Samstag, 22. Juni 2013

Shiny leaves - polymer clay, new molds and how to make them

I nearly forgot to take a picture from this pair! The earrings are already sold at the fair last saturday I attended. The first one in this year. It was the Happy Pop-Up Market in Leipzig. The distraction was perfect for my mind. Something else beside my normal work (don't get me wrong, I love the work in the lab, but at the moment there is a lot going on in my mind) and especially besides my worries for my little one, my cat Bisu. 

The leaves were made with polymer clay. I used Fimo effect in jade. One of the new colours that is a mix of translucent, colour and some mica powder. The original colour is beautiful but still... I need more layers of colour, more depths... Therefore I added some dark green acrylic paint (Reeves) and Inka gold (Viva) in copper on top. They are very thin and a little bit bendable therefor not fragile!

Centi (have a look at her blog!) liked my leaves and letters earrings but said that she would prefer some more natural, leaf-like structure. That was motivation enough for me to make new molds. Okay, I already have a lot of molds... but of course you can't ever have too many molds... and also I now have a clay / pasta machine! This allows me to make even thin sheets of clay. I made thin sheets at setting 5 or 4 because I wanted to press the finished molds together with clay through my machine. 

After I made the sheets with polymer clay (I always prefer Fimo classic, Fimo soft don't gets all the small details and even "melts" a little bit while baking) I pressed plants on top. 

The little flowers I pressed again and again in the polymer clay to create a big pattern.

The leaf was pressed carefully but still firm on top of the sheet...

I removed the leaf before I baked the clay. 

Not every leaf has veins strong or big enough to create good molds. If I see interesting leaves I just take some with me and test the leaf by using a small ball of polymer clay. I just fold the leaf around the polymer clay ball... 

...and press gently.

After this you can see what kind of pattern a mold made with this leaf would make. I also like this way to get a small bead "stamped" on both sides. Just bake it and drill a hole in it later using a dremel!

Can you see how different in details, in pattern and especially also in depth the impression of the leaves are on the polymer clay?

Of course I wanted a lot of different molds! 

This are some of my molds. I really love this one for all it strong veins and the pattern they create!

A lot of long leaves pressed on top of each other...

...this one is rather a "typical" vein structure... the one most children would paint if asked to do so.

Even the molds are beautiful...

The other good thing with Fimo classic compared to Fimo soft: You can use water for your molds so the new polymer clay won't stick to them. But I prefer talcum powder. I use the one from penaten (intended for babies). But I also always paint the beads I make. The powder sticks a little bit to the polymer clay surface and if you use translucent polymer clay or a special colour it may be a problem. But the powder works way better than the water!

Here an example of two more beads I made with my new molds. I just have to bake, drill and paint them! Oh, and add several layers of shiny gloss...

Very simple molds to make, a lot people make them with leaves, my own drawers are already full with molds... but still every new mold has its own special beauty! And these mold sheets I can use with my clay / pasta maschine!


  1. Love those teeny tiny round pills, Claire - and that mold with the tiny flower structures is quite beautiful. I'm glad you got a chance to distract yourself with the pop up market - somehow that makes it sound more fun than just a regular market!

  2. Wundervolle Werke.
    Lieben Gruß, Kerstin

  3. Very lovely earrings! Thank you for showing your mold making process!

  4. Vielen Dank für die Anleitung! Sowas muss ich auch unbedingt ausprobieren. Besonders die Ohrringe finde ich wunderschön!

  5. Love your earrings and your method, Claire. Isn't polymer clay amazing? Thanks for sharing your pointers!

  6. Thank you for the great tutorial! I would love to try to make a mold and work with the polymer clay. Soon perhaps!

  7. Just amazing! Love these earrings!Thanks so much for sharing the making process! Would love to have you visit me sometime :)
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  8. These are beautiful! I just adore the shape and the color is amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  9. Super interesting to see the process behind these pretty earrings! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Fun! I think I will have to try this!



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