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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Craft Klatch 2014 Year in Review!!





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It's that time of year again.  It's out with the old and in with the new, but before we do that, let's take a quick look back at 2014!  Thank you everyone who has continued to support my videos and who enjoy crafting as much as I do!  Happy New Year - may it be safe and happy!!





If you want to take another quick stroll down memory lane, check out Craft Klatch 2013 Year in Review!



Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, December 29, 2014

Polymer Clay Snowman Snowgirl DIY

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I have one more winter polymer clay project and it's a snowgirl.  It can be an ornament, or just a fun item to have sitting around.


You will need:
-  Polymer clay - white, brown, orange, pink and black
-  Needle tool
-  Blade to cut with
-  Wire - I used 20 gauge
-  Small eye screw (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:



Here are some items from Amazon, in case you want to give it a try:



Directions:
1.  Roll three balls of white clay and stack them.
2.  Take wire and bend into arms.
3.  Take brown clay and cover the wire arms.   It only needs a thin covering and then poke them into the snowman.
4.  Create a small cone with the orange clay, for the nose.  Attach to face.
5.  Take small black pieces for the eyes, buttons and mouth and attach.
6.  Roll a piece of pink into a cone  and stick to the top of the head.  
7.  With the pink, create a snake and flatten.  With a blade, cut the two long sides straight.  Wrap around the base of the hat and cut to size.  With your needle tool, add some ribbing to the band of the hat.  Also make indents on the carrot nose.  
8.  Create another snake with pink and flatten.  Cut fringes on both ends.  Wrap around the neck of the snowman.  Arrange the fringes, to create the illusion of movement.
9.  Roll a small ball of white and attach to the end of the hat as a pom pom.  Use needle tool to poke and create texture.
10.  If you want to turn it into an ornament, take your needle tool and poke a hole in the top of the hat.
11.  Bake according to the package directions.
12.  Once cool, you can screw in the eye screw.  Add a ribbon and you have an ornament or winter decor.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Friday, December 26, 2014

All My Coasters!!! 2012 to 2014

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I have been asked several times to put together a video of ALL my coasters, so here it is!
You can find the tutorials on my Craft Klatch YouTube channel and on the tutorials page, here at my website.  Enjoy!!!  Let me know which ones you had forgotten!




Thursday, December 25, 2014

Iridescent Resin Coaster Craft Tutorial - Another Coaster Friday

Here is another coaster I forgot to post through my blog:




Here's the video tutorial:

Happy Birthday Candy Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

Going through my tutorials list, I just realized I never added this one:



Here is the video tutorial:

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nativity Scene Resin Coaster

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Success!  I tried to coaster again and it worked.  I also sanded down the original and you can see how that worked out in the video.  Thanks for hanging tight with me on this one!



You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Twigs
-  Acrylic paint - light brown, dark brown, gold
-  Paint brush
-  Skewer stick
-  Moss
-  Tiny manger figures (I found mine at Michaels)
-  Fine dark blue glitter
-  Fast drying super glue (clear)


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Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  Mix in glitter.
2.  Pour into mold.  Allow to cure.
3.  Paint on the back wall of the manger.  I did it with a lighter brown and followed up with streaks of darker brown and gold.
4.  Cut twigs to create the roof and outer walls of the manger.  You will need three sticks for each part.
5.  Glue them together - lay two flat, add a little glue and put the third on top, like a pyramid.  I show you in the video, if you want to see how I did it.
6.  I used my Dremel tool to shave a little bit off of Mary and Joseph, only because they didn't lay flat.  Once I shaved them, they were fine.
7.  I used two small pieces of twig and glued them together to create a cross.  I glued that to the coaster.
8.  With a skewer stick, I painted one star in the sky.  Allow to dry.
9.  Prepare more resin.
10.  I dropped Mary and Joseph into the resin and made sure they were well covered.  I then placed them on the coaster.
11.  I dropped my glued twigs into the resin and made sure they were well covered.  Letting them soak up some resin will go a long way in preventing future bubbles.
12.  Then take them out and place them onto the coaster.  Wood floats in resin, but if you place them down with a little resin, the resin will cure and hold them in place when you do your next pour.
13.  Drip some resin over the cross and make sure it is covered with resin.
14.  Take moss and rip or cut into tiny pieces.  Mix into resin and make sure it is saturated.  With your stir stick, remove from the resin, giving it a moment to drain.  Place into the bottom of the coaster, by Mary and Joseph's feet.  
15.  Drop baby Jesus into the resin and place him in the coaster.
16.  Allow to cure.
17.  Prepare more resin - you will likely have to go all the way to the top of the mold - and pour into mold.  
18.  Keep an eye on the bubbles and remove as necessary.
19.  Let it cure.

