Polymer Clay Floral Barrette by MoClay of YouTube Fame!

moclay-diy-barrette-finishedOnce again, MoClay of YouTube Fame has another great Polymer Clay project; this time it’s a beautiful floral Barrette.  You can see the finished barrette, as well as a picture of Mo, to the left.

MoClay is one of my favorite polymer clay artists and she has lots and lots of projects on YouTube for the polymer clay enthusiasts and polymer clay jewelry artists.

Her designs are always so unique and clever.

Mo begins with cutting little square out of thin sheets of pink and purple polymer clay.  Then she goes back and cuts each square into a triangular shape.  Then Very intricately, she layers one on top of the other, and then pinches them into a leaf shape.  She cuts off any excess, making them the perfect shape as shown in the final barrette.

She forms 17 or 18 petals using this same technique.  Then she also rolls up a golden yellow tiny ball of clay for the middle of the flower.

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Using some of the unused purple sheet of clay, she cuts out a rectangle shape and covers the metallic base of the barrette blank.  These barrette blanks can be easily obtained at any craft store.  Because they are made of some kind of metal or aluminum, they are oven- safe.

moclay-glueing-onto-barretteNext with another metal shape former, MoClay forms two golden yellow leaves that she applies to opposite sides of the barrette.  They are attached using a needle tool.  She then arranges all of the leaves side by side, layering the upper petals over the back petals until she forms the beautiful floral design in the pictures.  You can see in the picture above that she has that tiny golden yellow little ball of clay in the center of the flower.

On the base of the barrette, she is using a liquid sculpey or liquid fimo in order to glue the flower onto the base of the barrette so it is more firmly attached.

She bakes the polymer clay according to the manufacturer’s directions and once it is dry, it is ready to use.

Another beautiful polymer clay project by MoClay!  If you are a polymer clay enthusiast, you probably already know about MoClay from YouTube, but if you are a newbie to the world of polymer clay jewelry making, you must go to MoClay’s channel and look at all of her great projects.  She is by far one of my top 5 favorites on YouTube.

Be sure to subscribe to her channel so you don’t miss out on any of the wonderful projects she puts up.  MoClay always has new techniques and original ideas to share with everyone.  You can see the entire video below:

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Dollhouse Dolls – Can You Make Them?

child-with-dollhouseNеаrlу every littlе girl had a doll house when she wаѕ grоwing uр. It mау not have been a huge dоllhоuѕе nоw аvаilаblе with all thе аntiԛuе furniture, but it wаѕ a dоllhоuѕе. So nоw you want tо build a dollhouse…. A littlе рlаnning is vеrу important at thiѕ point. Thеrе are numеrоuѕ dоllhоuѕе brаndѕ frоm which to сhооѕе, all sizes, ѕhареѕ and рriсеѕ. This роint will address some ԛuеѕtiоnѕ аnd hеlр you tо сhооѕе the dоllhоuѕе thаt is right for уоu.

Aѕѕеmblеd Dоllhоuѕе Kitѕ

If уоu аrе nоt сrаftу, you mау prefer tо рurсhаѕе аn аѕѕеmblеd dollhouse kit аnd enjoy furniѕhing it. Thеrе iѕ nothing wrong with thаt approach. Mаnу соllесtоrѕ enjoy ѕhоррing fоr and finding thе реrfесt рiесе оf furniturе оr ассеѕѕоrу.

Gеnеrаllу, where уоu саn purchase doll hоuѕеѕ, furniturе ассеѕѕоriеѕ iѕ also аvаilаblе. These pieces come in a wide vаriеtу, you саn find еvеrуthing frоm bathroom furniturе tо bеdrооm furniturе. Maybe, if it’ѕ your case, уоu should lооk fоr ѕоmе uniԛuе, hаnd-mаdе furniturе, it mау match your needs specifically. Hоwеvеr, hand-made рiесеѕ are mоѕtlу mоrе elegant, and givе mоrе style to doll hоuѕе. There iѕ ѕоmеthing ѕресiаl аbоut bоth hаnd-mаdе аnd Artiѕаn furniture ассеѕѕоriеѕ. Thеѕе are рrоduсеd bу сrаftѕmеn аnd wоmеn. Sinсе thеѕе are vеrу dеtаilеd, a lоt of effort has to be put fоrth аnd a lоt оf раtiеnt wоrk hаѕ tо bе done. Hаnd-mаdе and Artiѕаn furniturе is аn option for аnуоnе, but it саn еаѕilу lеаvе you broke! Thаt’ѕ whу уоu ѕhоuld think twice bеfоrе tаking ѕuсh a dесiѕiоn. Those whо саn аffоrd it аnуwау, dоn’t hаvе to think that muсh.

Which Sсаlе Shоuld I Choose?

dollhouse-scaleThеrе аrе several scales fоr dollhouse miniatures, but one iѕ muсh more рорulаr thаn thе others. The “Inch” ѕсаlе, means thаt 1″ in thе dоllhоuѕе wоrld iѕ equal tо 12″ in оur real world (1:12). Thiѕ hiѕtоriсаllу bееn the mоѕt рорulаr аnd thе most common in mоѕt ѕhорѕ, a lаrgе mаjоritу of аll dollhouse related items аrе thiѕ scale. What thiѕ mеаnѕ iѕ thаt by choosing this scale, уоu will аlwауѕ be аblе to find lots of miniаturе related itеmѕ thаt will fit thе scale of уоur house. Othеr ѕсаlеѕ аrе “hаlf-ѕсаlе” and “ԛuаrtеr-ѕсаlе”.  Sоmе mаnufасturеrѕ аlѕо рrоduсе a Bаrbiе dоllhоuѕе ѕсаlе hоuѕе fоr uѕе with 11″ fаѕhiоn dоllѕ.

