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!
Last week I saw a picture of Fearne Cotton wearing some pom pom earrings and I WANTED them. I looked for them, I couldn’t find them. Then I thought – wait – that’s just a pom pom on an earring thingy. I can make pom poms. And I have earring thingies!
It took me about 15 minutes to make them (minus about an hour of pom pom practising in the evening whilst watching Made in Chelsea – don’t judge me – and stuffing chocolate into my face). Here’s how you do it!
If you haven’t noticed by now, air dry clay is one of my favourite things to work with. I love being able to make ceramic items without a kiln – and I know the finish isn’t quite as durable or watertight as the real thing, but it’s pretty damn good all the same. So I made myself an air dry clay necklace last week. Actually, I’m lying. I made it for someone else. But I liked it, so… mine. I know, that’s not very nice but still. Mine.
I’ve always loved fimo, when I was little I used to make tons of toy food and things for my dolls house. But I haven’t really made anything with it as an adult, I’m not sure why. We’ve done a few polymer clay projects for Hobbycraft recently and its reminded me how great the stuff is. It’s easy to work with, solid and waterproof – making it great for jewellery.
As I mentioned in a post a few weeks back (on making a shrinkie card), I have become a bit obsessed with shrink plastic. Its one of the easiest ways to create unusual jewellery and it takes no time at all. Watching your creation shrink down in the oven is really satisfying. I decided to make a little holga camera brooch for my Little Button counterpart Laura as she’s a big fan of vintage cameras.
As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago about a DIY crayon ring, I’ve been wanting to wanting to make some air-dry clay jewellery for ages now. So I decided to try making something that combined clay and thread, using the thread to stitch a pattern on the ring. I am actually very happy with how it turned out and it was very easy too! Read on for how to make your own…
Last night I had one of those nights where you just lie there, incessantly awake. For hours. I couldn’t blame the baby, or the snorer that lay next to me, just my own chattering brain. I kept thinking about house jobs that needed to be done and ideas of things I could make.
I have tons of ring bases sitting in a box, waiting to be turned into something. I think I’d like to attempt something with air dry clay, but first I thought I’d try making a ring with an old colouring pencil. So I did that – and it was super simple.
I saw this gorgeous DIY necklace on blog popsicles&pinatas a few weeks ago of a necklace made from a twig wrapped in embroidery thread. It looked awesome so I decided to attempt my own version. I popped to the local park and scoured the ground for suitable twigs. Yes, I did look a bit odd. But I had the end vision in mind so I put up with it. When I found my chosen bit of twig (which took longer than anticipated… I had a very clear image of what said twig should look like!) I got straight to it – and it really only took me 15 minutes to make. A perfect little project to do during nap times!