Sharing tutorials I have tried – Tut 3

I wanted to do something really different today, so I am trying this video tutorial to make a bracelet.  To go to the video, click this link or see the video at the bottom of the page.

Please note that the credit for the design of this item AND the tutorial go to Sweet Willow Designs. I am simply documenting my following of the tutorial and the creations I end up with.  :)  Big thanks to Maria Clark at Sweet Willow Designs for creating this tutorial and making it available for free!

Here’s most of what I’ll use – I’ll try to use mostly things I have, at least here at the beginning.  But, will probably need to purchase materials for tutorials later in the month.2015-06-03 10.12.45

Instead of the bronze (which is one of my favorite clay colors), I’m going to mix 1/2 block of Jewelry Gold with 1/2 block of Black to get an antique gold.  I learned this trick from Mari O’Dell – a fabulous polymer clay artist.2015-06-03 10.13.262015-06-03 10.22.13

That was a little too dark, so I lightened it up a bit with another 1/4 block of the jewelry gold.  The clay is rolled through the pasta machine, then doubled and textured with a texture sponge. I think I’m going to use crumpled aluminum foil for mine – just to get a bit more texture.2015-06-03 10.26.07

The next step is a bit tricky, because I don’t have a large enough oval cutter, so I’m improvising using a metal cuff bracelet form.  As noted in the original tutorial, using plastic wrap when cutting gives you a nice beveled edge.2015-06-03 10.30.27 2015-06-03 10.30.46

It’s not perfect, but I think perfection is a little overrated, don’t you?

I don’t have oval-finder used in the video, so I’m guessing at the middle.  It’s my preferred method most of the time anyway! I did have a little help from the grid paper on my work surface.2015-06-03 10.36.32

I did use a piece of wire to anchor my button and I’m hoping that the button shank is not to0 long…

2015-06-03 10.39.31

That worked!2015-06-03 10.41.17

2015-06-03 10.42.50I don’t have the right size teardrop cutter, so I’m using ovals.2015-06-03 10.44.41

I’ve never actually used eyelets, but I have some, so I’m trying it.  They’d be better if they weren’t so shiny, but they’ll be partly obscured by the petals (I hope).2015-06-03 10.49.06

The petals on the sides didn’t have much clay to attach to.  If they don’t seem secure enough after I bake it, I’ll add some glue.2015-06-03 10.52.16

OK, my petals are not totally even, but you know how I feel about perfection.  :)2015-06-03 10.55.54

I don’t have any embossing powder, so I’m trying Duo Green-Purple Pearl-Ex.2015-06-03 10.59.13

I’ve not used this color before, and I see that, tho it looks green before applying it (with my finger), it immediately turns purple once applied.  Next, I took Spring Green Pearl-Ex and, with a tiny paint brush, applied a bit of it in each of the petal indentions.  And I think this works for me.2015-06-03 11.03.44 2015-06-03 11.06.17

I should have textured the back some and didn’t, so I’m doing that now and also adding my little signature stamp over the button wire that was showing.2015-06-03 11.12.34

The tutorial shows sticking the piece to a glass jar to give it a curve.  All the jars I have handy are too small – too much curve.  So I just folded and curved an index card, layed the piece on it, and wrapped paper around it.  Crossing my fingers that worked!  In the oven now.

My piece is baked and cooled and as I go back to the tutorial, I see that I probably should have looked ahead – perhaps watched the whole video before I started… because she goes on to add another piece of textured clay to the back to make it look nicer and bakes it again.  I was worried that my back wouldn’t look good, so I went ahead and did that myself before the first baking.  Also, she uses a little paint to cover up the embossing powder overspill and since I used Pearl-Ex instead, I don’t really need that.2015-06-03 12.37.20 2015-06-03 12.37.30

At this point, I’m just going to go off-tutorial and polish up my piece a bit using my buffer and then attach it to my chain.  And here’s my finished bracelet!  I used a different chain than I had planned at the beginning- just thought it looked better.  I love it!  2015-06-03 12.54.15

Here’s the video tutorial I used:

Please note that the credit for the design of this item AND the tutorial go to Sweet Willow Designs. I am simply documenting my following of the tutorial and the creations I end up with.  :)  Big thanks to Maria Clark at Sweet Willow Designs for creating this tutorial and making it available for free!

A couple more things before ending today’s post –  First, I want to be sure and point out that, as I went along, I did some things different than Maria did in her video and that’s OK! One of the things I love most about working with polymer clay is it’s versatility and that mistakes aren’t usually mistakes – they just cause happy accidents!  :)  Also, below is a necklace that I made using the canes from Tutorial 1.  I am working on a couple bracelets to match it.2015-06-03 12.54.50

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmail

1 Comment to "Sharing tutorials I have tried – Tut 3"

  1. Maria Clark's Gravatar Maria Clark
    July 18, 2015 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    Anita, so glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I love what you created! You’re right polymer clay is so versatile. Thanks for watching the tutorial. I enjoyed reading your blog post.

Leave a Reply