Saturday, December 28, 2013

Free Tutorial: Embellishing a Boudoir Lamp

When it comes to home decor some folks like primitive, some like modern, some edgy, some traditional, but for me, I love pretty! An environment that falls somewhere to the right of Victorian with the organic smoothness of Art Nouveau.

A plain, simple boudoir lamp from Wal-Mart seemed to need ''' something '''. At the same store I bought a package of beaded fringe in colors that I loved. Both were pretty. :-)  Soon small amounts of soft colors were mixed and molded into flowers in shades of pale lavender, pink, off-white pale yellow and leaves in a soft soft green.

The parts that were molded were then shaped to the side of the lamp that was laying on its side on a big fat towel. They were laid out in the pattern in which they would be glued onto the lamp base after baking.

I knew that wouldn't be possible to put the lamp itself with the clay on it into the oven so by putting the clay on the lamp first to create the curved pieces for the design pattern I was able to gently remove each unbaked piece and lay them on some Fiber-Fil batting in order to preserve the curve on the back of each piece.

Parts were baked for about 30 minutes and allowed to cool on the batting before removal if there was any little tiny pieces of the fiber fill batting on the pieces it was removed before gluing. Once again the lamp base was laid on the big fluffy towel on its side and I laid out the design using the baked pieces.

Using E– 6000 glue and following the instructions, I applied a small dot of glue where a pieces to go on the lamp and applied some of the same glue to the back of the piece that would go there and laid them both out for about a minute to cure. By doing this the E-6000 in would be able to grab the individual surface like the glass of the base and the back of the baked piece of clay. After this short curing time the molded piece was placed onto the base and press firmly into place.

We used to take this lamp with us to shows and put it on the table with the light on so that people could see how pretty it looked with the molded flowers and leaves beaded edge and decorated shade because we were selling the mold that was used to make it.

The mold used to make this lamp was PJ 025 Summer Blooms. It is one of the very first molds that we made when we started making our original urethane rubber molds. You can find this mold on our website:

However this project works equally well with any molded parts of polymer clay or even hand sculpted polymer clay pieces that are shaped and baked in the same shape as the base of a lamp, photo frame or vase etc.
For the full tutorial, you can go to Pinterest:
Thanks For visiting my blog again. Have fun!

Yours for a prettier world,
Penni Jo Couch

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Free Tutorials for some Winter Fun

 It's winter again and, in many parts of the country it's snow time. 

Growing up in northeast Missouri, as a kid, I loved the snow. Chilly, fun, and, overnight, without a noise it would blanket the world in white.  I'll never forget getting up in the morning to a scene that had changed completely overnight.

The trees were wearing white bonnets, bushes became round white balls around the yard, my wagon took on the shape of a carriage, a poofy big round ball with wheels, and small plants looked like all the 'whack a moles' were sticking their heads out from under the ground at once.

To a kid, it was clean, fun magic. Plus, the warmth felt after coming inside from making a snowman was heavenly.

But, since we could not play outdoors for long in the cold, and there was no TV, arts and crafts were our primary indoor fun.
  • We painted with Prang watercolors, 
  • Cut construction paper shapes, but never with granny's good scissors)
  • Used flour and water paste to construct little Christmas and snow scenes
  • Colored with Crayolas, and 
  • Created beautiful paper snowflakes from any piece of clean white paper that we could find.
  • And..... If there was hot chocolate, all the better!

Today I'm sharing two of my favorite "grown up" snowy projects and one Christmas tree earring project.

To download PDF file click here: Winter Birdhouse:
Above left: A simple, inexpensive wood birdhouse from Hobby Lobby painted using chilly colors sets the background for this fun outdoor scene. The Snowman, cardinal and snowflakes were created using polymer clay molded parts from ---

This single page downloadable PDF tutorial 
Designed by Jane Linn

To download PDF click here: Fun in the Snow Winter switch plate
A switch plate from Wal-Mart covered in glittery blue polymer clay with a fun scene of a snowman and snow puppy playing in the snowfall will bring the cool and fun of winter inside. 

Included in this three page tutorial are free instructions for making "Faux Knit" a technique I developed in the late 80's for my line of PenniBears for sweaters, scarves and stocking caps. Like the birdhouse, this switch plate project uses molded parts
  from  PJ017 Let it Snow! mold.

To download PDF click here: Christmas Tree Earrings: 
Last year's polymer clay Christmas Tree earrings are now a free tutorial. Quick and easy to make, require no molds, these earrings are light and easy to wear.

The three page tutorial outlines step by step in full color on how to make, bake and assemble them. The only polymer clay needed is translucent. You'll also need ultra fine glitter, green PearlEx powder, circle cutters in four or five sizes and your favorite clay tools.

If desired you may eliminate the green PearlEx powder. The resulting may be a more sparkling effect. To be sure bake a small sample of your translucent clay with glitter only to decide which you like best.

One friend made a bunch of these and sold them at bazaars during the holidays.

May you have a wonderful Christmas and may you always stay safe and warm this winter (and maybe have a cup of hot chocolate). 

Yours, Penni Jo