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Snowman Polymer Clay Ornament Project!

December 16, 2012

Last Friday, the day of the horrific killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School I went to Noah, our grandson’s 1st grade class to teach them how to make this polymer clay ornament.  I thank God that I had errands to run before the class and that I did not know what had occurred until I returned home later that day.  I don’t know how I would have gotten through the class without tears and sobs.  The children killed were the same age as my grandson and his classmates. 

 Snowman Face Ornament
by Becky Meverden copyright 2012
 
Materials:
Polymer clay: white, orange and black
Toothpick
Plastic straw
Blush and cotton swab
Red ribbon
 
When working with children and especially white polymer clay, make sure their hands are clean.  The white clay picks up everything and will get quite dirty.  Luckily, I brought papertowels and waterless handcleaner.
 
Instructions:
1.  Flatten a 1″ white ball of clay into a circle.
2.  For eyes, roll two 1/8″ black balls and press onto face.
3.  For squint lines, use toothpick to indent two lines next to each eye.
4.  For nose, roll a 3/8″ orange ball into a oval.  Press onto face just under the eyes.
5.  Use toothpick to indent the mouth.  I start in the center of the nose and go out each side from there to insure that the mouth is even on both sides.
6.  Blush cheeks.
7.  Use straw to make hole for hanging.
8.  Bake in a 265 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let cool.
9.  String with ribbon.
 


Here are Noah’s classmates creations.  They all wanted to do the blush themselves and as you can see, a few really went crazy with it.  When I asked why they put it all over the face, they told me that it was because the snowman had been to the tanning salon and had a sunburn.  I had to giggle over that one.

Even Noah’s teacher made one and the kids really enjoyed themselves.  I love how unique and different each one is.

I can’t tell you how many hugs I got that day from the kids.  A couple of girls even told me that they wished I was their grandmother.

This is Noah’s.  He was over the moon to have me there.  As soon as I walked in, he ran over with a huge smile on his face and gave me a huge hug.  I treasure these days because I know how fast time goes.  It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was coming in to teach a clay class with his mother and his uncle.  I was also fortunate to have my sister live close so I continued the tradition with her children too. 

Sparkly Words Christmas Ornament Project!

December 9, 2012
Sparkly Words Christmas Ornament
by Becky Meverden Copyright 2012
 
Materials
Twine
Elmer’s Glue
Glitter
Lame or ribbon for hanging
Scissors
Small bowl and plastic wrap
Wax paper
 
Instructions
1.  Choose the word you want to make.  You can make anything.
2.  I wrote the word in my cursive handwriting style.  You will notice that doing a word like “Hope,” I write the “H,” lift my pen and write the rest of the word.  This means that I cut the pieces for the “H” first.  Decide how large you want the word and cut the three pieces of twine for the “H.”  If you use a word like “Love,” you won’t need this step.
3.  Using the twine, write out the rest or entire word.  Use your fingers to mark the end of the word and and add an extra inch or two and cut.
4.  Take a small bowl and cover with two layers of plastic wrap so that when you are finished you just remove the wrap and throw it away.
5.  Fill the bowl with some glue.
6.  Take the twine for the first letter (if doing a word like “Hope”) and place into glue.  Make sure it is thoroughly covered and soaked.  Remove each piece and use your fingers to remove excess glue and position on a piece of wax paper in the shape of the letter needed.  It’s messy so don’t worry.
7.  Place the rest of the word (or the whole word if you are doing a word like “Love”) into the glue and shape into the rest of the word making.
8.  Sprinkle glitter all over letters and let  dry.
9.  Carefully peal from the wax paper.  Reglue any areas that how come apart.  String with lame or ribbon and it’s ready for the tree.

 

This is what happened over the weekend.  We went from no snow to 14 inches!  Thankfully Rocketman is home and not traveling right now and the snow blower worked. 

Cookie Cutter Ornament Project!

