Monday, September 28, 2009
Soft served or out the container ice cream is surely one of my favorite treats. There nothing like making a charm of your favorite sweet cold pleasure! Better yet, a beloved flavor like cookies and cream (my fav) or what ever you want. They make really cool pendants, hair clips, and charm bracelets.
You can make the ice cream in bowls or cones. Add whip cream, fruit, cookies anything you want. The sky is the limit!
The clay store
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Polymer clay fruit can be hard to make so when I saw a fellow blogger’s tutorial about making a strawberry I jumped at it! I never did make a strawberry before but know my confidence in making one has sky rocket seeing how easy it is to make! Now if only I can get my hand on making the cranes…
Anyway you can use this tutorial to enhance any jewelry accessory or charm you have in mind.
Stawberry charm Tutorial
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
How to make polymer clay whip cream
So if you saw my last post “polymer clay cupcakes” I think you know where going over.
“Polymer clay cream”
One the biggest challenges for beginners when it comes to making clay pastries are the icing/whip cream. I know when I wanted to start making cupcake charms I wanted to look realistic but really cute and the whip cream look is right on top of that list. But once again I have no clue how to make it; people want to keep it “secret” which makes looking for tutorials and ways to make it super hard. Do not fret; there are easy tutorials on making polymer clay whip cream and icing. Which I will show you and have links to.
First and foremost you will need TLS, Translucent Liquid Sculpey. TLS is just liquid clay that turns clear after its cured. You can use for a lot of things like.
Use is as a glue to mount clay pieces together.
Make clay whip cream/icing/syrup out of
Use it on your head pin before sticking it in your clay and baking it so the head pin it won’t fall out easily.
Transfer images on to clay (we’ll go over this later on)
The second thing that you will need is white polymer clay. A small container to mix it all in. last but not least some kind of thick stick or something to mix and mash the clay into the TLS.
Here are the steps.
Take some TLS and pour some in the container as much as you think you will for your cupcake.
Take some white clay (a nice equal amount to the TLS) to and soften it up as much as you can by shaping and molding it with your hands. The warmth of your hands makes it softer.
Break it up into small pieces and throw it in the TLS.
Now take your stick object (something that can smash and stir the clay up) and still smashing the clay into the TLS. It’s a little hard at first but you have to keep smashing till it turns into a creamy texture.
Depending how thick or thin you want the cream to be you can add more TLS or clay in it.
Take your stick or a tooth pick take some of the clay cream and start wrapping it on to your cupcake.
Play with the cream to make it a swirly shape farther till you’re happy with it.
Congrats you’re done! Easy stuff…
Now on to the video tutorials!
Who knew making whipped cream out of polymer clay was so easy!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Polymer clay cupcakes are one of my favorite things to make. There are countless ways you can make them and just as many styles. You can make them cute, creepy, silly, Japanese deco style, just about anything. Not only that but they make very popular charms for cell phones, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants. So if you’re planning to make cute jewelry to sell, cupcakes are a way to go.
On ways to make a cupcake it’s pretty simple. There are tons of tutorials and methods to make them. These are great for the beginners to start out and it’s easy to follow. After you master the basics of these you can move up to making better looking cupcakes and different ways on making them. Then I will show you something that all beginners what to learn, “how to make polymer clay whip cream!” But I will leave that to the next post. ;3
For now here are the polymer clay cupcake tutorials that I promised you
The clay store
I hope you find these polymer clay cupcake tutorials useful and goodbye for now!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Clay lollipops are super easy to make and makes the cutest charms. You can make them any color and add anything you want to them. I’ve seen a lot of clay artists and Jewelry makers do awesome things to lollipops. Add cute animal heads make cute hair clips, and so on.
The best thing about these lollipop tutorials is that it’s awesome for beginners. Also it’s easy to make charm bracelets, necklaces, and cell phone charms out of!
I hope to see some pretty clay lollipop charms out there.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Its time to make a cute chocolate charm! Since you got the ideal things to start making some cute jewelry out of polymer clay, its time for the good stuff.
These chocolate clay tutorials are great for beginners and you learn great but simple techniques that you can use later on. One of my first clay charms was made from these tutorials and it loved making them. You can make necklaces, bracelets and rings out of these cute chocolates. Just about any kind of cute jewelry.
Chat noirs tutorial:
Some clay video tutorials!
GentlemanBunny Chocolate bar tutorial
Garden of Imagination tutorial chocolate bar tutorial
I hope you guys are as hungry for cute clay chocolates as much as I am. Thanks for stopping by Cute Clay Tutorials and I will see you tomorrow!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Welcome back to cute clay tutorials! I hope I’m not going too slowly for some people that want to get to the good stuff. Please bare with me ha-ha its all will be fast and painless. So now you know what polymer clay is, the next step is to get some tools to help you sculpt, paint, add effects, and glaze your cute clay creation then finally make some jewelry out of them!
First you’ll need some cheap acrylic paint to paint your cute clay charms after its cured (meaning baked). These go around 50 cents a bottle depending on brand and size. What a treat! Any brand will do its all pretty much the same. Here are some brands of acrylic paint: Folk art, Apple Barrel, and Delta. The brand I use is the Craft Smart.
