I had so much fun creating the pendant for Natalja's class but as always I like to think outside of the box. I grabbed a wavy blade made some silkscreen designs, (texture or transfers would be cool too) and pieced together this fun coin.
The colors of a peacock have always been my favorite go-to shades. I absolutely love teal, cobalt blue, greens of any shade, and the deep royal purple that flashes when the feathers hit the right just right. They even give off a slight metallic golden sheen, as well as a somewhat irridescent quality in the colors themselves, which amazes me - how can a living creature have metallic effect coloring? It’s magical. Paisleys have become one of my favorite things to design because there are virtually endless options on sizes, patterns and colors and they mix well with a lot of design styles. This veneer combines these two favorites of mine into an eye catching way to embellish a box, journal cover, or create fabulous pendants.
Cindi McGee - Cindi MGee is a multi-published mixed-media artist. Over the past 18 years, she has enjoyed experimenting with many types of mixed-media but has found her true passion lies with polymer clay. Her motto is "Dare to be Different." Her style is diverse, and she is always seeking new techniques to master. Cindi lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of beloved animals. www.CindiMcGeeBehindTheseEyes.blogspot.com www.etsy.com/shop/CindiMcGeeDesigns
- Premo! Sculpey® - Black, Ultramarine Blue, Purple
- Premo! Sculpey® Accents™ - Peacock Pearl, Gold
- Sculpey® III - String Bean, Teal Pearl
- Clay machine
- Extruder with small multi-hole disc
- Clay roller, clay blade, craft knife, clay tools, straw or 1/4” circle cutter
- Ceramic tile
- Sculpey® Etch & Pearl Tools - 3 sizes
- Sculpey® Bake & Bond Adhesive
- CreateAlong.com Deco Disc - Paisley
- CreateAlong.com Peacock Feathers Silkscreen
- CreateAlong.com Pigment Mica Powders - Jewel Set, Essential Metallics, Summer Brights (or individual jars of deep blue, teal, gold, green, purple mica powders)
- CreateAlong.com Hot Fix Cabochons 4mm - Bright Blue, Purple, Green - Optional
- CreateAlong.com Dragon Scales & Mermaid Scales (light blue) - Optional
- Small flat paintbrushes
- DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics- Emperor’s Gold, Peacock Pearl, Ice Blue, Festive Green
- Makin’s® Water Drop clay cutters Set of 3
- Makin’s® Flower & Leaves cutter set (or single medium sized lower cutter of your choice).
Learn how to create your own version of one of Sandy's most popular sculptures: the steampunk dragon.
In this class we will cover all the steps in this very detailed project starting with where to find inspiration for the attitude, mood and pose of your dragon. You'll get lots of ideas for props, inclusions and extra things you can add to your creation.
We’ll then start by building an armature that will be the skeleton for your dragon’s body. You'll learn how to build it and get tips and tricks along the way for achieving exactly the look you want.
After that we'll add all sorts of fun details including faux metal plates, a variety of steampunk gears, and the coolest looking wings. You can even give your dragon its own brass goggles if you like.
We'll also look briefly at how gears in a clock actually work. Nothing too technical, but it will help us get a more realistic effect.
Along the way Sandy will show how to correct problems, personalize your project and give design tips so that when are you done you will have an amazing piece of art.
Sources of Inspiration:
Pinterest boards such as:
Sandy Huntress - Sandy has rarely met a craft she didn't like, and has all the gadgetry to prove it! You'll often find her in her studio where she designs and makes polymer clay sculptures, dragons, wire work, beaded jewelry, garments, and quilts, just to name a few. You can read all about Sandy's creative adventures at her blog, KeepsakeCrafts.net. She also has a YouTube channel where you will find new polymer clay and jewelry video tutorials each week.
It's Sandy's hope that with every post, video or tutorial students will come away encouraged and inspired. If she's done that, then she considers herself successful. www.keepsakecrafts.net
- Armature wire or heavy gauge floral wire (By the way, I misspoke in the video, the wire I used is 3.2mm (1/8”) in diameter, not 6mm)
- Aluminum foil
- Floral tape
- 4 to 6 ounces scrap clay
- Metallic clay in colors of choice, 3-4 ounces (I used Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold)
- Clay texturing tools such as netting, mesh, and diamond patterned tool handles
- 1/8 inch ball dotting tool
- Clay blades, flexible and rigid
- Pasta machine
- Sculpting tools such as the Can't Live Without It and Gotta Have It tools
- Liquid clay
- Metal gears (also, see parts kit, below)
- Metal shears
- Safety glasses
- Fat Daddio football shaped cutters
- 6-8mm glass or metal beads for eyes
- 20 gauge craft wire
- Metal filigree pieces
- Mica powders, I used perfect pearls in Pewter and Blue Patina
- Polybonder glue
- Craft knife
- Needle tool
- Small screwdriver set
- Wire cutters
- Soft brush
- Lisa Pavelka steampunk gear mold
- Tracing wheel, from sewing department
- 8 mm jump rings or split rings
- Head pin or wire to match color of jump rings or split rings
- Drywall sanding mesh
- Clock hands or other long thin parts for wing ribs (see parts kit, below)
- Knitting needle or bamboo skewer
- Brown acrylic paint
- Microfiber cloth
- Vintaj patinas, I used Nouveau Silver, Verdigris and Jade
- Armor All
- 1/16" drill bit
- 2 eye pins
Brass Clock Parts Kits:
There are lots of steampunk gears and products out there, but there's nothing quite like adding REAL clock parts to your creations. So just for PCA 2019 I've assembled a limited number of kits to go with this Steampunk Dragon class.