December 8, 2012
Cookie Cutter Ornament Project
by Becky Meverden  Copyright 2012 
Materials:
Christmas tree cookie cutter
Fabric scrap
Rick rack
Buttons (I switched out the rhinestones at the last minute
Adhesive
Thin lined marker
Scissors
Cording or string

1. Place a line of glue around the back perimeter of the cookie cutter and place onto fabric.  Let dry.
2.  Cut excess fabric around entire cookie cutter.  Don’t worry if fabric pulls away from the cutter, you can reapply the glue when you are finished.

 3.  Place a line of glue around the entire side of the cookie cutter.  Follow with the rick rack, starting at the bottom of the cutter.  Cut off excess.

 4.  Glue buttons on each side.
5.  Press the top fabric out to allow a hole for the cording. 
6.  String with cording.

Funky Onesie!

November 18, 2012

This was so much fun to make and so very easy!  I hadn’t done any tie-dying since I was a teenager and the process back then always involved buckets filled with Rit dyes.  It was quite difficult to do multi colors and it was extremely messy.  Leave it to I Love to Create to come up with a kit that included everything you needed to tie-dye.  The only thing I had to supply was the onesies.  Here’s how I did it.

First, you need a Tulip Tie-Dye Kit.  There a lots of choices and I went with the Neon. You will also need a button (not the three you see above), a flower cookie cutter or flower shape of your choice, scissors and thread.  For this project you need two onesies.

The instructions enclosed in the kit are excellent and I had no trouble following them.  For the main onesie, I went with the swirl method and this is what the onesie looked like after I put the rubber bands on.  Remember to prewash your item before you tie-dye to get the best results.

Lay down some plastic to protect the surface you are working on.  The tie-dye kit has premeasured dye in bottles and all you need to do is add water.  I chose to use the pink, orange and yellow.  Next I squirted sections across from each other in the same color.  Turn over and repeat. I let it set for 7 to 8 hours to allow the colors to set.

This is what it looked like after I removed the rubber bands.
For the second onesie which will be used to make the flower, I used the crumble method.

                                         I squirted dye all over.  I used only one color.

When die is set, put both onesies in the wash and run through a cycle.  I did it with some dark colored towels.  Don’t add light colored laundry to the load.  It might stain.  Afterwards, I cut the side seams of the crumple onesie.


I pressed the flower cookie cutter into the fabric and it left a nice indentation.  Cut out.  You can also find a flower shape, trace it onto the onesie and cut out. 

 Center the flower on the onesie, place the button on the center of the flower and stitch in place.

Finished!  I absolutely love it and can’t wait to do it again.
 
I Love To Create provided the tie-dye kit used in this project.

Halloween Polymer Clay!

September 8, 2012
 
Copyright 2012 Becky Meverden
 
Polka Dot Pumpkin Magnet
by Becky Meverden
Materials
Polymer clay – For pumpkin: orange, brown, white, black, Polka dots: magenta or purple
Toothpick
1/2″ round magnet
3/4″ round Kemper cutter, optional
E6000 adhesive
Instructions
1.  Flatten a 1″ orange ball into a 1 5/8″ circle.  Use your fingers to flatten the ball and  have the center thicker than the edges.
2.  Use a toothpick to indent lines on the pumpkin.
3.  For the stem, roll a 5/16″ brown ball into a 1/4″ long tapered log.  Use a toothpick to indent lines all over the stem.  Press onto the back of the pumpkin.
4.  For the eyes, flatten 2 3/16″ white balls into teardrops.  Press onto pumpkin.  For the pupils, flatten 2 3/32″ black balls and press them onto the eyes.  Use a toothpick to make two squint lines by each eye.
5.  For the eyebrows, roll two 1/8″ orange balls into 1/4″ long tapered logs.  Press above each eye.
6.  For the nose, roll a 1/4″ orange ball into an oval and press onto the pumpkin.
7.  For the mouth, press the lower half of a round cutter into the pumpkin.  You can also use the lid of a tub margarine container.  Cut a 1″ x 2″ strip, use your fingers to curve one end and press into the pumpkin.  Use a toothpick to place a hole on both sides of the mouth.
8.  For the polka dots, roll 1/8″ magenta (or whatever color you choose) balls and press randomly all over pumpkin.
9.  Bake in a preheated 265 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Let cool.
10.  Glue magnet to the back of the pumpkin.
 
