Ideas for Steampunk Craft Projects!

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Steampunk is very popular right now and not just in the Craft world! Did you see this amazing car crash survivor who made her back brace incognito by creating Steampunk armour! Wow!

Anyway we thought we’d take this opportunity to share some amazing craft project ideas with you, using our new Steampunk Collection… so without further ado, here we go!

Cogs & Wheels Frame

To create this Cogs & Wheels Frame, cover your frame with rolled out Hearty Clay (air drying clay). Next use your Cogs & Wheels mould to press a random pattern of Cogs all over the clay. When the clay is still damp, press other embellishments of your choice in to the clay – you may need to use Flower Soft glue or PVA to do this – we have used a Clock, Keys, Beaded Cross. When the clay is dry add Decorative Corners. Paint with Gold and Silver liquid leaf.

Top Tip >> It’s always a good idea to have made lots of clay embellishments the night before, speeds up the crafty process!

Decorative Journal

First cover your journal or notebook with an old map. Pages and illustrations from old books also work well for this. Leave to dry completely then add embellishments of your choice made from air drying clay! We have used the Clock, Cogs & Wheels, Decorative Corners and Manuscript Alphabet! The air dry clay adds very little weight to the journal, which makes this a practical DIY project!

Make Time for Adventures Canvas

Add air dry clay to the corners of your canvas – you will need to glue this on while wet, use the Cogs & Wheels mould and press a random pattern of Cogs all over the clay to create the effect. Use torn up old maps and stick them to the canvas, you can leave the edges unstuck for a rustic frayed effect. 
Next paint the canvas with inks, blending the colours on the canvas whilst still wet.
Top Tip >> Use a straw to blow on the ink to create a line (see below), otherwise, place ink blotches at the top of your canvas and allow gravity to work for you!

Paint additional embellishments before sticking to canvas. We have used the ClockCogs & WheelsDecorative CornersManuscript Alphabet and Beaded Pearl Border
Top Tip >> Leave your clay to dry on a paper towel, this absorbs some of the liquid and helps the clay to dry quicker!

We hope you have enjoyed these ideas, please comment below if you have any questions or ideas of your own!

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Katy Sue Designs are looking for talented Clay Crafters and Card Makers to join our Design Team. This call is for a 6 month term from February 2016 with possible extension through December 2016.

As a Design Team member you:

  • will use our latest products to create fantastic cards, crafts and home decor projects and send us high quality photos of your designs
  • will promote Katy Sue Designs on your social media sites and blog
  • will contribute to the Katy Sue Designs blog 4 times per year
  • may be asked to create projects for magazines
  • may be asked for instructional videos which would be uploaded to the Katy Sue Designs YouTube channel

What you will get in return:

  • all our new releases free of charge
  • a Katy Sue Designs Starter Pack
  • frequent promotion of your business/work on the Katy Sue Designs Facebook page
  • a design team blinkie to display on your  blog/website/social media sites
  • a dedicated Design Team Pinterest board to showcase the team

We’re looking for people who are talented clay crafters and card makers and are enthusiastic about Katy Sue Designs products! You must have the time and energy to devote to our team (products may arrive at short notice!) You must also have a good understanding of social media and be active Facebook users.

You may also write for a magazine or blog but this is not essential.

Please email Emma Lydon at with:

  • your Name, Email, Phone Number, Address including Country
  • 3-5 photos of your best work, some using moulds if possible
  • links to your blog, website, social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc
  • a short bio and why you want to be part of the Katy Sue Design Team
Closing Date Friday 12th February. We look forward to receiving your emails!

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