Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pumpkin Post Earrings ~ A Tutorial

Now that it's officially fall, and it's October (did that come quick, or was it just me?!), I'm starting to feel the autumn vibe.  I've been playing around with polymer clay a little bit recently, and I'm no expert, but I did come up with a tutorial on how to make a pair of cute little pumpkin earrings.

You'll need:
  • Polymer Clay - I used white and then painted it after it was baked, but you could use colored clay,and skip the painting step.
  • Large sewing needle, or skewer... something to draw lines in the clay
  • Paint - I used ink pads, and some green glitter glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Earrings Posts with glue pads
  • E6000 glue, or a similar super strength glue

Start by kneading the clay in your hands for a minute or two, to soften it and make it more pliable.
Make four balls of clay- two large for the pumpkin bodies, and two tiny for the stems.

Flatten out the large balls of clay, and give them a slightly oval shape. (One of my pumpkins is a little bigger than the other... so try to make sure they are the same size, unlike me!)

Using the needle, draw curved lines in the clay to make the lines of the pumpkin.

Now take the tiny balls of clay and make a flattened cone shape, and stick that on the top of the pumpkin, for the stem.

Bake the pumpkins following the directions for your clay.  I used a little plastic craft kiln I picked up at a yard sale- I love it!

When they are baked and cooled, you can paint them.  I pressed them into a tan/brown-ish ink pad, and then evened out the color with a paintbrush.  I used plain old green paint and glitter glue for the stems.

When the paint dries, add on a coat of Mod Podge to protect the paint.  This is the great part about using the ink pads - even though the ink was dry to the touch, when I started brushing on the Mod Podge, the ink began to move around again, and I could brush it into the lines I made with the needle, giving it more of an aged, multi-dimensional look. Nice!

Glue the earring posts to the back of the pumpkin, let them dry, and you've got yourself a cute little pair of pumpkin earrings! Very autumny!

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