Rekindling My Love with Kneading

I cleaned up a storage closet that I keep all my soap and other craft supplies over the weekend and came across a bag of polymer clays that I had purchased many, many years ago. I was once obsessed with Fimo clays and used to spend many hours making little jewelry pieces for earrings and necklaces. That was back in the early- to mid-90s when the grungy accessories were in, and I used to dangle handmade charms on a chocker, while sporting a flannel shirt and a pair of Doc Martins boots. Good times.

I think I picked up several bags of polymer clay from Michael’s about five years ago in an attempt to rekindle my love for jewelry-making but it looked like that plan had failed … until tonight. I was itching to make something so I decided to give kneading the clay another try.

I wasn’t in the mood to make anything extravagant (the grunge days are over) so I decided to make very simple but adorable flower pieces. I haven’t decided on what I’m going to turn these flowers into so I just poked a tiny hole on each piece so I can make it into an earring or a necklace at a later time.

I made flowers in three sizes. I think I like the smallest one the most (I will probably turn them into a pair of earrings). I think these are a little too girl-y for me to wear and I’m actually thinking about giving them to my friend’s pre-teen daughters as gifts.  Or I may use it as a soap decoration when I wrap them up with a bow.

Making these flower petals was very simple. I rolled small pieces of the clay on the palm of my hand, folded the tip of the flattened ball to create a crease, and put five of them together. I put the tiny white round piece in the middle and that’s it! I poked a tiny hole with a wooden stick before popping them in a 270 degree F oven for about 15-20 minutes. For the purple ones, I used Sculpey-brand clay in Lavender (312) for petals and white (001) for the center.  For the reddish ones, I used Lilac Pearl (1004).  Just to note that colors didn’t change much after baking them in the oven.

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2 thoughts on “Rekindling My Love with Kneading

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