128 Polymer clay tutorial – create wearable art – part 1

128 Polymer clay tutorial – create wearable art – part 1


today I will start for you a completely
different type of project and that is how to create wearable art because we
have done so much and especially when it comes to color theory and all that that
I thought that it is about time for me to start talking a little bit about how
to design and how to put together a piece of jewelry that would be a little
bit more than what you normally see, more than the standard necklaces and pendants
and a little bit more outside the box so for this specific purpose I am starting
this project that’s going to be actually in four parts in the first part I will
make three pendants that are exactly the same shape using the same mokume gane
slices but with different colors and then after this one I will do one
tutorial on each of these central focal beads and create a necklace around them
and I will show you how I create my designs in a future video but you can
create your design without a lot of technology without a lot of anything
just by trying and putting things together and that will show you how – so
if you’re ready let’s go ahead and start creating our starting our three
different projects you can see that I have here several colors that I’m going
to use as a background and as I said for all these colors are going to
we’ll use the same mokume gane slices and that will explain to you what I’m
going to do this is one of the mokume gane that we did in my part 4 of the
tutorial series about mokume gane and you notice that on this specific one
we have several shades of red some toned red some shaded orangish yellow some
toned orangish yellow so there is no pure red or orange yellow everything is
either mixed with grey or mixed with black now if I were to put one of these slices
that has a border of that changed red on something that is orangish yellow be it
even a metallic like a gold or an 18 karat gold or even a bronze it will get
lost if I would add some white to it it will get even more lost so what I need
is to everywhere I have that specific type of reddish tone or shade I have to
back it with black now with this one that’s a sea glass that I mixed some
turquoise in it looks like it’s a completely different opposite color than
those mokume gane slices but that will allow me to create some design that will
make it very very modern and I will tear the mokume gane patterns with
geometrical patterns and with a pure color
and you will see it will give a completely different effect then what I
will do with all the other ones so the colors that I will be using is as
backgrounds will be that sea glass then the gold and then the white the black is
there just to help enhancing the black the white always enhances the
Valor of any type of pattern espe- especially if it has a lot of dramatic
effect of contrast like this specific mokume gane has while on the gold I
will have to make one more pattern of some sort because if I put just the
mokume gane slice on the gold it looks pretty but it will kind of get lost so I
will have to – in places to border it with black just for the plain border and in
other places where it is enough black in the pattern I can just leave it like
this and – I made the booboo so that’s why I’ll show you what to do not to make
this kind of booboo when you design your pieces so let me get rid of the booboo
and I’ll be right back and we’ll start working on these focal pieces on all
three of them will be in this tutorial and then I will do one tutorial for the
finishing of the total necklace with each of them now let’s start on the blue
I will first cut the shape I ran it through the pasta machine on the medium
setting because I don’t want it to be too thick this is already will be a
fairly large piece larger than I usually make them except for when I make them on
purpose large for you to be able to see what I’m doing but yeah I generally find
the pieces that are too large – with some exceptions – to look gaudy so as this will
be fairly large I don’t want it to look very bulky and heavy this is why I am
using just a medium thin setting because it will have something in
the front and I’ll put some backing on it so it will become fairly heavy so I
am creating a type of relatively flat ish rounded triangle and I will do the
exact same shape for all three pendants just to show you what is the difference
how much of a difference it can make the background the colors and the
combinations that you’re choosing now in order to design I’m going to place a
piece of wax paper on top of the background and that way I can manipulate
and handle and create my design on top of the background without the pieces
sticking to the background so I can first design what I need and then just
slightly get them off the -gently get them off the wax paper so I chose a
slice that doesn’t have a lot of patterning because it will match much
better with a geometrical pattern and I am choosing – I have a whole bunch of
basic canes I’m choosing some of the black and white and I will be using a
striped cane and a spiral cane first of all I will change the shape of the
spiral cane and I’m not using all of it obviously so I am getting just a bit of
it and I will triangularize it that means I’m going to change it into a
triangle from the round shape but yeah I don’t know I don’t even think there’s a
word like triangularize but this is what I am doing with that poor spiral
cane, I am molesting it so I will make it into a triangle and I am also gently
reducing it a bit to make it smaller and I will create a little bit of a pattern
with — using slices from that and then I will be using the stripe cane to create
not really a checkerboard but a double line design
I am flattening a little bit the slice that I have because of course you don’t
always cut even slices from the mokume gane and especially me with my issues
now you see that the fact that the slice is on wax paper allows me to be able to
gently trim it exactly to the way that I want it to be so I’m using my exacto
knife to create the shape that I want the slice to be in and again the fact
that I put it on the wax paper allows me to see the background but allows me also
to trim and cut it without it being placed on the background the only
problem is that I have to place it properly once it’s all finished and make
sure that you don’t get any kind of air bubbles underneath now I will place my
my striped candy cane line somewhere there and then I will place another
slice on the other side of the striped line so I have to find another piece
that has less patterning and I am trying to gently pry it from the wax paper this
one is very very thin so I’ll have to handle it with a lot of care so I’m
placing it on the wax paper to figure out exactly how I wanted to see it and
because it’s so thin and I will have quite a bit of other
shapes of interest there that will cover it I don’t really have to bother too
much on shaping it and trimming it and it kind of looks like a little frog who
sits back and relaxes with a big belly but yeah I have a very vivid imagination