Some cheap set paint brush to paint with. Get the ones that have numerous sizes it will make it easier to paint bigger and smaller charms. When I started making my clay charms I already had a paint brush set. Originally for using watercolor but that never happened so they were perfect for painting charms with! If I remember the set cost around 10 and 15 dollars. I’m sure that got kids set too I you’re a cheapo like me so just look around at what’s available.
Some glaze to protect your charm. This is very important to have if you want that glossy shiny finish to your piece also. If you’re in the clay section and see that Sculpty brand of gloss, DO NOT GET IT. The kicker with this is that it’s WAY over pieced for such little quantity. You can get much bigger sizes of gloss for a much better piece. Just get a glossy interior varnish from the brand “Delta Ceramcoat” or anything of the sort. Another gloss you can use is the Krylon triple-thick crystal clear glaze. Get the jar kind so you can just paint it on. They have the spray on kind as well but in my experience you have to use it outside because the strong fumes that is harmful to you. I use to get head aches because of the smell and that scent stays on your cute clay charms for a long while too. Not fun if you’re making these for a friend or business. There are more kinds and brands out there just make sure the kind your using won’t ruin the paint or clay and is safe to use.
Jewelry Findings for attaching your charms on to bracelets, ear rings, pins etc. There are dozens and dozens of brands that sell these but the kind of findings that you want starting out are head pins, ear rings, jump rings, eye pins, and clasps. If you can’t find a set that sells these together at a good price, you can simply get head pins and ear rings to start.
Jewelry chains that you can make necklaces and bracelets out of. Once again there are many kinds and brands so just shop around. Also, I would recommend a jewelry making tool set. So you can cut and bend jewelry wire as well as chains to make bracelets and necklaces.
Whew, that was harder then I thought but I made it through. All these items can be found at any craft and art store. And everything I listed here I’ve gotten for no more then 10-15 dollars. I will go over more tools of interest later on. Remember, I’m starting at the very beginning for the beginners as well!
Thanks for visiting cute clay tutorials and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
To start making cute clay charms you’ll need polymer clay. But what is it? It’s a type of clay that you can sculpt and mold then throw into the oven to bake and harden. You can find polymer clay in any art and craft stores. Its really cheap around 2 bucks depending on brand you use. Speaking of which there are a few you can test out. People use different brands depending on personal tastes and what they are making.
The best brands for beginners and the one I use personally was Sculpey III. It comes in 44 colors, shades, and special effects. It’s easy to handle and mold, perfect for a beginner like yourself. It comes in a block that you can break off into 4 rectangular pieces also. Doing research on the brands and such they say that’s its more brittle then most clay brands and likely to break especially when you’re making thin sheets and extensions. But in my experience it held up pretty well so I think that should be the least of your problems.
Another really popular brand to start with is Fimo classic. It comes in 24 for colors. It’s much firmer and tougher to soften up but it’s harder and sturdy after it’s baked. If you want a softer version they have Fimo soft. It comes in over twice as many colors then Fimo classic and even has special effects kinds. I never used the Fimo brand because it costs a bit more and the tougher quality of it. Still, a lot of crafter used it with great results.
There are more brands of clay out there and both brands holds a lot of other types of clay as well, depending on what you what to do. But as far as making cute clay charms and jewelry, Sculpey III as well as Fimo does really well.
Another thing I want to point out is the translucent and pearl kinds of clay. Those are really useful in getting awesome effects like using translucent for making sundae glasses and cups. The pearl is great for mixing so that your cute clay charm has glittery effect. We will go over this more as time goes on but I just want to get the bare basics out there.
All in all, polymer clay is the kind of clay you want to use for making clay charms. Try and test out many out to see which one you like best.
Thanks for taking the time to visit cute clay tutorials. And I will see you tomorrow!
Friday, September 18, 2009
I made Cute Clay Tutorials so that I can help people who have an interest in making such, cute things! I remember how I started getting into the whole charm thing and really wanted to start making my own. All the necklaces, bracelets, and cell phone trinkets , it was all so creative and I would do anything to start making my own. So did a little research or what was on the web at the time (about late 2008/early 2009) got my last 20 bucks and spend it on everything I could buy to get started. I got down and made a little charm of a chibi devil character. Cute yes, but I wanted to make some of food charms like cakes, ramen, ice cream, etc. I made one of those square chocolates but it didn’t out as well as I wanted. Not to mention I wanted to make a whole stock of candies and sweets like the ones on the net like.
The only trouble was that I wasn’t skilled or knowledgeable enough to just start making them on my own, not enough tutorials and surly artists wasn’t going to tell you their methods right off the bat. Since then I searched up and down in books, websites, and forums to get all the details of making cute foods, charms, and jewelry out of ploymer clay to make my dreams come true in making a business out of it too.
I came a long way since then and I’m not a master yet, but I’m surly getting there. And with more and more valuable info finally getting shared in the internets I can only get better and I want to share them with everyone who felt the same as I did. Searching all over the web to get a little piece of info.
So now I want to put all the pieces in one place where anyone can come and get all the info they need to start this exciting adventure!
That’s how Cute Clay Tutorials came to be.
I’ll go over the basics on what you need to start like the polymer clay, paint, findings etc. Some simple beginner tutorials like cookies, candies, sweets, and beyond! I enjoy what I do and I love sharing the info so I hope you’ll give me a chance to show you step by step how to get there! :) So get your tools, creativity, and hands ready for an awesome ride.