I think the most interesting part of creating (jewelry or anything else) is finding inspiration. Once you start looking for inspiration, you will see that inspiration is everywhere. You can find it in a flower, in a painting, in the shape of a piece of jewelry that you like, a door knob, and the list goes on.
For this piece of jewelry (a pendant in fact) I found my inspiration in Art Nouveau jewelry pieces. I think that it goes without saying that I love Art Nouveau jewelry. So a good idea in your quest for inspiration is to find things that you like and I am sure that their colors, shape, design could inspire you in your work.
Materials and tools used: white Fimo Professional polymer clay, a pasta machine, a butterfly cutter, Oyumaru (to make the mold), a petal cutter, a toothpick, a carving tool, Pebeo Prisme colors.
Using Oyumaru (Oyumaru is a reusable putty, which is softened by heat) and a little statue (from a flee-market clock), I have made a woman head mold.
I have made petals using the petal cutter.
I have shape a log (for the body) and put the petals in the lower part (like a skirt).
I have put the head on top and then I have textured veins on the petals (using a toothpick).
I have cut a butterfly with the cutter.
I have carved it a little bit.
Then I cut it in half.
I have put the wings in the back (pressing gently).
I have textured a little bit the body using the toothpick. I have made holes (two on the wings and one in the bottom – to attach a crystal)
Then I have started painting it with Pebeo Prisme. I think that in the future I will apply Gesso before and then Pebeo colors (they might erode the polymer clay).
I think that Pebeo Prisme colors give a faux enamel look to the pendant (not sure if I should apply triple thick varnish or not for a glossier look).
I have attached a tear-shaped crystal to the bottom.
Thank you for encouraging me and for your wonderful comments!