Hello dear friends,
I am fascinated by light and it’s been a while since I am trying to put together a project using LED light and polymer clay. I have some other attempts, but this piece is the first piece which really appeals to me. And I hope it will appeal to you too.
So, if I have a message for you, it would be to find your own voice, to express your way the things you love, in a sentence: “Let your light shine through!”
I have also prepared a video for you to see the jewelry pieces from different angles and with the lights off.
I made this jewelry pieces inspired by the ArtbeadScene July Challenge. This is the inspiration image. I played with some of the colors of the color palette.
Back to the making-of:
Materials and tools used: Fimo Professional silver metallic, Fimo Professional marine blue, Fimo Professional Terracotta, white Fimo Professional polymer clay, pasta machine, blade, earring findings, memory wire, silver-plated chain, jump rings, 4mm crystal bicones, triple thick varnish, LED candle light.
I have conditioned the polymer clay. I made a skinner blend from blue to gray. I used one thin sheet of the skinner blend and one thin sheet of white mixed with a little bit of silver clay and put them on top of each other and rolled them from one side to the other.
Then I cut a thick slice and flattened it between my hands.
I put it through the pasta machine through a thinner setting.
I started to cut thin slices.
I put the slices on top of a marine blue sheet of clay (conditioned on a thin setting) leaving a little space between the them.
I put a sheet of paper on top of the piece and pressed everything together pressing gently with my hand (I used the sheet of paper to avoid leaving fingerprints).
Then I turned it upside down and I added a thin sheet of terracotta polymer clay and another thin sheet of marine blue.
I used again a sheet of paper to press everything together.
I started to cut thin slices.
I assembled the pieces together (I used some slices facing up, others facing sideways).
I assembled some slices to create a zipper pattern.
I decided to put everything on a thin slice of marine blue.
I used a sheet of paper to press them together by gently pressing on the paper.
I trimmed off the excess clay.
I cut it in four parts.
I decided how I would put them together. I gave an undulating movement to the pieces that were to be used for the earrings. I joined the other two pieces together into a dome shape with a hollow in the middle.
I textured the back.
These would be the earrings.
I put them in the oven for 40 minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer. I tented them.
They looked like this after baking.
I varnished them with triple thick varnish to have a glossy look (I thought this would go well with the sparkling crystals).
I used memory wire, chain, wire and crystal bicone beads to make a “frame” for the pendant. Then I decided to take advantage of the hollow in the pendant and place a LED candle light between the wired back and the domed pendant.
The back looks something like this (the idea was to have access to the on-off button. You can easily remove the LED candle from the pendant and change the battery.
And the front
and the ring
I hope you liked my tutorial!
My best to you!