so I’m going to cut a slice of the stripe cane and then I will be cutting
strips of it of course I need to flatten it a little bit so it wouldn’t be too
thick when I place it on the my focal bead and as I need the line to be longer
than the slices I’m cutting several pieces and I will be placing them to
form as I said kind of a checkerboard pattern if you want but because there
are only two strips it’s not really a checkerboard right so I’m taking care to
place the black on the white and the white on the black so I get that semi
checkerboard pattern and I’m gently curving it I’m leaving myself some room
to put that triangular eyes a spiral cane and again making sure that I have
the black on the white and the white on the black it seems that the one that I
have there kind of got a little bit out of sync so I need to place it back to
the point that it will create that pattern and then I’m adding the second
piece making sure that I integrate it in the pattern already exists so what I am doing right now is to make
a play of not just color but also geometrical form so I have all the
rounded shapes mostly rounded shapes in the mahogany and I am adding some more
straight line geometrical forms but they are not completely straight lined
there is some curve in there as well so you can see better what I am doing I got
the close up and I will be placing these little slices of triangular eyes spiral
King you can see that the spiral inside has a little bit of representation of
the same pattern that is in some spots on the MOCA Meghani only that this time
it is very simplified only with black and white so what I need on the other
side is a little bit of a color that wouldn’t be exactly like the background
but not exactly like the top either so after I am burnishing and flattening
things a little bit so I would have the exact same level on everything I am
going to actually get a piece of a bit of a darker blue than the one that I
have on the background and then also to add a little bit of interest I will be
using some black that I will see I’m trying various color patterns to decide
exactly which of them would work the best and
see this darker blue and the black work great and what I’m going to do with the
black is to get it with a stamp and then I would slightly brush with a metallic
color that’s in the same shade as the background I will separate that from the
Pinstripe of the strat cane cane with that darker blue and that I will not
leave like that because it would be just too empty it would be just an empty
space there so so of course I’m going to put some armor all on that piece of clay
and then I am doing some stamping on it because I need some dimension and once I
do the stamping I’m going to actually cut two pieces out of it one will go on
the other side of the blue strip and the other one will go on that left corner
that you see it’s not populated at all and needs something there and I am kind
of trying to follow the pattern on the stamp when I’m cutting the respective
piece out of the stamped clay yes I know I’m always fussing so much
it’s that need for perfection that I have deep ingrained within me to you why
did I tell you and then I will be adding a little bit
more of that stripe cane and just to get a little bit of a limit there a defined
space it is all about defining spaces with shape and color and then I see the
right side bottom side of the focal piece also is a little bit lacking
something so I will be putting a few more slices of that triangular rised
spiral cane and actually I’m if you notice I broke the line so I am going
not completely symmetrical obviously I mean it’s kind of obvious
but anyway so I need something on that blue stripe because again it’s an empty
space as I said and we don’t want any kind of empty spaces there I mean it’s
not there are some pieces that require empty spaces but this is definitely not
one of them so what I’m doing is I’m just made the three little dots and I’m
going to just flatten them with the end of the paintbrush handle to change the
shape and add another piece of interest now I am have to be very careful because
only part of the focal bead is to be even and I have those other raised parts
there yeah I could have done this before I could erase part in but hey you know
2020 back vision so what I will be doing here is to put as I said some metallic
paint that pain that is fairly close to the back
clay color the background clay color and I’m using that pretty much dry paint
where you get some paint on your finger and then you wipe your finger off a
paper towel so the very little pain that you have on your finger will be almost
dry and that way you can be sure that you will be leaving paint or on the
raised parts and if you miss a little bit like I did a little deer just put a
spray some alcohol on a clean paintbrush and then lightly brush the areas where
you have gone over with the acrylic paint and you will see that it can be
perfectly cleaned you have absolutely no problem and once I do this this pendant
is pretty much ready to go in the oven I hope you like it now for the golden
pendant I will first do this because it needs to dry I will make a border stand
the border on a piece of black clay that has a little bit of gold mixed in there
in bits and pieces and then I will be using some red copper metallic acrylic
paint to do the exact same thing with putting some dry rubbing paint on the
raised areas of the texture that I have placed on that black clay and yes I
wanted it to have a little bit of gold in it and you will see why because I
will be using that so while that one dries I will be cutting my gold piece
and yes I always have to do so many cards because that’s how I form the
shape of it in my mind so you see I form it first a little bit deeper and then I
refined the form to be not so tall and to make sure that it is perfectly
symmetrical or as close to symmetrical as I can have it and of course my OCD
makes me need to get that clay that’s left over in a slice now I will do
exactly like I did for the first focal piece I will get the wax paper with the
slices from the mikuma Gani and I will choose what slices I want I will want
some pieces that have both golden or reddish tones on the edge that I will
want to be lost in the gold and that also have some darker turns on the edge
that will not be lost on the gold and on some I will be using
some edge black backing so I’m trying to find the best position for this slice
that would look would take advantage of fully of the elements that are on the
mocha Magana slice and then I will be trimming it so it would fit nicely on
the pendant pendant and it would have a nice pattern left on the slice and on
the focal bead as well and I know when it’s about this beautiful mahogany
pieces I kinda cry for every little piece that I have to trim off and I’m
always trying to use them in beads and stuff but yeah I’m a hoarder now see I
just saw the back of it and I’m like why but yeah a little the side of it is a
little bit too thick so I shaved off the excess and if you’re wondering why my
