Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Black Bird Beads

Another project for the Sweet Summer Blog Hop with
I love how the dark STAEDTLER fimo shows off the Stampendous glitter in this piece.
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To complete this project you will need:
Stampendous Encrusted Teal Jewel kit embossing powders and glitters
Opaque blue ink pad
Super glue
Silver coloured jewelry findings, chain, jump rings, lobster claw, head pins, silver coloured 22 gauge wire.

Tools you'll need to complete this project:
Home oven
Parchment paper
Water in a spray bottle
Rolling pin for clay use only
Craft knife
1 inch round clay cutter
Pack of round toothpicks
Three in one jewelry pliers, double round nose, flat and wire cutters.

Roll out some STAEDTLER fimo soft black clay to about 1/4 inch thick and sprinkle with an assortment of Stampendous glitters and embossing powders.

Roll over the glittered clay with the clay roller.

Use the round clay cutter to cut out circles from the pressed and glittered clay.

Sandwich a piece of wire between two glittered circles pressing firmly to create a solid bead. Rub the edge seam with your fingertips to seal the join.

I dusted one side of each bead with more embossing powder.

I made small ball beads by rolling some black clay balls in the excess glitter and embossing powder. Then I poked a hole in each bead with the wire.

I made a 1 1/2 by 2 inch flat bead poking a hole through the top of the piece from side to side. I loaded one of the teeny bird stamps found on the  Stampendous Charm Set Perfectly Clear Stamp Set with an opaque blue ink and pressed it into the clay bead to make an impression on the beads front.

I added some turquoise detail embossing powder to the stamped image and brushed away any surface powder.

I loaded one edge of the focal bead with some aged teal embossing powder and baked the beads on a 230 degree oven for 20 minutes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Allow the beads to cool completely before handling.

Put each bead onto the end of a toothpick and dip into the STAEDTLER fimo gloss varnish. Poke the other end of each toothpick into a large piece of styrofoam to let the beads dry. Check in a few minutes to dab away any varnish drips.

Here's a tutorial on how I make my head pins and eye pins to make this piece.

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