Hello friends, Welcome back!! Today am going to share with you all the tutorial of making terracota necklace and earring. I wanted to do this terracota jewellery for a long time but din't find the clear procedure for baking the clay. Last week when I had been to Michaels I spotted on this air - dry terracota clay. So here is my first attempt in making a terracota jewellery. ( picture heavy post)
Terracota jewellery making is same as any other clay jewellery making. For this project I have used polyfrom model air clay - terracota.
- Terracota clay
- Talcum powder for kneading the clay
- Circular base like plastic bottle cap
- Carving tools ( I used old refill , toothpick and floral wire)
- Floral wire
- jewellery making rope
- eye pins and fish hooks
- Pearl paints or metallic acrylic paints
- Plier and cutter
TO MAKE THE BEADS
Knead the clay and make identical balls. Allow it to dry for 5 min and make a hole by inserting the ball into a toothpick. Make as many beads as needed for making necklace. I made 30 beads.
TO MAKE JHUMKAS:
Make 2 medium sized balls out of clay. Using a knife cut little away from centre to get one portion bigger than the other. Take the bigger portion of the two and smoothen its edges to get the shape of a jhumka.
TO MAKE THE PENDANT:
Flatten the clay by rolling it with a rolling pin ( I used ball point pen for rolling). Take the lid or cap of some bottle that has a circular base ( I used the milk tin cap) and press it on the clay. You will get a rounded shape.
Now use the same circular base and press once again to get the half moon shape and a tear drop shape.Carve designs on the pendant using carving tools . Here I have carved a simple design using a floral wire.
Make small beads out of clay. Cut floral wire into small pieces. Insert the piece of floral wire onto the beads and attach them to the side of the pendant. Attach eye pins.
Terracota clay takes maximum 24 hours to get dried fully and become hard. Once it is completely dried there will be no moisture and the colour will become slightly pale ( see pic above for dried beads).
Colour the beads , pendants and jhumkas using pearl acrylic paints of your choice. Since I did'nt have pearl colours I have used acrylics and applied a coat of gloss varnish. I use this arrangement for colouring the beads. Tape two floral wires on top of a box and slide the beads through the wire and colour them.
Use liner brush for making fine details in the pendant. I chose black and golden colour as it goes well with all colours of dress.
I have added small beads to the jhumkas also.
Take a jewellery rope and insert the pendant at the centre of the rope. On both sides of the pendant add the beads.
Do try it out. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome. Happy crafting!!!
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