Speed up varnishing your polymer clay beads
Who wants to spend time varnishing beads when you could be having fun playing with polymer clay? Not me.
Here’s how I speed up the process. I stick half a toothpick securely in the bead hole, then plant the toothpick on a hunk of scrap clay. That frees my left hand and allows me to get at all parts of the bead. That’s it.
Meet Jack Benny. That’s what Zan Caperton dubbed her dragon with the hand on his face. You met Zan in an earlier post, Hooked by a Fish.
I don’t sculpt, but I’m fascinated by the sculptor and sculpture’s creative dance. Zan sets out to create a dragon and lets the dragon tell her what it will become.
So who’s responsible for this sweet, “please adopt me” face? That’s Scorchy, so named because of his close encounter with the oven’s heating element. Happily, Zan was able to do cosmetic work with her alcohol inks (described in the previous post).
Introduced to dragon sculpting by Ellen Kelsey, Zan has a special affinity for the creatures. She’s currently at work on a new dragon who, she says, will tell her what he or she wants to be.
Free polymer clay tutorial: stenciled butterfly gift tag
Pretty butterfly gift tags are fun to make, and they’re a great way to add your personal touch to a gift.
I’ve just posted a free tutorial for the stenciled butterfly gift tag.
The tutorial includes a stencil pattern to fit the large butterfly from Makins’ three-cutter set.
I recommend an ultra fine Bic Mark-It marker for writing your message on the back of the tag.
Even a humble gift bag becomes something special with your hand-crafted tag.