Tag Archives: Christmas

Polymer Clay Tree Ornaments

The malleable polymer clay can be shaped or moulded using a number of methods. A simple way to create consistent shapes is to use a cutter and rolling strips (or CD cases as in the example below). The polymer clay is first conditioned by holding and working it. The heat from your hands makes the […]

Foamboard Christmas Decorations

How’s this for a great Christmas decoration idea? Our giant snowflakes have been designed and made by our resident artist Philippa Cousins from foamboard. What is it? Foamboard is made from a sheet of CFC free polystyrene sandwiched between two sheets of smooth acid free paper to form a strong, lightweight and rigid board with […]

Moulding with Angelina Fibre

Angline Fibre Heat Moulded

Here we have discovered a fun and simple way to bind the heat bondable Angelina fibres into a three-dimensional shape. The fibres need only a very small amount of indirect heat to make them fuse, in this instance, boiling water is involved so please take care! Please note, this project is not suitable for children as […]

Handmade Christmas Crackers

How to make Christmas Crackers

Some of the papers used to make these lovely Christmas Crackers are no longer available from this web site but there are alternative papers that will work equally well. The contrasting papers used to decorate the body of the crackers are from the Mulberry range and the ends have been secured using paper yarns. Any […]

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 […]

Christmas Wreath Decorations made from Merino Wool Tops

Merino Wool Christmas Wreath

Simple and effective Christmas Wreath decorations made from Merino Wool Tops by Cara and Jo Barrell.   How to Make the Christmas Wreath You will need a framework on which to attach the wool tops, and these can be found in floristry sections in garden centres. If you can’t find one, you can bend a […]

Glass Painting with Pearl Ex Pigments

Reduce, reuse, recycle – here’s a fun way to add bling to used glass jars for Christmas, parties or weddings. Simply make up a solution of the glistening Pearl Ex pigments and clear Deka Cristal glass paint and decorate away! How to Mix the Pearl Ex  and Glass Paint Solution Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments can […]

Christmas Decorations made using Texture Makers

Texture maker on polymer clay Christmas decorations

Here’s a festive project for polymer clay! Cara used the flexible plastic Sculpey Texture Makers to add the patterns to these clay Christmas decorations and then highlighted parts of the pattern with glistening Jacquard Pearl Ex powder. Materials & Tools List Polymer clay – you can use any brand and any colour… Jacquard Pearl Ex […]

Sugar Free Polymer Clay Candy Canes

Polymer clay Christmas candy cane

Candy canes look great on Christmas Trees, but how many of us remember to eat them before the decorations come down? Here’s a way to help save your teeth and save room for all the other leftover Christmas goodies. Take the idea further and make an extra long polymer clay cane and twist it into […]

Feltmaking in a Washing Machine!

Felt made in a washing machine

A quick and easy method of making felt in a washing machine – just parcel up and throw in with your usual wash. Felt is created by agitating wool fibres until they mat together to form a non-woven fabric. The fibres can be laid flat on a surface or moulded around a former such as […]

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