Creating Texture For Animal Pendants In Polymer Clay with Melissa Terlizzi

Join Melissa Terlizzi for this fun and educational Animal Pendants in Polymer Clay online course. Learn how to make 3 different polymer clay pendants: a big-eyed chameleon on a leaf, a tropical tree frog, and an exotic goldfish. Students will learn how to blend the clay and shape each animal, how to add texture and attach all the features. We will also provide tips on ways to help strengthen the pendants, and ensure they hang properly.

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/animal-pendants-polymer-course

Sewing the Base Fabric for a Look Alike Puppet with Barry Gordemer

Learn how to create unforgettable faces that burst with expression and life. Creating Look-Alike Puppets Learn to make puppets that look like people you know. You’ll learn techniques for identifying and creating the shapes make up an individual’s facial features. Then you’ll learn how to reproduce those shapes three dimensionally in foam rubber and fabric. Understand the differences between a likeness and a caricature.

More about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/creating-look-alike-puppets-course

Overlapping Pedal Technique for a French Beading Flower with Shahar Boyayan

“Let’s now combine that to create another technique here that where you over lap, the paddles. So for the inside one, I want to have seven beats in my center, 3, 6, 7, or about half an inch. You would be right with either and you’re going to loop that like we did at the beginning. And you pinch, so you don’t have wire showing. And twist twice. For this one, we want three rolls of wrap around. So this is the first time we, we are doing the three roles, this course, three and four, the inside of my rows. I want, three rows, three paddles. So I have to do three more, two more. So again, same number or half an inch. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Safety Tips for Painting a Fiber Clay Birds Sculpture with Joanie Wolter

“I have already painted this with the black power techs and I’ve sprayed it with the black flat, spray paint outside in my little spray booth outside. What I want to talk to you about before we move on to the actual, painting is the fact that when you’re spraying with it, be cautious about what you’re breathing in.

I have a mask that I used, I put on to kind of filter the air. And if you look at the floor after you sprayed for any length of time, there’s all kinds of spray paint dust on the floor. And if you’re not careful, all that’s going into your one. So I want you to be real careful about wearing a mask.

I keep brushes and I even have a pumice stone in the shower so I can keep everything off my hand anyways, just be cautious. All right. that’s my golden rule of when I’m out there painting.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/sculpting-fiber-clay-course

Creating Loops for Animal Pendants in Polymer Clay with Melissa Terlizi

And I’m in a fold under, so was just double checking that I want it kind of facing this way a little bit. So just folding under the, the top and pressing that down. Just making sure that it’s facing the right direction. And you want to make sure that’s nice and attached and then enrolling it down. So it’s kind of like the arm on a teacup or something, and then press it down. And then you kind of look at it from the side and make sure that it’s not squished down such that you can’t get your wire through. So I think I’ve got plenty of room. And I’m trying not to ruin my texture on there too much.

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/animal-pendants-polymer-course

Creating the Lips for a Look Alike Puppet with Barry Gordemer

“And we’re just going to do a little piece, right about in the front there. This is a quarter-inch cable cord. And it doesn’t really matter if it’s nylon or something like that. It tends to really frame the stuff around the edges once you cut it. So I go in there with a little bit of hot glue and stop the firing and I get my fingers in a little water to avoid the pain. And then we can just go roll that around. Nice and neatly there. So a lip that will go right about there. That’s a little big, I think I’ll just get to take a little off the side there. It doesn’t need to be very big. So I, use rope for creating thing, little accents, like lips and, wrinkles. If I want to do it like a wrinkly forehead on something rope works really great for that.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/creating-look-alike-puppets-course

Choosing the wire for a French Beading Flowers with Shahar Boyayan

“When you go buy these at a flower shop or a craft store, you have different gauge of wire, the 18 gauge. So the way I see, I just pinched the package, the packet a little bit, because you have very soft ones. So I see if there is any resistance. And there is quite a bit, so I want that because again, it’s heavy, right? The glass is happy. So I want that. Now there is the 16. The problem is, sometimes you don’t find it. The 16 is even better than this one because it’s very sturdy. It makes it easier for us to make the flowers. I need to have some weight. If I had a lighter gauge, the moment I put the flower here, it starts root, right? It doesn’t stay. Even with this one. Sometimes many times I bend them to make it sturdier.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Adding Layers for Animal Pendants in Polymer Clay with Melissa Terlizzi

“So I’m going to do a, say a stripe here, kind of like a Y shaped stripe in the middle and then another stripe, right by the tail. So I’ll start with that. Y shaped one. And just do exactly that. I know I’m not in the center of the tile, but okay. So I’m just gonna cut out a Y. This may not be long enough. Let’s let’s check it out. Actually. Hope nobody’s noticing how rusty my blades are. I was just going to go on there, kind of like that, and I’m going to trim those edges off so that it looks like it’s going around his back and then I’ll do another stripe.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/animal-pendants-polymer-course

Getting Creative While Making a Fiber Clay Bird Sculpture with Joanie Wolter

“I just want to make it fluffier. So I’m just taking my little picker stick and I’m seeing what it looks like. I’m like, not even like this, but this is playtime. So you can try it. If you don’t like it, you just fix it. You can do that. You don’t have to be worried that, Oh my God, I ruined this piece because I don’t like what I did. That’s just not how this kind of clean works. And actually, I don’t want it to go on the side like that. It’s not going to go off the side. So I’m just going to kick that off there. Cut this off here and see how this looks when I put it on the front of him. So return him around so you guys can see as well. So here he is. And I’ve screwed up his tail a little bit, but then I’m re fluff it, it will be fine. So this would come in front like this almost looks like an apron. Now he’s turned him into a real native American, I’m going to cut this as a, too big of a piece. If I just wanted to be feathers. If I wanted to dress him up in an apron, that would be another story I could do that, but that wasn’t my intention. So this will be here kind of laying in over.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/sculpting-fiber-clay-course

Placing the Cheeks on a Look Alike Puppet With Barry Gordemer

“So what’s going to happen here is this foam piece is going to go in inside the puppet there, and then the fingers will go underneath there. And so that’ll do it. And then this piece of foam core is going to go on the top because just my fingers in there, it’s going to cause that foam to push up and the foam core will give it just a little bit of rigidness sort of grips. But remember now I shortened the edges. We shorten those inside edges, to make this face a little more narrow. So I think I just want to shave a little off that inside back edge. So we keep those proportions nice and tight. Take taken off about a quarter. Won’t seem like much, but a quarter of an inch, five millimeters, add them together and it adds up to a half, an inch, 10 millimeters. Then you are talking about a significant noticeable change in the, in the features of the face.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/creating-look-alike-puppets-course

EP 50 – Joshua Von War-Bear – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Joshua Von War-Bear about leather work, creating art, life as an artist, cosplay, playing with tools, and much more!

EP 49 – Roxanne Vigos – Natural Dyeing – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Roxanne Vigos about natural dyeing, creating art, life as an artist, eco-dyeing, playing with fibers, and much more!

EP 48 – Lisa Pavelka on Resin – Creativity in Focus – Jewelry Series

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Lisa Pavelka about making jewelry with resin, creating art, life as an artist, mixed-media jewelry, and much more!

Lisa produces beautiful pieces with Polymer clay and her branded techniques and Magic-Glos. She has taught several classes on Curious Mondo!
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EP 47 – Asia Raine – Jewelry Series – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Asia Raine about jewelry making, creating art, life as an artist, organic jewelry, and much more!

Asia is also one of our instructors at Curious Mondo, Check out her How to do Etching with Electricity class!