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Supplies & Tools for Vintage-Style Paper Clay Necklace
- Iron Orchid Designs Vintage Art Decor Mould, Baroque No. 3
- Iron Orchid Designs Paper Clay
- antiqued brass eye pins
- black paint
- paint brushes
- DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax, Champagne Ice
- 14 – 10mm clear round faceted glass beads
- vintage crystal
- antiqued brass chain
- antiqued brass jump rings
- antiqued brass lobster clasp
- jewelry pliers
- wire cutters
This was my first experience with paper clay and these molds. I was amazed at the amount of detail I could get and how easy it was to use.
Paper clay does not need to be baked to become hard so make sure to keep it wrapped up or in a baggie. It dries when exposed to the air.
Tear off a small piece of paper clay. Return clay to package and/or baggie. Roll clay until warmed up and pliable.
Dust mold with cornstarch so clay won’t stick. Press clay into the part of the mold you want to use for your jewelry. Remove excess. Molded clay can be removed immediately. Loosen one edge and roll the mold back for it to pop out.
Before the clay hardens, clip off most of the eye pins and stick them into the clay where you want to attach the chain, beads, or other findings. Allow the piece to dry for a few hours.
Paint the pieces black and let dry completely.
Rub metallic wax over the pieces with a finger or brush and buff with a soft cloth. String clear beads onto eye pins. Trim to approximately 1/4″. Create loop with round nose pliers. Link beads together, 7 on each side, and attach to top eye pins on paper clay pendant.
Attach chain to both sides of the necklace. Add lobster clasp to one side with small jump ring. Add vintage crystal to eye pin on the bottom side of the paper clay pendant.
For earrings, just attach the ear wires.
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‘Til the next project,