Wednesday, November 27, 2013

PolyPediaOnline News | Free Spinning Christmas Tree Ornament Project, Free Tip on creating your own impression mold and Pre-Holiday Savings

Create a spinning tree decoration for your Christmas tree!
I know many of you are working hard on your final holiday preparations, cooking, cleaning, getting last minute gifts, we are dealing with the same issues here - Hanukkah is starting today!

It’s a very rare occasion (first time in over 100 years!), Thanksgiving and Hanukkah almost on the same date!
The combination of gratefulness and lighting our home is so appreciated and gives us the opportunity to show our love to our beloved, It's always a good time to say thank you to all around us who makes up happy, right?

So, can I steal a moment of your time? I promise it will be worthwhile...
I'm giving away gifts too!

Free Christmas video project;
It started as a fun project for my son's science class and ended up as a Christmas ornament class - for you!
This is a fun project you can create yourself or with friends and family!
Add this tree decoration to your spinning ornaments - indoors, outdoors, polymer can handle all!

All you need is clay in your chosen colors (red, green and white?), permanent markers, extruder (optional), a piece of wire and you're ready!

Click here to view the video, I'd be happy to hear your comments!

Use corn leaf to create
your own impression mold
Free tip for creating your own texture mold;
If you know me long enough you'd know I cannot put aside my recent projects that easily, I am still playing with the flower academy tutorial and looking for creative ways to make my own tools and materials.

Since the industrial corn impression mold was one of the most popular molds in making our polymer clay flowers, I looked for a real corn leaf to make my own leaf impression.

Flower academy polymer clay
life like flowers, used with the mold
The leaf was dried for a full week flat, between dishtowel paper (changed each day) and on top of it, a heavy book. When it was completely dry It was pressed onto scrap clay using a roller, and... voila! a new "zero cost" impression mold!

Corn is one of Thanksgiving symbols, right?
Don't forget to save a leaf and keep aside for your polymer clay projects...

Finally, I wish to thank you personally.
I want you to know how much I appreciate your support of my PolymeriOnline blog and PolyPediaOnline tutorials website.

I hope you have enjoyed learning more about polymer clay, and that your creative self has matured as a result. I know I am learning new things everyday. Inspiration and creativity makes me happy.
Thank you for being such an important part of my life and my passion.

I am inviting you to join me for a seven-day polymer clay "Extravaganza":
Our "personal 2013 PolyPediaOnline CyberDays".

From today until midnight on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 I am sharing my personal polymer clay joy, offering you the very best discounts of the season.

Mention CODE “Christmas20%OFF” on checkout and a refund will be sent to you on PayPal within 24 hours of purchase.

Millefiori canes, jewelry of all brands, shapes and types, liquid clay and alcohol inks techniques, life like flowers, Extruder wonders, faux ceramics, and many more...

Wishing you a happy thanksgiving / Hannukah holiday!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Polymeri Online 19.11.13 | Sabine visiting Israel, Textures textures, Copper wire bordering, Polymer and alcohol inks, Discovering a new polymer galaxy, Miniature acetate eye glasses

It's already tuesday. Time is running when we are busy...
As you already know from Facebook (or maybe not yet), Switzerland polymer clay artist Sabine Backer is my guest in Israel the past week. We had a great week, traveling around the country, leaving enough for the next trip, weather is perfect, sunny and warm.
Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Haifa; getting familiar with new cuisines (Falafel, tahini, hummus) and!.... getting a new tattoo for Sabine! Surprising moments noted here!

Texture, anyone?
Googling around the net looking for new ideas and inspiration, I found a pin by Jill Palumbo, pinned by Tibby Craythorne, who decided to make her own textures using plastic doilies, lace and textured scrap book paper. I used lace and doilies but plastic ones? didn't think of these.

You can also use Anna Jour technique for making your own texture using transparent film and liner for stained glass/ceramics. Anna is using this method in her Mokume Gane beads.
And, Laura Tabakman carving sheet technique for creating your own textures -

Pam's copper wire beads
Pam Sanders says about herself she is a very eclectic mixed media artist, obsessed with making things. She loves bizarre art.
She uses copper wire in her art as a decorative border around her beads, as if it is a thread sewn into polymer.

