Hey, y'all! As promised last week, today I'm sharing another polymer clay jewelry tutorial with you. Last week when I was playing with my clay, I ended up mixing some colors and creating a fun marbled clay that I used with some molds to create a pretty statement ring. I'm calling it my Marbled Clay Statement Ring.
To create your own ring, you'll need the following supplies:
Polymer Clay (several different shades)
Clay Mold (I used a Mod Melt Mold)
Super Glue or E6000
Oven Safe Dish for Baking
I have a huge pack of polymer clay that I bought a bajillion years ago. Whenever the mood strikes, I pull it out to get my craft on. To begin creating my ring, I selected a few different clays from the same color family. I also pulled out my one of my Mod Melt molds. Mold Melt molds are great for clay because they're rubber, and you can easily remove your clay from the mold without messing it up.
I used my clay knife to cut a bit of polymer clay from each block. I cut the most clay from the emerald block and added little bits of the different colors on top of it. I rolled all the clay up into a tube.
I then rolled the tube into a clay snake.
I cut the snake into a few different pieces and stuck them together.
I then held the clay perpendicular to my hand, smooshed it down flat and kneaded it until I got a pretty marbled consistency. (Please note that this is not an exact science, and it's supposed to be fun, so mix your clay anyway you'd like.)
Once my clay was sufficiently marbled, I put the side with the prettiest marbling face down into my mold and smooshed the clay into the mold to make sure that it filled all parts of the mold.
I carefully removed the clay from the mold by peeling the mold away from the clay. (If you try to dig the clay out of the mold, you'll mess it up.) I had a little excess clay around the clay gem, so I cut it off with my clay knife and smoothed the edges of the clay with my finger. Because I hate to waste clay, I used my excess clay (not pictured) to create a few more gems. I then put them on a glass dish that I have designated my "polymer clay baking dish" and baked them in the oven according the clay package directions.
Once the clay gems were cooled, I used a paint brush to apply a couple of coats of Sculpey glaze to them to give them a little shine. I had to let them dry for 24 hours after I applied the glaze. The it was time to make some jewelry!
To make the statement ring, I simply used super glue to attach a ring blank to the back of my clay gem. I let the glue dry for about a day. (You could definitely use E6000 for this project, but that glue has so many warnings on it, I'm scared to use it much.)
Isn't my new statement ring fun?!
It's big and chunky and full of marbled goodness! And guess what? I even made myself a pair of matching earrings using the pearl-shaped gems, super glue, and earring posts.
Now do you want to play with polymer clay too? Buy yourself some (or take out the clay that you haven't used in forever) and make yourself some pretty jewelry. If you do, please share it with me via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'd love to see your creations!