Tutorials

‘Gingerbread’ polymer clay ornament

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Brown’s Gingerbread House Patterns 2016

Some folks asked about the gingerbread house patterns that I made for a ‘Gingerbread Clay Day’. Click on the link above to download a free pdf of house patterns.

My polymer-clayer friends and I had a LOT of fun making these tiny houses together last December. Whenever we get together there’s lots of food and laughter- just how it should be! Since we put so much work into our tiny treasures, it made sense to create them in polymer clay to enjoy year after year.

I cut out, decorated, and cured my clay house pieces on a flat ceramic tile. Then I assembled the pieces using poly-paste and more clay and cured it again. I left the bottom open so I could insert a battery-operated tea light inside- and it was really, really cute.

 

 

 

Here’s some Matryoshka doll charms I made for the Clay Camp 2015 ‘Charm Swap’:

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Matryoshka Doll Charm Tutorial by Maria Brown

The tutorial explains the steps I took to make these teeny-tiny dolls, under one inch tall. If you want to see how I made them, download the pdf and take a look! For best results, right-click on the link, then select “Save target as…” to download.

It may even inspire you to make your own little Matryoshka charms! (And if it does inspire you, I’d love to see a photo of your cool creations!)

 

 

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist, says Albert Einstein. Smart guy.

Faux Pebble Bracelet by Maria Brown

Here are beads I made to look like beach pebbles, or beach rocks here on Puget Sound beaches.  I wanted to create something that people wouldn’t expect to see worn as jewelry.  There was a lot of trial and error with these but it was a fun challenge- and now I see that they are popular! If anyone is interested in my ‘secret methods’ (haha), click on the link below for a free tutorial on polymer clay beach rocks.  I created this tute for people who have some experience with polymer clay, but these methods are not difficult for beginners.  You have my permission to print and use it, of course– I only ask that you credit me if you publish something using my techniques. And please send me a link or a photo– I’d love to see your work! I’ve demonstrated these techniques at my guild, the Northwest Polymer Clay Guild and for a few other groups.

You can email me at mjb@blondecrowstudio.com

 

Polymer Clay Rocks (Beach Pebbles) Tutorial by Maria Brown

 

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