Thursday, November 28, 2013

My favorite custom sculpting tool: Knitting Needles

Hello! It's Susan from with a tool tip for you. Almost all of my favorite sculpting tools are items from my craft stash, kitchen, and bathroom re-purposed for sculpting. One of my go to tools - Knitting Needles!

Knitting Needles are lightweight, smooth all the way around (no seams), clean up easily, and have a nice round points for details. With the smaller needles, I typically use them as they come. The bigger ones get a little customization. First I cut them somewhere around three quarters of the way with a K&S  tube cutter.

I find them to be a little on the lightweight side. Since they are hollow, I fill them about 3/4 of the way with whatever I have around the house. This one happens to be filled with some old seed beads I'm not using anymore. You could use anything non-perishable, rice, clay, sand, etc. I topped it off with hot glue and it is ready to use!

Typically, I'm function over form with tools and hot glue top would be A-OK. Now that I look it and I know how light weight Creative Paperclay ® Modeling Material is - I think I might have a small project on my list! A Mario Mushroom topper perhaps? What would you put on your customized knitting needle?

Thanks for reading today! I'll be back in December with a new project and another sculpting tip for you. In the meantime, stop by my place, to see what else I'm up to!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tool Tip for Paper Clay and Art Doll BJD Crafting

Hello again my dear crafty friends!
Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite tools in my studio.

And I found one of them in the cake making isle. 


Yes my friends I do love my
  Wilton®  9" Foundant Rolling Pin. 
I so easy to roll out my Creative Paperclay evenly, at the perfect thickness for easy cutting and shaping. 
Roll the perfect 4mm (1/8in) height great to used in many sculpting projects. I like the slide-on adjustable rubber rings. It help to create the perfect clay sheet.

 The beauty of this tool is that it can be easy found at many stores like 
Michael's JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby's

The best way to be used is by rolling the clay between 2 sheets of Saran Wrap plastic sheets.I don't like to roll the clay too wet so it doesn't stick to the plastic when I'm peeling it. 

 It will give you nice and even clay sheet all the time.  

 Once you have your clay sheet rolled is ready to be add to any surface your working on.
 Here is an example i love to used for.

 I love to make ball jointed dolls (BJD). 
These dolls are sculpted in pieces and later string with elastic. 
And for that reason they have to be strong and hollow. So I always like to create all my pieces with
 a core and cover it on Saran wrap.

Is so easy to now be cover with the clay sheet i created with my roller.

This allow me to have an even sheet all over the core.
 It makes it easier to cut it out and once the center is out i get a even hollow piece for me to work with .

I found the easier and most secured way to cut the Creative Paperclay is 
Using my second favorite tool I own.

My X-ACTO saw blade. I purchase these after a very bad cut using the regular X-ACTO blades.
These blades will give you more control were you want your cuts because it is so precised.


After the precised cut is made I like to used a Elmer's Glue to bond the 2 pieces back together. 
It works great with The Creative Paperclay.

With the hollow core I'm now able to create  my OOAK pieces. 
The possibilities are endless.

Eleanor 2013

I hope your enjoys my little tips and please stay tune for more to come.

Feel free to email me any questions at

Have a bless day and happy Crafting!


Gloriann Irizary at By Glori

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gingerbread Boy Tags / Ornies Tutorial by LeeAnn

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all well and happy in your corner of the world.  Thanks for stopping by the Creative Paperclay®  Blogsite.  Thought I would share with you a cute, little tutorial on how to make Gingerbread Boy Tags / Ornies for Christmas.  I know, I'm skipping right over Thanksgiving.  Well, if I share this with you now, at least you have time to make them up.  This is a great project for paperclay beginners, and if you have kids or grand kids get them to help you out and create some holiday memories crafting with them.

Here is what we are going to make!

Below are the supplies that you will need ... however, use what you have at home first.  Ribbons and trimmings can always be what you have on hand.


