Friday, 30 January 2015

2015 #2 Clay Jewellery {by Alison Hall}

2015 Theme 2: Shiny Stuff

Hi everyone Alison here, joining you this evening with a post about making art jewellery using Fimo clay and Perfect Pearls. I have a wonderful book called Mixed Media Mosaics by Laurie Mika, and this challenge was the perfect excuse to dip into it and try some of the techniques.

Step One: 
I began by rolling out some black Fimo Clay to about 3mm thick, then stamped into it with the large patterned grid from Ink and the Dog Collection - 'Clocks - Plate 2'.

Clocks Plate 2

Step Two: 
I used a clay cutter (the long blade at the foot of the picture) to cut out a block of 8 squares for my pendant, and two blocks of 2 squares for the earrings.

Step Three: 
Using a soft brush, I added colour to the different sections with Ranger Perfect Pearls in Blue Patina, Green Patina, and Cappuccino.

Step Four: 
I used a coffee stirrer to make small dents between the sections, then placed some glass seed beads with the help of a piercing tool. I used the flat side of the stirrer to push the beads into the clay a little.

Step Five: 
I cut three eye pins to about half an inch, then inserted them into the tops of the pendant and earrings. Then I added three glass beads to each of three head pins, cut those to about half an inch, then inserted them into the bottom of the pendant and earrings.

Step Six: 
Here are my pendant and earrings ready to be baked as per the manufacturer's instructions. Once they were baked and cooled, I sealed them with Fimo Gloss Glaze, and added my jewellery findings.

Step Seven: I also made a triangular pendant in a similar way, using the script from Ink and the Dog Collection - 'Petals - Plate 1' ...
Petals Plate 1

... and one of the patterned squares from Ink and the Dog Collection - 'Clocks - Plate 2'. This time, I used my finger to apply the Perfect Pearls, so that it only coloured the raised parts, leaving the detail in the dippy bits black.

I hope that I've inspired you to make some unique wearable art for yourselves. I'm really pleased with how my pieces turned out, and had so much fun making them. Just remember to use glass beads if you have to bake your clay!

Alison x 

These are gorgeous pieces Alison, thankyou for joining us this evening. I am sure many people, like me, have forgotton Fimo in a drawer, just waiting for the perfect inspiration. The deep red rubber of the PaperArtsy stamps creates brilliant impressions, really stunning pieces.

If you fancy joining PaperArtsy challenge #2: Shiny Stuff, then you can link up your creativity HERE 

NB.  you will get 3 weeks to participate in this challenge, as we will interrupt the usual schedule for our New Product Announcements which starts Feb 1st for a week.

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Shiny Stuff link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Feb 8th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

What a great collection!

butterfly said...

Brilliant and beautiful - I love what you've done here, Alison!
Alison xx

Kirsten said...

Alison, these are beautiful! I particularly like the triangular pendant, but they're all wonderful.

Craftyfield said...

Wonderful jewellery pieces! Never tried clay myself and quite tempted now...

Lori said...

Stunning pieces Alison!!

Gabrielle said...

Love your jewellery projects Alison and these are no exception! Wonderful xxx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Beautiful Alison. Look forward to more projects from you xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful wearable art, Alison! Love the different shades of mica on the black clay,

Lucy x

Julie Lee said...

Really lovely! I love your jewellery. It has such a great ethnic look to it and it's so original. Gorgeous blend of shiny and clay. Really makes me want to dig out the Fymo and have a go! xxx

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

What a gorgeous creation, Alison. Love the perfect stamping on clay and colors are awesome!! Thanks for tutorial... I need to try :)

Sheelagh Tomsett said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love them all.

Rupa Swaminathan said...

Beautiful creations with clay and perfect pearls. Lovely accessories to flaunt..and that too hand made. Thanks for the inspiration, Alison.

mamablitger said...

Alison your clay pendants and earings are fabulous. What a great inspiration in this tutorial. Think we all know this technique but forgot about it. So LOVELY to be reminded. And even with such pretty examples. Thank you so much for sharing this. Love your work.
Hugs from Monica... Spain said...

Beautiful Alison love it! Dee x

Steven said...

Absolutely fab!! need to try this one out, have the clay witting in a drawer!

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow Alison, they are fabulous. Something else to add to my list. Beautifully done and make great gifts. Love them! Xx

Susan Battensby said...

These are gorgeous pieces! I was using clay the other day to make roses for cards, might give this a try now that it's still lying out as I've never thought of using it to make jewellery.

Sid said...

Great looking Jewellery Alison !

Etsuko said...

Beautiful collections Alison. I love the clay jewellerys and added this to my list. xxx

craftimamma said...

Gorgeous Alison! Who wouldn't love to wear those pieces!

Lesley Xx

Linda M. Cain said...

You did a GREAT job! I love Laurie Mika's work, too!


Anonymous said...

Alison, your jewellery is remarkable. The colours are exceptional, oh this is just such an amazing tutorial with results which are creative but also so beautiful.

Cocofolies said...

Fabulous jewels, I love them!! Coco xx

Kezzy said...

WOW wow wow absolutely awesome jewellery, I love the texture imprinted on them, really amazing. Kezzy :-) xxx

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