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Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday How to make Clay Charms the charms for dummies way lol


I tried the transfers and omgosh no luck! A sweet lady in one of my groups asked me how to make my charms so I posted it to the group. I thought he BLOG THIS! So I hope it makes sense to you guys and I will post a copy of what I wrote to my group!

Also I have 2 new domains! One is spooky Hollow Folk art.com and the other is Spooky Hollow .net. 
Both will be the same website that I am currently slowly working on.

I am also opening a new Etsy store Spooky Hollow.

I just thought the name fits so much better because the series of paintings I sold are called Spooky Hollow Series. ( all the creepy cute characters you see in my work, paintings & charms and pendants.

I have so many cool charms and pendants done I just need to take photos and get them listed in my shops.

So tomorrow New pics and now today...

How to make clay charms for dummies! HEH!<--me being the dummy!

I self taught myself with the clay charms. This is what I do..works for me. I tried transfers and I have no luck with them at all so I print my work tiny..I take an easy short cut to do it. I have a free photo program called Piccasa. I make a collage out of my art in that program which is so totally easy to understand. I save it and then I print it. I let the print dry for at least an hour. I cut out my guys in squares or rectangles. I use Fimo or sculpty clay and run it through a pasta clay machine I found at Micheals for 9 bucks with a coupon lol. ( it totally does NOT matter what color clay you use or what kind really ) 
Running the clay through softens up the clay and also makes a perfect thin pc I can work with. I use the 7 or 8 setting. I put pressed clay on wax paper. I put my cut out print on top and cut around it like a pattern with an exact o knife. After it is cut I press the print into the clay pretty hard. This makes like a little frame that you can see after you bake the clay. I take the print back off. Then I run more clay through the machine really thin like on 2 or 3 setting. 
I take the first clay I cut out and put a loop pin finding on the back. I have to cut most of the pin off. 
So I have this little loop thing and I press it into the back of the first clay cut out. Then I take the thin clay I just pressed and place it over the cut out clay with the loop pressed in. I cut around the thin clay using the first cut out clay as a pattern. This places the loop in the middle of the pc so you don't have an ugly loop on the back! 
Then I bake it in the oven at 270 for 15 minutes..actually I bake a bunch at the same time. 
Let it cool and paint each little charm black in my case. 
Front and back. Then sometimes I go over the black with clear glitter paint. 
Now you are ready to modge podge your print onto the cut outs! You only need a tiny bit on the back of the print. 
When that dries glaze it with either Diamond glaze or Sculpty glaze. Diamond glaze will give it a raised glass like effect and sculpty will give it a pretty shine. 
With these products my ink does not run. 

Let dry add ribbon if you like, crystals or whatever! 

How did I do did I make sense?? 

 
Btw the bracelet pictured above sold last night! never fear i have another almost done that looks very similar!
I also will post the new Day of the Dead beads I have in tomorrow. 
Bye!

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Thank you hon!!! I'm working on a few of these!!!! I think you should try the ACEO's!!! BB, Sarah

Whimsyfolkartist said...

You ARE SO WELCOME! sHOW ME WHEN YOU ARE DONE OK? i TOOK TONS OF PICS TONIGHT. i GOT SOME BUBBLE CHARMS DONE. i CANT WAIT TO SEE YOURS AND BTW MY CAP LOCKS IS STUCK LOL! oh mODGE PODGE ON KEYBOARD looooooool

Whimsyfolkartist said...

hEY PS..SHOW ME HOW TO DO THE ACEO'SS ESSS ESSS THINGIES!