SAHM and retired Marine Scrapbooking for the art of it, because I love my family and I enjoy creating art--could there be a more perfect combination? Independent CHA Designer-available for design commissions, kit design, class and project design, teaching events, consultation, product reviews and more!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Nuptial Card

I'm heading back to my home town of Rumford, ME today for my Brother's wedding. It's been a long time coming; he and his lovely fiance' have 3 children and have been together for more years than I can remember.

This occasion calls for a unique and personal card. I wanted to emphasize and congratulate their relationship that has already withstood many milestones which has built a sturdy foundation and family while also wishing them a happy future.


Thursday, February 05, 2009

Stamped Clay Bangle (Easy!)

Here is a fun and easy project with clay stamping, it would be "quick" too, except for the drying time of the clay. This sample is fairly simple, but you get the basics now experiment and have some fun with it!

Shimmer Sapphire Glaze (Earth Safe Finishes)
White Clay (Makins)
Rubber Stamp (Spellbinders-ornaments)
VersaMark Clear pigment (Tsukineko)
Wood bangle, foam brush, water spritzer, non stick surface, paper towels/rags, strong adhesive (Misc.)

1. Roll clay into a thin strip at least 1-1 1/2" inches longer than bangle circumference.
2. Stamp a design into the clay as deeply as possible without compromising the stability by breaking through the clay. Use a clear pigment ink as a release agent for best results. Let dry for 1-2 hours.
3. Pounce Shimmer Glaze into the depressions of the stamped design. Total coverage of the bracelet is not necessary. Let dry.
4. Apply a light mist of water to the dried glaze and begin to gently brush off the glaze that is not in the depressions of the stamped design. Clean the brush and work surface often. Repeat and apply more spritz as necessary to remove surface glaze until you reach the desired effect. Be careful not to use too much water.

5. Let dry completely. Turn the bracelet over and let dry. It's very important that the clay be completely dry before attaching to the bangle. The clay shrinks as it dries and you don't want it to shrink more AFTER you've trimmed it to fit the bangle.
6. While the clay is drying, paint the bangle with Shimmer Sapphire Glaze, The glaze dries fairly quickly. Apply multiple coats to achieve the desired color depth. Let dry.
7. Attach the dried clay to the wood bracelet with strong adhesive, trim as necessary.

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Retired USMC, Mom of 2, Nana to two, living life creatively in Southern Maine. Need an original creation? That's my specialty!

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