Posts Tagged ‘Project


Dem bones, dem bones, dem fish bones! Part 1

Mrs. B is extending the giveaway for the bat and pumpkin cupcake necklace I made giveaway until the 1st of November so if you still want a chance you can hop on over there and add your name to the bunch.

You can see the necklace in the picture below the cat picture.

Thank you for your votes on the Fave Crafts Blog Hop. I did not win, but I feel great about bringing a ton of new people and unique votes to their web page and I could not have done it with out all of you. Blessings all over all of you.

Spooky fish skeleton that is not just for Halloween.

At least that is what I think anyway.

I love this cane.

I hope you have fun making it too.

You will need:

Black Cernit

Opaque White Cernit

Porcelain Cernit

Biscuit Cernit

Clay slicing blade

Clay machine

Ruler if you wish

I mixed the black clay with Biscuit and the white clay with porcelain in equal parts

Condition and roll out the black in to a sheet on the thickest setting in your clay machine.

I cut five sheets in black 2 1/8″ by 1 1/2″.

Roll the white clay out on the 3rd thickest setting.

We will cut down the white sheets to size but these are a great size to start with.

Cut out 5 sheets of the opaque white 2 1/8″ by 1 1/2″.  You can use a black sheet as a template.

Cut off 1/8″ from each side of the long side of the white sheet.

Lay a black sheet down and place this white sheet in the very middle of it.

Take another sheet of black the same size as the ones above and rolled out on the 3rd thickest setting like the white sheets above and cut off 1/8″ from the long side.

Place the black strips on the side of the white sheet on both sides.

It will be like there is a whole sheet that is 2 1/8″ by 1 1/2″.

Add one of the 5 black sheets that you cut in the beginning to the stack above.

It will look like this from the side.

Cut off a little strip that is a bit bigger than the first ones ( 1/4″) you cut. Do this from both sides of the sheet.

Place in the middle of the sheet of black that you just placed on the stack.

Cut off strips the same size as the ones you just cut off of the white sheet out of the black clay rolled out on the third thickest setting.

It will look like this.

Add another one of the first black sheets that were cut.

Cut off a strip on each side of one of the white sheets that you cut before, these strips will be a little bit bigger than the last strips.

Add the white sheet that is left to the stack in the middle.

Add strips of black clay rolled out on the 3rd thickest setting to the sides of the white sheet.

Then add another one of the first black sheets that you cut in the beginning.

Cut a bigger strip from each side of the next sheet of white.

Add the white sheet to the stack in the middle of the stack.

Add black strips to the sides of the  white sheet.

Add one of the original cut sheets of black to the stack.

You can guess what happens with the next white sheet right? I knew you could.

Cut strips on both sides of the white strip that are bigger than the last strips and add that to the stack.

Add black strips to each side of the white sheet.

Stand the cane stack on the end like you see it and cut through the center of all of the sheets.

Here is another view.

Add a sheet of white to the center of the cut on one side. The sheet will be rolled out on the 3rd thickest setting.

Put the stack back together with the white sheet in the middle…

Stay tuned for part 2.


To antique or not to antique… part 5, a little project- Inspirational tags

These are the Nature colors  from Cernit and they happen to look very much like sand and stones. They have a porcelain look to them and are filled with all kinds of fibers and glitters. You can click on the picture for a larger view.

They also look very nice, you guessed it, antiqued!

You can find these colors at my husband’s on line store Clay Factory .

For quick and easy little tags for book marks, necklaces, and earrings. I am sure you can think of  lots other things for them too.

Inspirational Tags

Cernit Nature colors in your choice (link above)

Clay Words Sheet stamps 269-001, 30 words- ERAGraphics

A Bic stic pen

Black or Brown Ne-opaque- Clay Factory

A piece of old towel


Condition the color of clay you want to use.

Cut the stamps apart, or not. That is really up to you I guess.
Roll little coils that are a little longer than the stamp you are going to use.

If the words are skinny make the coil smaller in diameter.

If the words are thicker make the little coil thicker
These two in the first step should give you the general idea.

Flatten and lengthen the coil a little.

Lie one end of the coil at the bottom or end of the word and have the excess  extend over the beginning of the word.

Do not press the stamp all the way in. It looks better if you do not have the outline of the outside of the rubber there on the clay.

When you antique it after it is baked it will highlight that line there.

Do not peel off the stamp yet.

Use the point of the pen to make the whole in the top

of the little tag.

It works great if you press gently on the rubber to hold it and drill the pen to loosen it from the clay and make the hole.

Peel off the stamp and then bake this on a tray just the way it is.

Going through it again with the other stamp.

Smaller or thinner stamp, smaller coil, flatten and lengthen a little.

Press in the little stamp, these stamps are made for clay and are very deep, so do not press too far. It is OK if you do because you just smash it up and roll in to a coil again.

No worries.

Use the pen again and drill the little hole in the one end.

