Monday, September 24, 2012

Tutorial: Mabon Fall Leaf and Acorn Polymer Clay Pendant


TreegoldandBeegold-Tutorial-Fall-PendantThe Fall Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere was yesterday. I wanted to have this tutorial up and published by then but materials took longer to dry than I was expecting.

I’ve never done any jewelry as a tutorial but I had this idea of mixing some of my new skills in polymer clay with what I already new about encapsulating things in resin and on flatten bottle caps.

Materials:

Instructions:

Making a Leaf
First the clay needed to be conditioned and the colors mixed. I conditioned each other the colors and then mixed gold in with the orange and in with the red. I purposely did not mix the colors completely so the gold was running in veins through each color. I then fed the clay through the pasta machine on the 1 setting.

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I cut out the template for each of the leaves in cardstock. I cheated here and used my Silhouette Cameo to do the cutting but it could be done with a craft knife.

Laying one of the templates over either the red or the orange clay I used a craft knife to cut around it.

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After the leaf was out I smoothed all the cut edges with my fingers and a clay tool.
Using crumpled up paper I pressed it into the top of the clay to give the leaf some texture. Then I scored fine lines into the clay for the veins.

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The final step was to shape the leaf because I didn’t want it to be just flat. If needed I added a small ball of clay to support the leaf shape. It was then put aside to be baked.

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Making an Acorn
The acorn is first a small ball of brown conditioned clay.

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The cap is a small ball of dark brown clay that has been flattened then wrapped over the top of the brown circle. I found for some it was best to cut out a wedge from the dark brown flattened circle before adding it to the top of the brown circle. They clay from the wedge would then be shaped into the acorn stem.
I finished it off by texturing the cap of the acorn with the grip of my craft knife.

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All the leaves and acorns are then baked according to the clay manufacturers specifications.
Making the Pendant
Starting with a Flattened bottle cap that either you make (I did a tutorial previously on my method of doing this) or purchase add a hole along the top with a hammer and a nail. On some of mine I needed to bend the bottle cap back slightly as the hammer and nail malformed the top edge slightly.

Using the 1 inch punch cut a piece of patterned paper to be the background and adhere it to the bottle cap. You could use a small amount of the E-6000 glue to ensure it stays. It doesn’t have to be glued from edge to edge so just a small amount will do the job.

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With the leaves and acorns baked and cooled glue with the E-6000 glue a leaf and an acorn to the backing. Let this dry.

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When it is completely dry use a paint brush and lightly coat all visible areas of the clay with the Sculpey Glass Glaze. Let this dry.

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Fill in all areas where the backing shows with the 3D Crystal Lacquer. Parts of the leaf and acorn will not be covered. How encapsulated you want your leaf to be will depend on how much Lacquer you add here. Allow this to dry.

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Finally add a jump ring (I solder my jump rings close to ensure the pendant doesn’t come off) and a cord and you have a nice Fall Leaf and Acorn Pendent Necklace.

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I also have these available in the Etsy Shop and the other locations you can find Treegold & Beegold items if you aren’t crafty inclined.



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