Gingerbread Boy Silicone Mold or cookie cutter
Creative Paperclay®
Water                                                              Paint / Paint Brushes
Matte Varnish                                                  Fabri-Tac Glue
Super Glue                                                      Gel Stain
Ice Pick                                                           Scissors
Sand Paper                                                      Faux Candy
Ribbons, Cording & Trimmings                          Glitter
White Beaded Pins                                           Pliers

I bought this great gingerbread boy mold at Michaels last year thinking I was going to make some cinnamon wax gingerbread boys ... well, I never did it.  So thought I would try out Creative Paperclay® instead!  First, make sure your mold is clean and dry.  (If you don't have a gingerbread mold, grab a gingerbread cookie cutter and cut some boys out.)

Remember to keep a small bowl of water and a wipe cloth handy.  You're going to need it.

Take some paperclay out of the package and start filling up the mold with it.  Make sure you really press down into all the groves.  This will make your little ginger boys nice, even and smooth on their front side.  Since this mold is a little deep, I am not going to fill it up to the very top.

If your clay is a little stiff or drying out, remember to just dip your fingers in some water to moisten them and continue to press your clay into the mold.  Smooth out the top as best you can.

YAY, I'm done!!  Looking good little gingerbread boys!!

Now, you have decision to make --- You can either put these little guys in the oven for a while, or you can let them partially dry out themselves.  In the above picture, we are looking at their backside.  This side will dry out first, since it is exposed to the air.  We do not want these little guys to dry out completely, since we need to add their facial features and poke a few holes in them first.

I decided to let them sit out for a little bit (about two to three hours).  They were drying on the backside nicely.  When taking these guys out be careful.  You might see some cracking, but no worries, we'll fit that.  Take them out as best you can.  They should still be moist on their front side.  If their front side warps a little, I will show you how to fix that too!

 Oh boy ... some of these little guys look roughed up.  Now, to fix the imperfections, just wet your fingertips and give these little boys a massage.  Ha! Ha!  Seriously ... that's what we are going to do!  Wet your fingertips and gently rub all the rough edges smooth.  They should be set up enough to not throw off the shape with the handling of them.  If they have some cracks, get a tiny bit of paperclay and smooth it over the crack using a little water again.


(Quick Tip -- If you are a busy girl like me and can't possibly finish giving massages to all these little guys in the time you have, put them in a ziplock bag.  Just make sure you push all the air out before sealing.  This will keep the clay a little moist until you can come back to it.)

For an example of where I am going with their design, I played with the top boy until I had the look I was going for.  Take a white beaded pin and cut it with your pliers. We are going to use these as eyes.  Cut off the pin short enough to not push though to the backside of the boy.

Push the pins in place and use your ice pick to draw a smiley face on your gingerbread boy.  Again, if your Creative Paperclay® is drying out too fast, rub a little water on his face to loosen up the clay so you can draw in the features.  Give him a cute mouth and some eyebrows.  Use a coffee stir stick to make an "O" mouth.  Too cute!

Next, to make your little boy look like he is kinda puffed up from baking.  Give him a few taps with a damp toothbrush. The bristles of the brush will add some great texture to him.  Don't forget to do the sides and back.  Does he look like he is enjoying this or what?  :)

Now you have some options.  You can poke a hole in the top of his head to hang him like an ornament.  You can poke a hole in his back to add some ribbon and tie him to a package or garland without it looking like a ribbon is coming out of his head ... or don't poke any holes in him at all and just glue him to something or leave him that way.  The choice is yours.  I am doing a few all three ways mentioned above.

Once you decide where all your holes are going to go.  Let your Gingerbread boys dry completely.

Now that they are completely dry.  Give them a little sanding with some fine grit sandpaper.  Really, all you need to do is the mold edges along the back.  Don't sand the front as you will remove all our wonderful toothbrush texture.

Oh my!  Yes, we are going to pop out their eyes and get to painting.  Painting will be easier with their eyes out.  Don't be sad boys, you'll get them back.  I think the top right one looks downright scared.  Ha! Ha!

Here are the paint colors I am going to use.  My sweet and very talented friend, Jody Johnson, uses these colors to paint her gingerbread creations.  They are the perfect color combination. (Light Cinnamon, Honey Brown and Camel)  This ones for you Jody!!  XOXO  (You can find a link to Jody's wonderful creations on my blog at

I put a little of each color on a paper plate, mixing the two lighter colors somewhat together.  Next, just paint your boys and let that dry - don't forget to paint the back.

