Here's an unexpected way to use a gear cutter: for making steampunk style strips of clay that form a flower shape. Add your rosette to a ring for a unique piece of jewelry.
Tools and Materials:
Metallic polymer clay (I used Premo! Sculpey® Silver)
Tiny Gears Deco Disc (Infinite Possibilities Create Along Box)
Cog Wheel clay cutter (Infinite Possibilities Create Along Box)
3/8 inch steam punk gear (Infinite Possibilities Create Along Box)
Filigree ring blank
Roll out a sheet of clay, any metallic color, on a medium thin setting, 1 millimeter or less thick. Texture this clay by pressing in the Tiny Gears Deco Disc.
Then press in the Cog Wheel clay cutter twice.
Use a craft knife to carefully cut around the inner lines imprinted by the Cog Wheel cutter. Also cut out the center imprint and set aside one circle of clay.
Rub metallic mica powder over the texture to highlight.
Use a blade to remove these clay rings from your work surface. Cut between two of the gear teeth on each to turn your rings of clay into strips.
Roll the set aside circle of clay into a teardrop shape. Add a dab of Polybonder glue, then press a 3/8 inch steampunk gear onto the rounded end of the teardrop. This will be your flower center.
Starting with the gear teeth close to the metal gear flower center, wrap your strip of clay around the tear-drop.
Once you make one wrap around the center start pinching the bottom of your strip to ruffle it and flare it out as you wrap it around.
As you are wrapping the strip of clay around the center twist the bottom of your flower with the hand that is holding it too meld the clay together and thin out the bottom.
When you reach the end of one strip of clay start where you left off, adding the second one in the same manner.
Once you've wrapped the second strip around, take a little time to press the bottom edges of the clay strips into the back, twisting and thinning the “handle” you've been holding it by. Then use a blade to trim the handle off flush so you have a rosette that is flat on the back.
Bake your rosette at the manufacturer's recommended temperature for at least 30 minutes.
Press a small ball of the same clay you used for your rosette onto the back of your ring blank, making sure that some of the clay comes out through the holes in the filigree.
Now add a small ball of clay to the front of the ring blank, sandwiching the ring between the clay. Make sure these two balls of clay contact each other through the ring. When baked this clay will hold firmly in place on your filigree.
Add liquid clay to this ball of clay, then press in your baked filigree.
Bake your ring one more time for 30 minutes.
You can use a bit of scrap clay to prop your ring upright for the second baking.
Patricia Krauchune created this mixed-media Steampunk autumn heart pendant with many items from the "Fall-ing In Love" Create Along Box.
Leaf Veins Silkscreen / Falling in Love rubber stamp texture sheet/ Copper mylar grunge foil / Antique Gold Leaf Charm / Ceramic Hotfix Cabochons /
Cernit polymer clay
Pat Krauchune shares this amazing mixed-media mermaid shrine done in the style of Laurie Mika who she truly enjoyed learning from as part of a past Polymer Clay Adventure. Pat used the following materials from her June By the Sea Create Along Box: The Motion of the Ocean - special edition rubber stamp texture sheet / Cockle Shell flexie stencil / Nautilus and starfish silkscreen /Glass beads / Pearly Pigment powder / Charm chain featuring shells and starfish. She also used a small block of wood / Souffle polymer clay / gears /eyelets / mica powders / glass micro beads /hands and face mold. Wow!
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- Souffle Polymer Clay
- 4" X 4" Frame
- Mica Powders
- Lacey Butterfly Deco Disc Stamp
- Magic Transfer Paper
- Cup Chain and Heat-Set Crystals
- A Butterfly Plunger Cutter
- 1/2 of the Papier Mache Egg
|The Heart of Winter Ornament by Patricia Krauchune|
This winter ornament was made by using the November Winter Wonderland CreateAlongBox.com box from CreateAlong.com This month the CreateAlongBox included a 2-way silkscreen, a Texture Stax with 6 different crystal designs, a snowflakes silicone mold, a chipboard ornament to cover with clay, some DewDrop Brillance Heat-set ink and Sparkly icy mica powdered pigments. I added a glass ornament in the middle and filled it with vintage glass glitter and some mica flakes. I finished the edges with vintage glass glitter. And of course I had to include some ball chain for a slight steampunk look.