We broke out the polymer clay while Noah was here also.  I forgot how much I love the stuff!!  I made the pumpkin refrigerator magnets and Noah made the pumpkins in the photo above.  He loved it!


Sock Yarn Scarf

March 26, 2012

I came to Korea with the knowledge of how to knit my own socks along with a bunch of sock yarn.  The first couple of months I spent making socks and then making my own socks losts it’s luster.  So here I was with lots of sock yarn and no idea what to do with it.

Then it hit me, scarves!!  I made up the pattern and I was so pleased at how they turned out.  I made one for Jeff but forgot to take a picture of it but here is Jennifer with her’s.  They are easy to make and with all the wonderful sock yarn colors you can never grow tired.  Sock yarn is pretty much nonexistent in Korea but luckily I had a stash. 

Sock Yarn Scarf
by Becky Meverden
Copywrite 2012
Materials:
Size 2 needles
1 skein sock yarn
Instructions:
1. Cast on 76 stitches.
2. K2, P2 for 3 inches
3. Knit 1 inch
4. Repeat step 2 and 3.

I used the whole skein of yarn and that made a scarf one yard long.

45 Record Napkin Holder

March 9, 2012

While waiting for our ocean shipment, I decided it was a great time to look in our crawl space which housed the things I didn’t really need but couldn’t part with.  Time makes that a lot easier and frankly some of the plastic tubs had been undisturbed for 10-20 years.  Knowing that 63 boxes are arriving sometime next week gave me the push to crawl up into the unknown and see what’s in there.

I found a bunch of 45 RPM records, both mine and Rocketman’s.  How did I know which was which?  Rocketman’s were still in their original sleeves and looked really good considering they were from the 1960’s.  Mine were thrown in there haphazzardly with scratches galore.

I went on Ebay to see if any were of value and found that a few of Rocketman’s were and they quickly sold once I listed them.  Now what to do with the rest.  That’s when I came up with the idea of making a napkin holder.  It took help from Rocketman to see it  to fruition but I was so excited at how it turned out. 

45 Record Napkin Holder by Becky Meverden
 Copywrite 2012 Becky Meverden
Materials:
2 45 records
3 1/2″ long x 2″ wide x 3/4″ thick plywood(I bought this in a scrap bin at Menard’s. Roceketman cut the piece to size) 
4 #6 x 1/2″ screws
Black paint
Foam paint brushes or regular brushes
Sandpaper
Varnish
Outdoor carpet tape ( or another strong, sticky tape)
Originally, I made tried to make the napkin holder with just the screws but we found out quickly that we needed something to secure the record to the wood.  I dug in our tape drawer and found this carpet tape.  Let me tell you this really is strong tape and works really well for this purpose.
Sand the rough edges of the wood then paint black and varnish.  Let dry. Press a record to the side with the side you want facing out, center it and decide where you want the two screws.  Remember to make sure the record is flush with the bottom of the wood.  Do the same with the other side.

                   Cut a 1 1/4″ piece of carpet tape and then cut this piec of tape in two.

Center and press one piece of tape on the side of the wood. 
Drill the holes for the screws.

                                 Press the 45 to the wood and drill the holes through the wood.

                               Screw the screws in.  Do the same on the other side.

                                       Paint the screws black.  Here is is finished.

I hope you liked this project and it’s a great way to display those old 45s.

FaveCrafts Blog Hop!

April 15, 2011

It’s that time of the month for the FaveCrafts Blog Hop!  This month I’m sharing a cute polymer clay octopus container.  I am living in South Korea where octopus is a common sight on a menu. I hope you enjoy this project.

