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.


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.