Now autumn is more or less here, many of the leaves have change to really glowing colors while some have fallen to the ground. Lately, as I maybe have told u before, my craft has been focused around clay. I enjoy doing various projects with clay but recently I have mostly spent my time doing jewelry. Never before had I made a bracelet only consisting of clay and that was something I really wanted to try, and so I did. I just have to tell you that it was not as easy as I thought it would be to make a clay bangle bracelet. The hardest part according to me was to keep the shape I created when I continued working with it. I tried different ways to make this part easier but I think it’s inevitable that the original shape changes after working with it a while.
With the first bangle I chose to create the base of the bracelet and then bake it in the oven. After the visit in the oven I decorated the bangle with clay and baked it again. So, I will tell you what was good and bad with this way. The good thing was that it did not change its shaped when I worked with it (after being baked). I could hold it without being afraid of making any marks on the clay. I had cleaned the base from dust particles and such, that sticks to the unbaked clay, with wet wipes before baking it. That was a good thing because then the base did not attract more dust while working with the decoration part. The bad thing with this way, was that the clay (for decoration) did not stick as easily to the baked clay as to unbaked clay.
With the second bangle bracelet I did the opposite to what’s described above. So, in this case I did not bake the base of the bracelet before I started to decorate it and this was a little more of a challenge. The shape changed during the time I worked with it and I had to handle it with more care than the first one. I used the wet wipes continuously this time. The decorating part was both easier and harder with this one. The clay could stick a lot easier to the unbaked clay but the shape of both the base and the decoration kept changing as I covered all the bangle.
The photos are of both the bangles that i decribed (purple, mint green) above and some others i made. I am also including a charm which counts as a clay jewelry as well. I did not use any glossy varnish for the jewelry this time.
I hope you all had a nice time and I wish you all a good afternoon, evening, night, morning or day wherever you may be on this earth.
Today it’s very visible that autumn has arrived and worked its way through the trees and leaves (at least where I live). When I looked out the window only some days ago a tree was full of bright yellow leaves and today there is only a few sad leaves fighting against the wind to stay on the branches. But that is of course the way of this season and that’s why I thought it would be suiting for something related to autumn and its shades. This week it was my mother’s birthday and of course I could not resist the urge to create something handmade for her. I started to think about her present some weeks before her day and I thought that she could use some new jewelry and then I combined that with her favorite berry, physalis. By chance the berry happens to have fall colors, at least I relate this berry with this season. I decided to make this craft with FIMO, polymer clay which I thought was the best medium to use for this project.
Here is some photos of the berry I had as refernace for this project.
I began the process with finding reference photos, so I got the colors and shapes relatively correct. Then I mixed orange, red, yellow and some white clay in my pasta machine to get the right shades for my berries. For the leaves, I used different tones of green clay and then yellow, orange and white clay. Then I shaped the clay roughly and put the different colored parts on jewelry wire pins. When the clay well was on the pins I could shape, and form the clay even more with my clay modelling tools. If you don’t have any modelling tools you can take usual household things like a needle. I always use skewers of wood. So, when I found the right shape that I wanted the berries and the leaves they got a trip to the oven for 30 minutes in 110 Celsius.
When all the clay pieces had cooled down they got a painted with a coat of FIMO Gloss Varnish. I let the varnish dry until the next day and then it was time to create wire loops out of the remaining parts of the wire pins. The reason for making wire loops is so you can connect your charms to a bracelet or something similar. I connected my charms with jewelry chains which I later attached to a big wire ring that I had decorated with brown macramé. I didn’t want the charm to be to big, because it was supposed to be a necklace and therefore I got some clay pieces left over. I used the left overs to make a pair of matching earrings. The finishing touches consisted of joining all the parts together so they became whole jewelry pieces.
I am very pleased to say that my mom got very happy for her present and I got satisfied with my progress within the field of clay.
I hope you all had a nice time reading and viewing this post as well.
I wish you all a nice Saturday and a good evening, night, morning or day wherever you may be on this earth.