That's it!  Unmold it and you have a beautiful and festive coaster!

Thanks for stopping by and have a very Merry Christmas!

Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, December 22, 2014

Easy Resin Christmas Ornaments

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Here are some easy resin ornaments!



You will need:

-  Silicone mold 
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Acrylic paint - any variety you want
-  Glitter - I used green, red, pink and blue
-  Paint brushes and skewer sticks
-  Triple Thick (optional)


Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Using acrylic paint, paint it directly on the mold.  I used the back of a skewer stick to make the ornaments for the dots.  I used a paint brush to paint the star, the stem, the pom poms on the hats and the bands.
2.  Allow to dry completely.
3.  Mix your resin, according to the package directions.  Divide into different cups and mix in different colors of glitter.
4.  Pour into molds.  You can make them as thin or as thick as you like.
5.  Allow to cure.
6.  Unmold.  
7.  The mold I used has a matte finish, so they come out with a matte finish, rather than a shiny finish.  You can leave it matte, or you can shine it up.  I used Triple Thick to shine it up, but you can also brush on a thin layer of resin and let it cure.  
8.  To turn it into an ornament, you can drill a hole into it at add a ribbon.  Easy peasy!!

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here is the resin I used available through Amazon:








Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Polymer Clay Santa Ornament DIY

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I had a request to make a polymer clay Santa, so here he is:

You will need:
-  Polymer clay - red, white, flesh and black
-  Tools - clay tools, toothpicks, skewer sticks, knitting needles, your fingers, or whatever you can get your hands on!
-  Eyescrew
-  Ribbon


Here are some items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Create a ball in flesh for the head and a small ball for the nose.  Blend the nose into the head.
2.  Create the hat.  Use red and make a cone.  Create a bend at the top of the hat.  Attach to the top of the head.
3.  Create a larger and wider cone for the body.  Add head to the top of the body.
4.  Make two logs in red for the legs and two for the arms.  Attach and blend.
5.  Make a thin black ribbon, cut it, so the sides and ends are clean.  Wrap it around the body and trim to size.  Cut a small rectangular piece to look like the buckle and attach.
6.  Create two balls for the gloves.  Attach and use a toothpick or other tool and create and indent for the thumb, making it look like a mitten.
7.  Create two ovals and attach to the bottoms of the legs for the boots.
8.  Take white clay and flatten to create trim around the bottoms of the legs, around the bottom of the coat, the cuffs at the arms, round the base of the hat.  Attach in all those places and use a tooth pick or ball tool and texture it, so it looks like fur.
9.  Add ball at end of the had for the pom pom.
10.  Attach a mustache, beard and hair.  Use needle tool to texture it.  
11.  Make three tiny black balls and add to the face for eyes and mouth.  Use a needle tool or toothpick to poke a hole in the had to be able the add an eyescrew later.
12.  Bake according to the clay package directions.
13.  Once cooled, paint on gold acrylic paint for the buckle.  
14.  Add eyescrew and ribbon. 

That's it!  Thank you for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

Mona

Monday, December 15, 2014

Polymer Clay Polar Bear Ornament DIY

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I had a request to make a polar bear out of polymer clay and this is what I came up with:


You will need:

-  Polymer clay - white, black, purple
-  Acrylic paint - black and pink
-  Optional:  Skewer stick, knitting needle, needle tool, blade, eye screw

Here are some items available through Amazon, that you might find helpful:



Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take a piece of white clay, enough to create the torso.  Roll it in a ball and create an egg shape.
2.  Create two legs, by rolling two pieces of white clay into tapered cylinders - thicker on one end and thinner at the other.
3.  Attach the thin ends to the bottom of the body.
4.  Create similar shapes with the arms and attach them to the sides of the body.
5.  Make a head and attach to the body.
6.  Take a small ball of clay and attach it to make the snout.  Using a knitting needle, clay tool or whatever works, smooth it onto the head and make it a little pointy.
7.  Create two small balls, flatten them a little and attach them to the top of the head, for ears.
8.  Using a skewer stick or knitting needle, indent the ears.
9.  Shape and blend everything as needed.  Flatten the feet and hands a little to create a paw like shape.
10.  Take a piece of purple clay and create a rope.  Flatten it.  Trim both ends with a knife or clay blade.  Then cut in fringes, on both ends.
11.  Wrap the scarf around the bear's neck.  Remember it is supposed to look like fabric, so make sure it bends in areas and the fringes are separated.
12.  With black clay, create two small eyes and a nose.  Attach them to the bear.
13.  If you want to turn him into an ornament, poke a hole into the top of his head.
14.  Bake according to the package directions.
15.  Once cool, add eye screw, if you want to turn it into an ornament.
16.  With acrylic paint, add eyebrows, feet and pink in the ears.

That's it!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Saturday, December 13, 2014

DIY Lollipop Christmas Coaster Set - Another Coaster Friday!

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I know I'm late getting this up!  It was actually done on time, but I didn't get the video edited quick enough.  So, this is a Saturday edition of Another Coaster Friday!!

I  decided to do a set for the holidays and I wanted something fun.  What could be funner than lollipops?!?!?!?!


You will need:
-  Polymer clay - red, green and white 
-  Piece of scrap 2" x 4"
-  Red ribbons
-  White dimensional paint
-  Skewer stick
-  Stencils
-  White glitter
-  Red acrylic paint
-  E6000 glue

Here are some of the items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:





Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Take a half of the white clay and knead it until it is soft.  Then, roll it into a snake and set aside.
2.  Repeat with the red clay.
3.  Put the red and white lay next to each other and gently squeeze them together.  You are trying to combine them to make a rope.
4.  Roll the clay and twist it.  Roll and twist until you get the desired effect and it looks similar to a candy cane.
5.  You are going to need a good amount of working space because you need a long snake.  
6.  Once you get it to the desired length, begin to coil it.  You are now making the coaster.  While you are coiling it, remember to gently squeeze it together and gently press it down.  You don't want any gaps, or it won't be a very effective coaster.  You want it somewhat flat so a glass will sit steady on it.
7.  Once you reach the end, pinch the end to a point and then finish the lollipop.  It will give it more of a tapered end.  
8.  Take your skewer stick and gently insert it into the clay.  Use a drilling motion and gently insert it until you reach  close to the center.  Repeat with remaining red clay and green clay.
9.  Put them on a pan lined with parchment paper and pop them in the oven.  Bake according to the clay package directions.
10.  In the meantime, drill holes into the wood, so you can later insert the skewer sticks.
11.  Paint the block of wood red.
12.  Cut the skewer sticks to the desired lengths.  Paint the skewer sticks white.
13.  Stencil or decorate the block of wood as you wish.  I used a J and a Y stencil with a snowman in between to make it look like JOY.  You can use stickers or anything you would prefer.
14.  Insert the skewer sticks in the holes.  Put the clay lollipops on the sticks.  Add ribbons.  I put a dab of hot glue on the ribbon, to help keep it in place.  I also inserted the skewer sticks, with the pointy end in the base.
15.  Take the dimensional white paint and paint the block to look like snow has fallen on it.  While wet, sprinkle with glitter, to give it and icy effect.
16.  The block of wood was kind of wobbly, so I also made four white balls out of clay, baked them, glued them onto the base and added the paint and glitter.

Now you have a festive and fully functional coaster set.  Just take the lollipop head off  and use as a coaster.  When you are done, put it back.  The sticks always stay in the base.  Polymer clay is non-porous, so you don't need to seal it.  If you did want a shiny effect, I would suggest painting it with resin, because that will give it a durable finish.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Polymer Clay Penguin Ornament DIY

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It's been a while since I have done anything with polymer clay and I thought I'd make a penguin ornament for the holidays!


