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Lola loves… to make jewellery!

Hey fellow bloggers! Today’s post is a bit of a deviation — usually I offer a ‘how to’ on my craft projects but this time I’m keeping schtum as I’m planning to sell some of these in the near future (no one likes to kill the mystery!

So this is basically just a show and tell of some of the things I’ve been up to. It’d be great to hear what you think and whether you would wear any of these! (p.s. please excuse the lairy pink in the ‘photo shoot’, I’ll try harder next time!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lola loves… Easy to make polymer clay brooches

Whoop, I’ve rediscovered polymer clay and I feel like a kid again! Here’s one of many bits I’ve been working on…

To make this skull brooch, I pressed polymer clay into an ice cube tray and baked on a low heat. It’s as simple as that, but before you try it yourself here’s a few tips.

What you will need:
Silicone ice cube tray (or mould specifically for polymer clay)
Polymer clay (I used Fimo in pearlised white)
Varnish, clear nail varnish will do — optional
Brooch fitting
Felt
Glue (I used two-part resin, Araldite)
Cutting mat
Rotary trimmer

Tips for using polymer clay:

  • Warm the clay by rubbing between your palms first — this will make it more pliable.
  • Push the clay into any cracks of your mould and smooth over using an orange stick (or cuticle stick).
  • If you’re using an ice cube tray, don’t fill the mould all the way — unless you want a very thick brooch!
  • Check that your ice cube tray is okay to use in the oven. Be warned crafters, not all that bends is silicone — and if it’s not silicone it’ll melt when you cook it! (As I’ve found out myself!) Check the pack but if you’re not sure, bend it — if it looks clear or looses colour it isn’t silicone and is likely to melt.
  • If you’re careful you can use the ice cube tray as a mould, turning out the clay before cooking.
  • To harden the clay, cook on 110C/ 230F for 30 minutes and leave it to cool.
  • I prefer the matte effect but once cool you can varnish it. Fimo produces its own hardening varnish, though other crafters often use clear nail varnish to the same effect.

Once finished, I attached the brooch back and covered the reverse side in felt. Here’s how to do this bit:

  • Place the skull on top of felt and place both on your cutting mat. Trim round the skull using your rotary trimmer (or scalpel blade) so you have a piece of felt the same size as the brooch.
  • Cut two small holes large enough for the hinge and clasp of the brooch to fit through.
  • Pass the brooch back through the holed felt and stick both to the reverse side of the skull. Clamp with clothing pegs and leave to dry.

 

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Lola loves… DIY fabric jewellery

Remember this ring I blogged about a while ago? I told you I’d post about how I made it. Well, it’s been a while but here it is.

Making these fabric jewellery pieces feels a little bit like magic. You can use any image you like so long as its laser printed onto paper. The best bit is that the process can be used for all sorts of projects so you can create customised fabric either to frame or use for your next sewing project.

Because of the process involved, the fabric ends up a little like waxed fabric, which means it’s great for items that need to be wiped clean like table runners or make-up bags.

Here’s a few more I made using the same process…

What you will need:

An image laser printed onto paper (it must be laser printed, not ink or it won’t work)
A scrap of fabric
Acrylic gel medium (you can find this online, or in art supply shops)
A paint brush
Ring / brooch findings (see picture, right)
Fabric scissors
Pliers
A needle and thread
Water

Using a laser jet printer, print your chosen image onto paper. Make sure that the image is slightly smaller than the findings (see above). I chose circular findings for the ring and larger oval findings for the brooch but you will find lots to choose from at craft or jewellery stores, or online.

Paint the printed image generously with gel medium and lay it face down on a scrap of fabric. Pat down to get out any air bubbles or creases. (Make sure to wash your brush quickly or the gel medium will dry and be hard to get off.) Hang the fabric pieces up to dry for 24 hours.

Once they are fully dry, wet the paper and carefully peel it off the fabric. The best way to do this is to rub it with you fingertips but be gentle around the edges as the gel, not just the paper, may start to lift.

As you remove the paper you will see your image imprinted on the hard layer of gel.

Make sure all the paper is off. As the paper is wet it may be hard to see and you might find that once your fabric is dry there is still a little paper left. If so, repeat the process.

Once all the paper is off, hang your fabric to dry. Once dry, paint it with another layer of gel medium – this time thin – and hang to dry again.

Now that you have your bespoke fabric, it’s time to make the jewellery.

Simply stretch the fabric over the disc section of the jewellery finding making sure that the image is well centered. Trim any excess fabric and secure at the back with a few stitches. You will find that the gel has made the fabric stiff, which may create corners instead of smooth edges. Add a few stitches here to smooth these out.

Next, pop the disc onto the back piece of the finding (the ring or brooch base) and press the teeth down with pliers. Enjoy your new jewellery!


Lola loves… a heart-felt brooch

I made this heart-felt brooch (a heart made of felt – get it? I know, ouch!) in no time at all using scraps of old felt… So I then made a sugar skull one too!

What you will need:
Retractable pencil
Felt scraps
Scissors
Embroidery threads
Needle
Stuffing
Brooch clasp

First up, pick your design. I chose these just because I liked them but the options are limitless. A vintage tea cup and saucer? A pug? A record?

Draw your design on to felt using a pencil with a fine point. I find retractable pencils are best for this. You will need two matching sides for the front and back plus any extra bits for detailing the front.

You may wish to use an image from the Internet as a guide or template, or you may want to go freehand.

I used contrasting felt for the details on the sugar skull brooch, some I embroidered, others I simply glued on. For the heart, I embroidered a message into the ribbon and glued that on.

Then it’s simply a matter of sewing the front and back together (I used blanket stitch for this), stuffing with some padding just before you close up, then sewing your brooch clasp to the back.


Lola loves… A cameo brooch (and my cat)

It may seem a little strange to make a cameo of a cat but it’s in honour of my real-life cat, Dee (named after Dee Dee Ramone), who I miss  a lot when I’m away. Now I’ve made my cat cameo though, I’ve already started a few others as you’ll see later.

Here’s a picture of my cute kit and another of the brooch. I haven’t quite captured him (he’s far pouffier with all his long fluff) but it’s enough to serve as a reminder.


What you will need:
A brooch back with front plate (see picture below)
An image you want to sew
Embroidery thread
Needle
Fabric
Embroidery hoop
Scissors
Fine pencil

I printed a basic cat image from the Internet making sure it was small enough for the brooch. I then cut round it and used it as a template to mark my fabric. I used a retractable pencil with a fine point to mark the fabric as the detail was too intricate to use chalk.

I then placed the fabric in the embroidery hoop, sewed round the pencil markings with a simple back stitch and secured the ends.

I cut the fabric, wrapped it round the front plate of the brooch fitting and sewed it in place with a few stitches at the back making sure there were no folds at the corners. You can pick brooch settings like this up easily on the Internet, I got five for about £3 from eBay.

I then popped the front plate in place over the back setting and pushed down the teeth using closed scissors. Easy peasy.

I’ve already sewn a traditional cameo lady and a few other ideas in case I fancy doing more. I think it would be a nice thing to pop in homemade crackers at Christmas time or in with a letter to a friend – it’s always a treat to get snail mail that isn’t a bill nowadays!


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