Friday, April 3, 2009

Fabulous Friday...

Actually every day is fabulous. Today especially, as I got an e-mail from a bloggy friend telling me to watch for some mail she is sending me. That is so sweet and it reminded me that another bloggy friend sent me a gift and I forgot to post it. So as soon as I get the second one, I will post them both. I have the best friends.

On a different note, it's been raining again here in the Star City, but that certainly doesn't keep me from doing a project. My hubby and I eat canned tuna periodically, and I love the size of the cans. I have been saving them for a rainy day project and yesterday I came up with this.


For those of you new to polymer clay, you can not only sculpt and make beads with it, you can cover a variety of items with it to make such fun stuff. I used beige colored clay and covered the outside of the tuna can with the clay. There are several ways to do this, but I liberally applied liquid clay to the outsides and bottom of the can before applying the bottom circle, and the long strip around the sides. I then made polymer clay flowers and leaves to make a little design.

I am going to use this little box for jewelry, so I finished off the inside with fabric and a padded bottom, (just like me).

Just a little trinket box here, but the possibilities are endless, I have covered light bulbs, cardboard boxes, and wooden items, just to name a few. I have been playing with polymer clay for years, off and on, but I almost always go back to jewelry. I did want to show you this and remind you that there is an artist in you just waiting to come out. You don't have to wait for a rainy day to invite that artist in, go for it and have fun.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. The hubs is getting ready to take me to lunch and a movie, so I'll say bye for now, but we'll talk soon. Take care.

9 comments:

Crafty Gal Linda said...

What a sweet friend and clever too. Gotta love polymer clay.

cherokeefox said...

I LOVE this idea. Believe it or not I have never worked with polymer clay although I do have some in my craft supplies. Just have never gotten around to using it. This is such a great idea. One I can do with my grandgirls (8 & 5). Thanks for the ideas, it is so cute. P.S.-We also have a Star City in Arkansas.

adrienne said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of covering a light bulb!
Your tuna tin/trinket box is lovely.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Very clever, I love it!! Yeah, let's see that lightbulb! :> )
~Peanut

Angela Recada said...

Wow, you'd never know that beautiful little box started out as a humble little tuna can! Very cute!

Kims Art said...

I guess I will have to start saving the tuna cans. It really is a great project and you can never have enough places to keep all the things we collect.

Funky Art Queen said...

Well, I never thought of that. I have done the altoid tins before but never anything else like that. Hey what is the purpose of the liquid polymer clay. Is that at the craft stores? Thanks for sharing this wonderful and beautiful idea.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Very cool. I've not heard of liquid clay. Padded bottoms, yes, but liquid clay, no.

Kristen Hermanny said...

I am glad I sent you some clay then, I made molds of sea shells once and then covered a box with polymer clay sea shells. I then took a stipple brush (for stenciling) and texturized the shells. I made them with ivory colored clay, then after they were baked I painted them with sepia ceramcoat paints, then wiped off the excess. It turned out so neat.

This is a great project, Susan! I love it!