camera keeps going in and out of focus there’s a fly around and when it gets
close it gets a close reference point and it starts on focusing so I make sure
that I evened it out with the roller and you have to make sure whenever you play
something that it is nice and even even if you’re going to play something else
that is more raised and you can feel it the better with the tips of your fingers after you are doing all the burnishing
and rolling and all that and yes in this video I just wanted to show you the full
process I’m not really skipping over anything now my piece with acrylic paint
is dried now so I am going to actually flatten it and not leave it raised I
will only keep the pattern that was that has been drawn by applying the acrylic
paints through dry rubbing on the former raised surfaces and I will use that as
an element in the focal bead and remember I told you that if I want to
put something there I will have to have another pattern on the other side so for
now I’m kinda just calculating where this strip will go and then I am
choosing another piece to go there but this time I will be backing that piece
because it’s a piece that has a lot of yellow I’m starting really wondering why
is my skin looking so splotching these super contrast videos because I did not
get and I have a slight allergy to the sunlight and I get splotchy when I get
in the Sun but this is not the case so I’m trying to arrange those pieces so
that I can take full advantage of their patterns and sometimes they can be very
stubborn and cling to my fingers of course but yeah that’s how what I’m
going to put in the corner I make sure that I flatten it before I place it and
then I will do some more flattening of course now let’s see where I want to place it
exactly and I will do some trimming while the piece is still on the wax
paper and as I said I want to keep some spots that do have black backing and
some spots that kind of blend off into the gold see there I I don’t like the
fact that I had all that black taken out because there’s a spot there that I
don’t want to blend off in the gold I wanted to be enhanced by the black
margin and I will leave it a little bit
irregular okay it’s all about composition honestly if you notice this one looks a little
bit like a brocade fan and has absolutely no elements of modern
art it’s more tribally looking if you want and this is how I will be building the
necklace around it with a more tribal looking look and now I still have the
corner on the right I’m trying to show you the whole thinking process that goes
into creating a wearable art when you get past the standards and you start
thinking outside the box of course what talks to me might not
talk to you and you might find a completely different way of arranging
those that would look more awesome than mine you know it’s all about learning
how to think outside the box how to develop yourself evolve past the basic
techniques and yeah don’t worry I will be posting
some tutorials that aren’t more beginner level as well but I thought it was about
time for us to tackle this subject else we already talked about the color some
about color theory and about mixing colors now it’s about time to talk about
shapes mixing and combining shapes and we will talk of course a lot more when
creating the whole necklace because we will not go with just something beads in
descending size and just a chain and or a leather strip so this is the second
pendant and now let’s go for the third one the white one remember if you’re
working working with white make sure that your hands are clean that the
surface is clean that the pasta machine is clean that your blades are clean that
your roller is clean otherwise you’ll be cleaning your clay
forever and you’ll get so frustrated so it’s much easier to just do this what I
usually do before I start working with the white clay even if I wash my hands I
go with the alcohol over them I just take a bit of clay and I start pressing
it between my palms because that way it will lift off whatever is nasty now what
I’m trying to do here is to do a butterfly so I am trying to find two
slices of the mokume gun and that would be a relatively symmetrical so they can
form the butterfly wings so this will be a more organic necklace and I have that
corner there that’s a little bit thicker than the rest of the slice and then the
other slice because in this case one of the slices is kind of thick and the
other one thinner but it’s fine if they are not
perfectly symmetrical I mean that’s the organic fully organic look so now I’m
trying to figure out exactly how to place the slices so they’ll be as close
to the middle as possible and yet there’s I still need to shave some more
of that and then place those in the middle because they are a little bit not
in the middle because even if the slices are not exact equal dimensions I still
want my focal bead to have a defined center even if one of the wings of the
butterfly I go more to the left than the other or more to the right and ya know
towards the edge of the the focal bead and then the other then I am doing a
rough trim right now so it will help me when placing the slices on the actual
cane because remember I’m still on the wax paper so I can do all my trials
without having the slices actually stick to the clay underneath and the slices will allow you to
manipulate them a little bit you know if they are not long enough or wide enough
you can gently very gently pull and stretch or crunch crunch it together
more because here I’m trying to achieve for the slices to go a little bit closer
to the in equal distance to the corners of the focal bead so first of all of
course I will be smoothing and evening out and only after that I will do the
cut and now what I need is the body of the
butterfly so I’m getting a piece of that black with some bronze acrylic paint on
it and a little bit of inclusion of gold in it that I had left over from the a
strip that I made for the gold pendant and I will be using that to cut the body
of the butterfly and I’ll actually use the back of that slice because it’s got
a more interesting pattern than the front and then you see I have already
caught a very very thin strip of black that I will be using to do the antennae and the clay is not cooperating finally okay and now that I did this
this one is also once I smooth it out a little bit more it is also ready to go
in the oven and we shall look at them one by one once they are baked and then
we shall have three different tutorials with three different necklaces and we
shall create beads for each necklace and each piece of interest for each necklace
depending on how different the focal beads are for each necklace so here we
are with all three of them I will get them a little bit closer so you can see
them better as I can see all the beautiful patterns and combinations and
designs on each of the focal beads now the tribal one see how beautiful that bronze acrylic
paint copper actually but it looks bronze it because it’s on black and then
the butterfly so here we are and I’ll see in the next tutorial
happy claim you

