This organic looking polymer clay brooch has free instructions.
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I had some clay left over from my bead project so I used it for the polymer clay brooch. It was one of those things that I just started fiddling around with, to see what I could come up with. Not a great idea when you are trying to do a tutorial! Sometimes there is no plan and it is done before you have time to realize it was actually going to turn into something worth mentioning. I have a whole bunch of unmentionables!
There is also the other problem. There are the well intentioned projects that are painstakingly documented, that turn into a big fat waste of time!
This was worth the time and effort. It is fun to make and I like how easy it is to make the jagged, crackled edge.
Black clay is conditioned and rolled through the pasta machine, on the thickest setting. Paint on spots of metallic paints in copper, blue and green.
After the paint has dried, the clay is then rolled through, on the thinnest setting. This will stretch the clay and cause cracks in the paint.
For more detailed instructions refer to the how to make beads page.
Crumple a piece of tin foil and then partially smooth it back out. Push this into the black painted clay. This will add texture. Set aside for later.
Condition the copper clay and then roll it into a ball. Squish it down so the one end is narrower and it is about 1/2 an inch thick.
Put it through the pasta machine on about a #3 setting.
Fold the clay over on to itself, so it is doubled up, and run it through again.
If you run a thick piece of clay through the pasta machine at a fairly thin setting, it should be making jagged edges. If not, stick it in the freezer for a couple minutes to cool it off.
Run it through again and cut off the sides, on the bottom half to make a triangle shape. Take these pieces and stick on the back of the shape, with the jagged edges outward and showing on the sides.
Put this through the pasta machine, one more time.
Cut the length to about 3 1/4 inches long.
Cut the leftover piece in half, lengthwise.
Cut a small piece, about an inch long and 1/4 inch wide, off the straight edge and set aside for later.
Attach the jagged edge pieces to the back, sides and top of the triangle shape. Once again leaving the jagged edges showing, on the sides.
Smooth the back of the piece with your finger or a ball end tool.
Smooth any ridges on the top layer of clay, into the other layers.
Give the very bottom, narrow end a twist.
Use a small ball end tool to push in the edges, here and there, to form into a leaf shape.
Rip small pieces of the black painted clay into small, irregular jagged shapes. Place these randomly on top of the copper colored piece. Leave small pieces of the copper color showing between.
Make a line vertically down the center of the piece. Add lines on the sides, to resemble veins in a leaf.
Turn over and attach the pin on the back, using sculpey bake and bond®. Put the small piece of clay that was set aside earlier, across the back of the pin. Smooth into the clay.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Follow the instructions on the package. Baking times will vary, depending on the brand of clay.
Blackwash over the piece, after it has cooled. If this tones down the metallic colors more than you want, add more color, using a small paint brush. Don't add too much or it will take away from the crackled paint. Highlight the edges using a small amount of copper paint.
Apply 3 coats of future floor wax or a suitable polymer clay sealer.
You have now completed the polymer clay brooch. Even when you follow these instructions, it will still be one of a kind. No two, will be exactly the same.
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