Faux Art Necklace
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- FIMO Soft polymer clay: 1 each of translucent, copper, gold
- Amaco Beveled Clay Cutters
- Rubber stamps & textures of choice
- Staz-on pigment ink, black or colors of choice
- 24 gauge gold wire
- Acrylic paint, burnt umber
- Beads, jump rings & toggle clasps of choice
- Krylon gold leafing pen -- optional
- Needle tool
- Needlenose pliers
- Flatten all colors of clay. Apply ink to stamp and transfer images onto translucent, copper and gold clays as desired. Stamp some clay without ink for the texture only.
- Set Clay Cutters onto clay and press out shape. Create a hole in each shape with needle tool.
- Roll some of the leftover clay into logs. Insert the needle tool through log lengthwise to create a hole in the bead. Apply texture of choice to bead. Allow some distortion to create interest. Bake all clay pieces for one hour at 265şF.
- While pieces are baking, shape wire into coils and zigzags of choice. Join these together with jump rings. Add toggle clasp to ends with jump rings. When clay pieces have cooled, apply Krylon gold leafing around all edges. Highlight some of the high points on pieces.
- Apply a light wash of burnt umber acrylic paint to some of the pieces, allowing the paint to remain in the crevices. Wipe off excess paint. Begin "collaging" pieces together by placing the larger pieces in the center and working outward towards each side. Attach pieces with jump rings over wire. Fill in empty spaces with miscellaneous beads. To create more interest, add additional objects of choice.