22 thoughts on “128 Polymer clay tutorial – create wearable art – part 1

  1. That cane with multi colours is so beautiful ,absolutely love . Thank You again for so informative vid . Are we on for Live today ?

  2. I wish they'd have a love button like FB. You're stuff is just too amazing to just "like". You have such a cool way of teaching, too. Just love your tutes!🌹🌺🌷💕

  3. Your work is amazing! I thought I am "over" polymer clay and had moved on to other things. BUT with your inspiration i will just go on nurturing my love for polymer clay art. TFS

  4. Your Tutorials have been so interesting to me & I plan on taking advantage of trying my own, thanks to your excellent tips & the visuals. Hope to see more video's! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Awesome! I REALLY liked hearing your thought process. The butterfly is amazing……but I think it looks like a psychedelic owl 😅……….simply gorgeous, ALL!! Thank you!

  6. I am a lot like you in the respect that I had a failed back surgery in 09 that made things 100x worse. No more golf and no working out. But I am not like you in art. You are awesome I am kind of crummy. But I love it and your work. Thank you.

  7. Aweome video, Iam a licence Scuba driver, and want input nature in my work also,Im looking forward to this 3 part video I missed, Kalyana I love all your work, its always beautful. Thank you.4/22/2019

  8. Can't help but notice the two eyes,Within the butterfly's wings,As you said very tribal,How wonderful that would look made into a lion or tiger,As always your work is beautiful,Thank you again, Still watching,Do show How to make this cane? kalyana.

  9. wow!!! I love them all 😀 beautiful mokume gane slices … thanks for sharing in previous videos just how you created the stacks <3 <3

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