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Helen Breil Tutorials

Helen's current offering of Tutorials:

String Bead tutorial 


Don't miss Helen's free mini tutorial for these amazing string beads.

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A huge thank you to Helen for these two free tutorials. Inspiration and tips to get you started with fabulous (and easy) beads and techniques.



Shades of Clay carries a large selection of Gilders Paste Viva Decor Inka Gold as well as other tools and supplies featured in the videos.

And visit Helen's website for tutorial related gallery photos, project ideas and inspiration.

All tutorials below are pdf format and will be e-mailed to you when we process your order. Please ensure that your e-mail address is entered correctly when completing the shopping cart.

 All Helen Breil tutorials and "The Basics" Document are covered by these conditions of sale. (Due to the introduction of a new product on the market, Helen has updated Surface Techniques 1 and Surface Techniques 3. If you have purchased Surface Techniques 1 or Surface Techniques 3 prior to November 9th, 2009, please see this update.)


Free Form FandangleFree Form Fandangle Tutorial (pdf format)

Learn Helen's fun Free Form Fandangle technique (originally introduced in the Orange issue of From Polymer to Art magazine). In this project she replaces the traditional use of wire with a polymer clay snake that acts as a bezel or frame. The bezel is filled with dynamic and fun textures and wonderful metallic colors are added. It's an easy and fun project with lots of possibilities! Classed as beginner/intermediate, this tutorial covers 10 pages of instructions, 25 step-by-step photos plus an inspiring Design Idea gallery.

HBB10 $7.50 CAD Add Free Form Fandangle tutorial to cart



Pinched Leaf TutorialPinched Leaf Tutorial (pdf format)

Learn Helen's techniques for the versatile pinched leaf form. Classed as beginner/intermediate, this tutorial covers 5 projects in 19 pages of easy step-by-step instructions illustrated by 57 photographs.

Necklace#5  first place winner in the 2010 International Polymer Clay Association "Progress & Possibilities" competition - Intermediate Jewelry Category 

See Helen's web page for more details and a slide show of her creations.

HBB09  $12.00 CAD  Add the Pinched Leaf Tutorial to cart

Related product: Helen's Watusi Texture Stamp 


Radiating Lines TutorialRadiating Lines Tutorial (pdf format)

A very extensive tutorial featuring ten radiating designs with many variations. Classed as beginner/intermediate, this tutorial clearly takes you through the creative process used by Helen and opens the door to your own exploration of radiating textures. Also includes instructions for a round focal bead stunningly accented with mica powders. This tutorial is 20 pages long and contains 110 images.

See Helen's web page for a slide show of her creations using these techniques.

HBB08  $12.50 CAD Add Helen Breil Radiating Lines Tutorial to cart



Textured Tile Tutorials (pdf format)

This series of four tutorials presents instructions for creating tiles using 5 different surface techniques all using rubber stamps. All four Textured Tile Tutorials include "The Basics" Document free.

Here is an overview of the series:

"The Basics" Document
Includes a series introduction and overview, tile construction, adding a trim, creating an inverse texture sheet and sample tile templates. Contains 8 pages and 11 images. Receive this document free with each of the Surface Technique tutorials below.

For your "Basics" construction method you will need black clay, textured fabric, liquid clay, needle tool, embellishments as in beads, buttons, and for bracelets, Beadsmith Opelon .7  For Tutorials 1 and 3 which use alcohol inks, Helen recommends Preserve Your Memories II to seal and protect your tiles.

Surface Technique 1Surface Technique 1 Tutorial
Mica Powders/Alcohol Inks combination
Full Description
3 pages and 6 images plus
"The Basics" Document
HBB03  $4.00 CAD Add Surface Techniques 1 PDF to cart


Surface Technique 2Surface Technique 2 Tutorial
Fabric Textured and Inked
Full Description
3 pages and 9 images plus
"The Basics" Document
HBB04  $4.00 CAD Add Surface Technique 2 to cart



Fabric Swatch used in Surface Technique 2 available free. See conditions and ordering details below.

Surface Technique 3 pdfSurface Technique 3 Tutorial
Leaf and Pinata Inks
Full Description
3 pages and 6 images plus
"The Basics" Document
HBB05  $4.00 CAD Add Surface Technique 3 pdf to cart



Surface Technique 4

Surface Technique 4


Surface Techniques 4 and 5 Tutorial
Jacquard Lumiere Halo Acrylic Paints Antique and Flatten
Full Description
7 pages and 25 images plus
"The Basics" Document
HBB06  $5.50 CAD Add Surface Technique 4 to cart

FREE For purchasers of "Surface Technique 2" or "Surface Techniques 4 and 5", we have a limited supply of the fabric swatches used in these tutorials. They are available free if you have other shippable items in your order. One per customer please. Many thanks to Helen for her generosity!
HBBFREE  Free fabric swatch for Surface Technique 2

Tutorial Package
Purchase all four tutorials and
save over 20%
Receive tutorials 1, 2, 3 and 4/5 plus the Basics document.
HBB07   $13.50 CAD
Add Helen Breil Tutorial Package to cart


More Tutorials by Helen Breil

Creating Your Own Texture Sheets example

Creating Your Own Texture Sheets (pdf format)

Tired of seeing the same mass-produced commercial textures being used in people's work? Do you want your work to be a completely unique statement? Learn from Helen's years of experience developing unique textures for the polymer clay community.




Learn how to make the texture sheet featured in this striking notebook. This 9 page information-packed PDF format tutorial complete with color photographs covers the following:

Item: HBB01 Creating Your Own Texture Sheets (pdf format)
Please see conditions of sale below.
HBB01   $4.95 CAD Add Creating Your Own Texture Sheets to cart

Check out the following tools used by Helen in her Texture Sheet tutorial.

-Wire Stylus or Wire Loop Tool
-Ball Stylus (3 sizes)
-Bone Folder (Paper Creaser)


Creating your own Paper CastingsCreating Your Own Paper Castings (pdf format)

Bring true originality to your paper art by creating custom hand-made paper castings. Surprisingly easy (common, everyday supplies) and quick (under 1/2 hour) when you follow Helen's step-by-step instructions. This 7 page pdf format tutorial covers the following:

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Creating Your Own Paper Castings (pdf format)
Please see conditions of sale below.
HBB02   $4.00 CAD
Add Creating your own Paper Castings to cart

Related products: cotton linters 

Conditions of sale
** You may sell work made by using these tutorials but the tutorials themselves  cannot be re-sold, reproduced or shared without permission from Helen Breil.

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