Alcohol Ink on Polymer Clay

Written by Diane Rein

Alcohol Ink on Polymer Clay
We really enjoyed reading this blog post from the “PINK and GREEN MAMA” blog. It’s alway great to see young folks working with clay. See the original post HERE. Shop our alcohol Inks HERE.

ALCOHOL INK ON POLYMER CLAY EMBOSSED PENDANT TILES

This is one of those ideas that popped into my head randomly.

It was one of my “I wonder if this would actually work?” ideas…
turns out it did and does.
First we rolled out some white polymer clay
(Sculpey or Fimo from the craft store) and
rolled paper doilies into the clay to create lacy impressions.
We cut out shapes by hand with clay knife,
you could use cookie cutters too but ours seem to have disappeared!
We made small holes in the clay shapes so they could be
strung later as necklaces or hung on ribbon as ornaments.
We baked them in the oven according to the package directions
and allowed them to cool.
The next day, “E” (age 8.5) and I used my Adirondak brand alcohol inks
to dye the ornaments. This wasn’t a project for her little sister “C” (age 4.)
They’re messy and they stain everything,
“E” had the genius idea for us to wear surgical gloves.
I’ve been wanting to play with these inks ever since I first saw them
on the Artsyville blog with this great alcohol tile project.
They’re so fun and we plan to use them on future projects!
My first medallion in progress…
“E” working on one of her many (beautiful) tiles.
She’s a natural and came up with the prettiest color combinations.
“E” manipulating the ink on a clay tile with a small paintbrush.
Also her technique/idea. We didn’t read any tutorials or instructions,
we just kind of jumped in head first! : )
We worked on trays with paper towels so we wouldn’t stain the table.
These inks permanently stain non-porous surfaces so you have to use them with caution.
Our finished pendants, ready to string as necklaces or ornaments.
So many possibilities, I think you could have fun with
other stamps or letters to make embossed tags.
Happy Creating!
Fondly,
pink and green mama

May 24, 2016

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Free Shipping this Weekend!

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May 20, 2016

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Throwback Thursday! Check out the “PMC 960” DIY video.

Written by Diane Rein

Check out the "PMC 960" DIY video.
Nothing beats the strength and shine of sterling silver, but sometimes, the firing schedules for PMC Sterling can be somewhat difficult. Combining PMC3 and PMC Sterling results in a new clay type that offers the best of both worlds. In this tool demo, learn how making PMC 960 is the perfect solution for strength and simple firing.
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May 19, 2016

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New Video!

Written by Diane Rein

Setting Small Gemstones in Silver Metal Clay
Setting Small Gemstones in Silver Metal Clay by Valerie Bealle

Valerie Bealle, Metal Clay Artist and Instructor demonstrates three different methods to set small cubic zirconia in silver metal clay. In this video she uses PMC Flex along with 2mm cubic zirconias. Flex clay stays soft and pliable longer than other silver metal clay and allows the artist to make multiple bezel settings without the clay cracking and drying out.

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May 18, 2016

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Free “Deco” Bail Templates with your $50.00 Order!

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Free Deco Bail Templates with your $50.00 OrderENDS SOON!!!
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Today through May 16th, spend $50.00 or more and get two free Cool Tools Jewelry Shape Art Deco Bail Templates! These unique templates include fun edges for more design options. These larger size bail templates are great for base metal clays or larger projects in silver and gold.

May 13, 2016

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Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution & Pen!

Written by Diane Rein

Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution & Pen
Acid-free, fast drying transparent coordinating dye inks specially formulated to create a colorful, polished stone effect. Alcohol inks are an intensely concentrated dye dissolved in alcohol. They are permanent and once dried, are not water soluble. These alcohol inks are perfect for metal and disperse beautifully into translucent polymer clay.

Alcohol Blending Solution was specially formulated to dilute and lighten the Alcohol Inks’ vibrant tones. Not only is this solution useful for lightening and blending the Adirondack Alcohol Ink colors, it will also remove them from slick surfaces, hands and art tools.

The Blending Pen is an empty, dual-tipped dry pen that needs to be filled with Adirondack® Alcohol Ink Blending Solution to blend and lighten Adirondack® Alcohol Inks. Use the Blending Pen with Adirondack® Alcohol Ink colors for endless creative possibilities.
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May 11, 2016

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20% Off All Pliers!

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20% Off All Pliers
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Today through May 9TH Save 20% on All Pliers! The right set of pliers can make your jewelry making quicker and easier. Select from Hole Punches, Plier Sets, Side Cutters, Tube Cutting, Shears, Oval, Square, Jumbo Shapes and more. We offer proven brands like Lindstrom, C.H.P. and Wubbers. Offer ends 05/09/2016 at 11:59pm CDT.
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May 6, 2016

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New Soldering Products at Cool Tools!

Written by Diane Rein

New Soldering Products at Cool Tools
Desoldering Wick

High quality desoldering braid with unique, no clean flux. Pure oxygen free copper wire. Available in three sizes: 1.5, 2 & 2.5mm.

360° Soldering Pan
12″ soldering pan rotates 360º with easy access. The heat reflecting pumice is perfect for supporting your project in any position – flat or embedded. This pan comes with an attachable third hand custom designed to fit the pan. Includes pumice.

Extra Easy Solder Paste
Easy paste solder flows at 1205°F and melts at 1145°F. Combined solder and flux eliminates over- or under-fluxing. This paste solder reaches melting temperature quickly, reducing heat damage. Lead and Cadmium-free. Perfect for soldering Goldie White Iron.

Vigor Heat Shield with Applicator Syringe – 1 LB
Protect components from direct flame with this clay-like heat sink. It protects most stones while your are soldering around them, and it acts as a barrier between the stones and flame, so stones don’t have to be removed. Effective for direct-flame temperatures up to 5000°F (2760°C). Non-toxic, odorless clay-like material washes off with water. Handy applicator syringe included; replacement syringes are available.

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May 4, 2016

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25% off – Jumbo Rolling Frames * Large Clayboard Work Surfaces * 11″ Rollers

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April 29, 2016

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