Category Archives: Model Making

How to make a Round Bead from Polymer Clay

Polymer clay bead

with Sue Heaser Making your own beads with polymer clay is great fun to do and after a little practice, you will be able to make beads of all shapes and sizes. It is best to start with a simple round bead which uses skills you will probably have already – rolling a ball of […]

Polymer Clay Christmas Trees using an Extruder

Polymer Clay Christmas Trees

Polymer clay is very easy to shape and smooth into shape and using an extruder allows you to create lengths of consistently shaped clay which can be coiled, pressed together to create complex multi-coloured canes, woven or plaited. These Christmas Tree decorations were created using extruded polymer clay which has been wrapped around a cone […]

Needle Felted Animals by Coralie and Phil Miles

needlefelting-animals-coralie-phil

We love these needle felted animals created by Coralie and Phil Miles. This is their first attempt and we can’t wait to see how their skills progress! Coralie used to work here with us before she retired. She is a keen spinner (see her skein samples and her freeform crocheted bag) and crafts person, as […]

Make a Name Plaque from a Flexible Mould

name-plaques

with Sue Heaser (see also pages on using Sculpey Flexible Moulds and Layering colours in Sculpey Flexible Moulds) Sculpey Alphabet moulds can be used to mould letters for childrens name plaques. These have dozens of uses such as for party name place markers or room door plaques. You can also glue them above coat pegs, […]

Using Flexible Moulds for Polymer Clay

Moulds for polymer clay

with Sue Heaser ‘Sculpey Flexible Push Molds‘ are incredibly easy to use for moulding all brands of polymer clay. The moulds are made of flexible rubber, so once you have pushed the clay into the mould, you can flex it to pop out the moulded piece. You can use the moulds for many other materials […]

Firing Art Clay Silver Clay

How to fire Art Clay Silver Clay

Preparation before Firing Great News! Although the following still applies to Art Clay Silver Clay, the New Art Clay Silver clay formula has increased the working time of this product! See our “New Formula Art Clay Silver Clay – Tried & Tested by Joy Funnell” page to find out more! Allow your grey white pieces […]

Mixed Media Modelling

Modroc Pots decorated with skeleton leaves & Jacquard Lumiere

Imagination is all you need, along with findings from around the home plus many of the materials from this web site. Newspaper and wall paper paste make excellent papier m¢ch© as does paper pulp combined with CMC (Methyl Cellulose) paste or Silk Paper Medium. This Newclay Dragon was made by 11 year old Liam Farlow […]

Needle Felted Old English Sheepdog

Needle felted sheep dog

Heather Gardiner sent in these charming photographs of her Old English Sheepdogs, Fernie and Gair. Alongside is the cute little doggie she has needle felted from their hair. Heather told us ‘This was the first I had ever made using this technique and the little dog went on to be raffled to help the OES […]

Polymer Clay, An Overview

Rolling polymer clay into a log

Polymer clay is a highly versatile, non-toxic, modelling material that can be hardened by baking in the home oven. Once baked it is permanent and can be cut, sawn, glued, painted and more. It is sold in a wide range of colours which can be mixed together to make further colours. Most brands also produce […]

Turning a Loop in Wire for Jewellery Making

How to make a wire loop

with Sue Heaser Turning a loop neatly in the end of a piece of wire has many uses in jewellery-making. Here is what you will need: wire – the easiest thickness for beginners to use is between 22 gauge (0.7mm thick) and 18 gauge (1.2mm thick), round nose pliers, wire cutters. Turning a Loop – […]

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