s and some tips!

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Creating Your Own Fabric Paint Stencils

Creating Your Own Fabric Paint Stencils

Quick and Easy (and cheap too xD) time this week! Today we deal with something every costumer or cosplayer had probably thought of – fabric painting. Sometimes characters wear clothes with specific patterns that can’t be readily found in fabric stores. I’m going to run everyone very quickly to a technique I use–making and using stencils for fabric painting. ^^

yuffie-collageYuffie was my first ever cosplay way back 2010. So very sorry for the blurry photos, our cameras were a no-go back then. xD She has very specific floral patterns on her shirt that I did using this technique.

You’ll need some paper, cutters, a pen, a brush, and your acrylic or fabric paint. That and your reference photo. And that’s really all you need. ^^

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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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