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Monday, June 29, 2015

July's Steampunk Polymer Clay Mini House for Rhedds' Creative Spirit Challenge

My mom loves miniatures so much that I have often experimented and made different ones for her.  In the process, I have become quiet smitten with them myself!  I saw a YouTube video by

that gave directions for a mini steampunk house!  I was in love!  I haven't played with my polymer clay in a long time but out it came and I began to play!  Please check out her videos and subscribe so you don't miss any of her goodies!

I took gold polymer clay and rolled it out and then used a steampunk cog embossing folder to place over the clay and rolled over it embossing the clogs into the clay.  I cut 2 pointed top sides and 2 rectangular side pieces.  I cut a strip long enough to go over the top for the roof and a small strip of clay to make the roof cap.  I connected the sides by adding a strip of clay in the corners of the walls on the inside and used my embossing tool to mush the clay together to connect the walls.  Then I layed the top over the bottom very carefully, pressing gently down to connect them together.  It wanted to crack where it bent so I used the strip as a roof cap and using the embossing tool to attach it to the top of the roof.

 Then came the super fun part!  I had a bag of jewelry pieces and beads...all sorts of amazing goodies given to me by my aunt just last week!  So I added pieces of jewelry to the front, back, and sides.  On the top, I glued a large silver bead and took a piece of copper wire and twisted around a pencil to form a coil.  I bent the coil to give a wonky look and glued into the hole in the bead and glued a red and orange bead to represent the chimney which most don't have fire coming out of them but it was the symbolism of it!

 I left a couple step out that are important!  I baked my house without embellishment for 30 minutes but always follow your form of polymer clay's instructions, this is very important!  When cooled I took some acrylic metallic paint in blue, copper, ruby, and silver on my finger and antiqued the sides and top.  The colors do not show up well as I am back to my old camera that has a horrible gremlin problem!

 Now, of course it needed a door! so I cut 3 sides out and scored the 4th side and opened the door before baking.
So I added jewelry embellishments on all 4 sides, did my wonky chimney, and that was it!
This was really fun to do and I am now working on some tiny books that are so much fun, also!

It is time for our July challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and as always the theme is "Anything Goes" and is open to altered art/mixed media but no cards, ATC's or tags unless make from wood or other altered products.  Please read our rules for all the information.  We look forward to seeing what you can inspire us with!
Happy crafting!

7 comments:

  1. How adorable is this!? Love, love, love it! x

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    1. Thanks Sammy! I was scared to use it! But I loved it! hugsxx

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  2. i love this- I love miniatures but not all that good at working on small areas - bootiful xx

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    1. Thank you Elaine! I adore miniatures...also have trouble with tiny pieces that is why my seams are a tad rough! LOL hugsxx

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  3. I just adore this little house,beautifully crafted...a fab design team project...xx

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    1. You are too sweet Sandie! Glad it could be used was so worried it wasn't enough! hugsxx

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  4. Nanette ...I'm a bit like the White Rabbit....i'm late and not sure where to go....I wanted to jump in here and say that I totally loved your miniature house....I'm inspired but oh to find the time to act on the inspiration.

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