Make a Blue Bird Polymer Clay Necklace
These cute little birdies carry letters of love on Valentine's Day or on other special days such as Mother's Day. Follow Emma Ashworth's step-by-step instructions to creating a loving polymer clay gift.
You will need:
Polymer clay in white, red, green and blue (or colours of your choice)
Pasta machine (optional) or cards/plastic slats and a roller
Dove shaped cutters
Tiny heart cutter
Needle tool and/or drill bits
Embossing tool (optional)
Wet and dry sanding papers in 400, 600, 1000 and 2000 grits
Baking parchment and oven tray
Domestic or toaster oven
Ceramic or plastic tile or other work service
Findings – chain, jump rings, clasps.
Flat or sniped nosed pliers x 2
This project was made by Emma Ashworth, tutor at the London Jewellery School
Condition the white polymer clay by warming and squidging it or running it through a pasta machine a few times. Roll it out using the pasta machine on its widest setting or to about 3mm thick. Lay out the sheet of clay and cut it to a rectangle 2.2cm x 1.2cm using the tissue blade. Use a needle tool to put a hole in the letter.
Roll the remaining white clay down to a mid setting on your pasta machine or less than 1mm. Use the needle tool to cut the triangular envelope flaps. The flap for the top should be slightly larger than the one for the bottom.
Line up the bottom flap on the envelope and press them together. Repeat with the top flap and place it on the bottom one.
Condition a tiny amount of the red clay. Roll it out on a very thin setting (1mm or less) and cut using the tiny heart cutter. Using the needle tool if necessary to move it onto the envelope and press it into the bottom part of the top flap.
Use a needle tool to put a hole(s) in the letter.
Condition some more white clay and some blue and green clay. Roll each into a snake and then roll the three snakes together and twist. Repeatedly flatten and twist the clay until it has a marbled pattern you like. Roll out the clay at maximum thickness.
Use the smallest dove cutter to cut out as many birds as you need. If wished used the needle tool and/or embossing tools to decorate them with patterns and shapes in polymer clay and gently stick them on the bird.
Put holes in the bird in the beak and tail. Bake the envelopes and birds to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Starting with the 400 grit sandpaper, and using it wet, sand the envelopes and birds smooth. Work your way through the rest of the grades in numerical order. Wash clean and buff if wished.
If needed drill holes through the clay using a pin vise and drill bits.
Add jump rings and small link chain cut to size to connect the bird(s) and letter. Cut the remainder of the chain to make a necklace to your desired size and attach a clasp.