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Springtime Birdies Earrings-Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial

Springtime Birdies Earrings-Polymer Clay Jewelry  Tutorial


Hi there. Sandy here. Welcome to another polymer
clay video at my YouTube channel and my blog, KeepsakeCrafts.net. Today I’m going to show
you how to use a purchased mold to make a really cute pair of earrings. So here I have a selection of silicone molds
and you can purchase these at your local craft store and they come in lots of different sets.
This one is pets. It has cats and dogs and fish and a doghouse and some cute things.
This one’s kind of fun, sea life: it’s got dolphins and shells and starfish and this
one I show you because you can actually use it as a starting point for leaves and flowers.
It actually gives you a head start on your sculpting like for flowers such as this one,
but the one I’m going to use is this one. It has some birds and nests and you’ll notice
this one is rigid. These ones are flexible. They’re only a little bit easier to use because
you can kind of stretch and flex the silicone to pop out your pieces. So what you’ll need to do with one of these
is prepare it by spraying in a bit of Armor All or some other kind of release. Spray it
in your mold that you want to use and then wipe out all of the visible remainder of it
and what’s left is a very thin film that will make sure your clay will release more easily. So here I have some polymer clay that I mixed
and I’m just going to pull of a piece that will be a little bit more than I’ll need to
fill my mold. Now you can see that this mold has a lot of deep detail and depressions.
So what you’ll want to first do is roll your clay into a very smooth ball. Just put it
between your palms and roll it until there are no creases or fold lines left. You want
it very smooth because those creases will show. Then in order to get into these deeper
parts of the mold, I’m just going to put my hands in a ‘v’ shape and roll the ball into
a bit of a tear drop. Make sure there’s still no creases on that tip and now you can press
that right into the deepest most detailed part of your mold and press with a good amount
of pressure and now you can see I have quite a bit more clay here than I need so I’m just
going to use my blade and trim off the excess and now what I have left here is the exact
amount I need to make my impression. So I’m going to once more roll the clay into a ball.
Like I said, now I have the exact right amount and then once more roll a tear drop and then
once more press it in, pushing really hard so you get all that nice detail that’s in
the mold and try to push the clay away from the edges. It’ll make clean up later easier
and just kind of bring it into all the detail. A piece of coarse sand paper or one of these
green scrubbies works great to get just a little texture on the back. Now like I said,
with the flexible molds you could just kind of flex it away from the edges of the piece,
but since this is rigid I’m going to use a tool and just try to work on a small area.
Be gentle here but a little bit of distortion with your piece on the back isn’t going to
hurt. You just want to bring up enough so you can kind of get your finger in there and
start rolling it right out and then you can peel it out and there’s all your great detail.
Isn’t he cute? Now sometimes there will be a little bit of
excess clay from the edges, which is why I like to push it away from the edge, but you
can just take a tool or your fingers and kind of smooth that out and you can change it up.
You can add more detail. Remember this is still a piece of clay. You can sculpt it and
do more with it. So once your piece is shaped to your liking then there’s one more thing
we need to do before baking it and that’s add a loop to hang it from. I’m going to use
a jump ring, but I’m going to straighten out these ends where the split is just with some
chain nose pliers. I’m just gonna grab that, something I tell you to never do with a jump
ring, but you have my permission now, and just straighten out that end and leave them
at a bit of an angle. That will help it to be more secure in the clay once it’s baked
and if you have a very delicate design, you might want to wait a half hour or so or put
this in the freezer or fridge for awhile before you do this so you don’t distort it too much
and just go ahead and press that right in where you need it to be. Just gently and if
you need to, you can kind of reshape it a little bit. Now take a look at this and see at the thickest
point it’s about 1/2″ thick so you’re going to put it on an index card and bake it at
the manufacturer’s recommended temperature for an hour. Most clays need to be baked for
30 minutes per 1/4″ so it’s not excessive to bake it for an hour. It’s a good idea to
have several pieces going all at once and not heat up your oven just for one and once
your piece comes out of the oven, you just want to grab that loop and give it a tug and
if it wants to come out, then go ahead and pull it out and add in a couple drops of super
glue and put it back in place and let it dry. And then the next step is we’re going to add
some paint just to enhance the details of our piece and so all you do is get some brown
or black or really whatever color paint you want, something dark. Paint it all over, let
it sit for a few minutes until it just starts to dry so then you can just take a damp towel,
I like to use baby wipes and wipe all over and just leave the paint in the crevices.
You can see how much more interesting this one on the right is with all the detail enhanced
with paint. So you can see here I have one of the earrings
already done. Isn’t that cute? And I’m going to use the other one, which is a slightly
different little bird, to make the other earring and I just have a few beads, a bit of 20 gauge
wire. This is about 5-6″ of 20 gauge wire. I’m just going to make a 90 degree bend about
an inch and a half from one end and then make a loop, start a wrap loop. This will be the
top of the earring so I can close it up now and then hold it with one pair of chain nose
pliers and use another one to make a few wraps. Trim your excess wire. So if your loop isn’t nice and round you can
just tuck in the loop of your round nose pliers and kind of give it a wiggle and make that
nice and round again. Then you can slide on your beads. Like I said this is the top of
the earring so I’ll start with these shells, a couple of saucer spacers and a coin bead,
kind of crackled glass, and then I’ll make my other wrapped loop the same way only this
time I need to put that into the loop of my bird. Close that loop and hold it with one
pair and then repeat the wire wrapping. Next I’ll open the loop of my ear wire and
attach that and you know you don’t have to make those just for a pair of earrings. It
would be really cute for a pendant for a necklace or for a charm bracelet and then to finish
it up just take a minute and make sure all your loops are all nice and straight and you
may have to twist them a little bit so that your bird is facing front. And there they are. Aren’t they cute? Now
if you would like to make a pair of earrings like these, I will have links to supplies
at the blog post that accompanies this video. You can click on it right here or it’s also
in the description box below. I hope you like this video and that you’ll
give sculpting with push molds a try. If you haven’t already subscribed to my channel be
sure that you do for three new videos every week. You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest,
Instagram and on my blog. Happy creating. Bye bye.

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