Your kit will include 1 lb. of metal (mostly steel and brass) parts recycled from broken clocks. It's upcycling at its coolest!
Your kit will have:
- at least a dozen clock hands (used mainly in making the wings)
- at least 10 assorted gears, (from ¾ to 1 ¾-inches in diameter) many are still attached to arbors, which can help in embedding them in your dragon or they can be removed
- an at least 4-foot length of brass or steel chain
- a variety of other clock bits and pieces, large and small, that will inspire your imagination in their uses!
You can purchase the Steampunk Brass Clock Gears Kit at my Etsy shop, Keepsake Crafts Create.
While you're there, feel free to use the coupon code DRAGON15 for 15% off everything in my shop! Coupon expires December 31, 2019.
The Grooved Bubble Bead tutorial includes instructions to create two types of grooved bubble beads. These beads are very easy to wire wrap, and this a great project for beginner wire wrappers. The tutorial also includes directions to complete two beautiful veneers, and complete instructions to construct a wire wrapped necklace.
Cynthia Gougian - Cynthia might look like a mild mannered medical coder, but her alter ego is a wild, gypsy artisan. The day job just keeps her in art supplies. Friends and family strongly suspect she was one of Santa’s elves in a previous lifetime, possibly the one responsible for the “misfit toys”. She is hard wired to create, and will do just that in any medium she can get her hands on. But, polymer clay remains her favorite medium. She loves color, sparkly things, interesting lines, whimsy, laughing out loud (mostly at herself), children, dogs, and “As seen on TV” products. She is a baker of tasty cakes and cookies, and all around nifty little chief cook and bottle washer. https://www.completeanduttermess.com
- Pasta Machine
- Clay Blade
- Acrylic Roller
- Clay Rib (also known as a clay scraper)
- Furniture Glide
- Deli Paper
- Oven Thermometer
- Clay Yo Texture Sheets
- Disposable aluminum pan and aluminum foil
- Sculpey Hollow Bead Maker
- 220 grit sand paper
- Zap a Gap Medium CA Glue
- Cutters 1 ¾ inch circle cutter, 1 ½ inch circle cutter, 1 inch circle cutter
- Kemper Miniature Circle Cutters
- Small amount of black clay
- 2 ounces of scrap clay for the bead cores
- 2 ounces of Sculpey® Premo! Burnt Umbero
- 2 ounces of Sculpey® Premo! Accents Pearl Peacock
- 4 ounces of Sculpey® Premo! Accents Pearl White
- 4 ounces of Sculpey® Premo! Accents Translucent
- Kato Clear Liquid Clay
- Poly Paste
- Bake and Bond, or liquid clay
- A Stiff Brush (Stencil brushes work well)
- Large Soft Artist’s Brush (to apply metal leafing flakes)
We all have those family members that just don't fit in, but we love them no matter what! So lets display their portrait proudly on the wall. Free form sculpting a monster face in a frame!
Amy K. Hucks - Amy is a member of the Indiana Polymer Clay guild. Her goal is to travel the world with her wife Jennifer and teach others the fun of polymer clay. https://www.facebook.com/SuperSculptor/
Clay colors - Mix a tiny bit of any bright, fun monster color* with premo! Sculpey® beige (green, orange or blue) for the skin tone. Use a contrasting color for the claws, pearl or glow in the dark mixed with a bit of translucent for the fangs.
* ANY colors work! Use your imagination and embrace the strange!
Tools - Pasta machine or acrylic roller, silicone tipped sculpting tools, needle tools, cutting blades, circle graduated colors, soft brushes, extruder for hair
Additional Supplies - small wooden or metal frame.
In this workshop, you'll learn to make hollow pendants that can be opened and closed to contain fragrances or a prayer or talisman. You can choose from eight color recipes to create pomander pendants in two shapes: cylinders and cubes. You'll also learn how to add chain, beads, and charms to personalize your unique pendant.
Suzanne Ivester - Suzanne Ivester has been an avid polymer clayer for all of this century, and her interests include a little bit of everything. She is a past president of the International Polymer Guild and is the author of the Polymer Chef column in Polymer Cafe magazine and Polymer Clay Universe. Suzanne lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and is a member of the First Coast Polymer Clayers Guild in St. Augustine. http://thepolymerchef.blogspot.com
- Thin cardboard (like a cereal box)
- Glue stick or white glue for gluing paper to cardboard
- Printout of template for 1inch cube
- Polymer clay and mix in ingredients of your choice from the list of clay recipes
- Push molds in border shapes and small (less than 1inch diameter) button like
- Sculpey® Bake ‘n Bond
- Small punches, hollow metal tubes, or drinking straws
- Acrylic or oil paint, Rub n Buff, Gilder’s Paste, or similar, for antiquing
- 1 mm. Stretch Magic cord
- 20 gauge wire
- Round nose jewelry pliers and wire cutting pliers
- At least 22 inches of costume chain (for each necklace)
- Glass or stone beads, necklace clasps, jump rings, bead caps, charms
- Link to BOX TEMPLATE