I did not want to miss the chance to make something for Halloween. And I finally managed to do something. My son reminded me about the Halloween Party every day for the last two weeks, so for him, I said to myself I would make a Halloween inspired piece of jewelry. And also for the kid in you (and in me)…
While searching for inspiration, I had several ideas that seemed interesting, but I finally decided to go with the Halloween cat and I must say that I like the result.
I haven’t been very present lately, but the good news is that I am « nurturing myself »: I am taking painting classes, making my « debut » in pottery, I am taking photography classes and I follow a course on Internet Marketing… All in all, I am happy and grateful that I do all these beautiful things.
Back to the tutorial. I wanted to have plenty of cats (to play with) so I decided to make a cane. I went for a black cat and for a yellow – orange background. Here is the making of:
Tools and materials used: black clay, red and yellow clay, a pasta machine, a wooden stick, a blade, a petal cutter, liquid fimo, a texture plate, sanding paper, water, varnish, Fireline, ear stud findings.
I conditioned the clay. I prepared also a skinner blend of yellow and red clay (I put side by side yellow clay and red clay and joined them into one sheet of clay and I put it through the pasta machine several times to get a gradient sheet).
I made a large ball of black polymer clay (about 10 cm in diameter) and I flattened it by pressing on it with a box (the final result: a flat round piece having a height of about 4 – 5 cm).
I cut two shapes for the eyes and removed the clay.
I used a petal cutter to cut 4 petals. I used 2 petals to make an oval ball. I flattened each ball in the same way (maintaining the 4-5 cm height), then I turned into a cat ear, by shaping it into my big thumb and my index. I pressed them firmly into the head of the cat.
Then I rolled a log of black clay and put a hole in the right upper area. I made it larger by making circular motions with the wooden stick.
I prepared a thin log of white polymer clay that I put into the previous hole.
Then I wrapped this log in the skinner blend.
Then I wrapped the resulting log into a thicker sheet of orange polymer clay (resulted from the mixture of yellow and red polymer clay).
I cut the log in two and then pressed each log a little bit to give it an oval shape and placed them into the holes (for the eyes). I added some black clay because I accidentally opened up the right side hole).
I modeled a black log to make the body of the cat.
I am adding blocks of clay (keeping the same height).
I rolled a roll of black clay for the tail.
I measure where to put it into the orange block of clay and cut the orange clay to put it into. Then I put a black round log for the top of the tail (I made a hole into the block of clay and inserted a log into the hole).
I continued to add blocks of colored clay to create a colored background.
I am pushing everything together and shaping the block into a rectangular one.
I am reducing the cane (making it smaller and smaller) using my hands and the roller. I pressed from all sides and I rolled over all the sides and thus the cane becomes smaller and smaller (I cut intermediate slices during all the process to make all sizes of beads with them).
I decided that I did not like the eyes. So I though I could use the remainder of the previously made eye cane to put some eyes on top and texture them a little.
I pressed the eyes very well with the roller.
Trying out the texturing look.
It’s time to apply the slice on black polymer clay.
Bond the two part well together by rolling them over with the roller.
Then I cut around (free hand) with the blade.
And finally the bead looked like this.
I flipped it over and applied a texture sheet on it (and pressed with the roller) to make a beautiful textured back.
I finished by texturing the eyes.
I put them on a paper roller before putting them into the oven to have a curved shape on the final bead.
They looked like this after having baked them.
It’s time to sand them (I used 400 – 800 – 1000 sanding paper) and water. It is very important to use water because this limits the spreading of the very fine polymer clay particles that are dangerous for the health.
I cut a petal shape of black polymer clay.
I added liquid Fimo and I pressed it very well into the bead.
And then put the bead once more into the oven (observing the polymer clay manufacturer specifications for baking the clay).
I strung some black beads on Fireline and added a magnetic clasp to make the necklace. I added ear stud findings, liquid polymer clay and black polymer clay on the back of the bead to make the earrings.
What can I say more? Happy Halloween!