TUTORIAL: Ladybird’s Leaf Necklace

I’ve been experimenting with using nature as inspiration lately, so I wanted to share one of the more simple designs I came up with.
Here’s a leaf and ladybird (or ladybug) necklace charm. It’s fairly large, which I really like. If I’m going to spend time on something I want it to stand out!
I will be posting many more similar tutorials very soon, so if you like this one keep checking back.
This tutorial is fairly simple so whether you are a beginner or an expert, it’s worth a go!

What you’ll need: 

  • Polymer clay (dark green, red, black)
  • Cutting tool
  • Rolling tool
  • An oven
  • A large real leaf
  • Clay varnish (I use regular Fimo gloss)
  • Liquid clay
  • A link
  • Necklace chain
  • Very dark brown acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush x2
  • An old rag


Step one: 
Roll out a large piece of green clay at approximately a 1/2 centimetre thick all over. Press your leaf into it, then use your rolling tool over it evenly. Carefully peel off the leaf. You should be left with all the little indents and outline on the clay.


Step two: 
Follow the outline with your cutting tool and pop the leaf shape out.


Step three: 
Roll a ball of red clay, then pinch it gently so that it is more of an oval shape. Use your cutting tool to press a line into the middle of it, to show where the wings meet.


Step four: 
Add on your black details, such as the spots, the head, and antennae. Stick the ladybird onto the leaf using liquid clay. Poke a hole at the base of your leaf so that you can fit a link in later. Bake until hard (around 30 minutes on gas mark 4/ or 180 degrees Celsius)

Step five: 
Once cool, paint the entire piece with dark brown acrylics, then rub the surface with a slightly dampened old rag. This just helps to bring out all of the details and gives a more rustic appearance.


Step six: 
Once the paint is dry, varnish all over, add in your link and necklace chain. And you’re all finished! 


Thanks for reading! Please leave a message below with any questions, suggestions or constructive criticism. 
Check out the rest of my site for more craft tutorials. Have a great day! :)

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