CreateAlongBox Inspiration

altered bottle altered tin Angelina Fibers arrow necklace artist trading coins Asian autumn beach beads Beauty and the Beast bollywood bollywood butterfly book marks bookmarks bottle butterflies butterfly butterfly bollywood by the sea cherry blossoms Christmas tree Cindi McGee clear liquid Sculpey color me magic transfer paper copper patina on polymer clay crackle crafts Create Along Create Along Box CreateAlong.com CreateAlongBox.com CreateAlongBoxProjects Deco Disc decorative box Dragon Scales dragonflies dragonfly earrings egg art embossed enchantment etchall creme etched glass fairies fairy fairy fibers Fall fashion floral Flowers frame gift idea gingko ginkgo glass etching glitter gold leafing guitar Halloween heart holiday home decor Hot Fix Cabochons inlays Japanese Japanese Influence jewelry key keychain keys Klio Tsaliki koi lace Laurie Mika leaf leaves lotus lotus flower love Love & Lace Magic Transfer Paper magical mason jar craft Mermaid metallic leafing metallics mica powder mixed-media mobile mold music Music Soothes the Soul necklace necklace polymer clay ocean octopus ornament Paisley paper mache Patricia Krauchune pearl clay pendant pendants polymer clay polymer clay silkscreening polymer clay tv Polymer Clay Universe Magazine premo! resin ring ripples ripples & waves Ron Lehockey Rose rosette rubber stamping Sandy Huntress sculpey Sculpey Souffle Sculpture sea sea shells seashells shrine silicone molds silkscreen snow snow queen snowflakes steampunk stencil stencils techniques texture sheet texturestax turqouise tutorial Valentine's Day Vintage Grunge vintage images waves wings winter Winter Wonderland
Steampunk Rosette Ring Create Along Box Project
February 08, 2019

Steampunk Rosette Ring Create Along Box Project


Here's an unexpected way to use a gear cutter: for making steampunk style strips of clay that form a flower shape. Add your rosette to a ring for a unique piece of jewelry.

Tools and Materials:

Metallic polymer clay (I used Premo! Sculpey® Silver)
Tiny Gears Deco Disc (Infinite Possibilities Create Along Box)
Cog Wheel clay cutter (Infinite Possibilities Create Along Box)
Craft knife
Clay blade
Mica powder
3/8 inch steam punk gear (Infinite Possibilities Create Along Box)
Polybonder glue
Filigree ring blank
Liquid clay

Roll out a sheet of clay, any metallic color, on a medium thin setting, 1 millimeter or less thick. Texture this clay by pressing in the Tiny Gears Deco Disc.
                                                                                                               Then press in the Cog Wheel clay cutter twice.



Use a craft knife to carefully cut around the inner lines imprinted by the Cog Wheel cutter. Also cut out the center imprint and set aside one circle of clay.

Rub metallic mica powder over the texture to highlight.



Use a blade to remove these clay rings from your work surface. Cut between two of the gear teeth on each to turn your rings of clay into strips.

Roll the set aside circle of clay into a teardrop shape. Add a dab of Polybonder glue, then press a 3/8 inch steampunk gear onto the rounded end of the teardrop. This will be your flower center.

Starting with the gear teeth close to the metal gear flower center, wrap your strip of clay around the tear-drop. 
                                                                                                              Once you make one wrap around the center start pinching the bottom of your strip to ruffle it and flare it out as you wrap it around.



As you are wrapping the strip of clay around the center twist the bottom of your flower with the hand that is holding it too meld the clay together and thin out the bottom. 

When you reach the end of one strip of clay start where you left off, adding the second one in the same manner.

Once you've wrapped the second strip around, take a little time to press the bottom edges of the clay strips into the back, twisting and thinning the “handle” you've been holding it by. Then use a blade to trim the handle off flush so you have a rosette that is flat on the back.

  

Bake your rosette at the manufacturer's recommended temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Press a small ball of the same clay you used for your rosette onto the back of your ring blank, making sure that some of the clay comes out through the holes in the filigree.



Now add a small ball of clay to the front of the ring blank, sandwiching the ring between the clay. Make sure these two balls of clay contact each other through the ring. When baked this clay will hold firmly in place on your filigree.



Add liquid clay to this ball of clay, then press in your baked filigree.



Bake your ring one more time for 30 minutes.

You can use a bit of scrap clay to prop your ring upright for the second baking.