Peel the stamp out.


Now bake these at 275 degrees for 30 minutes, shut off the oven and let them cool in the oven.

When cool, paint with black or brown ne-opaque and let it dry a little on the clay. With a damp not wet old piece of towel and rub(sometimes vigorously) the excess paint off.

Easy or what???

 No hole you can use them as glue on words. If gluing on, I suggest Weldbond or Crafter’s pick the Ultimate glue for the job!


Luck of the Irish?

Marie Segal 2009 this was publish at my blogger site last year 03/10/09

Is it only the Irish who have luck or can it be for all? I think that jewelry that expresses intent helps me focus on a thought to attract more of that to me. And as my wonderful mother in law always says “It couldn’t hurt!”

So on this auspicious holiday make this dapper piece that encourages you or the lucky recipient you gift it to, to focus on the LUCKY instead of the something less desirable.

Not only are you activating the law of attraction, you are having fun and learning a new technique that will add to the body of skills you need to be an accomplished Indie crafter and artisan.

Oh and a tiny bit of the green may save you from getting pinched and that is very lucky!

All of the products below with code # can be found at my husbands on line craft store

Cernit clay in black CG-025 and green CG-018 (

Lumiere in Pearl Emerald green-572 (

Necklace finding– decorative swirl, DECO1 (

Small round turquoise flat back glass cabochon (

Rattail satin cording 2mm in green

Piece of screen, lace, un-mounted stamp or anything else with a soft hand for texturing

Ultimate Clay Machine (M35054)

Scalpel (SCP) or Craft blade

3/8” heart cutter (APC3H)

Crafter’s Pick “The Ultimate” glue or Weldbond
Word Mold
(from previous blog post, making word molds)

#2 pencil with brand new eraser

½” round stencil brush

Paper towel or old towel

Making the pendant

Prepare the pendant with glue and let dry till the glue is clear.

This glue will bake in the oven with out any problems and is not the same as using regular white glue for this purpose.

Make the LUCKY word mold

Condition the black clay until it is a smooth consistency and roll out in the clay machine on the 4th thickest setting.

Use the finding to gently mark the clay for the size of the inside of the bezel. Do not press all the way down to cut it or the glue will stick to the clay. You can also do this step first if you wish.

Use the scalpel to cut around the marked area, slightly inside the deep line. Hold scalple straight up and down vertically to cut.

Place the cut out oval into the opening and center before gently pressing in to place.

With a piece of screen or a rubber stamp or some other texture press the black clay all the way into the area.

Condition and roll out the green clay on the 4th thickest setting in the clay machine. Use the 3/8” pattern cutter to cut out a heart shape and place the cutter on the black textured clay and pull back the cutter really fast to get the clay heart to release on to the black clay. Sometimes this will not work, you do have to practice at this and if it doesn’t work cut out the hearts and turn the hearts over and place on the black clay to prevent the indentation from the plunger from being on the front of your design.

Before you place all of the hearts on the black clay in the shape of a shamrock, cut out one of the green hearts and roll in to a ball and then roll in to an elongated cone about ¾” to 1” and place the point of it towards the middle of all of the points of the hearts.

Now place on the last heart from the cutter.

Then mark all of the hearts with the back (thickest side of the blade) of the scalpel blade. A couple or three lines in each one will be fine and I also like to vary the length of the lines.


Cut out another green heart and roll it in to a ball and place in the center of the shamrock where all of the points meet and gently press down but not smash in place.

Add a tiny, tiny bit of glue to the back of the stone and let dry. If the glue is wet it will slide on top of the clay.

Add the small turquoise cabochon to the top of the ball and use the pencil eraser to push the cabochon all the way in to the green ball of clay. I find that when I am using the pencil eraser as a “stone pusher” it is best to hold the pencil straight up and down vertically to the stone.

Condition and roll out a small ¼” coil of black clay.

Place the coil end in one end of the LUCKY mold and lay the coil across the rest of the word mold.

Do not cut off but press the clay coil in to the mold.

Use what is left of the coil as a tab to pull the molded word out.

Cut off the rest of the coil right next to the word.

Curve the LUCKY word banner a little in an arc and place a tiny, tiny bit of glue on the back of the banner. Place on the top of the oval, a little on the bezel and a little on the clay.

Bake in a preheated 275 degree oven for one half hour shut off the oven and let cool to touch before removing.

When completely cool use the stencil brush to punch in the green Lumiere paint on to the pendant metal and the clay. With a damp not wet towel or paper towel wipe off the excess paint from the clay and the finding.

Cut the length of rattail or ribbon that you are going to use and thread through the jump ring to finish the necklace. I also add a very small amount of glue to the ends of the rattail to prevent it from unraveling. You can also do this with the green Lumiere paint, just dip the end in to the jar and let dry.

Here are some other wonderful uses for these pendants.

Kathy Davis

                                                                  Dawn Schiller

And myself

September 2020

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