Hello dear friends!
After spending a beautiful summer with my son, I’m back in business. I had some jewelry pieces that I had made before the EuroSynergy Conference in Bordeaux, but I never had the time to show them to you. I consider that jewelry pieces are made for wearing, or at least to be shown somehow, not to just sit in a drawer or on my working table, so I decided to make a blogpost and put them forward.
I was thinking also about the connotations of the color blue when used to express sadness (In English – feeling blue; in Romanian also – a suferi de inima albastra) or fear (in French – avoir une peur blue) which are all negative feelings. I was once in love with languages so you should understand why sometimes I look beyond words. Yet, I was wondering why I had chosen the color blue to express the opposite of sadness, which is joy. I couldn’t explain it to myself, but when I realized it, I was intrigued.
Anyway, as always, I want to send you joy and good vibes. Just so you know it.
I have also some images of the process (I misplaced most of the photos I have taken during the making of the bracelet, yet I think that you will easily read between the lines).
Materials and tools: Fimo Professional blue polymer clay, cutters, a craft knife, the extruder, eye pins, crystal bicone beads, Liquid Fimo, chain and clasp.
I used some letter cutters to sketch the design. I copied it with tracing paper.
I put the copied design on top of the polymer clay sheet and used a pencil to imprint it into the clay. I redrew the design on top of the clay pressing hard on the pencil.
Using the round cutter (for the round shape in the middle) and the craft knife, I cut out the areas where I wanted to have empty spaces.
I put 2-3 bicone beads on a eye pin and then I pressed them into the clay. Using the triangle setting of the extruder, I extruded some clay. I used these extruded logs to make the embossed borders. I placed the loop on the border in order to cover it with extruded logs. I used liquid clay to fix the borders on top.
I cut round shapes with the same round cutter and I placed them on the initial round base, folding them in half and trying to make a flower shape.
I decided to create an embossed version of the letters by putting the same kind of extruded logs on top of the existing letters.
I put the bracelet on a soda can to shape it during baking.
I tented everything with some foil and baked it at the recommended temperature for 45 minutes.
I added some chain and a clasp for easy wearing.
You can see the moving version of the bracelet here:
And another video of a necklace made using mostly the extruder.
Thank you for reading my blog and for appreciating my work!
My best to you!