Misc. Fix It no. 2: Earrings

As my Facebook friends already know, this weekend I got quite a deal at an estate sale. We’re talking a score of the year, and it’s only March. On Saturday I picked up a fabulous vintage necklace, ring, earrings, 3 dresses, 4 tops, a plate (to replace one of the two I broke on Valentines’ Day), the ugliest pants I’ve ever seen, and several yards of funky green pompom trim for a mere 65 cents!!

65cents75% off + $5.00 off = AMAZING!

 In my excitement to snag such a good deal I overlooked a few details, most notably that the earrings were broken.

IMG_5894Well dang…

But all wasn’t lost. A few days before the great haul of 2014 I came across this tutorial from Artsy Chicks Rule. In the tutorial she recreates a missing dresser handle using Sculpey clay. I figured if she could do that, I could remake a little flower bead. So I pulled out the Sculpey and got to work.

IMG_5899“Here I come to save the day!” – Mighty Mouse Sculpey

 I started by making a mold of the flower. To do this I rolled a small amount of clay into a ball and gently pressed the flower into it. Then I pulled the flower out of the clay making sure not to wiggle it, as that would destroy the flower mold’s details.

moldMaking the mold.

Then I baked the mold per the directions on the Sculpey box. After the mold cooled, I dusted it with corn starch so that the clay wouldn’t stick to the mold, and pressed a small ball of clay into the mold. (I forgot to dust the mold before my first attempt. Big mistake. The clay stuck to the mold and I had to throw it away and start over.)

use moldForming the flower.

After carefully removing the clay from the mold, I baked it and let it cool. Once the flower had cooled, I painted it white. I used some clear nail polish to give it a little shine.

IMG_5930White and shiny!

Once the flower had dried, all I had to do was super glue it to the earring. Voila! Matching earrings!

afterSo purdy!

There’s a slight difference in the size of the flowers, but you can’t tell when I have the on. Especially when I’m making weird faces.

IMG_5950bSo purdy…?

4 Comments

  • Elaine says:

    Very impressive! You made the sculpy thing look very easy.

  • Lindsay says:

    Wow awesome! I’m a bit jelauos xD because they came out very pretty! Good jobNot sure wat sculpey is (I’m from the Netherlands so going to figure it out ) perhaps I will try to make them myself too,probably won’t be as good though anyway thanks for sharing this on the web!greetings,Chrissie

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks! Sculpey is a type a clay that’s used for crafts and things. You can bake it in a regular kitchen oven, unlike some other clays.

      - Elizabeth, aka The Hungry Octopus

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