Beautiful Polymer Clay Owl Necklaces by Purpura Allergica on Etsy:
I love these necklaces by Purpura Allergica. I saw them posted on someone’s board on Pinterest, but when I clicked on them they went to Etsy and said they were no longer available. But they didn’t say who made them.
The original post to Pinterest gave the name Purpura Allergica. Maybe someone who knows the artist can post who it is. I would love to see his/her other work.
Simplicity is My Favorite:
I absolutely love simple things that pack a great big designer punch and these necklaces are a perfect example. They are so simple in their design, but at the same time, they work because of the scale, the texture and the combination of colors. They are adorable with only a splash of whimsical. This is a delicate formula.
Sometimes things/objects are a little too cute. Others are so whimsical, they crash over into “just plain weird”. But this art necklace is perfect, in my humble opinion. They are adorable without being too cute and they are just whimsical enough.
Beautiful design. I only wish I could find some of the artists other work.
White Gothic Studios has released a new product called Faux Bonsai Starter Kit. This kit comes with most of the components needed to make beautiful faux bonsai trees using tiny silk flowers, pony beads, or glass beads.
It’s Fun and Easy:
It requires a series of steps, none of them are difficult, and in the end, you have a stunningly beautiful faux bonsai tree. These trees can easily be translated to be used in Fairy Gardens but are beautiful enough to stand on their own.
Faux Bonsai Ebook:
You can purchase the Ebook which has a written course, which can be printed in full or in part, as well as many video snippets that show you in real time how to do the simple techniques. If you are a visual learner, this is a perfect way to learn the process very easily and very quickly.
Available in Kit Form:
Don’t waste any time on a scavenger hunt looking for all of the components needed. You can purchase the kit and the only things you will need aside from the kit will be small paintbrushes, and light-colored yarn or string, and a paper cup to mix up your barking material.
If you want to see “clever”, you need to check out Emily Bishop’s Toothpick Dolls. She makes them with toothpicks, embroidery thread and glue. She has a lot of patience and is one of these artists that can do tiny, tiny, tedious work that comes out unbelievable in the end.
Emily has done a How To Series on YouTube, and I have posted all four parts below for anyone who wants to see a master crafter at work.
If you want to visit Emily’s YouTube Channel, you can click here. Is you want to see her whole Toothpick Doll Project, all four videos are posted below:
I love this Jewelry Art Piece by Katalin Handmade. Although there is little detail in the fairies face, the whole piece works beautifully. If ever there was an example of “less detail” being more, this is it.
This piece should be in a gallery, in a glass case and a spotlight. It is exquisite.
I am just releasing my new Rag Doll Mold and Course. It consists of a push or pour mold called “Meghan” Face Mold. The face itself is 4 inches wide and 5 inches tall. You can make it with polymer clay or Flumo Air Dry Casting Slip.
You can even use the mold to make a porcelain face, if that is the medium that you use. You would only need to scale down the body pattern a little bit to make up for the shrinkage of porcelain.
The doll is made from 1 XL Tshirt, 1/2 to 3/4 yard of any light-colored woven fabric (non-stretch). The online course is printable in full or in part and it has many detailed video snippets showing each of the different parts of the project.
How to make Transparency Faerie Wings
by Fredo Murillo Jr.
Check out this video by Fredo Murillo Jr. where he demonstrates how to embellish and bring to life transparency wings. It appears that the wings are printed out onto a transparency. Fredo demonstrates how to add wires and apply Diamond Glaze by Judi Kins to give the wings a lot of dimension.
I believe the wings are from OOAK Artist Emporium, which is where Fredo got the wings. I took a cursory look at this website and it appears to be a treasure trove for OOAK fairy makers. You might want to have a look.
Just by way of summary, Fredo starts with the plain wing transparency, and builds up the wings with Diamond Glaze. He shows great tips on how to get rid of the air bubbles that come out of the bottle when you start to use it. Remember to keep pressure on the bottle even when you move from one part of the wing to the next. He demonstrates how pop the bubbles should you get them. His technique on this wing shows you how to keep a lot of dimension on the wing, as opposed to having a one dimensional wing. It appears that he is using a big needle or long thin stylist to pop the bubbles.
Good for All OOAK Fairies:
The technique can be tedious and time consuming, but these wings are perfect for fairies that are small and fairies that need a very beautiful and realistic wing.
Then he shoes how to make the wire part of the wing, which ultimately will be the way that you will attach the wings to the doll. Adding the wire gives the wing the ability to be bent and posed and it also gives the attachment of the wings a firmer attachment.
He shows how to encapsulate the wires in the same Diamond Glaze so the wires too are firmly attached to the wings and then the wires will be firmly attached to the fairy.
These are one of the most beautiful wings I have seen in the Enchanted World of Fairies and they would blend with most types of fairy making. I hope you enjoy this video. I know I did.
How to Make Applique Beaded Earrings in Polymer Clay
by Handmade Daily:
Check out this video, another video from Homemade Daily. She is using light weight polymer clay and she is designing another simple drop earring. However, the style of earring is simple but her applique technique is quite intricate. I say intricate, but it is very easy.
She goes through how to make the actual earrings, how to put them together and also shows you where she gets all of her supplies, most of which are from shops on Etsy.
She shoots in clear closeup so you can see exactly what she is doing and you can surely copy exactly what she is doing.
The only tool she is using is a toothpick. Everything else she does with her fingers.
Notice how she uses the toothpick to put in tiny lines that make all of the shapes pop out and look much more realistic.
These types of earrings take a lot of time because there is a lot of workmanship involved. If you make your own jewelry or make jewelry for fun or for gifts, these are great techniques.
If you make polymer clay jewelry for profit, you might want to watch and think in terms of how you can use these techniques to design your master beads and then make a mold of the final earring so you can produce many copies so you will have enough inventory to stock your Etsy shop or your Ebay shop.
Anyway, she is a great artist and a a great teacher. I hope you enjoy the video.
Handmade Wedding Day Polymer Clay Earrings by Handmade Daily:
This video by Handmade Daily shows beautiful handmade wedding earrings that would fit just about any style of wedding dress. All of the techniques that Handmade Daily teaches can easily be used to make any number of different themed earrings.
I see lots of very garish polymer clay designs that I can’t see anyone wearing to a wedding, or a social party, or even in the workplace. They are beautiful art pieces, but not geared for everyday life.
This style of earring, the simple drop jewel earring, is perfect for any occasion. You can make them in just about any color and you can even bring together a full outfit by taking one color from each element. By making earrings, and a matching pendant necklace, you can make any outfit look like it was designed just for you.