Monday, June 18, 2012

A Bird Ornament... or How to Embed Rhinestones in Polymer Clay

Here is an easy technique for setting rhinestones into polymer clay. I made a very simple bird ornament to decorate. Hope you find this useful!



Things you'll nee to complete this project:

bake-able rhinestones (heat resistant)
bird cookie cutter (non food use)
clay roller
drinking straw
1cm wide decorative ribbon to hang piece



 I'm using a chick cookie cutter from Easter and cutting off the leg part. Use what you have or trace a bird shape out onto the flattened clay and cut it out with a craft knife.



 I rolled the white clay out to about 1/4cm thick and cut out my bird shape.



 I made a 1/4cm thick teardrop wing shape and placed it onto the bird.



 I rolled a ball of black clay and gave the bird an eye.



 A drinking straw makes the best hole to hang ornaments. 



 I made a 1/2cm thick worm of green clay and cut 1/2cm slices from it. I turned those slices into teardrop shapes.



 Flattening the teardrops makes little leaves. I used these to make a wreath around the bird.



I made a 1/2cm thick worm from the red clay and cut off 1/2cm thick slices. I made little balls from the slices and places them on the wreath. I used the back end of a paintbrush that was roughly the same size as the rhinestones I was using to push an indent into the middle of each red ball. I placed a rhinestone into each indent and gently closed the red clay in around each rhinestone edge to secure it.

Bake the piece in a preheated 230 degree oven, on a parchment lined baking surface, for 20 minutes.
(Thanks Pam!)

Hang the bird with a piece of decorative ribbon, or glue a brooch pin top the back of the piece.

2 comments:

Pam Hayes said...

Hi Kellie. I love your tutorials. One question - do you not bake the clay?

Kellie Mowat said...

HA! Sorry Pam!

I do bake the clay, just forgot to write about it.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll fix it now.