You will need:
-  Polymer clay - black, white, orange, red, pink
-  Small eye screw
-  Ribbon
-  Black acrylic paint
-  White acrylic paint

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Roll the black clay into two balls - a larger for the body and a smaller for the head.
2.  Put them together - shape them and blend together.
3.  Take the white clay and roll a small amount into a circle and flatten it down.  With a knitting needle or needle tool, create a indent.  Place the piece on the face of the penguin and flatten it in.  Make sure the indent is toward the top of the head.
4.  Flatten a larger white piece into an oval and attach to the belly.
5.  Create two black balls and flatten them into the shape of wings.  Attach to the body.
6.  Take two orange pieces and shape into triangles, for the feet.  Attach to the bottom of the penguin.
7.  With a needle tool, create indents in the feet.
8.  Take two small black balls and flatten for the eyes and attach to the face.
9.  Create a cone shape, with orange clay, and attach to the face as the beak.
10.  To create the scarf and ear muffs, I had a leftover piece of pink and red swirled clay.  I made it by making two snakes of pink and red.  I put them together and twisted them.  I rolled it and twisted it continually.  For the scarf, I measured it around the neck of the penguin and cut it to size.  I then took it off and flattened it.  I used a blade tool to cut in fringes at both ends.  I put it back around the neck of the penguin and shaped it as I wanted. I created a thin flat piece for the ear muffs and placed it over the head.  I then cut two round pieces and put it over both ears.
11.  I took my needle tool and created a hole in the top of the head.
12.  I baked it according to the package directions.
13.  Once I took it out, I painted white of the eyes with acrylic paint.  Once dry, I painted on the pupil and eyebrows, with black acrylic paint.
14.  I took a small eye screw and twisted it into the head of the penguin.
15.  Add a ribbon and hang on the tree!

These make great gifts or party favors!  Make them smaller to make earrings or a necklace!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Here are some of the items I used, available at Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Giveaway!



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I have another giveaway for you!  I'm giving away the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that I made out of golf balls!!

If you are under the age of 16, you must get your parent's permission to enter!  This is open internationally.  One winner will receive all four turtles.  The winner will be closed randomly!



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If you want to see how I made them, you can watch the video below!!


Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Mona

Snowman Mold Giveaway!!

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Tis the season for a giveaway!!  Today I am giving away a snowman silicone mold, like the one I used recently in my Big Resin Snowman Decoration DIY!



This giveaway ends on Thursday, December 11 at 12:00am.

You must enter below.  If you are under the age of 16, you must have your parents' permission before entering.  This is open internationally.  If you can get mail, I will send it to you!

YOU MUST ENTER HERE:



You can see how I made the snowman here:


Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Mona



Friday, December 5, 2014

DIY Christmas Ornament Coasters - Another Coaster Friday

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I wanted to think a little outside the mold today to come up with Christmas Ornament Coasters!


You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work just as well)
-  Glitter - I used chunky green, fine red, fine gold, fine silver and a homemade mix of blue, white and silver (left over from another project)
-  Dimensional paint - I used metallic white, pearl green, gold and brown
-  Jewelry clay  - You could substitute polymer clay, but you will need to bake that before attaching it to the coaster and the jewelry clay is more durable.  
-  Parchment paper

Here are some of the same or similar items available from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:




 Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  
2.  Mix in whatever color glitter you want to have as the background.  Pour into  mold.  Pop bubbles as necessary.
3.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Decide on a design and take your 3D paint and paint it on the cured resin.  Allow to completely dry.
5.  Once dry, prepare more resin and pour over the coasters.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before removing from the mold.
6.  Prepare your jewelry clay, according to the package directions.  Roll the clay into a ball and then flatten and shape it to be the ornament cap.  TIP:  Try not to touch the front of the coasters when handling the jewelry clay because it will leave a residue behind.
7.  Once shaped, press it onto the side of the coaster.   Shape as necessary and add the hole.
8.  Take your fine glitter and brush it onto the clay.  Run a thin blade under the clay to detach it from the parchment paper, carefully turn it over an apply glitter to the back of the ornament cap.  Flip it back over and let it cure.  
9.  Once it is cured, you can brush off any excess and if you didn't get enough glitter on the clay, you can add it with some Mod Podge or clear drying glue.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona