Friday, 20 March 2015

Easter's on it's way....

Hi all, sorry I missed last week too... these builders are soooooo demanding! Tea, coffee, biccies...and now we're onto donuts! Before you know it they'll be demanding bacon sarnies too, lol! But then, when they are doing such a fabulous job on my nu studio shed how can I begrudge them, eh?!...

Anyhoo, I have managed (in between all the interruptions) to get a downloadable project sheet for the Sutton Slice Technique up on the website, under the Polymer Clay tab.

With Easter fast approaching I've also designed a quick and easy Easter Basket project which is ideal for presenting a selection of mini Easter Eggs or even a few primroses (provided you line the basket first).

Easter Basket

You will need:

Efco Papp Art Basket
Efco Ivory Decoupaint
Cernit Glamour: Carmine Red, Skin Colour, Yellow, Mauve, Light Green & Green
Efco Flowers Texture Mat
Cernit Blades & Roller
Polymer Clay Pasta Machine (Optional)
Efco Molding Plate Mini Press
Flowers and Leaf Cutters
Gold Brads
Flat Brush, Craft Knife, Super Glue & Baby wipes
Ceramic Tile, Kitchen Foil, Oven Thermometer & Oven

1. Paint the Papp Art basket with several coats of cream Decoupaint, leaving to dry between coats.

2. Condition the carmine red clay either by massaging it in your hands, repeatedly rolling it out on a ceramic tile or running it through a pasta machine several times. (nb. If you use a pasta machine for polymer clay NEVER use it again for food.)

3. Start pushing lumps of clay into the recesses of the Flowers texture mat. Make sure you smooth out the joins as if they show on the top they will show underneath in your finished pattern. Fill the entire mat with clay.

4. Use the Cernit flexible blade to remove all excess clay. Hold the blade as flat as possible whilst you cut slivers of clay, always cutting towards the outside edges. You should be able to see all the raised surface of the design.

5. Condition the skin coloured clay before rolling it out to about 1mm thick. (You can pass it through the pasta machine, starting on the thickest setting and reducing until about the 5th setting.) Lay the clay sheet over the top of the filled texture mat. Lay the plastic sheet on top before pressing down with the molding plate.

6. Remove the molding plate and carefully flip the texture mat, clay and plastic sheet over onto a ceramic tile. Press down on the back of the texture mat with your fingers to help the clays to adhere to one another.

7. Give a quick roll over the back of the texture mat with the Cernit roller before carefully checking that all the edges are adhered as you remove the mat.

8. Gently press down on the raised surface to make sure all the carmine red clay is firmly adhered.

9. Cut out 3 large flowers and 2 small flowers using the cookie cutters.

10. Carefully remove the excess clay from the plastic sheet.

11. Gently peel the flowers off the plastic sheet and insert a gold brad into the centre of each one. Make little rings of kitchen foil to support them whilst they bake. Bake following the manufacturer's instructions (30 mins @ 130ºC).

12. Repeat Steps 2-11 for the yellow and mauve clays. 

Then repeat Steps 2-11 again with the two green clays, this time using a leaf cutter instead of the 2 flower cutters and draping them over a roll of foil instead of little rings.

13. When cool lay your flowers and leaves on the basket to work out what position you want them in. (I used 3 large flowers and 2 small flowers in contrasting colours with 3 leaves on either side, but you can mix it up how you like.) 

Use a craft knife to cut small slits in the papp art basket to enable you to feed the ends of the brads through. Open out the ends on the inside to secure the flowers.

14. Use little dabs of Super Glue to stick the leaves in position.

For a finishing touch you could tie a ribbon to the basket handle before filling with lots of yummy mini Easter eggs and bunnies...positively scrumptious!

Alternatively, you could line the basket with plastic and fill it with a few Easter flowers such as primulas or pansies.

For a free downloadable version of this project go to the Polymer Clay page of

Happy Crafting! (oh and munching too!! :) )

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