Inspired from one of the tutorials posted @ polymer clay group on Facebook, I have been busy stamping up some clay earrings. This time not stamps but metal filigree buttons. They have a great texture and comes in beautiful designs and multiple shapes, and here is how they look 😀
So, want to make your own?
Gather the material and get started –
Polymer clay – colors of your choice
Metal buttons – Mine from here
Acrylic paint and Brush
Wet tissue/wet piece of cotton
Basic Jewelry supplies
Charms that match the jewelry – mine are Charms
Step 1: Take equal amounts of polymer clay in colors of your choice and knead it well called “conditioning”. There are lots of different oven baked clays out there. My favorite is Sculpey though, any other brand works fine.
Step 2 : Roll them and fold multiple times until you get the desired gradient shade.
Step 3: Add some flour to avoid sticking. Take the metal filigree buttons and press it into the clay until you get the desired texture. I didn’t want to have the whole texture so pressed it halfway.
Step 4: Cut the clay into the shape you want and remove the excess. To make the pieces thick i add another layer behind the cut pieces. Use a toothpick to poke a hole in the center top and bottom jus enough to add a jump ring.
Step 5: Bake the pieces as per the package instructions ( mine for 275 F for 20 minutes) and let it cool completely.
Unfortunately, my pieces were burnt but never mind, I still like the color 😉
Now we paint and leave it for couple of seconds.
Step 6: Dip a paper towel or cotton in water and gently clean up the surface. Make sure you don’t wipe into the design.
Step 7: To give it a finished look paint a thin coat of Sculpey gloss and let it dry. Two coats is usually enough. Then, turn them into earrings by adding the ear wires and the acrylic petal charm to the bottom of earrings.
Don’t you love the texture and the paint in it which creates a completely new look. It is my new favorite and can’t wait to make more 🙂
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