Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Polymer Clay Jewelry

 
 
I wanted to share my process in making some jewelry for myself. I have lost several of my favorite pairs of earrings these last few years. So, I decided why not make a some of my own.
 
A little over twenty years ago I was first introduced to polymer clay at my local art store. I decided to give this medium a try. I loved the fact that you could bake the clay in your oven. I had not worked much in clay before really since grade school. I never thought I would be any good at three dimensional work.
 
Many years had passed since I used the clay again. I started using Sculpey again about five years ago.
 
 
 
 
Both of my necklaces were made with a mold.
 
 
 
 
 
I usually work with white Sculpey, but I decided to use terra cotta for a nice effect.
 
 

 
 
First I condition the clay with my hands to soften it up.
 
 
 
 
 
Then I use my pasta machine to get the clay nice and smooth.
 
 
 
 
Then I press the stamp into the clay, then cute out my shape.
 
 
 
 
 
For my flower, I used an x-acto blade to cut out the shape.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The necklace and earrings were cut out with the circular cut outs. Then I inserted the jewelry findings into the clay. I baked the clay according to the instructions on the box.
 
 
After the clay had dried I applied acrylic paint. I used a lighter purple, then a darker purple for the flower. For the earring set, I just brushed some gold paint over some areas of the pendant and earrings. The final touch was to seal the jewelry with an acrylic varnish.









4 comments:

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very nice! Looks like a fun thing to try!

sacra vim said...

A pasta machine - so clever! I bet there are a bunch of unusual tools you can use with this craft. :)

Picto said...

Thanks for popping over to see me, I love using polymer clay, I'm thinking of trying to incorporate it more in my work. :)
Jan x

sammysgrammy said...

Your jewelry came out so nice. I love playing around with polymer clay, too.