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Helping Hands

September 18, 2011

Funny I never looked at hands the way I have this week ever in my life. That is because I am sculpting them. Not very good mind you but I am trying which is something I never planned on doing. Bleeping hands.

My decision was to have them holding something to disguise how bad they really look. Still I would find myself pretend holding stuff up so I could make sure the thumbs were the right way. This  lead to looks from family while walking by and looking at me with my hands up or laughing at myself while hands were pretend holding something.

When was the last time you laughed at yourself while creating art?

Try it you may like it.

 

Slow Clay Week

August 29, 2011

This week for us in the Northeast it has all been about hurricane preparedness. Everyone went crazy at the stores buying what they thought they would need and got ready to batten down the hatches for a monumental storm. In our house that meant bringing in the Gardenias. I walk by them every day and I never really notices how large the leaves were on this one.

It was almost dead last year and somehow this guy brought it back to better than perfect health.

How often do you feel almost dead with your creations? You feel like nothing new can come from your hands or what does is not good enough. What is it that inspires you as an artist to create things or go places you have never gone before? What makes you grow?

For me one of the great motivating things I have participated in the last couple of years are the swaps at City O Clay. This time it is Colorful Ocean Creatures and for a while I was stumped at what to make. Last week I finally got some inspiration and am running with it!

Of course it is all top-secret until the swap is over but I think my entry if I can perfect it will be a great contribution.

What have you done that has challenged your art?

Or even better what will you do to let your art grow off the charts the way hubby’s gardenia has.

 

Tin Swap Pics

August 14, 2011

I am finally able to share with you the participants for the tin swap 2011. We have such a group of talented artists who really made this swap fun. I hope you enjoy the pictures and if you would like to join in on the fun the next swap has already started it is colorful ocean creatures.

 

Again I want to thank all the participants. Without you I would have nothing to sort and send. Thank you for all the hard work, time and determination you have proven to complete this task. Great job!

Julie

Colorful Ocean Creatures Swap at City O Clay

July 31, 2011

This is the post at City O Clay announcing the next swap. In case you do not know already it is a yahoo group focused on clay where I host the swaps that run every two months. You do have to be a member of the group to participate in the swaps. Astrid a wonderful member there helped with the last part of the links I hope you do not mind I left her post at the end.

You guys did it. You chose what we would be making for the next swap.

And the winner is Colorful Ocean Creatures!

This is a great chance for you to do what your muse is guiding you to create. This is a chance for you to really take a chance and create something that is one of a kind and you!

You can choose what you make. It can be beads, a cane, a pin, a whatchafrazen whatever it is that your muse is telling you to create.

You must make sure that your creation fits into a small priority box and gets to me by the due date of October 1 2011 with a mail date of Oct 15. Those are the only two stipulations for this swap. Sound like fun? Sign up at

cityoclayswaps@yahoo.com

or

julie.samara@tdbanknorth.com

Email your

name

address

and e mail

In gathering links for this swap I wanted to inspire you with colorful ocean creatures and this is a great way to do that.

http://www.google.com/search?q=colorful+oceanic+creatures&hl=en&biw=1366&bih=582&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=uZEsTuujO8rq0gGCtLDkDg&ved=0CDoQsAQ

If the link does not work then just go to your favorite search engine and type in colorful ocean creatures and voila. It was hard finding links of things for you to make with tutorials and that is why this is really an inspirational swap. Muse get over here we have some work to do!

This if from the Daily Art Muse

http://dailyartmuse.com/2011/07/22/joe-peters-underwater-life-as-seen-through-torch/

If you want weird sea monsters you can find them here.

http://weirdseamonsters.com/

how to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mRMYuUxsh8

turtle

http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-sculpt-a-rainbow-trout.html

make a trout

super simple wormie thing

http://dragoncave.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/clay-sea-monsters/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex6sTouFA0w

seahorse

http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/how-to-make-a-polymer-clay-window-fish/index.html

window fish

http://kimcreates.com/cane.html

colorfish

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK4iyVcqtis&playnext=1&list=PL390D21BC5532A0CD

How to make a shark

http://desiredcreations.com/howTo_CAWoodFish.htm

fish cane

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinaholden/2552852792/

sea urchins and starfish

Deviant art search

polymer clay fish

http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=polymerclay fish&order=9&offset=0

