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Faux Stamped Metal Earrings-Polymer Clay Tutorial

Faux Stamped Metal Earrings-Polymer Clay Tutorial


Hi there! Sandy here. Welcome to another creative
video at my YouTube channel and my blog KeepsakeCrafts.net. Today I’m going to show you how to use polymer
clay to make this faux stamped metal pair of earrings. So for a complete list of all the supplies
that you will need to make these earrings, you can go to the blog post link that’s in
the description box below or you can click the link up here. So the first thing you will
need is some polymer clay and the color doesn’t matter at all. You can use scrap clay or just
get a nasty gray color all mixed up. It doesn’t really matter because we’re going to paint
it and then you will need some kind of a stamp for texture and what I have here is just a
paisley stamp from this set and you can see it has a lot of really nice texture and then
you’ll need one of these. This is just an acrylic block that we use to mount rubber
stamps for stamping like in card making and such and it’s a good idea to have a spray
bottle full of water for release and you just spray a light mist on the stamp. That’s all
it needs. It doesn’t need to be saturated and that will just make sure that the stamp
releases from your clay. You can also use something like Armor All, that’s a great release. Now I’ve got my clay rolled out on a pasta
machine to the thickest setting and then I’m just going to put my stamp on the clay and
then you want to press down pretty hard and I like to press top to bottom, side to side
and try to get a nice, even impression. Actually it’s not a bad idea to stand up and press
down. Next you’ll need a cutter and this is just
a cutter that I found in the cake decorating section of my local craft store. It’s a 1″
circle, but you can use any shape that you wanted to make these and a little bit of plastic
wrap. What the plastic wrap does is it helps you have nice, soft edges on your piece. So
you just lay the plastic wrap over your impressed clay and then take your cutter and I’m just
going to use my acrylic block to press down on the clay. That saves my fingers from having
to press this and so as it presses down you can see that the plastic wrap has smoothed
out those edges so they’re nice and round. This is another reason to have a nice, deep
impression from the rubber stamp because the plastic does smooth it out a little bit. Then
you use a blade to scoop it up and often there’s a seam on your cutter so you just want to
use your finger to smooth out that seam and then also you can smooth out any of the back
edges that need to be smoothed out and then just use a needle tool to make a hole on either
side. You’ll need to make two of these to make a
pair of earrings. So then you’ll just want to place that on a card so that it doesn’t
get any shiny spots on the back and bake them at the manufacturer’s recommended temperature
for about 25-30 minutes. That way they’ll be nice and strong. So once your pieces come out of the oven and
here I have a few different sizes and shapes that I made, you want to paint them with some
kind of paint. I used the Swellegant metal coatings. I used the copper, but it comes
in lots of different colors: iron, silver, bronze, brass so whatever you like. Really
you can paint it anything you like. Just paint on a few thin coats rather than a thick coat
to get complete coverage and I also kind of stippled on the back with a brush just for
a little bit of texture. So once your pieces are done and the metal
coating is completely dry, then you can add a petina and what I’m using for a petina today
is Gilder’s wax. The Swellegant line has a petina you can add, but this is a little bit
quicker. This is a wax based product and you just rub your finger in it and then you can
rub over your piece and you get this great contrasting texture. The reason I stippled
the back of the piece is so that when I rub this on I would also get high points and low
points and this Guilder’s paste takes about 10 minutes to dry to the touch and about 12
hours to be completely dry and then you can buff it. So you used a needle tool to make the holes,
but they need to be a little bit bigger than that. So what I have here is a 1/16″ drill
bit. This is meant to go into the chuck of a power drill, but you can just turn it with
your fingers. Polymer clay is very easy to drill, especially if you have a starter hole.
You don’t want to press real hard. Just press lightly and twist and let the drill do the
work and it will drill out that hole for you. And now to finish our earrings you’ll need
some 20 gauge wire and today I’m using copper to match the earrings and you’ll need to cut
a 12″ piece of the 20 gauge wire and then use nylon jaw pliers if necessary to straighten
it. So you want to make a wrapped loop at one
end of your wire. So just grab that with chain nose pliers about an inch and a half from
one end. Bend it down at a 90 degree angle, grab that with round nose pliers, make a loop,
finish the loop. Hold onto the loop with one pair of chain nose pliers and then use the
other just to make a few wraps. These don’t have to be perfect or neat because we’re going
to go back over them with other wraps. Trim off any excess wire and if your loop isn’t
quite round or quite positioned right you can just tuck in your round nose pliers and
straighten that out. Now take that same cutter that you used to
make your clay pieces, hold your wire against it and then wrap around a few times, as many
as you can. So it really depends on the size of your piece. You might need to cut a longer
piece of wire. Go ahead and bend that loop up so it’s perpendicular and then take that
extra bit of wire and just go ahead and wrap over all of those wraps that you started with. Now your piece should fit perfectly right
in those loops because you used the same form to make them both. To attach your clay piece
to your wire wraps, you need some 24 gauge wire, slightly finer gauge. Cut yourself a
3″ piece, position your clay piece inside the wraps and then go ahead and slide that
wire through and then you can slide it through again. Give it a pull. At this point you might
be tempted to use tools to pull on it nice and tight, but remember this is just clay.
The wire can cut through it so it’s really better to just use your fingers to wrap this
wire through a few times. So this is not only securing your clay piece in the wraps, but
it’s also quite decorative and then for the last one, just wrap your piece around and
use your wire cutters to cut it a little under 1/8″ beyond the hole and then use your chain
nose pliers to bend that end down and then tuck it right in and then do the same on the
other side, tucking the other end of the wire in and then repeat on the other side. Add an ear wire and your earrings are done!
So here’s another look at the earrings we made today. I hope you enjoyed this project
and that you’ll give it a try. Using polymer clay to imitate other materials is a favorite
of polymer clay artists everywhere and this simple project is a great way to get started. Thanks so much for watching KeepsakeCrafts’
videos. If you enjoyed this video, please be sure to give it a thumbs up and share and
check out the other two videos up on the screen. You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest,
Instagram and on my blog. Happy creating. Bye bye.

8 thoughts on “Faux Stamped Metal Earrings-Polymer Clay Tutorial”

  1. Hi! Thanks for posting this vid! I am planning on making polymer coins to use when playing board games. I initially thought i would just buy clay in different metallic colors but most of the tutorials I have seen use plain clay and then metallic paint. Do you have a suggestion for which method I should use?

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