In this video tutorial, I want to share with you how to create such a unique jewelry piece with faux ammonites from polymer clay!
This detailed and clear video will help you to be creative and inspired to create many unique jewelry pieces.
Tools and materials
- polymer clay Premo bronze (Black + Gold);
- liquid polymer clay (Fimo, Premo, LC or Kato);
- Pan Pastels (Black, Gold);
- super glue;
- golden Gilders paste;
- ammonite molds (you can buy them or you can make the ammonites by hands);
- metal gears findings;
- glass work surface;
- metal bowl;
- finger coats;
- acrylic roller;
- soft brush;
- any texture sheet for the backside;
- modeling tools;
- Metal jewelry findings and tools.
Creative polymer clay process
- First, we need to start with clay color mixing. To make a realistic bronze color of the clay you need to mix 1:1 black and gold clay. You also can add a translucent clay into bronze to get a more deep color effect.
- Take a small piece of clay and roll it into a sausage, then twist it in half to get a twisted pattern on the surface. Roll it into a shell look piece and push into a mold. Then roll it with the acrylic roller and slice off the excess. Make the ammonite shells in different sizes.
- When you did enough quantity of shells, you can experiment with the necklace or pendant shape. Use your imagination or take inspiration from my tutorial.
- To get a curved shape for the necklace – use the metal bowl as I use. Press the shells to each other slightly to not distort the surface. I also added a few metal gears to a design.
- Use the soft pastels to add the old look for the necklace. First I used the color “Orange Shade” and the “Black”. And after, I’m using a bronze Gilders paste “Antique Gold” to a highlight top spot.
- Next step is adding the crystals to the center of some shells. After baking, we need to glue them with the super glue.
- Now we are ready for 1st baking. I bake all my works with clay 30 min at 150″C. After baking, I cooled the necklace in the oven and only then I carefully removed it from the bowl surface. After it cooled down, you need to glue the metal elements.
- Then I rolled out the clay with the texture in a sheet with thickness around 1mm. This is will be needed for the backside of the necklace. Spread the clay on the back surface, previously grease it with the liquid clay. Cut off the excess. Use your brand name stamp, and bake it once again!
- After baking, I sanded the top surface very slightly, then again I added the Gilders paste on the top. And to protect the surface I decided to cover it with gloss acrylic varnish in spray. Now we can glue the rhinestones back.
- Finally, I finished the necklace with the antique bronze color of the chain. I like how it came out, with a really medieval and ancient look.
I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial. And you got a lot of inspiration from it. Let me know what do you think about this tutorial and information I prepared for you! This is very important for me!
Links where to buy
- Ammonite shells Molds
- Glass work surface
- Texture sheet
- Polymer clay Premo (I buy all my clay and the others polymer clay stuff from nemravka.cz)
- Pan Pastels: Black, Black Coarse, Orange Shade
- Super Glue
- Metal gears
- Gilders Paste Antique Gold
- Swarovsky crystals
- Modeling tools
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