TUTORIAL: Steampunk Polymer Clay (Pendant/Ornament Instructions)

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Polymer clay is a delightful medium and you can do just about anything with it. I was a hobby sculptor for a while way-back-when but left it behind for wire and jewellery. But then my work into steampunk jewellery left me with a bunch of tiny watch parts....which I suddenly realized were perfect for jamming into clay!

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 clay 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!


****REQUIRED MATERIALS
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


****NOTE: This is a Set of Instructions for the clay piece ONLY - the materials and finished product are NOT included in this listing****



MY EXPERIENCE
Jewellery Tutorials are a perfect fit for me, which means my tutorials are perfect for you. Here's why:

* I'm a self-taught wire artist, since 1998, so I know what it's like to struggle with a new technique or to work without special tools, and you'll find workarounds in my tutorials. You'll also find many of my techniques are different from the usual since nobody was teaching when I was learning and I had to invent something new every time I was solving a problem!

* My day job is to write course curriculum for online, adult learners, and I'm good at it. So you'll find my tutorials have clear, concise, accurate instructions with photos for every step - even partial steps. I know how to teach you no matter how you learn best! Plus, I make jewellery to sell - and I sell a lot of it - so many of my techniques are designed to efficiently put into production, leading to tutorial stages which you can easily follow.

* I am also a graphic designer, so you'll find a consistent, readable layout on every page, photos that draw your focus to the relevant step, and constant clues to keep your place - even if you forget to staple and the whole thing falls apart!

Look for a unique wire style, lots of color, asymmetry, irregular gemstones, inexpensive non-tarnish wire, some steampunk elements, and even some polymer clay.

You keep reading, and I'll keep looking for exciting new ways to help you make jewellery!

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