Next, take your darker color (Light Cinnamon) and dry brush your gingerbread boy with that color.  It adds some wonderful hues and gives it a real baked look.

Here are my boys all dry brushed and ready to be stained.  Staining will bring out their features, as it goes into all the groves and covers any white spots the paint did not cover.

If you have some wood stain around your house, you can use that or any local hardware store carries stain.  The one I am using is an oak stain.  Just rub your little boy down with some stain and gently rub it off leaving some behind.

He is looking good.  Now his little mouth and eyebrows really show up.  I'm loving him!  Stain all your boys and let them dry completely.

Once they are dried, seal them with matte varnish.

While the varnish is wet, sprinkle them with super, fine, sugary glitter.

Once the varnish is dry, you can now super glue their eyes back in.  I think they are much happier now.

Ready for the fun part?  Let's decorate these sweet, little guys!!  I took some white ric-rack and used my fabri-tac glue to glue the trim all the way around their body.  I started between the legs so that there would not be a break in the trim around their body.

Next, I used some tiny faux candies in peppermint shapes and colors.  You can find these tiny candies on Ebay under nail art.  Yes, these little polymer candies are used to decorate fake nails.  Just goes to show you, how versatile things can be.  These candies are so tiny - use super glue to attach them to your boys.

 ~~~~  If you love faux candies, I also created a faux candy tutorial on my blog, where I make some really cool, lollipops and candy canes.  Go to and look under my labels "Tutorials".  ~~~~

To dress up your little guys more, give them some cute bows made out of lace and ribbon.

Last thing to do!  Glue some cording into the holes you put in your gingerbread boys.  Now you can tie them anywhere!

These sweet boys look great on Christmas packages, holiday garland or wreaths.  Tie them to your homemade jelly jars, make ornaments out of them or just toss a few into a bowl of holiday potpourri fixins. Use a paint pen on their back to personalize them.  Either way, they are as sweet as can be.  Here's to another Charmed Confection out of Creative Paperclay®.

Thank you for stopping by and viewing my tutorial.  I hope you enjoyed it and will give it a try.  If you have some time to spare, come by and see me on my blog at

Have a Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Until next time .... LeeAnn

Friday, November 22, 2013

Redheaded Fairy

Hi!! I'm Carole Lassak, a new member of the design team and contributor to the Creative Paperclay Blog, I dabble in lots of craft areas, but jewelry, mixed media, and paper seem to be the ones that I come back to again and again. This Redheaded Fairy may morph into a jewelry piece at some time in the future, but for now the little sprite graces my work area.
Here are the supplies that I used to bring her to life:
The original of her face was a pin and I used Amazing Mold Putty to make a mold of it. I piled Creative Paperclay® modeling material into the mold, taking care to press the clay into all of her facial features. After drying overnight it popped right out of the mold.

Next, I painted her face with White Pearl acrylic paint. When the paint dried, I drilled a starter hole for the screw eye at her neck and added three tiny rhinestones to her cheek.

I learned through trial and error that it was nearly impossible to completely cover the hair with paint. There are just too many tiny nooks and crannies. So I added Copper Penny Mixer into the modeling material to color it. With the Mixer thoroughly incorporated into the Creative Paperclay, I extruded the clay onto a teflon mat, and left it to dry. The clay extruder is just like a miniature cookie press, with several interchangeable tips. And SO fun to use. You'll be sure to see more projects from me that use it.

When her hair was dry, I mixed Copper Penny Mixer to PPA to make a paint-like substance. I used this to coat the hair.
Extruded hair
Clay extruder with painted hair

Her legs are coiled copper wire made on the Coiling Gizmo, with beads added for feet. I used the Dremel to drill two holes in the bottom edge of the bezel to feed the wires through. I crimped the wires inside the empty bezel.

I filled the bezel for her body with jewelry clay, dusted it with a Mixer, and gently stamped into it with a rubber stamp. The jewelry clay will permanently trap the wire ends from her legs and the Mixer gives it a permanent metallic finish. I also used jewelry clay to attach her hair to her face and her head and body to her wings.

I'm thinking of naming my redheaded beauty. Any suggestions for a name? Let me know what you think.

You can see more projects on my Create & Craft blog.