Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Altered Book Lesson 17 - Polymer Clay

I have not really made much from clay in the past, my daughter is the expert on this, her blog is at scroll down to see her food items made from clay.  

For this lesson Elizabeth showed up how to prepare, roll, cut and bake polymer clay to make embellishments for pages, cards, scrapbooks etc.  She explained the importance of dedicating all your equipment used with this medium for clay making only.  On my page I have used ultra light Fimo, which is white, and painted my stamps with pearl-ex prior to stamping onto the rolled out clay.  The "Visit From Santa" coloured well but the holly leaves and berries were a little pale so I used some felt pens to intensify the colour.    My pages in my book were coming away from the outer cover so I first of all put a strip of Christmas ribbon along the seam to reinforce it.  Magazine pages cut up for the hearth and stockings, flames, coals and Santa.  Embossed metal tape coloured with alcohol inks for the presents at the bottom, and a distressed edge torn piece from a magazine with the words finish the page.

I will certainly be trying some more embellishments with this light weight clay, I will have to make some clay in moulds, I have some hidden away somewhere if I could only remember where.  Beads for an edge would be fun to make also.  Thank you Elizabeth for your tutorial.


Craftymoose Crafts said...

I really like how this page came together. The "Visit from Santa" with the postmark is cool!

BJ said...

Lovely rich page and great texture with your polymer clay pieces. BJ

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

And of course, I am later than late getting here this week. Sorry. BTW, I have NO idea how to remove the extra link. I've tried in the past to no avail. So I'm glad you added "correct link" with your name the second time.

I'm thrilled you were able to play with clay. Your daughter really IS an expert on clay. Her pieces are beautiful and so delicate. I'm glad you played along, though. You know the saying about families that "clay" together, stay together. OK, bit of license there!

I actually like how the holly and leaves turned out after the rework. You did a great job with them. And the visit colored extremely well.

I was sorry to read that your book is starting to fall apart. That seems to have happened to several of us. I'm glad you were proactive and managed to fix it before it got too bad.

Thanks again for this rich and colorful addition to the polymer clay lesson.