Friday, February 27, 2009

Polymer Clay Pug Tutorial (and giveaway!!!)



Polymer clay pug dog bead tutorial:

Above photo shows amounts of clay that will be used.

You will need beige, brown, black and white colored polymer clay (tiny glass holeless beads are optional). Also, I reinforce each added piece of clay with liquid polymer clay.

The larges ball of beige clay is flattened. This will be the head.

Next grab one of the larger balls of brown clay. Shape into a triangle. This will be the snout.

Place snout on bottom, center of the beige head piece.

Next, shape two of the smaller (about half the snout amount) balls of brown clay into teardrop shapes. These will be the eye spots.

Place with pointed side up on both sides of the top of the snout.

Now, we will make the eyebrows. Take the small balls of beige (the same amount as the eye spots), and roll into tiny snakes, tapering at the ends.

Fold snakes in half pinching ends lightly together.

Place the eyebrows on the top part of the head over the eye spots with rounded ends touching in the center.

Take two more of the larger balls of brown (same amount as snout). Shape into triangles. These will be the ears.

Place on top of head, but a little off to the sides.

Side view of ears.

Back view of ears.

Now, the nose. Grab the small ball of black (about a quarter the size of the eye spots). Roll into a ball, slightly oval shaped.

Place nose on the top part of the snout.

Roll tiny balls of white (about half the size of nose) to make the eye balls. Place on the center of each brown eye spot and flatten.

Add a tiny dot of black clay or tiny black holeless beads to the center of each white eyeball.

Take a needle tool or needle and press into the center, bottom half of the snout.

Side view of finished bead.

Poke hole in desired position.

Bake according to directions on clay package.

I also posted a slideshow of this tutorial on youtube.


Finished bead is available in my etsy shop.


© 2009 threemoonbabies / Marjorie Dalgarn, All rights reserved.You may use this tutorial to make jewelry for sale. If you do so, please link back to Marjorie Dalgarn ( http://3moonbabies.etsy.com or http://livingwiththreemoonbabies.blogspot.com) in the item description.


Giveaway!!!:



If you would like the pug charm pictured below to be yours,
leave a comment in this post with your name and a way to contact you if you win. I will randomly draw a name on next Saturday, March 7..
Good Luck!

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Polymer Clay Covered Eggs

Polymer clay covered eggs have become a hot topic in a polymer clay group, CForiginals, that I belong to. I know that I am going to have to make a few of these things! So, I googled up some more information on the subject. There was lots of info to be found. Here is a good tutorial that I found, it also explains how to blow out the egg from the shell, and you can find another tutorial here. Oh...and you just have to check out It's Jest'er Clay to see the eggheads! For more inspiration, I typed "polymer clay covered eggs" into flickr....so many beautiful eggs!!! These eggs would make a great Easter project, but I think they would also make a beautiful decoration all year long! Hey, I think this might be the perfect opportunity to try out scenting some clay....Mmmm... I can smell the chocolate eggs already:)
Isn't this filigree egg beautiful?


It is by Sarajane Helm .
P.S. I should have the pug dog bead tutorial up on my blog tomorrow.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

February 2009: 5 inch x 7 inch polymer clay artwork

Here is my, still cactus themed, polymer clay piece of art for February:

"Cactus Flowers 2" February 2009


I had a hard time getting this month's piece done...with birthdays...and my family being sick.
But, I did!
Yippee...
Now, to start working on next months!
(here is January's piece)
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Polymer Clay Pug Tutorial (Coming Soon)


Continuing on the polymer clay dog theme...
I am planning on posting a tutorial on how to make my polymer clay pug head bead.

So, stay tuned...

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dogs...

Dogs made of polymer clay... of course!
I love sculpting dogs out of polymer clay, so I thought I would share some Etsy polymer clay dog finds.
Here are some dogs made by talented Etsy artists:


by: nanjodogz

by: sallysbitsofclay

by: qtiff

by: CritterCreationsbyCW
And last, but not least...here is a dog sculpting tutorial from one of my favorite polymer clay artists, Polymer Paula.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

A new issue of Small Magazine....Yippee....

It is sooo inspiring!
Click here for the Spring 09 issue.



P.S. Happy Birthday to my little Ramona!

I can't believe that you are 7!

I love you!


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Beading Needles...


Have been listed in my store!

Please stop by and take a look:

Having trouble figuring out what needles to get?

Here is a website with great beading needle info.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

I'm Finished!!!


I have finally finished restocking all of the TOHO seed beads in my store!

Please stop by and take a look!


I will be restocking all of the beading needles some time next week....

Also, be sure to take advantage of our flat rate shipping fee!!!

Happy beading!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

You're Tweet: Free Printable Valentines

Here are some free Tweet Valentines:

Just for you!
They were made with an image of my original polymer clay artwork.
The pdf is here.
You can also click on the photo above to make it larger, and save the image to your computer.
Print on a thick 8.5" x 11" paper, cut (there are 8 per sheet), personalize and hand out!

Hope that you like them!
Look here for more free printable valentines.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Toho seed beads: size 6/0 and 8/0

I restocked and updated the 6/0 and 8/0 sized Toho seed beads in my store today.

TOHO 8/0 Japanese Seed Beads Brick Red Lined Yellow


...more info about size 8/0 seed beads:
approximately 38 beads per gram
approximately 13 beads per inch (if strung)
approximately 3.0mm in diameter



TOHO 6/0 E Seed Beads Light Green Opal

...more info about size 6/0 seed beads:
approximately 15 beads per gram
approximately 10 beads per inch (if strung)
approximately 4.0mm in diameter

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Restocked and Updated: Toho seed beads...

Hi!

I have been busy updating my eBay store. I have already restocked and updated the Toho One G thread, Toho 11/0 triangles, Toho 15/0 and Toho Treasures. If you are looking for seed beads...please stop by and take a look! I still have Toho size 6/0, Toho 8/0 and lots and lots of Toho 11/0 seed beads to update. I will let you know when I have finished.



Toho means "eastern treasure"

Toho seed beads are made in Japan.

**the main difference between seed beads made in the czech republic and japan is that the beads from japan have larger holes and tend to be more uniform in size**

Here is the Toho website to read more about these wonderful beads...and to see some color charts.
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Monday, February 2, 2009

Hamster

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A blog pet...

I have been seeing blogs with fish to feed, pet hamsters, etc. They are so cute, and my kids love them (okay, so do I)! So...I went on the search for my own. I found them (and lots more) here.
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