Polymer Clay Octopus Container
This jaunty eight-legged creature makes a great place for children to store little treasures.
Project designed by Becky Meverden

Materials and Tools:
3 oz. packages Kato Polyclay: 2 white, black, violet, magenta
lavender clay (2″ ball white plus 1/2″ ball violet)
pink clay: (7/16″ ball white plus 5/16″ ball magenta)
pasta machine or acrylic roller
2-1/2″ glass votive
3/4″ Kemper circle cutter or toothpick
ball stylus
Kato NuBlade
paring knife, dedicated to polymer clay
aluminum foil
paper towel
parchment paper or index cards to bake on

Steps:
1. Flatten two sheets of lavender through the pasta machine at a #1 setting (1/8 inch). Flatten one sheet large enough to cover the top of the votive and the second sheet long and wide enough to cover the outside of the votive.

2. For the top, place the votive upside down on the smaller sheet and use a knife to cut out a circle about 1/8 inch from the votive top. Set the top aside.

3. Use a NuBlade to cut a straight edge across and along the side of the larger sheet. Wrap the sheet around the votive, lining the straight edge with the top of the votive and press. Use a NuBlade to trim the edges. Use your finger to erase and smooth the seam. Use the NuBlade to cut off the excess clay on the bottom of the votive and smooth with your fingers.

4. Press the votive against a flat surface to smooth out the entire surface.

5. For the eyes, flatten two 1/4-inch balls of white into 5/8-inch-long teardrops. Press the narrowest ends together and press onto votive. For the pupils, flatten two 3/16-inch balls of black and press onto the eyes. For the eyebrows, roll two 1/8-inch balls of lavender into 1/4-inch long tapered logs and press above each eye.

6. For the nose, roll a 7/16-inch ball of lavender into an oval and press onto the votive.

7. For the mouth, use a circle cutter or a toothpick to indent the mouth. Use a stylus to indent both ends of the mouth. For the cheeks, flatten two 5/16-inch balls of pink and press onto both sides of the mouth.

8. For the tentacles, roll eight 5/8-inch balls of lavender into 2-1/8-inch-long logs tapered to a tip. Arrange into a circle and press together. Press the votive onto the top of the tentacles. Lift up a tentacle on each side of the face and place a scrunched up paper towel ball under each to support during baking.
9. For the hat, roll a 3/4-inch size ball of white and press edges onto a flat surface. Roll a 3/16-inch-diameter log of white and flatten through the pasta machine at a #1 setting (1/8 inch). Wrap around the bottom of white ball and use a knife to cut off the excess. Press the hat onto the center of the top.
10. Make an aluminum foil ball small enough to fit into the votive but large enough that it sticks out over the top of the votive slightly. Lay the top over the top of the votive and press the ends of the top so that it lines up with the votive.

11. Bake in a preheated 265 F degree oven for 30 minutes.

It’s a Crafty Christmas!

December 25, 2010

This project had to be kept a secret until today. Noah, our grandson came to stay for an overnight in November and it was the perfect time to make something for his mama, our daughter. She is expecting our new grandchild in June.

I bought some onesies, fabric markers, fabric paints, stencils and some foam dawbers. Noah would decorate onesies for his new brother or sister.

I put down plenty of paper to protect the kitchen table. I also put paper inside each onesie to keep it from bleeding through.

I used 3M’s paint tape to mask off the sections of stencils we would not be using at that time.


I held the stencil while Noah tap, tap, tapped with the dauber. He decided he wanted to work without his shirt.


I removed the stencil and Noah was so excited to see what he had created.


We had a blast and I can’t believe how fast he went through those onesies.


I also helped a little putting on some faces.


We had a blast!


This is what we ended up with.


Noah decided what went on each onesie. What color and where to place the stencils.


Can’t wait for his mama to open these up today! Merry Christmas everyone!

