Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall-ow me into Autumn Day 3 Jewelry Clay Leaves Pin

Welcome back for day 3!
Today's project is a clay leaves pin to show off the changing colors of the leaves in autumn!

Start out with a small batch of EnviroTex Jewelry Clay (see the tab up top for a how to mix jewelry clay)
Roll it out like you would cookie dough. I'm using an acrylic rolling pin that is sold for use with the polymer clay and I rolled it out to approximately 1/8 inch thick.
Be sure to powder your surface and rolling pin with baby powder!

I'm using a tiny leaf cookie cutter (also found with the polymer clay)

Coat the cutter with baby powder or cornstarch before you use it on the clay.

Cut out some leaves!

I'm using a toothpick to add some leaf lines.

Now I'm using some eye shadow and a q-tip to color the leaves!
I picked up some eye shadow at the dollar store to use specifically for crafts, due to the possible health hazard I would not advise using the eye shadow on your eyes if you "double dip" your q-tip.

Here they are all colored!

 Now just overlap the leaves and let it cure overnight!
If your leaves don't seal together just glue them back together with some E-6000.

Now, another new product to tell you about!!
Castin' Crafts Resin Spray is a great clear gloss finish/sealer. It is like resin but as spray paint!
This is a crucial product when using eye shadow to color your jewelry clay - the eye shadow pigments rub off on you skin so they need to be sealed. This product makes it so simple!

In a well ventilated area, put your jewelry clay piece on a scrap piece of paper (or scrap box in my case!)
Hold the resin spray about 13 inches from the surface of the piece and spray a thin coat with a sweeping motion.

Give it about 3 thin coats, letting it dry for a while between coats. The resin spray gives a great shine!

Once the resin spray has dried (about an hour) you can glue on the pin back...

Add a dab of E-6000 to the pin back...

Press firmly to the back of the piece and let dry for 24 hours for maximum adhesion.

And it's ready to wear! I can't wait for the real leaves to start changing colors!!

Don't forget to head over to the giveaway tab up top and enter to win some Aanraku Zipper Pulls!

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