Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dare to Dream

Sometimes believing in your own dreams can be a challenge, but there is a certain amount of freedom that comes when you dare to dream. 

One of my favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Give all to love; obey thy heart."  I believe dreams come true with hard work, faith, a pinch of luck, and when you listen to the direction of your heart. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cute Polymer Clay Charms

I have always loved sculpting things out of clay and one of my recent hobbies is crafting cute charms out of polymer clay!

It is so much fun coming up with cute ideas and I am often inspired by everyday objects that look amazingly cute when you paint a happy face on them!

If you want to make your own clay charms, you will find the polymer clay at your local craft store.  I used sterling silver rods and hooks to make the charms attachable to a necklace, bracelet, or keychain. Place the hooks in the clay before you bake them and then bake the charms at 275 F for 15 minutes.  Once the charms cool I then paint the details on them using acrylic paint.  Once the acrylic paint dries I complete the charms with a polymer clay glaze to protect the paint from scratching and to add a nice shiny finish.