Thursday, March 22, 2012

Polymer Clay & Trinket Embellishment Tutorial (Bo Bunny DT)

A couple of years ago when I was running my Etsy shop I used to make these polymer clay embellishments for scrap pages.  I thought I'd take today to show you all how to make these unique little embellishments, they work beautifully with the Bo Bunny Metal Trinkets! 

The assignment today was to create a Signs of Spring layout with the new Alora collection.  I used a photo I took a couple of years ago in the spring of Meagan on the monkey bars at the park....to me, a sign that Spring is in the air is when the kiddies can go without coats, hat, mitts...  Although I have to say we are having crazy warm weather here for Spring, it's almost unheard of to have the kids going to school in shorts in March!  Today is another balmy 85 degrees! crazy for this time of year here in Ontario! 
Okay so for the tutorial.....You will need....
~Polymer Clay, Sculpy, Fimo or Store Brand (I used black)
~Pearlex or Perfect Pearls (Mica Powder...I bought the Pearlex Series2 12 pack ages ago and still have loads of it left....The colors I used were Turquois, Aztec Gold and Spring Green)
~Bo Bunny Metal Trinkets and Jewels
~Blade knife for trimming 
Step #1:  Soften and roll out a 1" piece of black polymer clay (I used black because I feel like the colors of Pearlex show up nicely against it).  Cut a heart shape out with a blade knife.  Now take a small piece of the black clay and roll out into a thin strip, and roll out a number of small ball shapes.  Apply to the piece with gentle pressure (when it bakes it adheres well to the base piece) 
Step #2:  Using a paint brush apply the Turquoise Pearlex (Mica Powder) to the base of the piece (I used two colours....see below).  Be sure to get the Pearlex right to the edges. 
Step #3:  You can add an additional color in and just softly blend them . 
Step #4:  Using your finger, dab it in the Pearlex and just run it along the raised design you created, this is my favourite part, the contrast of the metalic colors is just magical! ....You can add your metal accents now if you wish but don't add your jewels to it unless they are glass because they will melt in the oven when you bake off the piece.   Bake in a 275 F oven for 15 minutes (use a disposable foil tray for this, you don't want to use something that you will later cook with)
Step #5: Once my piece has cooled I spray it with a protective clear coat (I couldn't find old clear coat spray so I used some hairspray and it worked well!)  Now you can add any pearl or gem accents and glue on your metal accents if you didn't bake them with the piece.  I recomment that you spray the back of the piece with a protective coat in order to protect the scrap paper incase any residual oils come off of the polymer clay.

Experiment with different shapes, try using stamps and small and large glass beads.  Here are just a few of the designs I created using just some clay, Pearlex, stamps and glass beads. TIP:  (the trick to making a straight line with the glass beads is to string them on a piece of wire, push them into the clay and then pull out the wire strand leaving the beads behind in the clay)



I hope I've inspired you to give it a go!  Have a fun scrappy week! xx 

36 comments:

Hjördis Carina said...

Wonderful, what a great idea with the clay! I love your page and your work

Astrid Maclean said...

Great LO and wonderful tutorial! I used to do these in the past and you have just inspired me to have a go again, thank you!

craftysals creative corner said...

Those clay embellishments are stunning and so clever, love your work and tutorials

Elle said...

Thanks for the great tutorial - the finished product really rocks.

And I love your layout!

ms.schwiet said...

Awesome.... I've been a busy clay baker lately. Thanks for the inspiration

Colleen said...

Beautiful and you make it look so easy.

Lise said...

Beautiful LO. I love your page and your work :-))

Edilza Teixeira said...

Oi Gabrielle !!!

Obrigada por compartilhar conosco suas criações.

Beijos

cvanholstein said...

Oh Yess, you totally inspired me!
Looking for my Fimo right now! :)
Great layout with all the sowing.
Kind regards, Corina

Vicky Alberto said...

beautiful creativity!

cat lacigale said...

gorgeous embellishments !!!

Keren Tamir said...

wow gabi these are amazing!! too bad you don't sell them anymore!! I wouldn't have the patience to make them but I love them!!

Laura said...

Gabrielle: These are wonderfully creative and look like fun to make! I love them all, but especially the one with the calla lilies on it. Thank you for sharing your creative process with us. ~Laura ("Mrs. Bean")

Romy said...

Wow, Gabi, those clay embellishments look stunning! It must have been very time-consuming embellishments to make, but they look fabulous! Your layout is such a masterpiece too, just love how you used this collection!

pattyo said...

Beautiful layout and a wonderful tutorial. I'm just sitting here in awe!

Cindy Gay said...

The layout is so fun with great layers of papers and those polymer clay embellishments are magnificent!

Kelly-ann said...

GREAT photo and a vert 'arty' LO ... thanks for the step-by-step!

DebraK said...

so 'rich' looking--so much nicer than you could buy in a store. I just love them all!!! thanks for sharing your awesome talent!

DebraK said...

so 'rich' looking--so much nicer than you could buy in a store. I just love them all!!! thanks for sharing your awesome talent!

Lisa said...

Wow so amazing!! Beautiful work as always!!!

Amy 29 said...

Oh Wow this is amazing......always admire your work!!!

Tracey Gregory said...

I have never tried this but now i know what i am using my next coupon for:)

Elizabeth said...

Gabi, once again your creativity leaves me spellbound and speechless! I am on dial-up and it takes FOREVER to load up your pages and then frequently some of your pictures have the little red X in the upper left corner that I have to right-click and then click on "Show picture". My patience always pays off where your creative work is concerned! I LOVE IT!

Eila Sandberg said...

Never seen these done before, am totally gobsmacked! ha ha how clever to use hairspray! thanks ever so much for sharing both the tut and your wonderfully happy and vibrant page! xoxox

Tracie said...

Wow! LOVE these! What a great idea. I love your work and I visit your blog all the time to see what you are going to come up with next and you keep amazing me with your creativity. Thank you so much for these awesome tutorials!

HM said...

So glad I followed the link from BoBunny to your blog. This is an amazing tutorial and food for thought on how I can incorporate this technique!

Francine said...

Gabrielle - thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial. I've got to go buy myself some clay now!

Cindy said...

What an awesome tutorial!! I love these!! Absolutely love this page too, amazing colors and adorable photo!! Fantastic!

Liz said...

G - you just amaze me! What a great idea and your detailing is unsurpassed :) TFS

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Fantabulous! Your tutorial is awesome; tfs ~ I'll keep it in mind!

Julie said...

Absolutely gorgeous work! It inspires me to use my polymer clay more. Thanks for the detail tutorial!

Carmen said...

Wow! Really beautiful work!!

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merlen hogg said...

Hi Gabrielle,
I loved reading this piece! Well written!

Merlen Hogg
vanntetting

Meow Opre said...

Lovely Polymer Clay creations. So talented :)

Manal Abdallah said...

good job

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