Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Heart and Texture

Another event from the Polymer Clay Swaps group on Facebook.  We are to create , in polymer clay, a texture sheet measuring 4 inches by 4 inches and a decorative heart.

I was paired with the talented Nancy Quinn from Canada !  She is a cheerful and delightful person. glad I have been introduced to her and the Horizon Group .

We agree to make our hearts wall hangings. I have never made a texture sheet before so ... off to do the research.  Many helpful  videos on the Internet and several nice articles in polymer magazines.  It looked so easy .

This proved to be an overwhelming  task for me.  It was hard to locate the particular type of polymer clay recommended. Even after using it I was not achieving the results I saw in the demonstrations.  Frustration set in and many pieces of clay were wadded up and kneaded into a ball again. My partner was so  patient and offered several tips that helped to ease the difficulties I was having. Arthritis makes delicate movements almost impossible I have discovered.

Finally I had some results that were presentable.  I had been searching for a way to make a wood pattern after doing the fairy doors.  Living on an old farmstead proved beneficial in this effort.  Old weathered barn wood was at my beck and call.

Here are the results of my efforts. Hearts, water drops and tile imprints.


Plus I sent her a second sheet of the wood texture I had discovered. the big , smooth looking lump is what creates the knot hole in the finished piece.

And now to the heart decoration  ... a wall hanging.


Nancy was very creative with her texture sheet . Such a delicate design.  It works great on the buttons that I create.  I love that we both choose the green clay to make our textures with.

This is the wonderful clay heart she sent me .  I love it.  Silky smooth all over.  I keep it near my work station!  Very refreshing and soothing.






Making Your Own Stamp / Texture Sheet
You can make your own stamps and texture sheets in a number of ways. Carved erasers work as stamps, as will other carved or textured surfaces--  including polymer clay!  Use the following tips as inspiration for making your own stamps from polymer clay:
Use a stamp (or even a variety of stamps and other texturing tools) to leave impressions in a sheet of raw clay. Cure the clay and use it as a stamp or texture sheet. This is a good way to get the opposite effect from a well-loved stamp. (Instead of pressing the pattern into the clay, your homemade tool will bring out a raised pattern.)
Carve or etch a design into a sheet (or other shape) of cured (or partially-cured) clay. Linoleum cutters make this job easier, but even a craft knife will work. Be sure to carve deeply enough to leave a good impression on raw clay, and if you're working with partially-cured clay, don't forget to pop it back into the oven when you're finished carving.
To make a flexible texture sheet (of the sort that can even be run through the pasta machine to texture raw clay, if it's made thinly enough), try Sculpey Super Flex Bake & Bend clay. This special clay remains more flexible after curing than other polymer clays do.

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To make a flexible texture sheet (of the sort that can even be run through the pasta machine to texture raw clay, if it's made thinly enough), try Sculpey Super Flex Bake & Bend clay. This special clay remains more flexible after curing than other polymer clays do.n Making Your Own Stamp / Texture Sheet
Ywn Stamp / Texture Sheet
You can make your own stamps and texture sheets in a number of ways. Carved erasers work as stamps, as will other carved or textured surfaces--  including polymer clay!  Use the following tips as inspiration for making your own stamps from polymer clay:
Use a stamp (or even a variety of stamps and other texturing tools) to leave impressions in a sheet of raw clay. Cure the clay and use it as a stamp or texture sheet. This is a good way to get the opposite effect from a well-loved stamp. (Instead of pressing the pattern into the clay, your homemade tool will bring out a raised pattern.)
Carve or etch a design into a sheet (or other shape) of cured (or partially-cured) clay. Linoleum cutters make this job easier, but even a craft knife will work. Be sure to carve deeply enough to leave a good impression on raw clay, and if you're working with partially-cured clay, don't forget to pop it back into the oven when you're finished carving.
To make a flexible texture sheet (of the sort that can even bown stamps and texture sheets in a number of ways. Carved ermps, as will ther carved or textured surfaces--  including polymer clay!  Use the following tips as inspiration for making your own stamps from polymer clay:
Use a stamp (or even a variety of stamps and other texturing tools) to leave impressions in a sheet of raw clay. Cure the clay and use it as a stamp or texture sheet. This is a good way to get the opposite effect from a well-loved stamp. (Instead of pressing the pattern into the clay, your homemade tool will bring out a raised pattern.)
Carve or etch a design into a sheet (or other shape) of cured (or partially-cured) clay. Linoleum cutters make this job easier, but even a craft knife will work. Be sure to carve deeply enough to leave a good impression on raw clay, and if you're working with partially-cured clay, don't forget to make your own stamps and texture sheets in a number of ways. Carved erasers work as stamps, as will other carved or textured surfaces--  including polymer clay!  Use the following tips as inspiration for making your own stamps from polymer clay:
Use a stamp (or even a variety of stamps and other texturing tools) to leave impressions in a sheet of raw clay. Cure the clay and use it as a stamp or texture sheet. This is a good way to get the opposite effect from a well-loved stamp. (Instead of pressing the pattern into the clay, your homemade tool will bring out a raised pattern.)
Carve or etch a design into a sheet (or other shape) of cured (or partially

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