Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Magnetic Pendants Tutorial by Helen Breil

Magnetic Pendants Tutorial

If you are a fan of Helen Breil's work you are going to want to see this.
Helen has just released a 90 minute video class introducing an exciting new form of jewelry – magnetic pendants!
This latest class from Helen is a must have tutorial!  A steal at $20.00!

Click here to access the Magnetic Pendants class.

Once you enroll for a free trial, you can see the first 3 (of 18) videos free.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Buna Cord Demystified

Buna Cord and O-rings
My assistant Patti helped me put this video together a while ago.  I just forgot to let everyone know that we published it!
Our plan is to make several (shorter) videos showing how I use different products to create my jewelry etc.
This  video about Buna cord is a little bit long (our apologies).
If you've ever had questions about how to use Buna cord and O-rings we hope this video will answer those burning questions for you.  :)
We show lots of examples at the end so maybe grab a cuppa and watch it here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

2 Good Claymates: Creating an Interchangeable Snap Base Necklace

2 Good Claymates: Creating an Interchangeable Snap Base Necklace

More great ideas from Carolyn of 2 Good Claymates!  She clarifies several uses of cording and findings and also gives a mini tutorial.

Her pendants are gorgeous (and in my favourite colours too!) Hint, hint Carolyn :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The CaBezels Get a Great Review

The Beading Gem meets the CaBezel Molds

Back in November, Shades of Clay decided  that it might be a great idea to take part in the
Grand River Bead Society's annual show and sale.
After all, we know just how great polymer clay is for creating beads and jewelry and since we are passionate about sharing any and all information polymer clay we knew it would be a great fit if we attended.
Since I personally know how well the CaBezel molds work for creating fabulous cabochons and bezels
I demo-ed for the entire 2 days of the sale.  We heard so many ewwws and awwws especially from those unfamiliar with polymer clay. We had more than a few converts!
While I was demo-ing I met so many wonderful people, from current customers, to teachers to bloggers.
That's where Pearl Blay comes in. If you haven't heard of her yet, you will want to.
Pearl writes a blog that is full of so much juicy information.
Topics range from Chain Maille to Polymer Clay to Resin.
If you are looking for something new to try, you can likely find it there.
No wonder The Beading Gem has over 32.000 followers!
Her blog is a breath of fresh air.

Pearl just published a review about the CaBezel Molds. It helps to demystify them.
The beading Gem is hosting a contest to win $25. from Shades of Clay.  You still have time to try your luck.
It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, February 13, 2017
You can read the article for yourself  here
 and enter the contest too!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A "Love-ly" Little Dish - A Tutorial using Polymer Clay

I have been allowing myself to have some creative time recently. It has proven to me just how important it is to make time for this activity as it helps me to feel grounded in ways that nothing else can. Simply put, I'm just happier when I'm creating!

While I was playing, I came up with an idea to create little heart shaped dishes (bowls) and I even managed to get it out there in time for Valentine's Day!   OK, barely, but it is such a simple idea that you will still have time to make a few before February 14th.

Whether you choose to give a few, make one for yourself or use it as an excuse to keep the kids busy, I think you will be pleased with the results.

I have used Iced Enamels over black polymer clay to decorate mine, but really, you could use anything.
Cover scrap clay with Swellegant  paint and patinas, use brightly coloured clay, canes or silk screens or textures.

These little vessels are just waiting to be made in whatever way your little heart desires. (Yep, pun intended).

Click here for the video.

I hope you like it.

You can probably find substitutes for the cutters and the stainless steel mold at home but just in case you still need something, here are some quick links to help you find the products quickly. from Shade

Heart Cutters and also the Stainless Steel Sphere Mold

Polymer Clay



ICED Enamels

PYMII  (Can only be shipped within Canada)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Create Beautiful OOAK Jewelry 

With these beautiful metal forms you can create rings and bracelets quickly and easily.
Great for giving as gifts, selling at Craft Fairs or for keeping yourself!

