Stones. Picked up from a nature walk. Simple, naturally elegant, each one so unique; welcomed guests in my polymer clay jewelry creations. Let’s make a stone-inspired fairy necklace. This is Caroline from CertainlyCaroline.com, inspiring you to imagine, then create, your own fairy tale world with weekly polymer clay tutorials. Look for the link at the end of the video and in the description below, that will list everything I used for this project. Sculpting the Fairy Pendant Stones can be crazy colorful, but I want a more woodsy stone, so I’m using brown, black, green, and gray granite clay and I mix them together with my clay machine. If you don’t have a clay machine, just mix the colors with your hands until you get a marbling rocky look.I start with some basic forms, I make indents in the clay as the eye sockets, and add balls of clay become the eyes. For most of the sculpting process, the fairy face looks kind of like a monster. So I just literally push and prod through it, until I achieve something of value. This takes time, patience, and a little bit of skill, but I would say mostly just time and patience. When I sculpt, I consciously practice enjoying the process. That way I’m not worried about it when it looks like a monster. First a blob, then its a monster, then out of the monster, it becomes something of value. By the way, I’m producing a series of videos that are unedited, step by step guides teaching how to sculpt.If you’d like to know when that’s released, look for the link to get on my mailing list in the description below. Making the Lichen I really enjoy enjoy making the lichen. Very simple to make. You just use a little bit of blue and a little bit of green, mix them together, add in a little bit of white, and, before you know it, it looks like that lichen color. Then you just kind of pick at it with a pointy tool, and it’s amazing how much it looks like lichen. Making the Back I add a rolled out strip of clay around the stone that I will use to secure the fairy to the stone. I like to find naturally occurring indentations on the stone to wrap my strip of clay around. Once the polymer clay is baked, it stays on that stone nice and tight. To add the eye pin, I make a bend at the end and slide it into the clay, then I push the clay over the bend, ensuring that the eye pin doesn’t fall out after a while.Also make sure that the size of your eye pin fits well with your chain. You’ll also
want to consider the weight of the stone in relation to the strength of the jewelry finding. Making the Leaves I look for leaves from my backyard with very distinct veins, kind of like a nurse does right before poking you. I make the shape of a leaf, and then press the leaf onto the clay for a wonderfully realistic texture. And I add the leaf hair onto her head with some Liquid Sculpey. Sculpting the Ears What, pray tell, is more enjoyable than sculpting fairy ears? Drinking coffee. Ok, but that’s not fair. I work so hard on the face, but it isn’t until I add the ears that I see character come through. And fairy ears are fairly easy. (Yes, I did practice that) Just look up images of ears online, sculpt what you see, then pull the ends up a bit with your fingers to make lovely pointy things happen. Time to bake your fairy necklace.After baking and cooling, I get out black acrylic paint, a cup of water, and a paintbrush. I smother it in black paint, I go crazy, and get it all over. Even all over my hands. After I cover it all, I immediately begin to wipe almost all of it off with a paper napkin. The black gets into the crevices and produces an instant aged look.Super satisfying activity, that. Finishing Touches After the paint is dry, you can sand it. I love this step, things really start to pop out, and look really cool. I start sanding on one side of the face and work my way to the other side, taking care not to over sand. When I use acrylic paint, I also like to varnish. Especially for jewelry that gets handled a lot. I use a water based polyurethane called Varathane, in the matte finish. You don’t have to limit your imagination to just a fairy necklace; you can use these techniques to make all kinds of different nature-inspired polymer clay jewelry designs.Also, I’m providing a link here, and in the description below, that lists everything used for this project, along with line by line instructions. If you liked this video, click the like button, and be sure to subscribe to my strange little world of polymer clay fairy tales, if you haven’t already. .