Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CLAY BRADS - Make & Bake!

This is a fun tutorial on making your own FUNKY brads out of FIMO (or similar product).   You can use these on layouts, cards, for the centers of flowers, etc... The possibilities are endless. 

SUPPLIES:
WHITE FIMO/SCULPEY CLAY
ALCOHOL INKS or SMOOCH or ACRYLIC PAINT
SMALL PATTERNED STAMPS (HOUNDSTOOTH)
STAZ-ON
BRADS

Step 1:
Roll clay into 1/2" ball.


Step 2:
Take ball of clay and start covering the large brad.



Step 3:
Cover brad and pinch clay.


Step 4:
Flatten clay on the under side of brad (kind of like a mushroom).


Step 5:
Position brad onto a deeply etched rubber stamp.


Step 6:
Press clay firmly into stamp so that it is flat like a pancake.


Step 7:
Pull up clay gently.


Step 8:
Start molding clay back into a mushroom shape by pressing in the sides, being careful not to touch the pattern (top of the brad).



Step 9:
Bake according to instructions on package.


Step 10:
Colour your brads with alcohol ink (mushroom).


Step 11:
To really make the pattern POP, apply black Staz-on Ink to the raised portion only.


Other ideas:  SMOOCH for color.


Plum Alcohol Ink for colour....


Make lines in the clay with toothpicks....


Make holes in the clay, apply Silver Alcohol Ink for colour....


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to see your projects!

Lesley Langdon Tutorials

5 comments:

pcrusberg June 16, 2010 at 12:15 AM  

Wow! I love it! You're just so creative. I really enjoy your blog! Thanks!

Angela Fehr June 16, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

Oh, I am so going to try this - I have tons of Sculpey!

Heidi Kelley June 16, 2010 at 8:19 PM  

omgosh. Are you kidding me? Where have you been all my life, Lesley? I love this... off to buy some sculpey!

Cathy July 23, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

what a great idea

Angie Blom August 27, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

this is fabulous, I have been making some great embelishments with my polymer clay. but never thought of brads.. I am going to give this a try.. brillant idea Lesley.