Wire can do wonders in a polymer piece, who ever master it's techniques has a gift in his hands.

Polymer & Marker inks
The polymer clay Russian community is always a gem of inspiration and ideas.
Masha Koekak creates these inked rings and beads. Their size range from 3 to 7.5 cm, The technique include creating a clay sheet, painted on all sides with alcohol based markers. The markers create a thin layer of paint, each is sealing the tone of the previous color. Interesting effects come out as a result. The final piece is sealed with a thin layer of FIMO gel and it is bright and colorful especially on day light!

Polymer Galaxy
Another link from the cold country girls is presenting a new polymer clay galaxy discovered recently. Cosmobo created a solar system made entirely of polymer clay - Sun, venus, mercury, earth and all others are a beautiful collection of pins or pendants. Cosmobo is using cernit in some of her projects and I can see more materials and goodies hidden inside her designs.

miniature eyeglasses from wire and acetate
Rose Favero posted a cool tutorial for making super miniature eyeglasses from wire and acetate. Naturally this is not polymer but can be a great addition to your polymer clay faces!
All you need is scissors, pliers, tweezers, office hole punch, acetate and wire.

Next week I am back to my regular routine. Having a short pause from all duties this week,  and spending quality time touring the country with Sabine was enjoying and fun.
Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Polymeri Online 6.11.13 | My winter promises, Rustic polymer clay buttons tutorial, Dreidels and ornaments, Polymer airlines, Reversible necklace moon and stars cane and Dragon heads fantasy

It's the middle of the week and I'm getting ready for a special polymer guest coming to visit me here in Israel. I'm so excited to see her again and we plan to enjoy a full week together, touring around the country and see the main attractions.
If you're wondering who it is, you'll have to wait for my next post or follow me on FB, I guess we will post pictures there...

After the intensive work I am taking a short break from polymer clay work (no worries, just a short one) and working on another favorite craft - crochet. This winter I promise myself to start (and hopefully finish) a "granny square" blanket, so I purchased a tutorial by Lisa Clarke and started to work on my squares. Some of them will be flowers, some others. I am still a beginner with crochet but the repetitive process is so relaxing and enjoyable.

A crochet carpet I made from torn bed sheets, 
Guess who is enjoying it's beauty and comfort? 
Starting to work on my squares

Lisa Clarke's Rustic Buttons tutorial
Lisa Clarke, my virtual crochet mentor, which is a very talented knitter and a polymer clay artist, shares in her blog many of her trials, projects and ideas.
Here is one of them showing a cool way to create rustic-looking buttons by using clay, powders, cutting and exchanging shades/shapes and these are rolled flat to create a pattern sheet as a base to her buttons. Really cool!

Shulamit Raanan's Dreidel
One of my Israeli colleague, Shulamit Raanan is already organized her shop for the holidays - both Christmas and Hanukah with fun dreidels and ornaments. Every year I want to make my own dreidel and every year something is keeping me from doing it... maybe this year?

Polymer on planes?
Thomas Otto is covering air planes! No, seriously, it's not United Airlines planes, they are a bit smaller, He then add a cool looking pilot (mouse!) and Tada!
He shares his process of creating an armature with wire and aluminum foil and after the base is ready, he is covering it with clay.
Looks like a lot of hard work!

Moon and stars cane tutorial on YouTube
Teresa Pandora Salgado published a video on YouTube showing you how to create beads. It is a basic class but it is always nice to see new ways of work and Teresa mentioned a new material she is using as a finish to her polymer clay pieces - Aleen's Jewelry Pendant Gel. She mentions it in her next Reversible necklace video. Teresa is also recommending to save your coffee lids to use as side support while reducing your canes. Recycling!

Dragon heads by Makosla
Makosla Creations (Canadian artist Astrid Ayora Carvajal) focuses on Dragons and fantasy sculpture. She is doing mainly dragon heads but you can find cats and other designs as well.

Have a great week! Weekend is only few days away :)