Lot of mermaids

http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=polymer+clay+mermaid

http://www.amaco.com/amaco-lesson-plans/lesson-19-coral-reef/

exploring life in the coral reef

Inspiration overload

http://www.skygrazer.com/polymerclay/resources/sculpturelinks.htm

http://search.elfwood.com/search.jsp?query=ocean
creature

Ocean Creature

http://www.davesfimofigures.com/

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356085.0

Another sculpt:
http://www.davesfimofigures.com/

Ocean Scene with simple but cute fish, octopus etc.
http://www.michaels.com/Ocean-Scene/e09206,default,pd.html

This might give you some ideas of the fish living at “crushing depth”
http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/MidwaterRealm/09CreaturesoftheDeepSea.pdf

Since it is hard to find clay related Ocean Creatures I looked at tons of pictures of what lives in and around the oceans.
Besides the fantasy ones like mermaids and mermen, I’m thinking about Manatees,
Sea Otters, all sort of seals, sea turtles, all things in and out of
the ocean, different shells and conches, Starfish, mollusks and
crustaceans (crab, lobster etc), ocean fauna like anemone, seagrass
(and sea cows), the octopus, different sharks (there you go, Luny!
LOL), colorful fish like the Butterfly Fish, Dragonets, Rock fish,
Lion Fish, Tangs, Angelfish (juveniles with their “brain-cane”
pattern and the colorful adults) etc.

I’m going to the library
tomorrow and get me some books on the many colorful fishies 🙂

Hope
this helped some 🙂

*Hugs*
Astrid

In Search Of

July 3, 2011

The Art of Jewelry: Polymer Clay: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration (Lark Jewelry Books)

Friday night while watching Monk and making a Sandra McCaw cane from the book The Art of Jewelry Polymer Clay my pasta machine bit the dust. I could not figure it out it started making a noise and stopped rolling at the lowest two settings, but worked on the thinner ones. There was not way I was going to finish the cane until I got a new machine and ordering online was not an option for me since it would mean loosing almost a week of good claying with the Fourth of July weekend. I am just getting started now since I feel better and really want to tackle some of the things on my to do list.

So I looked at some of the local stores online to see what they had to offer. Every store had several of them available and I was thinking I was going to walk into one of them and have several to choose from. Boy was I wrong!

After four stores I was amazed at how many different coffee makers there are on the market to choose from. I was also amazed at the beer making choices available in each store.

So each store has some version of a beer making kit but none have pasta machines? What people make beer but not pasta? I seemed to block out the fact that I was not making any pasta here either even if I found one.

Recently on the list we were talking about how nice it would be to use your socks for dusting the floors while you walk from room to room. How was I to know that there was already a product available?

They sell this and not a pasta machine???

I was able to find some gold in my store hopping.

These peanut butter filled pretzels are great and a very hard item to find so naturally I had to get a few of them.

I found one of these in silver a few weeks ago while finishing shoping for my son’s vacation and thought how wonderful it would look covered in clay. The sticker price of $25.00 made it a no buy and yesterday I found this one ON SALE for $2.50 it was the only one they had so I had to snatch it up! All these finds and still no pasta machine what the heck?

Finally after going to the mall I was able to find one at the kitchen store. Again the major department stores have great selections online but not in the stores.

This falls under the do as I say not as I do category. Next time you need a pasta machine I recommend you check out Mona Kissel.

http://www.monakissel.com/index.html

She will modify your existing machine or you can purchase one from her. Once hubby and son come home and my claytime is limited I think I am sending my machine to her for an upgrade :).

Swap Pics

May 31, 2011

Yea another swap is finished and you get some eye candy.

Fred

Leila

Mozelle

Julie

Luny

Janice Beads

Janice Ladies

Beth


Beth Close Up

I want to thank all the participants who were able to participate in the fun. I am sure the individuals who get our beads will feel like it is their turn at Christmas as it is for us when we open our swap packages. This time I want to thank you for donating your beads to the Beads of Courage Charity.

http://www.beadsofcourage.org/

If you want to join in on our next swap stop by City O Clay. Kick your shoes off, grab a beverage and stay a while just do not drink anything when you are reading one of Luny’s posts. If you do I am not responsible for any damage to your keyboard or computer.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/

Have fun claying!

