Polymer Clay Tutorial #2 : Happy Earth Charm
Before you start crafting:
– Wash your hands.
– Clean your craft tools with a baby wipe or a wet cloth.
– Clean your craft surface with a wet cloth or a baby wipe.
– Keep baby wipes or we cloth on hand to clean your hands when switching to different colors of clay
– Optional, place some parchment paper or wax paper on your work surface.
- Light blue,black and light green polymer clay.
- Pink or Red chalk pastel.
- Head pin, eye pin or eye screw to attach the charm to a lobster clasp or necklace.
- Craft knife or box cutter blade.
- Paint brush.
- Dotting tool.
- Rubbing alcohol.
- Jump ring & lobster clasp to turn it into a key-chain.
Condition your clay. I decided to add pearl clay and translucent clay to make my light blue and light green.Roll your clay into 2 logs. Roll the green clay into a thinner log than the blue one. This is to help the colors blend.
Now to blend the two colors of clay. Twist the green into the blue clay.
Now roll the clay into a ball. It should look something like this. Don’t worry if it doesn’t have any swirls of green yet.
Now cut the ball in half with a craft knife. This is to help layer the swirls when blending.
Now stack the halves like this. Do not re-attach it like before it was cut. You want the inside swirls to be on the top like so.
Roll and blend into a ball. Then roll it into a short fat log and then into a ball again. This is to help give a swirl effect the green clay.
Once you have the desired pattern. Shape the clay into a dome. After you shape it into a dome .Take your q-tip and rubbing alcohol and gently clean off any lint or finger prints on the clay.
When you have the desired dome shape, take your dotting tool and create 2 holes where you want the eyes to be. If you do not have a dotting tool, you can just place the eyes on top of the dome.
Before we place black clay into the two holes. We are going to give the face some blush with pink or red chalk pastel. This is optional.
Take your chalk pastel and rub a bit of it on to a piece of scrap paper. Then take your paint brush and dab it into the chalk pastel dust. Gently apply it to the sides of the face under the eye holes.
After you apply the blush roll small pieces of black clay and add it to the charm.
Now roll out a very thin snake of black clay to make the mouth. Use the dotting tool or a tooth pick to help attach the mouth.
Now take your eye pin, head pin or eye screw and attach it to the charm
If you are using a head pin or a long eye pin.Measure it against the charm first before attaching.
Carefully insert your metal finding into the charm. You will need to trim the headpin after baking and cooling with pliers.
I later decided to create a little simple moon with pearl clay. You can use white or sliver clay. Create the same dome shape as the earth and use a dotting tool or a tooth pick to poke little holes into the moon creating craters. You can also attach small balls of clay and poke it creating a more detailed crater into the moon.
Now bake your charm according to package instructions. Bake the piece on parchment paper and not foil. Foil will cause the clay to have shiny spots. If you are concerned about burning your clay, lower the temperature 10 or so degrees and check it every 5 minutes.
I decided to use along eye pin and create a loop on the bottom of the charm.
After baking and cooled. Take your metal jump ring and attach it to your lobster clasp and the loop of the eye pin on your charm
Carefully bend the jump ring a part to create space to loop together the metal findings.
It should look like this once everything is attached.