Well the weather has wreaked havoc the last couple of weeks holding up work on the studio :( But at least, with the wonderful sunshine this week, I finally have a watertight roof and a couple of windows! :)
I've been playing with leftover Cernit clay from the Stitches show back in February. So this week I have the Blue Urchin Cernit ring for you...
Cernit Clays: Navy Blue, Fir Tree Green, Blue, Turquoise, Sky Blue, Mint Green
Efco Oval Ring finding - 22 x 32mm (97 710 01)
Cernit Knife Set
Cernit Modelling Tool Set
Cernit Roller (optional)
Swarovski Crystals 5mm & 3mm
Ceramic Tile to work on & Tweezers
Efco Ring Stand
Oven and Oven Thermometer
Step 2. Lay your conditioned clay over the Efco ring finding. Use the stiff Cernit blade to remove the excess clay and then clean up the edges with your finger.
Step 3. Take more of the conditioned navy blue Cernit clay and roll some into a thin sausage.
Step 5. Roll each piece into a small ball and then into a cone or spiked shape.
Step 6. Use a round pointed Cernit tool to adhere the base of the spikes around the edges of the background. Start by dividing the ring into quarters. Then into eighths.
Step 7. Then fill in all the gaps in between until you have a ring of spikes around the edge of the ring.
Step 8. Condition some fir tree green Cernit and roll it into a thin sausage. Cut small even pieces, roll them into balls and then spikes. Adhere them to the background clay, positioning them in between each of the navy blue spikes and insetting them slightly from the outer ring.
Step 9. Repeat Step 9 with some blue Cernit. Then repeat Step 9 again, first with some turquoise Cernit and then with some sky blue Cernit. You probably won't need as many spikes for these last two layers (approx. 27 spikes) as you won't have room for them.
Step 10. Finish off with a layer of mint green Cernit. By the time you reach this layer you should find the ends join in the middle of the ring. If necessary, use a pointed Cernit tool to arrange the spikes where you want them.
Step 11. Position a large Swarovski crystal in the centre of the ring with two small Swarovski crystals either side. Make sure you push the crystals into the clay to secure them before baking on an Efco ring stand, following the manufacturer's instructions (30mins at 110-130ºC)
Leave to cool before wearing! :)
If you want a downloadable version of this project check out the polymer clay section of Projects4Crafters.com.