Making AUTUMN LEAVES with KATO POLYCLAY | Tutorial & Studio Vlog

Making AUTUMN LEAVES with KATO POLYCLAY | Tutorial & Studio Vlog


Ian’s messing around in the studio. You
filming? Yeah! What? Better go. Go do some work! Hi there, welcome to today’s video, where I’m
going to be making some autumn leaves. I felt really inspired by the end of the
season with all the beautiful colours and, you know, I just wanted to
capture that as best I could with some polymer clay. It’s been a bit of an
interesting week this week because I’ve had some pretty significant nerve pain
going on across my scalp so I’ve not been able to do as much work as I’d
wanted to which is a bit unfortunate really, so yeah, I’ve just been sort of
dipping in and out of the studio as and when I’ve been able to really for
kind of short bursts. It’s been a while admittedly since I’ve works with Kato
clay. It’s a really nice clay I have to say but I find it’s more suited to
jewellery making than model making because it’s really quite a kind of stiff clay
which is really difficult I’ve found for making models of with people and
my hands aren’t the strongest really so yeah, I’ve tried to
reserve it for jewellery making, etc. I have a deep respect however for
Kato clay because it’s one of the few vegan clays on the market. That’s and Cernit clay and, you know, I’m sure there’s a few others but the mainstream
ones, you know Fimo and Sculpey, they’re not vegan, so yeah, it just makes me feel
a bit sad really. Can you hear that truck? There’s actual roadworks going on
outside my studio today as if I’m not unlucky with traffic noise as it is. I
did put together a petition a year or two ago to Fimo, asking them to sort
of reconsider their position but the reason I’ve not
continued with trying to promote it is that I’m in kind of an awkward position
really, because I was vegetarian at the time and going on to be vegan but then I
became ill with a condition called FND or functional neurological disorder and
it’s a tricky illness. Everybody has different experiences of it but
certainly for me the easiest way to explain it is that my brain thinks I’m
intolerance in most foods and, yeah, I do mean most foods. So I have a very very
restricted diet which I’ll probably go into actually in perhaps a ‘day in the
life’ video at some points but it’s meant that because my diet is so limited,
that I’ve had to introduce chicken and fish which, you know, it’s been really
difficult and it’s certainly not what I wanted to do but I was in a position
where I just was getting very limited nutrition. It just felt
like the only kind of thing I could do really. Sorry, had to change the battery
there but I’m hoping at some point that I’m able to eat a more varied
diet and can consider at least kind of reducing meat but at the moment
it’s what I’m having to do really. Basically the symptoms that I get
if I eat something that my brain doesn’t like is nerve pain. Basically the nerve
pain that I’ve had is as a result of trying to reintroduce some white potato over
the last week and obviously it’s a no-no. So yeah I get really bad nerve pain
across my scalp. I also get kind of electric shock kind of pain throughout
my body. I get numbness and occasional paralysis
which thankfully has been temporary but um yeah I’ve had paralysis in my foot
before. There’s loads of symptoms, honestly I
could go on all day, so yeah it’s certainly the reason why I have to eat a
very limited diet really. However I know that I’m
quite fortunate in many ways because I know that other people’s experiences of
FND can be really quite challenging. In some people it can affect their
coordination or their mobility, in others it can affect their speech so
in the scheme of things I do count my blessings really, but my own
version of FND does still come with its own challenges really. But yeah, I
just wanted to give you a little background really for a reason
why I’m no longer vegetarian and no longer, or certainly not at the moment,
campaigning for vegan or vegetarian clay because I just feel like I’m in a bit of
an awkward position really. I just hope that you can understand where I’m
at with it really and it’s certainly not a position that I’d choose to be in but
until that I’m in a position where I can cut out meat again, I don’t feel that
I’m in a real sort of solid position to be able to promote the petition that I
had. I’d still love all polymer clays to be vegan, however, because just
because I’m not vegan or vegetarian at the moment I’d still love to be able to
sell artwork that’s completely cruelty free to clients really, there’s
always people in a creative chain, if you’re an artist you’ve always got
clients to think about so yeah it’s just sad, isn’t it. Maybe
one day, who knows, but that’s certainly where we stand at the moment. Today