Next Swap Covered Tins

May 23, 2011

The following is the Covered Tin Swap announctment at City O Clay an online polymer community.  You will find several sites and videos to learn how to cover a tin it is pretty basic when you think about it. This leads to the question of a tutorial as was done with the rock purse tutorial.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/rock-purse-tutorial/

I had a lot of fun doing it and it added to my online  polymer clay tutorials. With a tin I do not know if I have anything that I could add to it that has not already been done. I mean am I just going to be saying and showing what has already been done? How can I make it uniqe and MINE? Would anyone even want to see another tin tut? I will have to mull this one over for a while because I have to think of a cane to make sheets  wooo hooo!

Okay wait a minute I just went back and really read the rock purse tutorial…… read what I said months ago. Why am I still doubting my craft?

I mean what could my tut be that has not already been done, do I have anything new to say or do that has not been already seen? When I realized that was the fear in me talking (I could list 10 reasons for why not) I got over myself and just did it. I can tell you there were a couple of times I sat there looking at my clay table, or just after I messed up a step (mess up kept in BTW) I could have quit but did not. I encourage you to face your fear and just try something, anything you would not normally do. The sense of accomplishment you will feel will give you the power to succeed in life no matter what you try. As my clay mentor Nj says Baby Steps.

Now that I have worked out my artist issues here are some tin links!

Soooo you want to cover tins hunh? Well
let us think of a few things before getting too inspired by links of
others’ work or the crazy ideas already running in your head.

We will be sending these to the swap
mistress in a SMALL PRIORITY box so you will need a tin or tins that
will fit into said box. Please take a moment to focus on this before
going crazy and covering a bunch of tins that are too big to fit in
one. Another issue we need to focus on is that if we make 5 tins they
all need to fit into a small priority box. Those of you swappers who
like to make one for each participant will not be able to do so this
time as you need to get it to me in a small one and I need to return
to you in the same size box. Now if you want to fill up a larger
priority box and send the correct amount of postage to return the
same size box to you that is an option for you if you want to make
more than five.

As far as the tin you can use it is up
to you just make sure that it (or how many ever you will send in)
will fit into one small priority box.

So now that we have the pesky details
out of the way we need to get inspired. Lets have some links.

Desiree as usual has a great tin tut

http://www.desiredcreations.com/howto_pjcoveraltoid.htm

e how’s version

http://www.ehow.com/how_2100257_cover-mint-tin-polymer-clay.html

I am not sure who put this one up but
it is based on the ehow version. I liked the therapudic benefits part
of the instructions in the tut!

http://slaglelsuhsc.pbworks.com/w/page/6944944/Polymer-Clay-Memory-Tin

Zuleykha has one too

http://zuclay.blogspot.com/2009/04/covering-altoid-tin-with-polymer-clay.html

Squido has a video tut

http://www.squidoo.com/altoids-tins

This is a U Tube video that is almost 9
minutes long

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK99NWVGLLQ&NR=1

This is not a tin but a wooden box. No
step by step here but some valuable information can be found.

http://domestikgoddess.com/spiral-trance-treasure-box/

This page is about wooden beads but I
put it here because it has more infomation about wood and its
properties. Wood is a tricky object to cover because of the water
that it can contain, which will lead to problem solving you will not
find when covering glass or metal.

http://www.jewelry-and-polymerclay-tutorial-heaven.com/wood-beads.html#axzz1Mqh9bWmQ

There is always the motherload of
information on this site

http://www.glassattic.com/

Be careful you will get lost there so
make sure to get food and drink before going!

I could go on and on positng links but
I really think these give you the basic foundations needed to cover a
metal or wooden tin. Now I think we need some flickr overload with
tins!

I started by enering in my Flickr
search

polymer clay covered tin       and came
up with this

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=polymer+clay+covered+tin&f=hp

polymer clay covered wooden box
brought these links

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=polymer+clay+covered+wooden+box&m=text

The thing I did notice is that the
wooden boxes were mostly only PARTIALLY covered in clay. I wonder if
that has anythig to do with the unique prperties of wood when
covering with clay.

Polymer clay covered box    and these
pop up most of them you have already seen if you looked at both of
the previous searches.

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=polymer++clay+covered+box&f=hp

You now have the fundamentals of
covering a box and some eye candy to hopeully get you inspired all
that is left is to sign up for the Tin Swap! Further informatoin to
follow in the Tin Swap Announcement and the General Swap Rules.

