Sculpting with white and other light colored polymer clay can be a bit of a challenge. These light colored clays pick of every bit of hair, lint, and color from anything in the immediate area. So the most important thing when working with these clays is cleanliness.
1) Clean your workspace thoroughly. Be sure there is no residue from other clay on your work surface or baking surface. I use a damp cloth followed by a lint free paper towel to clean and dry my glass topped desk and my ceramic tiles.
2) Clean your tools: shape cutters, cutting blades, sculpting tools, bead rollers, everything that will come in contact with the clay. Som... » Read More
Materials needed:red polymer clay (I used Premo)liquid polymer clayred Pearl Ex powderstamp of choice2 heart shaped cutters, 1 larger, 1 smallerFrench wire ear hooks4 2" eye hooks4 heart shaped jump ringsround nose pliersflat nose pliers
Condition your clay and roll it out on the #3 setting on your pasta machine. Cut out 2 hearts with the larger cutter, and 2 hearts with the smaller cutter. These will be the backs of your earrings.
Place 2 of the eye hooks on the larger hearts, as shown. Add a little liquid polymer clay clay over the wires. We'll cut them to the proper length and form a loop at the bottom after they're baked.
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Published: 01-17-2012 01:15pm Posted In: Polymer Clay Smooshers guild member features
Valerie of Vall Dawns Designs
creates beautiful jewelry and has been beading for many years. Like
many artists she gets a lot of
inspiration from family, friends and the world around her. When Valerie
younger she always had to follow a pattern precisely. She says she's
always been a perfectionist
so if she didn't get it she just wouldn't do it. Now, however, she
become more relaxed and has come to realize that everything doesn't have
to be 100% "perfect". She says "I still have very
high standards and hold myself accountable for my craftsmanship but,
realize that nature (and people are not perfect)." She loves to m... » Read More
Published: 01-14-2012 05:34pm Posted In: Valentines Day
The theme for the first Smooshers Challenge of 2012 is Valentines and I recently finished and listed my first entry. As always, I
wanted to sculpt something different and unique. I wanted to create something a little unexpected. I toyed around with a few different ideas before an image of two dragons popped into my head. In the scene I imagined the
boy dragon was offering a pretty heart to the girl dragon, who had a
look of surprised delight on her face. Once the idea was formed I got started sculpting the dragons. I started with the foil armatures for their bodies, making the boy dragon's
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Published: 01-10-2012 08:30pm Posted In: Valentines Day
I thought I'd share some of my items with hearts today, since Valentine's Day is fast approaching. I've got all sorts of handmade hearts at CreativeCritters! This silly heart magnet is an example of one of my more whimsical pieces ;-) And this cute little angel sculpture is a bit on the whimsical side as well.Of course jewelry featuring hearts is always a popular Valentines Day gift!
And I think this sweet little bear says it all ;-)Thanks for checking out my hearts! I've got plenty more Valentines items available in my shop, and will continue adding more for the next few weeks. Nothing says "I love you" like a handmade gift from the... » Read More
Published: 01-07-2012 01:17pm Posted In: Polymer Clay Smooshers guild member features
Polymer Clay Smoosher member Nancy, of WyvernDesigns is a graphics and jewelry designer who loves trying
new materials and new techniques and is totally addicted to polymer
clay. While being completely addicted to polymer clay isn't a requirement for being a Smoosher, it sure does help! While polymer clay may be her first love, Nancy also enjoy knitting, crocheting, drawing, and painting. Below is just a small sample of the beautiful and unique creations that can be found in her shop. I love the wide range of things you can find in this shop- everything from cute and whimsical, to beautiful and elegant. You can also find WyvernDesign... » Read More
A while back I discovered this tutorial from Christi Friesen on making a peacock necklace http://www.firemountaingems.com/galleryofdesigns/jewelry_design_gallery.asp?docid=940J&sact=search&kwsearch=christi+friesen. I also got her book Birds of a Feather. Both inspired me to try my hand at sculpting birds, one of the few animals I haven't actually created too often. The pictures of the peacocks were just so colorful and striking I decided to start with some peacock projects. The first thing I created was this wall hanging. I had these little mirrors that added the perfect amount of sparkle and shine. This type of project is a great way to... » Read More
Published: 12-28-2011 12:18am Posted In: Polymer Clay Smooshers guild member features
Polymer Clay Smooshers member Xpressions Dolls offers expressive polymer clay art dolls. Each of these whimsical characters are one of a kind creations. They're carefully crafted by hand and highly detailed. The imagination and creativity
