Friday, October 17, 2014

Custom Fireman's Helmet by Rachel Whetzel

Hello, out there in Creativeland!! It's Rachel Whetzel, again! Earlier this year, I was contacted by a woman to make her husband a very unique gift. She wanted a vintage, steam punk style fireman's helmet made as a gift for his birthday. I have been working on the two part piece, and am FINALLY able to share it with you!!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED to make your own Helmet:
  • An old fireman's helmet as a base
  • Some rug hooking canvas, or other fibrous material
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Sandpaper
  • Paints. I use Folk Art acrylic craft paints and Krylon Spray paints
  • Stain. I used Valspar antiquing stain
  • Paint brushes
I wanted to be sure my Creative Paperclay® stuck to the plastic surface of the helmet I was using, so I glued down some rug hooking canvas to the piece. The fabric of the canvas, and it's large holes were the perfect combination. They allow the clay to fill in nooks and crannies, and get a nice grip on the surface I was working with.
Once the glue was dry, I started layering Creative Paperclay® onto the piece.
I used the metal part that stuck off the top, as the base for an eagle that my client wanted on her helmet.
Once the eagle base had dried, I started layering in feathers, and creating a faux stitched leather look along the ridges of the plastic helmet.

After those layers of Creative Paperclay® had dried well, I started building up the edges of the helmet too.
Once ALL of my layers of  were dry, I sanded... and sanded... and sanded... and FINALLY, a few arm cramps and some raw fingers later, I spray painted the whole piece with a black base. 
Then, I painted the eagle with a few layers of gold paint, put red paint into my faux stitching spots, and used some stain to draw out the detail on my eagle.
When all that was finished, I put my client's custom made leather name plate on the front of the helmet to finish it off!! You can see the second part to this piece on the Amazing Mold Putty blog today! When my customer has given her surprise gift, I'll share the set on my Facebook page!

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 ~ rachel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Winner of our Link UP Party

We are Creative Paperclay want to thank everyone for Linking UP and all you who took the time to VOTE.

We had a GREAT turn out:  
But now it's time to pick the winner

We added her blog link, check out her other amazing projects.  

Thanks again,
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Fun with Creative Paperclay®!

Hi Everyone!

It's Donna from Memes Art Place.

This week I would like to share with you a few projects I have been working on.

Have you ever tried to use Creative Paperclay®? If you have not, now is the time! Bring your kids to the table and have some family time.

Make some easy things. It's October, make some pumpkins, ghosts. The kids would love it!

Here are some of the things I have been playing with this month!

I started with a spring and this leftover piece from a dress form. That's all that it took to start a project that I fell in love with. I hope you do too!
 I added Creative Paperclay® over the top of the finial. Built it up until it was in a circle, then added some triangles for ears.
 Add another triangle for the cats nose, build up the cheeks just a bit. Now you have a cat head.
I let this dry overnight.
 I base coated the head with gesso and once dried I painted and added the detail to the face of the cat.
I adhered the cat head to the spring with E6000 glue and let it dry overnight.
I used a die from Eileen Hull/Sizzix called Blocks/Cube 3D to make the blocks to build my
Halloween tower. Added paper to the blocks, some embellishments.

Here are some of the other things I have been working on!

Most are just round circles, so this is where the kids come in. Look how much fun they could have using a Styrofoam ball, wrap with Creative Paperclay® and paint!

So easy for them and you! Pieces of your child's art that you can use from year to year!

Thanks for stopping by the blog! I hope you take the time to try Creative Paperclay®, it is very easy and fun!

If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to ask any one of us on the design team. We are here to help you enjoy you experience with Creative Paperclay®.

One Last Thing!!!!  
Once there, just click on the project you like the most! Thanks!

If you want to ever see what else I am up to, you can visit my blog HERE

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tip: Cut Down on Sanding

I love working with Creative Paperclay®, but I must admit that I'm not a fan of the sanding process. I've discovered a couple ways to eliminate some of the sanding.
  1. After I have a shape cut out, I dip my finger or a soft artist paint brush in water and gently smooth the edges. The paint brush is great for getting in small or intricate area of the clay design.
  2. For the larger surface areas I coat the clay piece with slip. I use a wet artist paint brush to apply the fairly runny slip. Here's a great blog post about slip—how to make it and what it does. 
When I do have to do finish sanding, I've found that jeweler's files and an emery board work on most of the small projects that I create. Every once in a while I need to break out the Dremel for serious sanding, but the two tips from above always cut down on the sanding time.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Crown Me

It seemed like a good day to make a crown Everyone calls me the Queen (of Glue) and it was also a rainy day and I had time on my hands.

Supply List

Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic paint
Mark making tools
I started by rolling out my clay. I use playing cards to get an even height when rolling. I used a knife to cut out the crown's points then made my marks in the clay.
The next step was to shape it over a tapered glass covered in plastic wrap. As soon as it set up a little I bent the tips of the crown outward then I let it dry thoroughly. The plastic wrap made it super easy to slide off the glass.
Last was to paint it, add embellishments and a little glitter. As I am writing this I am thinking of all the alternatives I could do to the design plus all the things I could do with crowns.

Don't you just love where art and your imagination can take you?

— Darlene Olivia McElroy

Monday, October 6, 2014

Link UP party

We are so excited to see everyone project for the LINK up party

Today is the day to LINK up your Creative Paperclay® project(s).  One project per LINK please.   Below you will find a link to link your Creative Paperclay® project to this blog post.  Each person who link up a project will receive a small package of Creative Paperclay®  Please email Terri Sproul your address at with LINK UP in regards and add your project to the email

One Lucky person will Win a Grand prize of 2 Large Packages of Creative Paperclay® - this person will win by Vote only...  All entries MUST using Creative Paperclay in their project.

One Luck Blog HOP will win a small package of Creative Paperclay® - all you need to do is hop to each of the link below and leave a comment on each of their posts.

IF you are interest in Creative Paperclay - we are have a Design Team call - you will be required to post two projects per month on our blog and will receive Free Creative Paperclay® for your 6 month Term.  See Blog (top button) for more information.

Here is the Link to LINK UP

Friday, October 3, 2014

First Friday Fan Day October 3rd with Rachel Whetzel

Hello, once again! Rachel Whetzel here! It's First Friday Fan Day, and we appreciate you sharing all your creations using Creative PaperClay® with us! 
I hope you hop over to the links I'm sharing with you today, and let your fellow Creative PaperClay® lovers know you saw what they shared too!

Maria shared her ART DOLL page with us!

Holy Toledo!! There were a TON of pins this month! Check them out!! 
THIS little trick or treater is adorable. 
These WEE FOLK feel like FALL to me! 
Get your Winter decorations started early with these SNOW MEN.
Or try your hand at making one of THESE Frosties! 
These CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS are beautifully intricate.

Use the hashtag #CreativePaperclay on all your social networks. Be sure, when using Facebook, that you make your posts and images using the Creative PaperClay® hashtag are set to public, otherwise, I won't be able to find them. You can also share your projects to the Creative PaperClay® FACEBOOK PAGE. Each month, I'll browse the interwebs looking for projects from YOU, that I can share here! Be featured next month! START SHARING NOW!!


Our Halloween LINK UP is nearly here! Be sure to visit the blog, and add YOUR link to the party! 

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