Children’s Birthday Party EEEEKK

April 30, 2011

I had a wonderful vacation with my family in Texas. The funnest day was the one we went to Six Flags and checked out the Fast Pass. It costs a little bit more but is well worth it. We had my brother almost puking after the third ride, he just wasnt the same the rest of the day it was fun :).

Upon returning a family member called and asked it I would do a birthday party for her daughter. I said yes before I realized exactly what I had agreed to. The freaking out began in earnest.

I made a quick shout out on City O Clay and got some wonderful recommendations.

Give the kids options and understand they may create something totally different from your options.

Have child safe tools and supplies.

Have fun and encourage the kids to learn and find their inner muse.

Use pvc pipe for clay rollers ( That suggestion solved any problems I had in my mind).

I am looking forward to hosting a birthday party (not in my house Yea no clean up) for 17-20 six to eight year old girls tomorrow. Our offered projects will be covering a picture frame, a candle holder, or making a pen. These kids are set with supplies thanks to Debbie Gills wonderful suggestions my box was pretty much packed. I was amazed at how many supplies that were not my daily tools that I have accumulated in such a short time. I was happy to have plenty of stamps, old make up (20 different colors), texture sheets, cutters, canes canes and more canes to be able to pack last night while getting ready.

I look forward to living up to the expectations of the birthday girl and I can only hope she and her friends will have a fun party tomorrow. You of course can expect pictures and a complete wrap up next week!

Updates

March 6, 2011

 

No real claying for me this week what is new hunh?

The boxes for the Rock Purse Swap are showing up and mailing should happen this week so you can expect pictures in the next two weeks. I am amazed at how different each persons entries are. I also am amazed at how we as a group have worked through the issues that arose with creating the Whatafrazens (our new pet name for the Rock Purses).

What a challenge and I am so happy so many were able to complete the task even if they hated every minute of it and were not happy with what came off the table. They tried and honestly that is all that matters. That is one of the reasons the swaps were created and are so successful. Can you commit to learning a new technique and sticking to it even if you do not like what you created?

Everyone has communicated that they learned something from the swap even if it was that they learned they would never make one again in their life. What have you committed to lately with your art or in life that you stuck with and finished? What sort of feeling did you get from completing said task? Sometimes we just need to step out of our comfort zone and just do it.

My other update is from last weeks post. I took the ring to the jewelry store and they said they were unable to fix it :(. Hubby said he will take it to the person he bought it from when he returns to Lebanon. I learned (and hubby did too) that I can not wear delicate jewelry. I need something that I can bang and will hold up. One bright spot is I have a new dinner ring minus a flower petal. LOL so when we go out to eat and I remember I will wear it happily. Thanks Orsan you’re the best hubby in the world!

Rock Purse Tutorial

January 14, 2011

Next swap is a Rock Purse Swap at City O Clay

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/

Since I felt my free tutorials could use a good one since last weeks inspiration I have been contemplating doing one. I really thought about it and was going to do it, then I changed my mind to maybe, then I definitely was not going to do it, then the blizzard of 2011 hit. TDBank America’s Most Convenient Bank never closes and they did the day after hubby went out-of-town. There was no reason NOT TO DO IT!

 I mean what could my tut be that has not already been done, do I have anything new to say or do that has not been already seen? When I realized that was the fear in me talking (I could list 10 reasons for why not) I got over myself and just did it. I can tell you there were a couple of times I sat there looking at my clay table, or just after I messed up a step (mess up kept in BTW) I could have quit but did not. I encourage you to face your fear and just try something, anything you would not normally do. The sense of accomplishment you will feel will give you the power to succeed in life no matter what you try. As my clay mentor Nj says Baby Steps.

For your claying pleasure on behalf of the snow here is my version of a Polymer Clay Rock Purse. This is the no frills version to school you on the basics the touches are yours to interpret. Next time you have a snow day consider trying one for yourself. The worst thing that could happen is that you learn you do not like making rock purses, but at least you know how to make them!

I decided I would take what I know and sit down and work with the clay the way it felt it needed to be worked with taking pictures along the way.  Please note there were times son was not receptive to the scream from mom “Fouad can you come in here and take a picture of ….me holding the pliers trying to yank the rock out under the water” lol. Some are taken by me when clearly I could have used another set of hands.

