Tuesday, November 15, 2011


All in my Shop is 10% OFF!


Opportunity for limited time. 
Coupon: NOVEMBER10 
Enjoy! :-)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Polymer Clay Tutorial - Free


Materials:
Cufflinks Blank
Liquid clay
Polymer Clay sheet: Scrapclay
Tools:
Pasta Machine or acrylic roller
Tissue Blade
Clay shaper: knitting needle (optional)
Klimt/Retro Cane
Convectional Oven

 1.  Roll out a sheet of scrapclay on the thickest setting of your pasta machine
 2.    Press the cufflink blank to make 2 marks to guide

  3.    This is what it should like


  4.    Using the tissue blade cut out 2 slices of your cane. It should be about 1/16” thick


5.    Place the slices over the marks on the scrap clay, and press to remove all the air inside
6.    Slide your finger pushing the bubbles out

  7.    Using the Cufflinks Blank, press over the slices to cut the circles out.

  8.     Remove carefully the circles from the sheet of clay


   9.   Keep aside the removed circles for later


10.      Place the clay carefully on the cufflinks and press it against the clean surface area. This way it will be even
11.      Using tissue blade, and your fingers cut, and smooth around the cufflinks to make a rounded edges
12.      Remove carefully the circles from the cuff links
13.       Bake your piece in the oven for about 25min (220F)
14.       Let cool down.
   15.      Add glue on the cufflinks before placing back the saved circles of clay
  16.     Place the circles back, and bake for just 10min (220F)

Now you can sand and polish your piece.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
For comments or questions, please e-mail me at
sbdesigns4@yahoo.com

Please do not distribute, lend or copy.
Do not mass-produce.
Copyrights Creative Art Center

Saturday, November 12, 2011


http://www.etsy.com/listing/85969908/polymer-clay-tutorial-how-to-hide

This is my first commercial tutorial. I hope that everyone enjoy this technique. It will add value and elegance to the brooch. Any question, just send me a message! :-)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Marvelous Cane

Today I was checking the PCAGOE blog, and was surprised with the Linda of NK Designs post.
She made a canes treasury, and included my Hummingbird cane. 
Thank you, Linda!
Click on the link below, and you will check it out there. :-)


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bull’s-Eye Cane using Two-Color Skinner Blend - English

Developed by Judith Skinner, the Skinner Blend technique is used to achieve smooth color transition gradient. Here, I will show you how to work using two colors.
 



Materials:
· Two colors of clay - at least 1 oz. each (half 2 oz package). I used Turquoise and Dark Blue.

Tools:
· Pasta machine or acrylic roller 
· Blade

· Working surface (glass, ceramic, Formica, etc.)


Condition your clays and make two rectangles.
Use the thickest setting on your pasta machine. 


Now cut each rectangle diagonally making two identical right-angle triangles.
Place the slanted edges of the triangles together so they are slightly offset.
Trim the edges so you have a rectangle shown in the picture.
Roll this sheet through the pasta machine at the thickest setting, making sure that both colors touch the rollers
Fold the sheet, combining the same color edge. Put clay through the pasta machine (fold-end first to avoid bubbles).
Repeat folding and rolling through the pasta machine until the sheet is completely graded.




This is how your sheet of clay should look like after about 25 rolls.
Trim off the uneven part(s) when your Skinner blend is completed.




Stretching: One additional typical step is to fold the gradient sheet in half in the length way. This time the gradient edge matches gradient edge. Roll the sheet through your pasta machine #2 to stretch the gradient. 
Narrow the roller gap to #3, and roll the sheet through again. 


Narrow the roller gap again to a #5 and roll the sheet through again. 


Roll this sheet starting with the lighter edge (if you want the light color in the middle of cane), into a bullseye cane.
If you want the dark color in the center of the cane, start rolling from the dark side of sheet.


Cut off small portions of their ends to reveal the pattern inside.


Done!



Friday, September 30, 2011

Brand/Own Name Stamp Tutorial - FREE

This is my first post here, and to celebrate it I created a tutorial that I am sure will be useful for many artists.
Please, send me a message if you have any question.   Enjoy!



Materials:

·      Scrap polymer clay (any color or brand).
·      Liquid clay (I used Kato Polyclay).
·      Polymer clay canes and/or any color for decoration
·      Credit Card

Tools:

·      Pasta Machine or acrylic roller
·     Tissue Blade
·     Clay shaper (sculpting tool, knitting     needle for example)
·     Convectional Oven


     1. Roll out a sheet of clay on the thickest setting of your pasta machine or with your acrylic  roller;
      2. Place the business card, face UP;
      3. Spread a small portion of baby powder on the sheet of clay, positioned it on the card’s name, and press firmly;


  4. Burnish sufficiently to transfer the letters' details;
   5. Do not move the clay or will blur the impression. Roll firmly once, and try to use the same pressure;


  6. Check the result.
   7. If you’re happy with the way it looks, trim the excess clay away with tissue blade;
   8. You will have a reversed image (mirror image);
   9. You can separate the words. Arrange the words vertically, or live all in one line;
  10. Bake it for 20 min at 220F;


  
    11. Roll out another piece of scrap clay;
    12. Glue the baked piece with your name on this scrap clay;
    13. Trim around, and bake for 15min (220F);

 

     14. For the handle you can make different shapes:
•    Drop – make a large oval shape with scrap clay, cut the bottom, and pull the top a bit to form a point.
•    Hourglass – Make a rectangle with scrap clay, and squeeze in the middle of this on the 4 sides. Flat the top and bottom.
•    Roof – Make a thick snake with scrap clay, and press the sides, designing a triangle shape.

After you decided which shape you want and make it, attach the unbaked handle into the baked piece of stamp gluing with a spread dot of Liquid Clay.
it!
       15. Bake again for 20min, and allow cooling.


 After it is all baked and cooled, lets use it!
  Your stamp is now ready to use!
  I suggest you wet the stamp or use baby powder to prevent clay sticking.

   
Decorate your custom stamp using slices of polymer clay canes or your favorite color of clay.
   Use your imagination. Use texture, gradient color, roses, and so on.
   On this picture some of my canes. 
  
They are available on my Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahbermandesign

 Some designs ideas.

 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 
For comments or questions, please e-mail me at sbdesigns4@yahoo.com
Please do not distribute, lend or copy. Do not mass-produce.
Copyrights Creative Art Center