FaveCrafts Blog Hop!

December 14, 2010

It’s the time of the month so let’s hop to it. This is an oldy but a goody. You may have seen it on HGTV’s The Carol Duvall Show. This “Snowballs for Sale” Snowman polymer clay ornament as always been one of Carol’s favorites and mine too. I hope you like it. For more great projects, check out FaveCrafts Blog.

copywrite 2010 Becky Meverden
CLAY SNOWMAN ORNAMENT

Materials:
clear glass bulb ornament
Premo! Sculpey:
– two 2-oz. blocks 5001 white
– 2-oz. block 5033 orange
– 2-oz. block 5323 green
– 2-oz. block 5382 cadmium red
– 2-oz. block 5562 ultramarine blue
2 black seed beads
straight pin
12 white pompoms
AAA-22 Snowflake Stamps by Judith
1/2″ Kemper circle cutter
3/8″ Kemper heart cutter
pink & blue chalk
cotton swab
paring knife
round toothpick
paintbrush
pasta maker or acrylic roller
black fine-tip pen
white Pentel Milky gel roller
light blue card stock
scissors
eye pin
gold cord or ribbon
quilt batting
baking dish or cookie sheet
circle template (optional, to measure clay)
clear Liquid Nails adhesive from beauty supply stores

Instructions:

1. For the snowman’s body: Roll a 1-1/8-inch ball of white clay into a cone. Press straight pin halfway into the top of the body to support the head.
2. For legs: Roll two 3/4-inch balls of white into 1-1/4-inch-long tapered logs. Use snowflake rubberstamp to indent snowflake on end of each leg. Apply blue chalk to snowflake indentations with a cotton swab. Attach legs to body.
3. For arms: Roll two 5/8-inch balls of white into 1-1/4-inch-long tapered logs. Attach arms to body.
4. For head: Roll a 7/8-inch ball of white clay. Press two black seed beads into head for eyes. Use a toothpick to make two squint lines at each eye. Roll a 3/16-inch ball of orange into an oval nose and press onto his head. For his mouth, use a circle cutter and press half of the cutter into the head under the nose. Blush cheeks using pink chalk and cotton swab). Set aside.
5. For hat: Roll a 1-inch ball of ultramarine blue into a 3-inch-long tapered log. Use the rounded end of a paintbrush to make a hole in the center of the hat. Gently roll the paintbrush around the hole, making the hole larger until it fits over the head.
6. Bend the tail of the hat up and down. Press onto top of head.
7. For the brim of his hat: Roll a 1/4-inch-wide log of ultramarine blue. Flatten with your fingers and then use the paintbrush to indent. Starting at the back of the hat, press the brim around the lower edge of the hat and cut off when ends meet.
8. For the pompom on the hat: Roll a 7/16-inch ball of white. Use the rounded end of the paintbrush to make a hole in the pompom. Press onto the end of the hat.
9. Press the eye pin into the top of the hat.
10. Sit the body on top of the ornament and press slightly against the glass. Attach the head to the top of the body. Lay the ornament on a piece of quilt batting.
11. For the holly accent: Flatten a sheet of green through the pasta machine at a #4 setting (5/64-inch if using an acrylic roller). Use the heart cutter to cut out three hearts. Fold each heart gently in half and press ends together to form holly. Press onto glass. For the berries, roll three 1/8-inch balls of cadmium red and press them onto the center of the holly.
12. Bake at 265 F degrees for 30 minutes and let cool. Gently remove clay pieces from the glass.
13. Remove the metal top of the ornament, put 12 white pompoms inside and replace top.
14. Glue the body and holly accent onto the bulb. Set aside.
15. For the sign: Cut a 1-1/4″ x 3/4″ rectangle of blue card stock. Use the black pen to dash lines around the edge of the sign. Use white gel roller to write “Snowballs 4 Sale.” Glue the sign into the hands of the snowman.
16. String with gold cord or ribbon.