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.