Read more

Lotus Pond Pendants - Create Along Box
January 20, 2019

Lotus Pond Pendants - Create Along Box

Cindi McGee shared these colorful pendants made with the Lotus Pond silkscreen included in the Lotus/Rebirth Create Along Box!  Cindi used a slightly modified version of the Sparkling Painted Polymer technique from the January issue of Passion for Polymer.  She also used Hot Fix Cabochons and Dragon Scales from Create Along for added details.   
Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Crackled Gold Pendants - Vintage Grunge Create Along Box
December 14, 2018

Crackled Gold Pendants - Vintage Grunge Create Along Box

Sandy Huntress shares these lovely pendants made tithe Vintage Grunge Create Along Box!   

Materials:

polymer clay, rolled into 1/2 inch to 1 inch log
Gold Leaf Shavings (Vintage Grunge CreateAlong box)
Clay blade
Acrylic block
Vintage Keys Deco Disc (Vintage Grunge CreateAlong box)
Vintage Grunge Magic Transfer Paper (Vintage Grunge CreateAlong box)

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Autumn Steampunk Heart Pendant - Create Along Box Project
November 26, 2018

Autumn Steampunk Heart Pendant - Create Along Box Project

Patricia Krauchune created this mixed-media Steampunk autumn heart pendant with many items from the "Fall-ing In Love" Create Along Box. 

Leaf Veins Silkscreen / Falling in Love rubber stamp texture sheet/ Copper mylar grunge foil / Antique Gold Leaf Charm / Ceramic Hotfix Cabochons /
Cernit polymer clay

Read more

Autumn Leaves Beads - Create Along Box Project
November 22, 2018

Autumn Leaves Beads - Create Along Box Project

Klio Tsaliki shares absolutely gorgeous autumn beads made with the "Fall-ing In Love" Create Along Box! 

Fall leaf shaped beads made of Cernit metallic hues. Awesome silk screen included in the box.

Heart shaped leaf beads using the texture mat found in the box. 

Cernit metallic skinner blend was textured and then shaved (mica shift technique).

 

Again leaf shaped beads with the application of the foil included in the box. Although it was not 100% successful, it added a beautiful effect.

Foil was applied first on a Cernit metallic Skinner blend, then I textured the clay and shaved it (mica shift technique).

The random golden shine is really beautiful.

This was a BEAUTIFUL fall Create Along Box! I was already in fall and leaves mood, so it couldn’t come in a better moment!

 

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Falling Leaves Embossed Bookmarks - Create Along Box Project
November 19, 2018

Falling Leaves Embossed Bookmarks - Create Along Box Project

Sandy Huntress shares this clever idea for making bookmarks with contents from the most recent "Fall-ing In Love" Create Along Box!  Stay tuned for Sandy's video tutorial for this project! 


These bookmarks make quick, easy gifts that are perfect for tucking into a birthday or thinking of you card.

For bookmark base:  faux leather, or 3/4-inch wide iron-on trim tape
Acrylic block
Ceramic tile
Versamark ink
Anti-static powder tool
Falling in Love texture stamp (CreateAlong)
Embossing powder
Tiny brush
Nylon jaw pliers
3/4-inch ribbon ends (CreateAlong)
Small pieces of chain
Charms
Jump rings
Chain nose pliers

 

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Turquoise & Leaves Pendant - Create Along Box
November 03, 2018

Turquoise & Leaves Pendant - Create Along Box

Cindi McGee shares her "Turquoise & Leaves" pendant made with items from the Fall-ing in Love/Autumn Leaves Create Along Box!  She used the rubber texture stamp, Grunge Foil& Hot Fix Cabochons 

Read more

Boo to You!  Halloween Create Along Box
October 28, 2018

Boo to You! Halloween Create Along Box

Pat Krauchune created this spooky fun altered bottle with several  the "treats" in the Special Addition Halloween Create Along Box! 
This is what she used:
Halloween Magic Transfer Paper
Bat Filigree
Bat  Mold
3 Pumpkins Mold
Hot Fix Ceramic Cabochons
Harlequin Pattern Texture Roller
Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month, and have a chance at Special Edition boxes like the Halloween Box?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Shimmering Ripples & Waves - Create Along Box Projects
October 20, 2018

