TUTORIAL: Fairy House Door Ring

Whimsical and woodland designs are really “in” right now, and I absolutely love it! I’ve been busy creating lots of little fairy house ornaments lately (tutorials to come soon), hence the slow uploads. Sorry, guys!
My fairy houses can be very time consuming and may be difficult for complete beginners, so I decided to come up with a tutorial which will be suitable for people of all skill levels.
So, here it is- my super simple fairy door inspired ring. Enjoy! 

What you’ll need: 

  • Polymer clay (brown, gold or dark yellow, grey, black, purple)
  • Strong craft glue or a hot glue gun
  • Rolling tool
  • Cutting tool
  • Liquid clay
  • A plain ring
  • Acrylic paint (very dark brown)
  • Paintbrush
  • Varnish (I use regular Fimo gloss)
  • Oven
  • A pin or needle

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Step one:
Roll out some brown clay at approximately 1.5 centimetres thick all over, then cut out a similar shape to the one above. Smooth the edges down with your fingertips.

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Step two: 
Use your cutting tool and your pin/needle to lightly score vertical lines over it, so that it looks like planks of wood. Then add some “wood” texture by drawing in some squiggly lines like the photo above. You can’t really go too wrong with this part- after all, wood is all different textures! Just be sure not to press so hard that it comes out the other side.

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Step three:
Putting your door to one side, combine even parts of black, yellow/gold and grey, then twist it up until it gives a marble effect. Don’t mix them up so they’re all one colour.

 

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Using your mixed colours, roll out some small irregular pebble shapes, then stick them around the door (leaving the bottom), using a few dabs of liquid clay to hold them on.

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Step five: 
Use your yellow/gold clay to add in some hinges and the doorknob. Again, use a small amount of liquid clay to hold them on.

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Step six: 
Poke some very shallow dents into the hinges so that it looks a bit like bolts.
Roll out a small ball of black clay and press it down flat. Stick to the top centre of the door, then use very thin, long pieces of brown clay to frame it and add panels to the window. With your purple clay, create a very simple rose. To do this, just flatten lots of small balls of purple clay, wrap one into a vertical twist, then add more until you’re happy with the size, overlapping each petal slightly. Glue everything down with more liquid clay.
Bake in the oven until hard. This should take approximately 25 minutes on gas mark 4 (180 degrees Celsius).

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Step seven: 
Once hard and cool, cover everything with a layer of dark brown acrylic paint. Using an old rag or a paper towel, rub over the surface gently until the paint has only stuck in any grooves and details, but the surface is clean.

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Step eight: 
Leave the paint to dry completely, then just apply a thin layer of varnish, leave to dry again, then glue it onto your ring and you’re finished!
Thanks for reading!
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Have a lovely day! :)

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