I know what you are thinking. This is gonna be good. A tutorial. From me. And this will not disappoint.
We have all seen these cute little flower 'cabochons' all over blogland. I really wanted some. But I did not want to buy them ready made. No, that would have been too easy. And then I would have felt like what I was making with them was not really handmade. No offense to those of you who buy these type of supplies. I am strange in that way.
After some looking around I found out that there are molds to make these things. Etsy has tons of shops that sell these. This is the shop that I used. They had a pretty good selection and it is a husband/wife team that hand-make the molds. I think that is really cool. The mold I bought was $6.50 which I think is pretty good. And it came really fast.
I really wanted to make earrings, rings, and hairpins for my Etsy shop. I found some hair pin blanks on Ebay. I am blessed to have a mother-in-law who used to own a bead shop so that is where I got my earring posts. I have yet to buy any ring blanks:( Baby steps.
So, enough background and on with the tutorial. Here is what you need:
- Earring, ring, or hairpin blanks
- Sculpey or Fimo oven bake clay
- Flower mold
- E6000 or similar glue
- Cookie sheet to bake on
The end result is so super pretty. I love how they look.
Here are the earrings.
The hair pins are just as pretty
This was such an easy craft to do and the results were great. I did let the glue dry all day before I touched them too much.
One little pointer though, make sure that you flatten out the bottom before you pop it out of the mold or you will end up with this:
Not a very good earring. I will be wearing this one. I would not want to sell something that was not closer to perfect.
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