Shimmering Ripples & Waves - Create Along Box Projects

Klio Tsakili shares some amazing shimmering projects created with elements from the Ripples & Waves Create Along Box!
This is a necklace I made using the wavy flexible stencil included in my September Create Along Box. Background clay is a combination of Cernit Metallics and Premo Accents skinner blend on top of which I stenciled with white acrylic color. When acrylic dried completely I applied on top of it
some colorful mica powders to give it the color and shine you see in the picture. Then I gave it this wavy shape by folding it a bit. A hollow tube is attached at the back side, which holds together all the seed bead strands. Finally I placed the tiny ceramic cabochons using a liquid clay to hold them in place. I cured the liquid clay up to the point it was not liquid so it could hold the ceramic cabochons in place, and then popped it into the oven, baked as usually and added the beaded strands.
Shiny brooch made of a Skinner blend using Cernit Metallics new colors. After making the Skinner blend I cut it with the ripple blade and placed them again together alternating the ends in a way so that both sides of the Skinner blend could have the entire color range. 
The strips were placed on a thin sheet of clay to hold them together, then textured with a crackle stamp and shaved to a mica shift finish! Finally, I folded the sheet according to my Fabriclay technique.
Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Wavy Photo Frames - Ripples & Waves Create Along Box
October 09, 2018

Wavy Photo Frames - Ripples & Waves Create Along Box

Sandy Huntress used the Waves Border mold to create sweet little photo frames that can be used as fridge magnets, ornaments or given as lovely gifts!


Tools and Materials for Ocean Waves Photo Frame:

white polymer clay
embossing powders, optional
circle cutters: 2", 2 1/4", 2 1/2"
liquid clay
Waves border mold (October Create Along box)
ceramic tiles
clay blade
Sapphire Blue metallic paint (October Create Along box)

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Artist Trading Coins - Paisley Create Along Box
September 28, 2018

Artist Trading Coins - Paisley Create Along Box

Cindi McGee used a number of the items in the Paisley Create Along Box to create two polymer clay trading coins.  

For this blue and gold coin, the Deco Disc included in the box was used to create the fabulous texture highlighted with gold. 

The silkscreen and hot fix crystals were used to create this magenta and turquoise coin.  

Both of these could easily be altered into eye-catching pendants with the addition of a simple bale. 

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Paisley Purple Altoid Tin - Create Along Box
September 24, 2018

Paisley Purple Altoid Tin - Create Along Box

Patricia Krauchune did a fantastic job incorporating many of the times in her Paisley Create Along box to create this pretty altered tin! 
She used the following products: 
Paisley Pattern Deco Disc Stamp
Raspberry Pigment Powder
Paisley Perfection Silkscreen
Lacey Paisley Wooden Bezels
Hot Fix Cabochons 
Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Paisley Collection - Create Along Box
September 21, 2018

Paisley Collection - Create Along Box

As always, artist Klio Tsaliki has created some amazing pieces with the most recent Paisley themed Create Along Box!
This is a square textured pendant made using the awesome Deco Disc included in the Create Along September box.
I painted it using Brusho watercolors, then sealed with liquid clay and added some golden patina which is more obvious in the earrings. 
The wrapping is made using hot fix sandal decoration and the stinging material is the silk ribbon also in the same Create Along box. 
Charms or key rings made using the transfer paper in the Paisley Create Along Box, then painted with Brusho watercolor, sealed and decorated with the beautiful tiny ceramic pearls I found also in the box.
Pendant, hand charm, decoration item, whatever you like. A heart in fall colors, made from the same transfer paper and painted with Brusho watercolors. All pieces sealed after the final baking with resin. 
Tiny hot fix iridescent rhinestones in the same colors as the background are fixed with liquid clay and then sealed with resin.
Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Creations from the Enchantment CreateAlong Box
September 07, 2018

Creations from the Enchantment CreateAlong Box

Klio Tsaliki got her box late, but that didn't stop her from sharing some amazing pieces!  
This time my box arrived with a delay of 10 days (postmen go on vacations as well), so I had not enough time to enjoy my box and make things as I wanted. But I could not resist to Angelina fibers and had to make some pieces.
I tried some stamps I had at home and made this piece out of Angelina fibers and
stamped it. I love this material, it is pure hidden magic! So, I just placed the fibers on top of the texture sheet, and ironed over a wax paper.
Using another stamp I made an Angelina sheet and then cut it in pieces.  Made some beads and earring pieces. I even used some finely cut pieces of the fibers to make the donut bead at the bottom, which then was sealed with transparent liquid clay.
I used Angelina fibers a couple of years ago for the first time and loved it! These beads are covered with translucent polymer clay and have inclusions of
Angelina fibers.
The August Box included a beautiful rose silkscreen; it is my favorite so far. I made a pair of earrings and a pendant using opposite colors. I wish I had more time to
try all my little treasures.
The beads shown in the first photo were a last minute project: Opposite color summer beads with golden leaf.

