Monthly Archives: August 2014

My extruding experiment – making patterns with “worms

For the last few weeks I have been busy sorting out a programme of workshops for this Autumn have not had as much time in my workshop . I finally managed to get the information on the workshop page ( HURRAY ) and so I can get back into creating , which is much more fun !

I have been messing around with my new little extruder tool and seeing what it can do.

First I played around with different thicknesses of round ” worms and used them to make some patterns on flat clay and around small beads of clay.
I liked the way the beads came out , they looked quite earthy and textured. Before I baked them , I brushed some green metallic powder on them to enhance the texture .

This is what I made with them.
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I think it’s not bad for my first necklace using extruded clay.

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I have been trying in vain to put this information on my workshop page,but unfortunately after 4 hours of trying , it still will not go where I want it to .
So for the time being it will be staying as a post.

If anyone can explain how I can move this table from my blog post onto a permanent page and still look like it does here, I would be very happy.

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Polymer clay – Adapting a clay extruder to use with polymer clay.

For quite a while I have been wanting to get a clay extruder for using with polymer clay .To try out a few ideas , and see what It  can be used for.

I did some  research and found that the cheap clay extruder that can be bought in the UK is difficult to use with Polymer clay. The ones that are best come from the USA and are about 5 times as expensive ,( without the delivery charge )

As my parents came  on holiday from England recently I decided to order a cheap version that  they could bring with them,  and see if it was as  difficult as I had read it was.

Well, it ]was  !! It was almost impossible to push the plunger manually. After googling I  found some options  which involved  either cutting the gun or making a metal frame to hold it in place.

I had a few other ideas of my own,  but decided to chat with my Portuguese neighbour Manuel , who has such an inventive brain, and seems to be able to see things differently than most of us.

I was so pleased that I did !

He came up with a solution in about a minute,which  did not involve cutting or changing the extruder or the mastic gun ! Not only that but within 10 minutes he had my £2.99 extruder working a treat.

I have not seen this idea on line, so I thought I would share it with you. it is simple and effective .

CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A  WRITTEN EXPLANATION

CLEVER EH !

Over  the next few weeks I will be showing  you what  I have been doing with this latest little gadget .

Bead making with Polymer clay – Aqua & Silver .

The great thing about making jewellery with Polymer clay is you can make something to match an outfit.

I decided to cheer myself this week (I have been a bit under the weather) and make myself some beads to match a summery top I bought recently.

WHAT I DID

1. I Made aqua coloured clay using turquoise and yellow .
2. I added varying amounts of white to make several tints of the colour.
3. I put metal silver leaf on the clays and rolled it through my pasta machine, which makes a lovely flecked effect
3. I rolled out some beads using leftover clay ( also known as MUD ) in a variety of sizes
4. I covered the beads in the aqua clay and played around with different shapes
5. I baked them.
6. When they were cooked , I decided not to sand or varnish them as I liked the matt effect
7. I drilled holes in them, and made a bracelet , necklace and earrings.

Now I just need a chance to wear them!