In today’s sponsored post brought to you by Premo Clay and Blueprint Social, we’re going to rock the crafty blocks super crafty style. Though I was given product and financially compensated for my time to create this post, all opinions and awesome jewelry ideas are all my own!
Since I like to play with all craft mediums I’ve messed around with polymer clay before. I even made a tutorial once but never shared it because in the finished photo stages I realized that the coasters I made were exactly the same size as my drinking glasses. It just didn’t work out because of my lack of measuring things!
And though I’ve had tons and tons of clay in my craft drawers thanks to Russell I’ve never messed with it all that much. For some reason I always tend to think it’s messy. Like Play-Doh and I’m just like “I am NOT dealing with that whole mess today.”
I also thought it would be too hard to do something that looked super awesome. Now not everything on this blog is blow your mind amazing, but I do my best to only share with you my best. How inspirational is a bunch of crap I put together that looks like your kid did it in 2nd grade art class? And since I have such high standards for myself and I figured that polymer clay was crazy hard it just never came together for me.
But guess what I have learned in the past two weeks? It’s not messy. I have NO clue where that whole thing came from because this is one of the least messy crafts I’ve done all month. And it’s not hard. Because guess what, people… if you mess it up you roll it up and start all over again.
To be honest, this is the THIRD jewelry craft I’ve made with Sculpey in the past two weeks because I am totally loving the stuff. I got a really great nifty Premo set from the fine people at Sculpey but I kind of sort of ripped into the box immediately. All those pretty colors! And is that a knife of some sort? I must play with it immediately!
So here is what I got though these are product shots I found online and not my actual packages :)
Here is the clay I got. There are a ton of colors and it is really affordable! The two colors we are using in this post are third from the left first row and very last second row.
And here are the tools. I’ve played with everything in this kit. To be honest I normally pooh pooh kits because they seem like a bunch of junk to get you to drop an extra 15 bucks or so. But in my 2-3 hours playing with Sculpey Clay I’ve decided that everything in this kit truly is essential. Especially the lid for the really pointy thing.
Okay, so let’s get on with this already. This is one simple project though all of the pics may make it seem otherwise, but you know me…
For this project you need:
- Premo Polymer Clay by Sculpey
- Premo Essentials Tool Kit
- Sculpey Technique Design Blocks (optional)
- Sculpey Glaze (optional)
- Metal bangles
- Cookie sheet (I have one just for crafts – $0.97 at Walmart)
- Oven preheated to 275°
So here’s your clay. It comes in bricks but you’ll need to mash it up and make it soft and pliable. There’s no real technique involved so just get after it.
Roll the clay between your hands to make kind of a snake shape. Place in between two pieces of cardboard and use your roller tool to make a nice, uniform piece of clay to take our accent piece from. FYI – the cardboard on either side will keep our piece nice and level on all sides.
Next take your technique blocks and spray with a bit of water. Or if your new water only spray bottle just spits, dip it in a shallow bowl of water and tap off the excess before putting it down. Press with a decent amount of pressure to actually transfer the pattern. Carefully remove and continue stamping the entire length.
If you don’t want to buy these tools (which are crazy fun btdubs) you can always freehand a design with the tools in the essential kit.
Cut out a long
triangular eh – rectangular shape to fit over your metal bangle. I used a ruler because I’m like that but feel free to eyeball it.
Wrap the clay around your bangle and press firmly to the metal without messing up your pattern.
It will be loose on the ends but we’ll fix that up in the next step…
Take the ends and wrap them around the bangle and smoosh the clay down nice and firm. Use your finger or plastic knife to clean up the excess.
Toss in the oven for 30 minutes (275°), remove and allow to cool.
Now the bangles are perfectly fine as is but I like some shine to my jewelry so I went over the clay with some Sculpey satin glaze.
And I decided I wanted darker teal lines inside of my other bangle that I made so I mixed the glaze and some alcohol ink and brushed it on. I wasn’t too picky about it because I wanted there to be natural variation.
Here’s the left side with glaze and the right side without.
Let your glaze dry fully and these guys are ready to rock out! Since the Sculpey clay is really light it’s barely like you’ve done anything to the bangle and it’s still super comfortable.
But I think they look totally custom!
I couldn’t tell you which bracelet I like more (and if you’re wondering that isn’t glaze on the metal, that bracelet is just crazy reflective and it’s showing the edge of the clay piece).
My gold and transparent bangle is a bit dressier and simpler. It’s also about 2 inches wide.
But my silver and teal bangle is a little less dressy. I can see it with a pretty floral dress and my cowboy boots!
I hope you liked this project because I have two more Premo clay tutorials coming your way soon. And probably more!
What do you think? Are you ready to give polymer clay a try? I’d love to know! And while I have you, check out Sculpey on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the Sculpey blog for lots more creative ideas! Plus there are lots more great clay ideas from this campaign. Check ’em out below!
This has been a sponsored post brought to you by Premo Clay and Blueprint Social.