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Beach brooch

Capture a peaceful day at the beach in a polymer clay brooch

Picture a microscopic beach with sea foam bubbles, lapping waves, and the midday sun reflecting off the water. Then make your image with polymer clay and wear it as a brooch. 

Materials

Brooch 1 1/2 x 2 in. (3.8 x 5 cm)

  • 4-6 mm freshwater pearl (preferably flat on one side)
  • 1 oz. polymer clay in each of 2 colors: white and rhino gray (Premo)
  • liquid polymer clay
  • pin-back finding
  • acrylic roller or brayer
  • clay ball tool
  • clay extruder with template disks (Makins)
  • colored chalks (EKSuccess)
  • glue (Crafter’s Pick: The Ultimate!)
  • mesh texture sheet or bag
  • ·needle tool
  • paintbrushes
  • pasta machine (optional)*
  • sponge sanding block, fine
  • tissue blade
  • toaster oven*
  • watercolor paints (multiple colors)

*Dedicated to the use of polymer clay

Instructions
Beach brooch 1
Step 1
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Step 2

[1] Condition the white and gray clays. Set the pasta machine to the thickest setting, and roll a sheet of gray clay about 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (6.4 x 6.4 cm). Using the tissue blade, cut the clay to roughly the desired size and shape brooch. Place the clay on top of the mesh, and use the acrylic roller or brayer to gently impress the texture into the back surface.

[2] Fill the extruder with the remaining gray clay. Fit the extruder with the small rectangle disk, and extrude a 7-in. (18 cm) strip of gray clay. Set it aside for step 10. Empty the extruder, load it with white clay, and fit the extruder with the wide rectangle disk. Extrude an 8-in. (20 cm) strip of clay. Replace the disk with the seven-circle disk, and extrude 3 in. (7.6 cm) of clay. Replace the disk with the four-circle disk, and extrude 3 in. (7.6 cm) of clay.

Beach brooch 3
Step 3
Beach brooch 4
Step 4

[3] Using the acrylic roller or brayer, roll along the 8-in. (20 cm) strip of white clay.

[4] Cut the white strip into four 2-in. (5 cm) sections. Cut the round strands into varying lengths between 1/16 and 3/16 in. (2-5 mm). Using a paintbrush, apply liquid polymer clay to the un-textured side of the gray clay sheet made in step 1.

Beach brooch 5
Step 5
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Step 6

[5] Overlap the flattened white strips in a staggered pattern along one edge of the gray clay. Place the pearl onto the gray clay in an offset position, and gently press it into the clay. Add the cut round strands around it. The strands will act as prongs to hold the pearl, so position them close enough to hug the pearl into place. Randomly place the wider strands onto the remaining surface, and fill in between them with the narrower strands.

[6] Using a clay ball tool, gently make depressions on the top of each strand.

Beach brooch 7
Step 7
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Step 8

[7] Using a needle tool, gently scratch the layered strips with crosshatch marks.

[8] Trim the excess clay from the edges with the tissue blade.

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Step 10
Beach brooch 9
Step 9

[9] Using a dry paintbrush, apply colored chalks to the clay as desired.

[10] Apply a thin coat of liquid polymer clay around the edges of the brooch. Starting on the bottom edge, carefully wrap the gray strip from step 2 around the brooch. Trim the strip ends flush, and gently press the seam to blend.

Beach brooch 11
Step 11
Beach brooch 12
Step 12

[11] Mix blue and gray watercolors, and apply a watercolor wash over the crosshatch marks and strands. Let the watercolor dry completely.

[12] Bake the clay following the manufacturer’s instructions, and let it cool completely. Using a fine sanding block, sand the edges of the clay. Glue the pin-back finding to the back of the clay, and let it dry completely.

Click here to download the free project PDF.

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