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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Polymer Clay Stamped Hearts

Polymer Clay Faux Metal Hearts


I've just been doing some simple project while my arm is sore again. Yes it came back, again. I finally went to the radiologist like my doctor told me to a month ago. I think it's probably a pinch nerve but that does help much if it still hurts. It been keeping me from doing any real sculpting. So I have been doing some stuff that I didn't need to stress my hands with. A couple of days without clay makes me antsy.


These stamped hearts are the result. I stamped them and then used mica powders in different ways to get different effects. Like dark on light, light on dark. That's the fun part of using them- you can put on a touch for a light shimmer or cover the whole think to make color the whole thing.


I was going to make them gift tags but now I'm leaning towards necklaces. I think they could work for either but they may sell better as necklaces. Not sure.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Polymer Clay Tutorial - Silver Earrings

[caption id="attachment_1265" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Faux Silver Earring Faux Silver Earrings[/caption]

When I posted these the other day, I started to describe how I made Antiqued Silve polymer clay earring. They really are quite simple and it's an easy project even for a beginner, so I decided to write a quick tutorial for any one wants to make them.


To make these, you just need: black clay (less than half an ounce) cookie cutters (small circle and a tear drop) and mica powders (I used Pearlex Antique Silver) and jewelry findingsCut out 2 teardrops of polymer clay


Step 1:Make the Base Shape


Roll out the black clay on the thickest setting and using a teardrop cutter cutter (mine was about an inch long) cut out the base piece.


You don't need to worry too much about the edges if they came out rough since we will cut it again after assembling all the pieces,


Cut out circles of polymer clay


Step 2: Cut out the pieces


Run the clay through the pasta machine at the third setting to make the circles. Use a small kemper cutter to cut out the larger circles. I made the small dots by pressing down a small ball of clay to about the thickness of larger circles.


Assemble the earring piecesStep 3:Assembling the Earring


Now it's time to put it all together. I use three larger circles, three always works. I then added the smaller dots to fill in the space between them to add interest.


You can see the circles are not completely on the tear drop. I like that look and I will fix that by using the tear drop cutter again to fix the shape.


add mica powdersStep 4: Add the mica powder


Before adding the mica powder, smooth any rough edges, fingerprints and any other imperfections. The mica powder will just accentuate these.


Put a little power on your finger and rub it gently on the dots so the black is still visible on the base shape. Be careful, a little powder goes a long way. Be sure to add powder to the side edges and the back for a realistic look.


Now add an eye pin to the tip and bake according to manufacturer's instructions. Add a light glaze once they are cool to seal on the powder.


Variations on the themeYou can change the look by using the mica powder differently - the first one I used a lot more and it looks less antiqued. The second I barely dabbed it on.


You can use different color mica powders for a different look- there are is a whole rainbow of mica powders out there.


You can also vary the shapes or the size, make hearts and dots on a circle. What do you think? It's a fun project that you can change in easy ways to change the look completely.