Apr 252017
 

filigrees n roses cover

I was hesitant at first to do a video with polymer clay roses as they seem so very basic to me. However after thinking about it I decided to go ahead because even if you’ve made polymer clay roses before you may not have thought of using them in this way.

I love the vintage look you get when putting these delicate flowers on metal and filigree pieces!

As you can see, the possibilities for application are endless. I made just a few pieces of jewelry, but you could use them to decorate all sorts of things. Think about covering boxes, home dec, pens… anything that doesn’t get too much handling, as they are rather delicate.

One thing I forgot to mention in the video was that for the earrings I only used six petals in addition to the center to keep them small and in proportion to the findings. It’s really simply a matter of using as many petals as you need to get the fullness and shape you want.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Filigree ‘n’ Roses Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 302016
 

gentle breezes earrings

One of the things I love about polymer clay is its ability to take on any sort of texture you like. This is one reason it’s so good at imitating other materials.

For today’s earrings we won’t be imitating anything, but just making and enhancing a beautiful texture. I’ll show you how easy it is to use UV resin to get that lovely domed shine which magnifies the texture and the gold shimmer.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Gentle Breezes Earrings-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

 

Mar 162016
 

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In today’s video I show you how to use a push mold to make a pair of earrings that look like far more work than they actually are.

Push molds may have started out as toys for children, but nowadays there are a lot of really gorgeous designs to be found.

The push mold that I used has long since been discontinued (it was made in 1997) but I did find a couple on eBay if you want the exact same one. (It’s called “Birds” by Judi Maddigan and was made by Amaco.) Otherwise you will find a lot of really nice push molds on Amazon.

The top two on this list are ones I show in the video, plus a few more that you might like.

Don’t be afraid to further manipulate your little sculpture after molding. You can stretch it, pull it, change features, add features, add texture and do all sorts of other things to make it entirely your own.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!


Watch the Springtime Birdies Earrings-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Feb 172016
 

faux stamped metal earrings

One thing most polymer clay artists love about this medium is its ability to imitate other materials. Just a quick search for “polymer clay faux” on Pinterest brings up images and/or tutorials for faux gemstones of various types, faux sea glass, faux shell, faux rocks, faux wood, faux snakeskin and even faux lampwork glass.

The earrings in today’s video use a simple technique to imitate weathered and patinaed embossed metal. The wire wrapping frames them and adds to the illusion.

Although I didn’t take the time to do it, feel free to use my liver of sulfur tutorial to add a aged effect to the wires.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Faux Stamped Metal Earrings-Polymer Clay Tutorial over at YouTube.

Jul 042012
 

Today’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday post is going up quite late.  I’ve spent most of the day finishing up a few projects to list on Etsy (more on that in a moment.)  Anyhow, what’s left is just a mess.  I keep shoving everything to one side or to the back to keep that little 6 inch square clear for working.  (I’m sure you understand.)  ***grin***

If you’re in the mood to carefully study chaos, click on the photo for a closer look.

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What I was making were some fun bead and polymer clay earrings.  (Photos below.) I love the  combination and kinda wanted to keep them all for myself.  But, I was a good girl, so you’ll find them all listed in my Etsy shop.

I’ve done a little blog housekeeping.  Now that Etsy allows Direct Pay by credit card I’ve gone ahead and taken down the “Shopping” page on this site.  I only had that up because there were folks who objected to having to pay through Paypal. You’ll find my non-jewelry stuff at this Etsy shop (which is kind of a mish-mosh of projects I’ve made over the years.)

I’m offering free shipping (international orders, too!)  now through July 20th.  The coupon code,  4JULY20, will work for either shop.

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I love the way the flowers came out on these turquoise earrings.

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Terra cotta earthy tones.

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I love, Love, LOVE these purple earrings. Really, really wanted to keep them…

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White and pearly, so pretty, and yet funky.

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And, for 2012, something in tangerine orange.

Happy creating.  🙂

P.S.  Check back for a super cool earring video tutorial tomorrow.  If you like steampunk, you’re gonna love it!