I hope you are all enjoying your holidays! Here is a really important tip for adhering two pieces of Creative Paperclay ® together. It applies to all sort so of clay...and I found it quite useful when using Creative Paperclay ®.
So students...today's vocabulary words: SLIP and SCORE.
Slip is basically watered down clay. Add a bit of water to your Creative Paperclay ®. I use a frisbee b/c it has sides to keep my mess away from my project. You will want enough water to make the consistency "gummy" but not "runny."
Next step: SCORE.
With a pointed stick or palate knife, create thin hash marks on both pieces of clay that you want to adhere together. If you have a very thin piece, just roughing up the surface will be good.
Next add a bit of your SLIP. This acts like glue.
After I "glue" my components onto my bowl, I started the drying process by putting it into a zip log bag. This creates an atmosphere so that both pieces of the Creative Paperclay will have the same dryness...and thus adhere well. After a day or so (depending on the size of your projects.), take out your piece and let it dry out in the open air.
You will find that using SLIP and SCORING both pieces will give you a strong bond for your larger projects.
Thanks for stopping by today...
I hope you continue to have a safe holiday season!
Creative Paperclay tends to crack as it dries due to shrinkage. One way to keep the cracking to a minimum is to keep the Creative Paperclay as moist as possible. One way to do this is to keep your opened clay in a Ziploc Bag or an airtight container when not in use. Also keep a cup of water on your work space when you are working with your clay. This way if you notice that it is starting to dry out while you are working with it you can moisten it.
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Good morning, Brenda from Creativity is a State of Mind here again and welcome to another Creative Paperclay® post. With Christmas literally just days away I am scrambling for those last minute gifts. Sometimes you just need a little something for someone and that is what I have for you today. I had made a project awhile ago using some snowflakes that I cut out of vinyl and then I was left with all these scraps of snowflake cutout from the vinyl. I hate to see anything go to waste so I used them up like this... I started out using an empty bottle because I have soooo many and adhered those pieces randomly on the bottle.
Some of those pieces were pretty close to the edge and if I was to etch them I might go over, so I just used some scrap pieces of contact paper and adhered those close to those edges. Then I added my glass etching paste and let that sit for about 10 minutes.
Because I hate waste I use whatever I have on hand and scrap the etching cream off of the item that's being etched and put it back into the bottle. I've been using this same bottle of etching cream forever.
Once I removed those pieces of vinyl the snowflakes came to life.
I LOVE IT!!!
Now you might be wondering why this is a paperclay post? Well, the bottle was a Maggi bottle and the lid wasn't going to cut it.
So I rolled out some paperclay and put it around the lid. I wasn't worried about smoothing it out because...
while it was still wet I rolled it over my "wood grain" embossing folder to give it dimension.
Once it was all dry, I just used my exacto knife to cut away some of the clay so that it had a perfect fit
and painted it brown, black, brown, watered down black, etc. until I got the "look" of a cork
See the dimension? Isn't that cool?
and here is my faux cork. (really baaaad picture)
Next I rolled out some paper clay and
used an embossing folder and sandwiched the paperclay between it.
and gently used my rolling pin to get a good image embossed.
Then I used my snowflake cookie cutter to cut the shapes out randonly
and let them dry overnight.
I made a boat load of these and have another project to show you soon.
Very cool embossed snowflakes.
Then I painted them white and embellished
them with some gold glitter glue.
I filled the bottle with hot cocoa mix and added two of my paperclay
snowflake ornaments and now I have the perfect gift to give to someone.
I am really liking this project and I have just the perfect person in mind to give this to.
I really wished the camera could pick up on the etching better,
but in person this looks magnificent.
I added a bow and now I have the perfect little gift
Thanks for joining me again today and I hope I've inspired you to use some Creative Paperclay®. I'm sure you all put Creative Paper Clay® on your Christmas wish list so you can make all these fun projects we have all been showing you and if you don't get any from Santa, you can order it here or you can get it at Michaels.
Until next time, as always, have a great day and God Bless.
Hey Everybody, It's Edie!
I am here with
my December Quick Tip for Creative Paperclay® - Making holes in projects is obviously easier
while the clay is still fresh and wet. You can use a toothpick or a
straw to make perfect holes every time. However, if you forget to make
your holes and your clay dries, you can use a small hand drill, or even a
regular drill bit turned by hand. I have a variety of tiny regular
drill bits for this purpose. Apply steady pressure and be sure the drill
bit won't damage anything when it pokes through.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR ;)
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One of my favorite things to give as a gift at Christmas time is home made cookies. I have used and decorated coffee cans for this purpose many times, but never quite like this.
First I removed the label and cleaned out the coffee can. Then I rolled strips out of Creative Paperclay that were approximately the same height as the coffee can, 2 inches wide, and 1/8 of an inch thick. I applied them all around the can.
Next I smoothed out the seams using water and also accentuated the grooves of the can and let it dry.
While my can was drying I sprayed some white tissue paper with homemade alcohol inks. This was inspired by a technique that Terri Sproul used during one of her Saturday Craft Fair shows which can be found here.
Once the Creative Paperclay was dry I sanded it to smooth out any really bumpy spots.
Then using Mod Podge I covered the can with my tissue paper.
Finally I added a layer of Terri Sproul Mixers in Gold and glossy varnish.
Here is the finished product without the cover. It is fun and funky and can be used over and over again after the holiday season has long gone.
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