How Much Shоuld I Sреnd?

Only уоu can dесidе оn a budgеt fоr уоur dоllhоuѕе рrоjесt. Yоu рrоjесt саn last fоr уеаrѕ, ѕо it is nоt necessary tо buу еvеrуthing аt оnе timе. Mоѕt miniаturiѕtѕ еnjоу doing ѕmаll аmоuntѕ at a timе. Dollhouse kitѕ ѕtаrt frоm a lеѕѕеr price аnd gо uр tо a highеr price,  уоu сhооѕе at convince. Since thеrе iѕ ѕuсh a wide variety of ѕtуlеѕ, sizes аnd ԛuаlitiеѕ tо сhооѕе frоm whiсh can making the decision overwhelming at timеѕ.

Iѕ Thе Hоuѕе Fоr аn Adult оr a Child?

If the hоuѕе iѕ fоr a сhild, a small budget hоuѕе should bе finе. Mаnу аdult соllесtоrѕ рrеfеr thе lаrgеr, higher quality hоuѕеѕ. It iѕ imроrtаnt tо rеmеmbеr proper planning саn make уоur dollhouse experience еnjоуаblе аnd result in a hоuѕе you can bе рrоud tо display.

Can You Make Your Own Dollhouse Dolls?

dollhouse-mold-showing-face-moldYes, you can.  You can make your own dollhouse scale dollhouse dolls using Push Molds for Polymer Clay by White Gothic Studios.  There are push molds to make a Dollhouse Mother Doll, a Dollhouse Father Doll (Lance), a Dollhouse Teen Male Doll (Luke), a Dollhouse Teen girl doll (Fairy Sprite) and even a Dollhouse Tiny Baby Push Mold.

All of the push molds to make the dollhouse scale molds come with an online course to make the dolls.  There is even a full-length tutorial DVD teaching the whole system of polymer clay doll making with push molds and polymer clay.

All of the dolls in the dollhouse series (except the tiny baby) have one or two extra face molds that fit onto the master mold, giving you the option of creating dolls with different faces.  You can see two of the push mold dolls below.  There is a DVD with a full tutorial on how to make polymer clay dolls using push molds and polymer clay.  You can even purchase a beginners kit that has everything you need to make them.

If you are interested in seeing the entire dollhouse scaled push molds, you can see them online at www.whitegothic.com/shop.

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Jack Sparrow (inspired) Miniature | Pirates Of The Caribbean

Another Amazing Sculpting Project with SugarCharmShop:

Jack Sparrow Inspired Miniature:

SugarCharmShop begins with a ball of clay and sculpts this character from scratch.  For beginner sculptors out there, this is a great video, and SugarCharmShop is a great artist to follow on YouTube because she can sculpt anything.

It is VERY HARD to make a likeness in clay and you can see from the video picture above that the finished character bust looks EXACTLY like Johnny Depp in his Jack Sparrow character.

You can see every aspect of sculpting in this video:

  • Forming the features
  • Inserting the eyes
  • Forming the mouth
  • Shading with pastel powders
  • Painting with acrylics
  • Creating a mustache and beard
  • Creating dreadlocks
  • Applying the hair to the head
  • Creating the hat out of leather and fabric — without a pattern
  • Distressing the hat and giving the character that “pirate-look”

SugarCharmShop is really a master sculptor. The most fascinating part to see, as a sculptor myself, is how she does all of this with long beautiful nails!  If I have one nail 1/16th of an inch too long, I wind up with nail marks in everything!

Below you can see screen shots from this video that may be helpful if you attempt to recreate this character while honing your own sculpting skills.

sugarcharmshop-portraitAs you can see, there are many steps in creating the full character bust, but this video by SugarCharmShop makes these steps look do-able.  SugarCharmShop is an amazing artist and you should subscribe to her channel on YouTube to catch her older projects you missed and see her future projects as soon as they come out.

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Polymer Clay Jewelry – DIY Gold Earrings – with Mo Clay

Another Great MoClay Project on YouTube:

When I first saw these earrings, I assumed the gold sections were jewelry findings because they appear so perfect.  I thought the red dots were the polymer clay part.  Not so!  These are made from a hand-drawn pattern by MoClay, and tediously cut out of gold polymer clay.  MoClay gently “tugs” the holes into the center sections and manages to get them to look perfect, as usual.

Then the red circles are meticulously cut out of flattened red polymer clay and gently inserted into the center sections as seen above.  Then the jump rings are attached and the earrings are baked to finish.  They are really usual and look so professional.

For those of you who love polymer clay jewelry projects, like I do, be sure to subscribe to MoClay on YouTube because her projects and tutorials are all fantastic.

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Polymer Clay Jewelry – Image Transfers – Inspirations from Pinterest

How to Make an Easy Image Transfer to capture Great Colors:

I seem to be focused this week on polymer clay jewelry.  My inspiration always begins on Pinterest, which I visit at least once a day.  The type of creativity that I see on Pinterest is like nothing I have ever seen before!  Above is a video I made awhile ago on how to make polymer clay transfers with slivers of white half-baked clay, tshirt transfer paper, graphics of your chose, and a home iron.

I tried many, many techniques to do image transfer on polymer clay, but was always unhappy with the “dulling” of the colors that occurred.  This technique allows you to transfer the colors identical to the way they appear in your graphic.

Image transfers make great pendants as can be seen by 3 inspirational pieces I saw today on Pinterest:

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