Step 1. To make a rock purse start by choosing a rock. You need to consider the size of the rock and the end result which I can tell you is a heck of a lot bigger than what you start out with. Consider that very carefully before proceeding. Also when choosing a rock you want one that is smooth and uniform in size. The first rock I chose was too big when finished so this time I used rocks that were 2 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide and another that was 1 1/2 inches long by 1 inch wide. I am trying two to see which finished size I like best. And if I mess up on one I will have the other to teach you with lol.

Again you want to make sure you get them as uniform as possible. I can not stress enough how important your rock choice is. 

Here is an example of a bad rock choice.

Step 2. Okay you got your rock now you need to roll out your inner layer mine was rolled on 3. I chose black and blue because I think that inside color will work well with my designs. You can use any coordinating colors that you want. This layer will be the inside color of your Rock Purse.

Step 3. You need to use a release agent so your clay won’t stick to the rock. There are many you can use cornstarch, armour all, repel gel, I choose Pearlex because it would give my rock a nice inside color. Thanks Kay for the tip.

Step 4. Wrap your clay around the rock but leave any excess at this time. Your goal in this step is to see how much clay you need to cover your rock.

Step 5.  Now ou will cut away the excess clay. You want enough to wrap fully around the rock so do not cut off too much.

Step 6. Flatten the edges where the clay meets. No not worry you have too much or if it is square the idea for this step is to get the two sides to go together even with the Pearlex powder you put on. Remember that is a release agent so squeeze hard.

Step 7 Cut away any excess being careful not to cut too much off with your Exacto knife.

Step 8.  When you cut there may be areas that try to separate. Dont worry, just keep squeezing them together until they form together.

Step 9. Continue to smooth until you get the ends to form around the rock. Your fingers will work well for this step. If the clay gets too warm then just throw it in the freezer for a few to firm up. I just sat mine on the stairs in the snow lol the clay wanted to play in the snow :).

Step 10. When trying to mold and cut the base layer you will feel the clay not totally going to the rock. This is okay it means your release agent is working well. Keep forming and squeezing and trimming excess until you like the form around the rock and it is smooth. If you get air bubbles while working then just poke with your knife or some other sharp object to make a small hole for the air to escape through.

Cutting information is varied and the decision to cut before baking or after baking is yours as are the holes for your string. There does not seem to be much difference it is more of a personal choice. I am choosing to cut BEFORE I bake and to drill my holes. If you do not want to then please change the directions to suit your claying style. I am choosing to cut before I bake because I feel this will give me more control to get a straight line and if I mess up the cut with unbaked clay I can fix it easier. I am choosing to do my holes after with my Dremel because that tool gives me what I need for the finish. Some want to cut and do the holes differently do what you think will work best for you and if it does not work for you then try it the opposite way.

Step 11.   For my cut I do a pre cut or score with my blade and make sure I like the way it looks. This is just a light mark to see where the cut will be.

Step 12.  Can you see how there are two lines? The top one did not meet up around the rock. So I just made it lower, made sure they met all around and was even. I just smoothed away anything that was not right.  You can not do that if you baked it already.

Step 13.  Now you make your cut all the way to the rock following your score lines. 

Step 14. Mark your front or back with a small score line. This will be important later on when you are working with your rock. You want to make sure the side is put back together correctly.

Step 15. Bake at your clay’s manufacturers settings for the correct time and temp.

This is the moment of truth. I was so scared with this one. Not sure why exactly it is just scrap black clay around a rock but I digress….. You need to do it while the rock is hot so running water is the general recommended suggestion. This way you will not burn your hands while your holding a hot rock. Remember even though you are seeing mostly pics from the black rock I am working with two of them a black and blue.

Step 16. Grab your hot rock and put it under running water and separate the two halves.

Step 17. If your rock gets cold before you get it off throw it back into the oven for 8-10 minutes so it can heat back up again and try these suggestions.

Hands- use your hands to wriggle the rock loose.

Use your pliers to pull one end of the rock out if you got one side to come off but not the other. That did not work well since my rock was smooth. The pliers kept slipping off.

Use your Exacto Knife and stick it between the clay and rock as much as you can to loosen it.

Step 18. Next we will cover the bottom half with black clay rolled out on 2. If you notice in the picture I forgot this step and went straight to covering with my finish…again since I did not bake I just removed the clay as best as I could and then applied the black layer. Do as I say not as I do right? I cut around and joined the two sides here are the cut pieces ready to be joined.

