I got a rather crafty hair up my butt tonight and made this tin in like an hour, start to finish.
(I used silver clay, so that's what it appears metallic)
So I thought I'd post my first tutorial on it,
Okay, this is not exactly all my tutorial, I give most of the credit to http://www.desiredcreations.com/howTo_PJCoverAltoid.htm
for the great how to,
but many of my crafty friends from the mini tin swap have expressed distress with trying this, so I did a mini tin tonight, to show you all it's not that hard. I'm adding my hints so you too can try this out and loose your fear of polymer clay. I have an art teacher friend who is the poly clay goddess, and although I am no pro, not even in the least! but she did de-mystify the medium for me, and show me some new possiblities.
That being said, here we go....
an exacto blade
something to roll out the clay with, a rolling pin or preferably a pasta type machine, (I found a cheapo kids thing made for rolling out playdough for a buck or two at a discount store)
texture, anything will do, I have texture plates, but just look around your house, even lace works
a tin of course
a lack of fear of imperfection
1.Roll out the clay thin enough and large enough to cover your tin.
2.Before cutting, roll the sheet of clay lightly over a texture, this will help hide imperfections in your creation and add character.
Now I did the top first, but you can do the bottom if you prefer,
3.For the top, slump the clay over the top of the tin, the cut with your exacto blade just above the lip of the tin.
4.Gently press down on the clay to bring any gaps flush with the lip of the tin.
*tip, lick your finger to smooth out the clay
5.For the bottom, repeat steps 1 and 2
6.Lay the tin on top of the clay and cut around with the blade, gently pressing down while doing this will make it stick to the tin.
7. Roll out a long skinny pice of clay, and repeat step 2
8. Measure your tin from the bottom, to where the top of the tin starts (on altiods tins, the afore menchioned website gives a good measurement) Cut a strip of clay as wide as your measurement, using your blade and ruler.
9. Wrap the clay around the tin, and cut it to fit, I like having the edges meet in the back of the tin.
10.Gently press the seams together and smooth out (like I said, licking your finger when smoothing helps, but do wash your hands, lol)
11. For feet, roll a coil of clay, and cut 4 pieces the same size, so that you can roll out 4 identical balls of clay
12. Stick the balls of clay in place, turn the tin over, and gently press down (this makes it flat, and sticks the clay to the tin)
*** don't forget to open the tin all the way before you bake it so it will open correctly when finished.
*I forgot to do it on my tin here, but adding a ball or two of clay to the top at the closure, helps to open it later, like a latch
Bake to manufacture's instructions (your oven will be minty fresh)
and embellish as you please
*I'm inpatient, so I tossed it in the freezer to cool
This is what I did:
1. I covered the finished tin with acrylic paint
2. Before it dried, I buffed the paint off, so you can appreciate the texture,
then sanded it with a fine padded sandpaper pad.
3. Then I added a bit of glitter,
4. and poly acryliced the whole thing
*when waiting for things to dry, and feeling impatient, toss it back in your still warmed oven (no longer on) for a few minutes to dry faster
5. glue in felt lining, but don't forget to measure your tin before you start so your felt will fit nicely
The results are great!
I think it took me longer to write this than to make the thing!
I will be posting pics of all steps asap! Let me know if there are particular steps you need to see for clarity.