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At first, I had a grand time building a nautilus and a 3D heart - meticulously sculpting details, adjusting the shape, picking out just the right metal bits to add. When I showed my husband he said, “That’s great Gayle! But how many of those can you make in an hour?!” My answer was a feeble, “Um... one?”
Sculptural work has its place but the hubby had a point - production work is what pays the bills. Which is how I came up with this technique - it’s quick and has beautiful, unique results.
There’s a good combination of simple techniques here, all shown in clear, step-by-step photos with concise written instructions for complete clarity.
Along with the step-by-step techniques for making these simple, stunning pieces, you’ll also learn:
How to work with mica powders
How to create makeshift texture stamps
How to use a pasta machine
More than 80 precisely explained steps and nearly 200 close-up, sharp photos will ensure you are never left confused.
The final product can be used as components such as pendants, earrings, cufflinks, brooches, buttons...even Christmas Tree ornaments!
Gayle Bird Designs intellectual property and copyright notice: All Gayle Bird Designs tutorials (including all text, photos and designs) are copyright Gayle M Bird, and all rights are reserved, including but not limited to:
• Gayle Bird Designs tutorials, designs, and derivatives thereof may not be taught, reproduced or distributed in part or in whole by electronic or mechanical means without express written permission of the copyright holder Gayle M Bird.
However, you MAY:
• Use these tutorials for personal education and enjoyment.
• Personally make and even sell the jewelry from these tutorials, as long as you give credit to me as the designer when asked and whenever possible, such as when selling your jewelry online.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for exceptions and clarifications – I am, after all, a teacher and I want your learning experience to be enjoyable!
Polymer clay such as Premo - black works best
A pasta/clay machine or manual clay roller
Various charms, stamps, and household objects for texturing
Mica powders such as Pearl Ex
A tiny, dry paintbrush
Shape cutters (dedicated to the use of clay)
Watch parts and metal bits
A ceramic tile or tempered glass baking sheet