Step 19. When adding you want a lip on the bottom piece so make sure you do not cover it all you want to leave space I left about 5mm. I took one side (whichever was smaller) folded it over, then took the other one and folded it over gently, pulled it back and cut on the indent lines where the two met. This is done in the same way you mark a bull’s eye cane.

Step 20.  See the bottom with the lip you can not tell I messed up can ya? Unbaked clay is your friend because you can fix it easily.

Step 21. Using your cane cut thin layers to cover your bottom half.

Step 22.  Here is the bottom half with the lip covered.

Step 23. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Use your hands, roller, knitting needle whatever you can to get that baby smooth without ruining the lip.

Step 24.  Smooth with the clay shaper and trim anything needed to ensure you have a smooth level lip.

Step 25. Find your repel gel luckily I had mine in a marked drawer after the last time I could not find it.

Step 26. Put repel gel or another release agent, on the bottom lip before moving on to the next step. I do it now so I do not  forget to do so later.

This is where I started getting punchy. I had taken a break after shoveling snow for an hour and a half and really was starting to feel my muscles hurt. I forgot to take several pictures and then when I realized it I had to dig in my container for another rock to re shoot the pics.

I reached in and grabbed one and this is the one that came out it could not have come at a better time.

Step 27. Cut around your top half making sure you leave room for the lip that this time will stick out over your top half of the Rock Purse. I cut the clay so the seam would be in the middle which led me to cut it this way which in the end really worked well.

Step 28. I used paper towels and stuffed them in the middle to give my lip support while working with it I also wrapped half of it without taking any pictures. Directions in the next step :). You get the idea by now hopefully fold one side over and then make an indent and trim the other one.

Step 29. Fold the smaller of the two sides over and then wrap the other one over and get an indent or cut line.

Step 30. See the indent line that is one good line if I do say so myself not only that I did it but that when I took a picture of it with the camera in the phone it showed up so well. Cut along your indent line.

Step 31. Where they meet smooth the seam out.

Step 32. Put slices on the top the way you did the bottom, being careful not to mess up the lip that sticks out. Every once in a while I placed the pieces of the rock purse together to make sure I did not mess them up and they still fit together. When doing this go back to the score lines to help you with getting the two sides together correctly.

Step 33.  Again smooth, smooth, smooth. Whatever worked for you last time do it again. Make sure both the top and bottom are smooth and go together and come apart easily. If you need more release agent add some.

Step 34.  Once your done handling the piece take apart the two halves and smooth any joints with the clay shaper so they look nice.

Step 35. Using your stylus tool or some other sharp object make the indents for the cord holes before baking it will make it easier to drill later, and if you do it on unbaked clay and mess up you can fix it.

Step 36. Now you are ready to bake per your clay settings for the correct time. This time let your Rock Purse cool before working with it.

Step 37. Drill your holes for your string.

Step 38. See the nice holes?

Step 39. I placed my glue on some wax paper and used some unbaked clay to kind of grip my eyelet. Dip the part of your eyelet that will go into the Rock Purse in some glue.

Step 40. Place your eyelet into the hole and remove carefully so you do not accidentally yank the eyelet out while removing the clay.

Step 41. Repeat for all four holes.

Step 42. Remember this is the middle of a snowstorm and I was not really planning on doing this, even if I wanted to dig out the car to get some I doubt many stores are open, so of course I do not have many choices on string that will fit the eyelets on hand. I do have the leftover Holiday Ornament string and that is what I am using. Cut your string.

Step 43. With the string I have it is impossible to string from the inside out so I am doing it this way which may not be the best but I am almost done YEA! With your bottom piece of the rock purse put both ends in each hole.

Step 44. String one of your ends through the correct corresponding hole in the top half.

Step 45. Take the same string and go through the other hole in the top half.

Step 46. Tie a secure knot.

Step 47. Trim your ends. This may not be necessary with your string but mine needed trimming and I also glued the ends so they would not fray. If you glue make sure that the glue dries completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 48. Because your knot is now inside your Rock Purse you will want to maneuver the string so that it can be worn and the knot should be in the bottom half of your purse close to the eyelets.

Step 49. Enjoy your necklace and wear it with pride!

Not all of your attempts will work I had my flubs as well here are some of them so you can know that the only way you can master a technique is practice practice practice.

Enjoy and none of the Rock Purses featured in this tutorial will be part of the swap remember it should be a surprise.