that goes into each one makes them a unique gift from the heart. Francine has been creating these fun character dolls for 8 years. She says "It not only relaxes me and gets rid of the stress of every day
life, but it brings great pleasure to be able to give each character a
human-like expression that makes them a bit different from the norm."As you can see, this is one talented polymer clay artist! ... » Read More
It's been a busy holiday season at CreativeCritters! Between making
custom orders (ornaments, catnip toys, knit stuffed animals, and more!),
and making Christmas presents I'm definitely feeling like one of
Santa's elves! That's what Christmas is all about for me though-
creating handmade gifts and watching the joy they bring others. I hope
you enjoy this little video I made, with the help of Calcifer and Ginko,
of course ;-)Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
~Michelle of CreativeCritters
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This is my first full length video tutorial. Join me as I take you through each step of sculpting a cute teddy bear ornament for Christmas. This bear is also available in my shop, just click the picture to be taken to his listing.Thanks for watching! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
~Michelle of CreativeCritters
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I've been including free gifts with customer's purchases from CreativeCritters since I opened my shop, but I only just got around to adding the Free Gift tag to most of my items (the Global Editor made a quick and easy job of that!). So now customers know that they'll be getting a free gift with their order (before it was just a pleasant surprise). And my gifts are also handmade and as fun and unique as the rest of the items in my shop. I often include holiday magnets like these snowmen, snowflakes, and teddy bears. Or this adorable cat magnet, which made specifically for that customer.If I happen to know the customer sometimes I'll make a ... » Read More
I really haven't been making jewelry for very long ( a few years now), and I probably never would have started if it hadn't been for my cousins. I always make all the Christmas presents I give to family and friends. This has forced me to stretch my creative boundaries a bit in order to create items that each person will like. My cousins all wear very ... » Read More
Recently I created a new Christmas necklace from polymer clay beads and vintage beads and findings from Gramma's jewelry box. The polymer clay beads were created with leftover red and white clay from my candy cane pens along with the teardrop shaped pendant. I wanted something special for the center of the pendant so I looked through some of the vintage jewelry I inherited from Gramma. Gramma was pretty rough on her jewelry, so many of her earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets were broken. That's just fine for my purposes though. I found a broken earring with sparkling imitation diamonds that made the perfect centerpiece for the pend... » Read More
As my way of thanking you for shopping handmade at CreativeCritters this holiday season I'm offering free shipping to the US on Thanksgiving and Black Friday (November 24th and 25th) on select items. The coupon code HandmadeHoliday saves you an additional 25% off your order.You can find great deals on handmade items like this cute polymer clay elf sculpture
And this necklace and earring set featuring pink polymer clay roses would certainly make a lovely gift!
This pretty little polymer clay covered tin accented with iridescent beads is a wonderful place to hide tiny treasures.
And you can even find something special for your ca... » Read More
Recently I added a Christmas/ Winter category to CreativeCritters and filled it with cute dolls and stuffed animals, jewelry, ornaments, knit hats and scarves, sculptures, and home decor. Here you can find all my Christmas themed items in one spot. This is one of my favorite dolls. Her name is Kirsten and she's wearing the cutest dress! I found just a little bit of green fabric with teddy bears dancing all over it and had just enough to make this dress. The doll and her clothes were sewn by hand and Kirsten is a one of a kind creation.
I've also got several adorable and unique pins available. Many of these pins were inspired by a... » Read More
It's that time of year again- time for holiday sales! While many stores
will be having Black Friday sales, and online sites will be having
Cyber Monday sales, CreativeCritters will be having 12 whole days of
savings! From November 19th through November 30th receive 25% off your
order total when you use coupon code HandmadeHoliday at checkout. My
shop is filled with handmade polymer clay sculptures and miniatures,
jewelry, stuffed animals and dolls, catnip toys, and more. Find unique
handcrafted gifts for everyone on your Christmas list! SAVE 25% Off Select Studio Items Use Coupon Code: 'HANDMADEHOLIDAY' during checkou... » Read More