Read more

Captured Fairy Jar - Enchantment Create Along Box
August 17, 2018

Captured Fairy Jar - Enchantment Create Along Box

Cindi McGee has been having fun creating mixed-media projects with elements from the Enchantment Create Along Box.

After discovering recently that etchall® Creme works wonderfully with Create Along silkscreens to etch glass, she's been anxious to try the technique again and again.  

This "Captured Fairy" jar was created by etching with the Enchanted Rosevine silkscreen.  The fairy inside is made of polymer clay using one of the fairy images on the Magic Transfer Paper in this month's box.  

Cindi shared a full tutorial on how she created this project on her blog. 

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Enchanted Rose Pendant - Enchantment Create Along Box
August 10, 2018

Enchanted Rose Pendant - Enchantment Create Along Box


Sandy Huntress created this pretty Enchanted Rose Pendant with items included in the "Enchantment" Create Along Box!  

Learn how to sculpt a delicate rose under glass reminiscent of the one in the beast's castle in Beauty and the Beast, then use it to create your own enchanted piece of jewelry.

The video tutorial for this project is in DropBox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jhusvgifxvpjwjb/enchanted%20rose%20pendant.mp4?dl=0

Supplies:
bronze clay
pearl clay
green clay
Mini Terrarium glass pendant kit
Rose Trellis flexie stencil or Tudor Rose Deco Disc
Armor All
Liquid clay
craft knife
clay blade
1/8 inch ball tool
scrap of paper or index card

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

Read more

Beads Aplenty with the By the Sea Create Along Box
July 30, 2018

Beads Aplenty with the By the Sea Create Along Box

Klio Tsaliki created some gorgeous beads with her By the Sea Create Along Box! 
My July Create Along box arrived full of sea breeze and ocean themed tools.  A beautiful silk screen gave me the idea of these big donut beads. I used all the sea and sand colors, and used more than one color to imprint the pattern. I absolutely love this color combination, you may have noticed it!
An awesome texture sheet was also in my July CA box.  I am basically a bead maker, so I made a Skinner blend consisting of peacock pearl and metallic hues with the addition of a thin pearl layer above it. Then I pressed the texture sheet to imprint the pattern and shaved it with my blade. Cut the shaved skinner blend in stripes and wrapped some beads with the pieces. Here are my teardrop beads.
Since the inner side of the shavings was really beautiful, I used them and made some more small round beads. I used even the leftovers and made these twisted beads as well.
Using a shell I found in my CA box, I made this faux shell with a pearl inside. I used scrap clay which was painted with a wonderful pearl mica powder which was also in the box. A small bail on top turns the faux shell to a pendant, a charm and so on.
I love these small flexible stencils I find from time to time in my CA box. I used it to make a summer pair of earrings which is decorated with Czech glass beads.
Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link.

Read more

Mermaid Pool Mixed-Media Box - By The Sea Create Along Box
July 20, 2018

Mermaid Pool Mixed-Media Box - By The Sea Create Along Box

 

Sandy Huntress used items from the By The Sea Create Along Box to create this fantastic decorative mixed-media box!

This sweet little box is the perfect place to store all your beachy treasures! Cover it in textures from the Motion of the Ocean stamp, then add pearly shimmer if you like. Use shells, beads and charms to create a mermaid pool topper. You can tell a mermaid just left by the sprinkling of sand and scales she left behind.


Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link.

Video is at https://www.dropbox.com/home/Create%20Along%20Videos?preview=Mermaid+Box+CreateAlong+July+2018.mp4

Mermaid Pool Box Tools & Materials:

paper maché box
assorted clay colors in blues, greens and whites
Motion of the Ocean Texture sheet 
Acrylic roller
Pearly Pigment Powder
Ruler
Pasta Machine
Clay blade
TLS
Assorted shells, beads, pearls, etc.
Small amount of black, gray, white & brown clay for rocks
Embossing powders in ocher & beige
Polybonder glue
Magic Glos UV resin

Read more

Ocean Themed Polymer Clay Pendants - By the Sea Create Along Box
July 13, 2018

Ocean Themed Polymer Clay Pendants - By the Sea Create Along Box

Cindi McGee has been using many of the items from the By the Sea Create Along Box to create summer pendants.  

She used the seashell printed Magic Transfer Paper to create the background for this starfish pendant. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cindi used the nautilus shell silkscreen, the Motion of the Ocean rubber stamp, and a metal starfish and clam shell charms from the box to create this unique gold & blue pendant.

 

 

 

 

 

She also used the nautilus shell silkscreen, the Motion of the Ocean rubber stamp, one of the metal starfish charms, and some of the glass beads from the box to create this open centered dimensional pendant.  Cindi will be sharing a tutorial for this pendant in the August PCU Magazine!  

