Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tutorial: Easy Polymer Clay Flowers

Let's be honest. Polymer clay is like play-doh for adults.


There's something charming about a project that isn't 100% perfect, like these simple polymer clay flowers. Each one is a little imperfect, but in a cutesy sort of way. 

Materials: 
  • Polymer clay  - I used Sculpey for this project.
  • An oven
  • A clean surface - polymer clay WILL damage furniture!
  • Optional - bobby pins and a hot glue gun. I made my flowers into hair accessories, but really, you can do anything you'd like with them.

For Perfect, Uniform Flowers:
Flatten your clay so it is thin and uniform. Using a stencil and an x-acto knife, cut out five uniform petals (a "u" shape) and skip to the end of step 2.

Step One
Roll your clay into five small balls, making sure each ball is approximately the same size. The size of the balls will determine how large your flower turns out.



Step Two

Take one of the balls and roll it so it becomes longer. Press the clay into a flat petal and bring the bottom two edges together.




Step Three
Repeat the same process five times until you have five similar petals. Gently press the petals together until they "stick." If one of your petals is too big or too small, fix it now because you will not be able to later.




Remove any excess clay from the bottom of the petal. Because I use these for my bobby pins, I remove the excess clay with a knife to make sure the bottom of the flower is flat for gluing.

Step Four:

Bake it! Baking instructions can be found on the package.


To make bobby pins:

I purchase special bobby pins specifically for crafting. The pins have a flat surface at the closed end, so an accessory can be glued to it.



Easy!


Ta-Da!

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ocean-Themed Earrings

December was a quiet month for blogging, but an extremely busy month for everything else! While our next event is months away, we've been working to stock up items for spring. We'll stick to some of our best-sellers (bobby pins, magnets, earrings) and will add some brand new items.

In the meantime, I added Daera's ocean-themed earrings to our Etsy shop.

Yes, these are real fishing lures. 

These adorable seahorses swing in front of blue-green polymer clay charms. 


Sea turtles in font of shimmery purple & green clay circles.


Pretty shells in front of blue & white clay circles.

These remind me of shell pieces you find on the beach.


We had a fantastic start in 2012 and hope to do even better in 2013. Have a fantastic start to the new year :)