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

Hello,
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.
Wendy

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
http://shadesofclay.com/products/tools-supplies/blades-cutters-forms/ateco-brand-cutters/

Polymer Clay
http://shadesofclay.com/products/polymer-clay/

Glue
http://shadesofclay.com/products/tools-supplies/adhesive-glazes-sealants/

O-Rings
http://shadesofclay.com/?s=o-rings&post_type=product

ICED Enamels
http://shadesofclay.com/products/ice-resin-by-susan-lenart-kazmer/

PYMII  (Can only be shipped within Canada)
http://shadesofclay.com/shop/pymii-preserve-your-memories-acrylic-sealant/http://shadesofclay.com/shop/pymii-preserve-your-memories-acrylic-sealant/




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.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Free Tutorial Using Polymer Clay,CaBezel molds and Silk Screens

Tina Holden (AKA The Beadcomber) and I decided to do a wee collaboration. I sent her a few CaBezel molds and she created a free tutorial for all to see using the CaBezels and her lovely Silk Screens. Soon you'll see what I do with her silk screens.
She now has over 65!!! That's a lot of time spent designing over the years.
Anyway, you can take a look at her great tutorial. I love her shot with the CaBezels on the beach! That's someplace I've never taken them :) hmmmmmm.....

Enjoy!
Find it here.


Free Tutorial Using Polymer Clay,CaBezel molds and Silk Screens

Tina Holden (AKA The Beadcomber) and I decided to do a wee collaboration. I sent her a few CaBezel molds and she created a free tutorial for all to see using the CaBezels and her lovely Silk Screens. Soon you'll see what I do with her silk screens.
She now has over 65!!! That's a lot of time spent designing over the years.
Anyway, you can take a look at her great tutorial. I love her shot with the CaBezels on the beach! That's someplace I've never taken them :) hmmmmmm.....

Enjoy!
Find it here.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Vacation time!

I just wanted to mention that I will be going away on a little vacation starting on May 19th.
Yeah me!
Shades of Clay will remain open, and it will be business as usual for all on-line orders.


For those of you that sometimes need the extra help placing your orders, please get in touch ASAP because no email or phone orders can be taken after May 18th. 
This special service will be offered once again after my return on approximately June 8th.



I am truly grateful that our wonderful assistant Patti, will be working hard filling orders and shipping while I'm away.


Patti will be checking email and I will be glancing occasionally at my FaceBook messages when I can.
We'll be doing our very best to take care of you during this time.



If there is something you need, please think about placing your order soon!



Great News!

Shades of Clay has started to carry the exquisite CreateAlong Silk Screen Stencils of Ilysa and Kira over at Polymer Clay TV! These screens are twice the size of most other silk screens!
I think you are going to love these beauties. 
You can find them here.







Even More Great News!
We are also now carrying Christie Friesen's Swellegant paints in the Mini Combo Sets.
Turn everything you touch into gold....and silver and copper......



There are still some CaBezel sets available in the Etsy shop here.

If you were thinking of placing an order over on The Art of My Clay Etsy site, please do so soon as that store will be taking a vacation starting on May 16 and won't re-open until approximately June 8th. (We'll see how long the jet lag lasts.  :)