I love a bit of air dry clay, as you might have noticed if you’re a regular visitor (if so, sorry to be doing yet another clay project. I’m just obsessed with the stuff!) and if you don’t have access to a kiln air dry clay is almost as good as the real thing. It’s obviously not as tough or water proof, but with a good lick of varnish it can pass for a real piece of clay. So I thought I’d make some simple geometric pieces, and I love how they turned out. What I did NOT love were the pictures of me that me and Laura took to show the jewellery. I realised looking at the pics that I’m suddenly old and wrinkly with a saggy chin. No amount of photoshopping can fix that!
Enough vanity. Here’s how to make some easy peasy clay jewellery.
You Will Need:
- air dry clay (the brand Das is my fave)
- round cookie cutters in a variety of sizes or jar/pen lids
- fine sandpaper
- gold and mint acrylic paint
- gloss varnish (I use Triple Thick)
- ring, pendant and earring blanks, earring blanks and pendent
- Roll out the clay to about 3mm thickness between 2 sheets of cling film. Remove the cling film and use different cutters to cut a variety of circles from the clay. I cut 3 sizes – 5omm, 30mm and 15mm (I used a pen lid for the smallest one). set aside and leave to dry out overnight.
- Once dry, use fine sandpaper to smooth the tops and edges of the circles. This makes all the difference as you can see.
- use a ruler and pencil to mark random sections onto the clay. Paint the sections gold and mint.
- Add a lick of varnish to the charms, front and back, to provide shine and make them more durable. Then glue onto the jewellery blanks and you’re all set!