A little bird told me…

Free polymer clay tutorial by Beads Academy / Mihaela Georgescu. ArtBeadScene May Challenge

Hello dear friends!

I was so happy and deeply grateful to see that so many people repined on Pinterest some of my tutorials from my blog  and I realized that , while trying to make so many things, I lost a little bit track of my blog. After this moment of truth, I decided to get myself together and to create a new tutorial, which I truly hope to be inspiring for you!

So here I am, glad to be back and trying to come with fresh inspiration to make you take out your polymer clay and start creating!

My inspiration for this tutorial has been the ArtBeadScene May Challenge: I’m doing all my best to participate as often as I can to this challenge because it always motivates me to give my best.  So I tried to mix together the color combo from the inspiration image:

On a Shaker Theme

“On a Shaker Theme”, 1956
by Charles Sheeler
oil on canvas
23″ x 29 1/8″ (58.42 x 73.98 cm)

Why did I choose the birds? Well, I have on a shelf above my computer a picture of my son (from the kindergarten) with a garland with a lot of colorful birds hanging on the wall, so I think that’s how I got the idea of the little birds and just by seeing this over and over again, I somehow got obsessed with these birds.  So this tutorial is a means to go beyond my temporary “obsession” with birds.

Enough talking. Let’s get down to business!

The first thing I did, I went searching on the Internet for hexagonal shapes (that I printed in the size I considered fit for the statement earrings) and also for a bird pattern. I printed them out and then traced them onto tracing paper.

I put together the polymer clay colors and the tools I needed for the project: light blue polymer clay (I mixed Fimo professional blue with a lot of white and I continued adding white until I was satisfied with the resulting color), Fimo professional white clay, Fimo professional pearlescent clay, liquid Fimo,  pastels, mica powders, varnish, Lumiere paints, pasta machine, rigid blade, a craft knife, a paintbrush, a ball tool, a texturing tool, a chain, briolettes, 4 mm bicone beads, earring findings and jump rings.

I conditioned the clay rolling it through the pasta machine 10-12 times, starting from a thicker setting and going down to a thinner one. I started by conditioning the lighter colors first. 

I used the hexagon drawn on tracing paper to cut the desired shape (I used the rigid blade). I used a Lisa Pavelka texture plate to imprint a vein-like pattern on the clay. I sandwiched the clay between the texture plate to get the texture on both sides of the hexagon shape. I checked the margins and I used a ball tool to smooth everything out and thus avoid the sanding of the finished piece.

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I re-printed the same hexagon in a smaller size and I used it to cut the smaller hexagon from a sheet of pearlescent clay (in fact I cut two smaller hexagons, one for the back of the earring and one for the front and I textured both of them with a geometric texture). 

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I placed the bird pattern on the white clay and I traced over it with a texturing tool. I lifted the tracing paper and contoured some more the design. Then I cut out the bird shape using the craft knife. I smoothed out the margins with my fingers being very careful not to leave fingerprint traces on the clay.

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I rolled a very little ball of clay, I colored it with dark pastels and  I pressed into the head of the bird and this was the eye. I cut some feather shapes, I colored them with pastels and mica powders  and then I pressed them onto the body of the bird.

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I added some clay on top of the branch on which the bird is sitting and I textured it to look like wood.

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I colored the whole body and the head (the area that was white) with light blue pastel colors. I colored the branch with bronze mica powders.

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I added a little bit of light yellow pastel color mixed with liquid Fimo on the pearlescent hexagon to change the white pearlescent into light yellow. 

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I added liquid Fimo on the back of the bird and then I pressed it into the smaller hexagon.

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I added a little bit of dark blue mica powders to contour a little bit the vein texture of the higher hexagon.

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I put everything in the oven for 30 minutes according to the baking specifications of the polymer clay manufacturer.

I tried to make the two earrings in parallel, because I thought it would be easier. I cut the larger hexagon for one earring, and then I cut the second one for the other earring. I textured the two smaller hexagons and put them on top of the bigger ones and then I took care of the back. I cut out the birds, then colored then, then applied them on the smaller hexagonal shape.  Then, as I said, I put them in the oven.

After cooling down completely, I decided to add a little bit of sparkle with some copper Lumiere paints. When the paint was dry, I applied Fimo varnish.

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I used a drilling machine to put two holes into each focal and then I decided to use a chain to hang the focal and  I attached the earring finding in the middle using a jump ring. Then I decided to add a little bit of glamour, so I added two Swarovski crystal briolettes and bicones beads.

 

And Voila! Here are the statement earrings! I hope you found my tutorial inspiring and I hope I  managed to convey  to you the amazing feeling of happiness you have when you create (regardless if you create pieces of jewelry or paintings or you are writing books or other any other creative process – I am talking here of the pleasure of creating, pure and simple).

My best to you!

Mihaela

Free polymer clay tutorial by Beads Academy/ Mihaela Georgescu. ArtBeadScene May Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 comments

  1. They are really beautiful Mihaela and nice to see you back 😀

    1. Thank you, Irene! I am very happy to be back too! Wishing you a wonderful and creative day! Mihaela

      1. Thank you Michaela 🙂

  2. Love your birds! So much careful work, but result is amazing!

    1. Thank you so much! I love your art lessons! https://inesepogagallery.com/2016/04/02/how-to-create-better-art-with-fewer-efforts/ I am always amazed by your paint demos! Best wishes! Mihaela

  3. Beautiful earrings! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Jackie! Wishing you to have plenty of inspiration for your amazing photos! Best wishes! Mihaela

  4. Blue birds of happiness! I love it Mihaela!❤

    1. Thank you, Deb! I loved your painting tutorial! http://debbreton.com/sailors-delight-painting/ Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

  5. they are wonderful. Congratulations!
    hello Mihaela, good evening

    1. Thank you, Antonio, for appreciating my work! A wish you an excellent evening! Mihaela

  6. Amazing Mihaela, such detail! I came to visit from lynz real cooking! I hope your day is a happy one! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much for appreciating my creative work! I love lynz real cooking! I love the blog and I surely love the strong and caring woman that keeps this inspiring blog! I would also add that I totally agree with your idea of stepping out of your comfort zone and the benefits. https://spearfruit.com/2016/05/26/life-as-a-goldfish/ In a sense, this is why I left my home country and I had to adapt to a new environment, be creative and thus grow. Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

      1. Thank you Mihaela, and a wonderful day to you as well. 🙂

  7. These are exquisite! Welcome back! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Inese!

  8. I love that you went out of the box. I enjoyed seeing all the steps. and you can never go wrong with bird.Nice job

    1. Thank you, Alice, for appreciating my work! I also love long earrings and I totally loved your Volcano design! http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.fr/2016/06/volcano.html Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

  9. hello Mihaela,
    in my blog you will find a well thank you.

    1. I thank you for your wonderful words! Best wishes! Mihaela

  10. These earrings are so cute Mihaela! They are art pieces there’s no doubt about that! Meanwhile; I’m re-embrace the comeback of the ’90s trends:
    https://vivalaviv.com/2016/07/30/throwback-the-90s-one-earring-only-and-the-lennon-sunglasses/

    Vivienne X

    1. Thank you, Vivienne! I love your idea of looking back to the 90s fashion. I also have wonderful memories and fashion-related memories from the 90s. I love your photos! My best to you! Mihaela

  11. You are so creative! Loving those earrings!

    1. Thank you very much, Christy! I’m sorry for replying so late! I am grateful for your wonderful comment! Have a great day!

  12. Świetne prace 🙂 pozdrawiam 🙂

    1. Thank you very much for your appreciation! Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

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