I’m going to be showing you how I’ve made some little autumn leaves. They’re
really really basic because I’ve not been able to spend a lot of
time in the studio, so they’re not as perhaps ornate as I’d like them to be
but I just wanted to have a go really. So as a bit of inspiration I
grabbed some leaves on a walk outside and so have to say these are real
beauties, I love the colours here. So I’m kind of limited with my
Kato clay because I’ve only got a few colours in stock because I tend to use
Fimo Professional. I keep very limited reserves of other brands really
but I’ve got some orange and some green here so I’m gonna do as ‘Skinner blend’
today which is all about creating a gradient with them two or more colours
of polymer clay. I don’t doubt it won’t be very successful because I
think the colours together are going to make some kind of murky tones but you
know for autumn leaves it seems fairly appropriate really, just a shame I
haven’t got any yellow to hand because I think that would really make it pop a
bit more, but it’s just really an experiment today. I’m not expecting
anything kind of miraculous really, it’s just all about being creative. So I need
to make just some triangles of clay like so and I’ll probably do a more
in-depth tutorial on the Skinner blend technique at some point but I’m
sure there’s absolutely loads on YouTube if you wanted to have a look around in
the meantime, but it’s a case of just lining them up like so, and then basically it’s a case of
putting them through the pasta roller a good few times and I’m not going to put
them through too many times today because I still want to have
streaks of colour here and there so I don’t need the gradient to be pristine.
So they’ve come out pretty murky so I’m just going to use my blade cutting tool
here to create some very basic leaf shapes like so and with my needle tool I
need to create just some line or vein details nice and simple really. So I’m going to use my wavy tool
here to create more of a jagged edge and again it’s about keeping things
really simple today and if you wanted to get into polymer clay jewellery making
this is quite a nice easy project to get started with. So I just
make a another couple of leaves like so and for this one I’m gonna make just a
kind of three-pronged leaf with the jagged edge tool. If you wanted to make them into
pendants it’s just a case of popping perhaps a ball tool through like so just
before they’re baked and I’ve just found this multi block of Kato which is pretty
useful, there’s some neutral tones in here, so with the lightest which i think
is white, I’ve just going to put various colours through the pasta machine
kind of randomly really, so it creates more like a marbling effects because I
think it’s actually a bit more successful really than the semi
gradients that I made before. Here’s some other attempts so I
think I kind of prefer this technique because although they’re still abstract,
they’re kind of a little bit more reminiscence of autumn leaves really
because there’s no kind of rhyme or reason to the colouring, they’re just very
often just a kind of mismatch of different colours really so again I’m
just making a variety of different shapes and sizes and the one thing that
unites them all is just some vein details with my needle tool. So again
with my ball tool I’m just going to pop a hole through so it will allow me to
attach them to some wire or some string If you wanted to, you could bend your
leaf like so before baking but I think I’m going to leave mine fairly flat just
because I think it will give me more opportunity to do different stuff with
them. So there they are, all ready to bake and at this point you’ll need to refer
to your own brand of polymer clay baking instructions. And here they are. I’m pretty pleased
with them. I think certainly I could have gone way further with the patterning on
them and I’d like to have seen more colour pops in them really but again, I’ve been limited with the clay that I’ve had. So all in all
it’s a fairly successful project and I’ll certainly be keen to revisit this
at some point, maybe next autumn! Thanks very much for
watching, I hope you enjoyed that. I’ll be back really soon because we are just
about to enter December which means my content will no doubt be a lot more
Christmassy over the next few weeks, so I’m hoping to bring you some new
Christmasy tutorials. I’ve also been having a look at some tutorials that I
did last year when I was trying to get my channel restarted and some of them
could certainly do with a remake actually, so yeah, I’ll be doing a couple
of remakes but there’ll be certainly quite a lot of brand new content for you
as well hopefully, if my nerve allows me! So yep, be sure to look out for those. So
I’ll see you soon, bye bye.

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