 

 

 

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link.

Read more

Mixed-Media Mermaid Shrine - By the Sea Create Along Box Project
July 06, 2018

Mixed-Media Mermaid Shrine - By the Sea Create Along Box Project

Pat Krauchune shares this amazing mixed-media mermaid shrine done in the style of Laurie Mika who she truly enjoyed learning from as part of a past Polymer Clay Adventure. Pat used the following materials from her June By the Sea Create Along Box:  The Motion of the Ocean - special edition rubber stamp texture sheet / Cockle Shell flexie stencil / Nautilus and starfish silkscreen /Glass beads / Pearly Pigment powder / Charm chain featuring shells and starfish.  She also used a small block of wood / Souffle polymer clay / gears /eyelets / mica powders / glass micro beads /hands and face mold.   Wow! 

Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link.

 

Read more

Japanese Influenced Pendant - Create Along Box Project
June 29, 2018

Japanese Influenced Pendant - Create Along Box Project

Cindi McGee created this bold Japanese influenced pendant with her Japanese Influenced Create Along Box!   Items she incorporated from the box include:

  • Ginkgo Silkscreen Stencil 
  • Ginkgo Texture Sheet 
  • Deco Disc Lotus Flower Stamp 
  • Faux gemstones from Dragonfly Dreams Create Along Box
  •  

    The resin coating obscures the ginkgo texture a bit in the photo - but you can see how fabulous the texture sheet worked in this "in progress" photo.

    Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link.

     

    Read more

    Koi Switchplate Cover - Japanese Influence Create Along Box
    June 08, 2018

    Koi Switchplate Cover - Japanese Influence Create Along Box

    Pat Krauchune recently shared this colorful switch plate cover she made with products from the Japanese Influence Create Along Box.  Pat used the Magic Transfer Paper and the Deco Disc to make her cover.  
     
    The box was full of creative goodies (as it always is!) - and Carol Stevenson was lucky enough to receive a surprise in her box - one of Ron Lehockey's amazing heart pins! 
    Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link.

    Read more

    Reina Dragonfly & Earrings Galore - Dragonfly Dreams Create Along Box
    May 25, 2018

    Reina Dragonfly & Earrings Galore - Dragonfly Dreams Create Along Box

    Klio Tsaliki shares several fabulous projects she created with the Dragonfly Dreams Create Along Box! 
    My Reina dragonfly: It is a quite
    big piece with the upper wings
    being reversible. One size is made using the transfer included in my Create Along box, while the bottom wings are cut out using the shape and  not the texture of the Deco Disc (part of the same Create Along box). Painted with the metallic Decoart
    blue paint which was included in a prior Create Along Box and decorated with some tiny hot fix rhinestones (I got some also in my CA Box).
    Wings are also decorated with iridescent films and
    Mylar flakes. Here is the back side of the upper
    wings.
    Earrings made using the stamps and texture pad included in the CA Box. Both upper and bottom parts of the earrings were stamped on a thick polymer clay sheet and then cut out with the craft knife. Then I applied some golden patina on them.
    Double sided earrings
    Another pair of earrings using the mini stamps. These stamps are fantastic, I LOVE them because they are easy to use and give accurate and deep texture while they offer a small pattern which can be used in many projects.
    Double sided earrings, back side is painted with alcohol inks and sealed with liquid  clay.
    More earrings: Istamped the pattern using the mini stamps. Then applied some of this beautiful mica powder I
    found in my CA box. This time I used my mini cutters and made kind of lace for these earrings. These too are double
    sided; I used a layer of translucent clay with crackled
    silver leaf to back them. This is how they look with
    the backlight:
    This piece was made using the silkscreen it was in my last CA box. Sometimes I do prefer the non perfect look which seems like a bit old and used. This one is double sided too, not decided what to do with it yet. Maybe it will go to be part of a hanging mobile, maybe a pendant! Who knows!
    Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link.

    Read more

    Dragonfly Sphere - Dragonfly Dreams Create Along Box
    May 11, 2018

    Dragonfly Sphere - Dragonfly Dreams Create Along Box

    Patricia Krauchune created this unique dragonfly sphere using several materials from the Dragonfly Dreams Create Along Box!  She used the Magic Transfer Paper, heat-set gemstones, the sari ribbon, and some of the orange texture stamps.   So many creative options, packed into one box!  
     
    Would you like to join the fun and receive an inspiring box full of polymer clay supplies each month?  Sign up to receive your own Create Along Box- Follow this link

    Read more