The fashion of the last seasons simply lost its head fromornaments in the ethno style. Original and original accessories from feathers, seashells, pebbles and even wooden or bronze beads have won themselves fanatics and fans all over the world. Of course, the accessories in the ethnic style do not have that sparkling beauty that is inherent in the creations of Cartier and Tiffany. But they will not be indifferent to shining cold stars, and the warmth will be emphasized precisely by your highlights and virtues. Among the needlewomen who create jewelry and handmade jewelry, polymeric clay is very popular. With ordinary natural clay, they have only a common name and plasticity. Polymer clay - a special material, very soft and pliable, which solidifies during heat treatment, thanks to special substances-plasticizers. They evaporate when the temperature rises to 110-130 ° C. Thermoplastic has a very rich color palette and a variety of effects, like colors with metallic tints, sparkles. There is even a luminous plastic in the dark. From it, with the proper skill, you can get the elements in the form of beads, and in the form of feathers, shells, pearls and everything, the soul wants the soul of the needlewoman. In this article we will create a necklace of polymer clay in the style of the Syrian goddess Atargaty (Ishtar). Numerous legends are associated with it in Greek, Arabian and Syrian mythology. Very often, it is depicted with a fish tail, as well as the constellation Pisces, so we will have a necklace with the central element in the form of a fish and beautiful large relief beads with a tinted bronze. Just in the style of original ancient jewelry. We will show you how to make beads, and by their example you can easily perform the main element. Quite possibly you will want to portray another constellation, for example, Gemini or other decorative suspension. For beads you will need:
- Baked polymer clay. One color of the surface (in this case, dark marsh) and the main one, its shade is not important, since we will wrap it with the first color, you can use the remains from other crafts. The main thing is that the quality of the clay should be high, and the elasticity of the clay. On such a clay stamps are obtained well;
- Directly the stamp itself. They are sold in handicraft shops. You can name any surface that you like;
- Tools for working with thermoplastic;
- Thin awl and toothpicks;
- Acrylic rolling pin or pasta machine (if you did not have neither one nor the other, you can use a glass bottle);
- Foil combs;
- Bronzing powder;
- Glossy varnish for plastic with a brush.
Before you get started, you need tocarefully stretch the plastic. Now we roll out the layer about 0.7 cm thick. It is necessary to cut the polymer clay into pieces approximately 0.7 x 0.9 cm. Remember that we will have another layer of clay, so the beads will increase in size. Now you need to pierce every piece through. To ensure that the holes are neat, and the beads themselves are not deformed, we suggest first using the awl and then planting rectangles on the toothpicks. All corners and edges smooth and round out. The next stage will be the baking of blanks. We stick toothpicks into the lumps of foil for convenience. We will bake according to the instructions on the package with clay, but not all the time, but only half, as we will apply more layers of clay and bake again. We need to remove our blanks from the toothpicks still warm and leave until completely cooled. At this time we roll out a layer of dark-marsh clay. We make it thin approximately 0.5 mm. And now a cold bead is taken, wrapped in this layer and gently knit. Cut out our "dressed" bead, gently smooth the edges and joints. Now we take pieces of clay (you can usescraps from the previous step) and roll the tiny balls. One bead is flattened and the bead holes are placed on top. In order to avoid fingerprints on products, it is preferable to work with gloves, or to use it to smooth out a special stack. Now you need to take a toothpick and pierce the lozenge together with the bead. We make twisting movements. We perform similar manipulations on the other side of the bead. So, the bead is located on the toothpick. This will be useful for the next step - stamp printing. We take a favorite silicone mold and push the pattern on the bead from both sides. We not only apply pressure on the toothpick, we roll it a little more on mold. There is no need to exert much effort, risk breaking a toothpick. Rolling on the bead stamp can achieve an excellent and clear relief. The edges of the beads must also be stamped. Now begins the most interesting - coverbeads bronzing powder. We do it with our fingers with the utmost care and accuracy. Powder is taken very, very little, so that it does not fall off the fingers. The relief is slightly smoothed during application. Try not to fall into the indentations. Again send the beads to bake. Now they are not burned for so long, because the top is a very thin layer of clay. After our beads are caked, we remove hot from toothpicks. Do this without grabbing the bead, as the powder can erase. Remove from gently by pushing the ring at the hole. We cover the beads with varnish, let them dry and string according to the tips of fantasy.