Gothic Earrings – Winter Raven
We’ll be celebrating the holidays at Bjarke’s parents, and I’m very much looking forward to it!
Since Thursday last week, I’ve had a strained back, and it’s only just today that I’ve gotten up to be able to do stuff again – So STRAIGHT back to work it is. :)
I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, and are enjoying the last couple of days until Christmas. :) In reality, I’m not much of a holiday “celebrator”, but it is nice to see family for a couple of days.
Anyway! Here’s a new tutorial – I’ve actually been wanting to do these for ages, but you know how it is with time and all that. :P
These are my “Winter Raven Earrings” – I dare to call them Gothic Earrings – well, they are black, eh? :P
They can be made with or without glitter – I’ve made them once without glitter, and they looked very nice, but this time, I had bought some glitter, that I thought I’d use. It’s your choice of course.
These are some of the things you’ll use for your Gothic earrings:
- The pattern (it is at the bottom of the page – it’s minimized, so just click it and enlarge – when printing, no scaling is needed)
- Fimo Clay or Cernit (or other oven baking clay)
- Ear hooks and loops for the ear hooks
- Tools: Scissors, Utility knife, Cutting board, Glue of some sort, Pliers, a surface, Paper
First thing – cut out your desired pattern – don’t mind the small ragged edges – they can be cut off easily in the clay.
Break off a piece of your clay – mine was very hard and crumbly, so I had to knead it a lot to get it soft.
Knead your piece of clay – not necessarily into a ball, but just so it is soft.
Flatten your piece of clay – I just bashed mine with my hands, and pressed it down onto the cutting board – making sure it wasn’t stuck all the time.
Your Gothic earrings are slowly coming to life! :) Using the pattern and a utility knife (or other sharp blade), cut out your raven. Don’t mind the ragged edges just yet.
And of course you should have two of those… I turned the pattern upside down, when I made the other one, so they get the same kind of surface, when they are opposite each other. Does this make sense? :)
And now you can start cutting off small triangles on the bottom part of the wings and the tail to make them ragged.
On both of your Gothic Earrings of course! :)
Now using a semi thick needle, you carefully punch a hole, where the mark is on the pattern. Be very careful here, because the clay is kind of fragile.
Here’s how mine look – aren’t they pretty! :D
Now bake your Gothic Earrings according to the package of your clay – mine needed 30 minutes in 110-130 degrees Celsius. (I love Fimo clay/Cernit – it’s so easy to work with!)
When they’ve cooled, which doesn’t take too long, put on some glue, and sprinkle the glitter on top. I’ve just done it on one of the sides. I thought that was enough – maybe you think otherwise? :)
Now add the earring hooks with the loops, using your pliers. I used two pliers – it’s easiest. Just be careful with the wing tip.
And you’re done! Your Winter Raven Gothic Earrings, ready to wear. Now go flaunt them! :P
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If so, don’t be shy to comment or share with your friends.
kisses – Parnuuna