In under an hour you can have all of these pieces ready for the oven.
These projects are a great way to use up Mokume Gane slices or leftover canes. Or, use textures and silk screens like we did here.
We know you will come up with even more ideas on your own.
let's get started.

Let's work on the Hinged Bracelet first.
  • Condition your polymer clay and using a pasta machine, sheet it on a medium-thin setting.
  • Choose your silk screen and paint colour. (Follow the directions that come with the screens and allow the paint dry).
  • Cut a piece of clay just a bit longer and wider than the area you are trying to fill.  (Image 2)
  • A bit of liquid clay on the underside of the form will help guarantee that the clay will have a permanent bond once baked. 
  • Push the clay against the bracelet to get a good bond. 
  • Treat the open area of the bracelet like a die form. Using a small, soft brush., gently push the clay between the edges of the form to create a 3D effect (Image 3).  
  • You can do a little or a lot. This will depend largely on the consistency of your clay.
  • Now it is time to trim the clay.  Work from the front so that you can see where to cut. Then, on the under-side cut the clay away from the hinge. 
  • Using your fingers, smooth all of the edges one final time to make sure that the clay is adhering everywhere. 
  • Now using a sharp scalpel or X-acto blade clean up the edges.
  • I would suggest baking the bracelet with just one side done.  Once cooled you can complete the other side.
  • Complete the other side in the exact same manner or use a different surface treatment.
  • 1 Gift done!

       Let's customize the Ring Forms. This couldn't be easier.      
       We'll use the channel ring first.

  • Lightly impress the back-side of the decorative clay with the channel ring.  This marks the width you need.  Using a long blade, cut a strip. This is great for using up small leftover bits of your cherished canes.
  • Add a bit of liquid clay to the channel.  Press the clay inside the channel and pull the strip slightly if needed, to stretch the clay so that it fits neatly inside the channel.
  • When the clay over-laps at the end, use a knife to cut through both thicknesses. Remove the excess by lifting up the strip and with the sharp tip remove the tiny piece from underneath. Your 2 edges will butt up against each other perfectly.  
  • Smooth the seam.
  • Bake
  • 2 gifts done!

        Now, let's work on the Rectangular Bezel Ring. 

  • Impress the ring into the back-side of the decorative clay to get a sense of the size of the rectangle you will cut. (This is also sheeted on a medium-thin setting).
  • Apply some liquid clay inside the bezel of the ring.
  • Place the cut rectangle of clay into the ring.  Roll the clay lightly in place.  If the clay goes beyond the edge just use your tissue blade to push it back inside the bezel. 
  • Bake.  I told you this would be easy! This ring has a lovey weight to it.
  • 3 gifts done!

         Last but not least, let's work on the rolled edge Channel Bracelet

  • The clay for this bracelet is sheeted on a medium thickness.
  • Measure the width of the channel and, using a ruler and a sharp blade, cut a strip from the sheeted clay.
  • Apply a scant amount of liquid clay inside the channel.
  • Place the plain or decorative strip inside the channel and smooth.
  • If plain clay was used you can now apply texture and lightly rub with with PearlEx powders, Gilder's paste or similar to highlight the raised design.
  • Using the pressure of your finger (or a sharp knife), clean up the edges of the clay if needed.
  • Bake!
  • 4 gifts complete!

 A while back, 
Tina Holden and I traded. She gave me a few of her lovely silk screens to play with and I gave her a few CaBezel molds to try!
 I used Tina's silk screen's for the projects described above.

You can find Tina's line of silk screens here
Thanks Tina!

   Can't wait to get started? 

Here is a quick reference guide to the supplies you might need to complete the projects.

           Jewelry Forms:

·         Channel Ring

·         Rectangular Bezel Ring

·         Hinged Bracelet Form

·         Channel Bracelet Form

          Tools and Supplies:

Friday, November 11, 2016

Grand River Bead Society Show and Sale. Tomorrow!

Come see us at the Grand River Bead Society Show and Sale this Saturday and Sunday n Guelph ON. We will have a large sampling of our products for sale and we will also be doing a demo of the CaBezel Molds! We'd love to see you there!

Click here for more information and the location.