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DIY – Gummy Bear Necklace

diy gummy bear necklace silicone mold tutorialDIY – Gummy Bear Necklace. This tutorial is a summary guide to using Pinkysil and a quick How-to mould a Gummy Bear. I have often used Pinkysil to make moulds of various items (cabochons for jewellery mostly) and I thought I’d give a quick introduction to the types of Pinkysil available and an example of what can be achieved … a cute Gummy Bear, that you can attach a chain to and make into a necklace, or perhaps a ring or hair accessory!

diy gummy bear necklace pink sil silicione mould suppliesThere are two types of Pinkysil available. I buy mine from Barnes. You can also buy it in various weights depending on your moulding needs. On the left is the ‘regular’ Pinkysil and on the right, the ‘putty’ Pinkysil.

diy gummy bear necklace pinky sil silicone pinkysilAbove is the ‘regular’ Pinkysil, which is also skin safe. Note the mixing ratio is 1:1. (This means you mix equal parts of the pink and white liquids together). Both the regular and putty are mixed at 1:1, so they are very easy to use. The regular Pinkysil is quite liquid and pourable – Think cream consistency!

It sets quite rapidly. You’ll have about a 2-5 minute working time once mixed together. The higher the temperature (in the room), the less work time you’ll have. You can release items from a mould usually after about 20 minutes.

diy gummy bear necklace pinky sil putty pinkysilAbove is the Putty Pinkysil. Also mixed at 1:1. (Grab an amount of equal size of both the pink and white and mix together). I have used a small amount in the jar – that explains the ‘drips’ in the jar, however the consistency is quite thick – it does not pour. Think Blu-Tack consistency!

In this tutorial, I will be using the regular Pinkysil.

You will need:

  • Gummy Bear. or cabochon / plastic gummy bear to make a mould of.
  • Silicone Cupcake Tray. Little container, etc. Must have flat bottom.
  • Mixing container. Glass or plastic.
  • Mixing Stick. Like a large ice cream stick. Flatter is better.
  • Blu-Tack. Helps to attach to bottom & when trimming silicone.
  • Exacto Knife / Nail Scissors. For trimming excess silicone.
  • Pinkysil. Regular – mix only what you need.
  • Pin / Isopropyl Alcohol. Optional. To pop surface air bubbles.
  • Polymer Clay. In your chosen Gummy Bear colours
  • Oven. To bake your Fimo Gummy Bears.
  • Necklace Findings. or re-purpose an old necklace.

diy gummy bear necklace mouldPlace a small amount of Blu-Tack on the base of the bear. Secure to bottom of container.

diy gummy bear necklace pinky sil siliconeMix your Pinkysil (1:1) quickly and thoroughly. Try not to whip, which can create air bubbles.

Pour into your container (with the Gummy Bear in place) with a thin even stream and importantly keep pouring IN THE SAME SPOT – ie. Do not DRIZZLE it all over. This way, it helps to avoid air pockets and fills from the bottom up and as it rises, keeps the detail. Keep filling until your bear is completely covered.

Once filled, I sometimes give my container a gentle tap to help any trapped air to rise to the surface.  You don’t want to dislodge the bear though. This is also where the Blu-Tack helps  – to keep the bear still! Pop the bubbles with a pin, or lightly spray with isopropyl alcohol to desolve them.

diy gummy bear necklace pinkysil silicone silicon mold mouldYour mould is ready after at least 20 minutes setting time. Pop out from the container, remove your Blu-Tack and with your Exacto knife and / or scissors, trim away any silicone ‘skin’ that may be over the bear, so you have a nice clean edge.

diy gummy bear necklace pinky sil silicone mouldNow is your chance to mould Gummy Bears galore! Use translucent and bright polymer clay for different effects. Bake as per instructions for whichever polymer clay you are working with. I use Fimo.

diy gummy bear necklace tutorialGlue a flat bail to the back of the Gummy Bear, add a jump ring and thread onto a necklace. You’ve made a sweet little Gummy Bear Necklace!

You can of course re-use the Pinkysil mould over and over to create a whole sleuth of bears! Who knew that the collective noun for a group of bears is called a sloth or sleuth! I didn’t. Shouldn’t it be a sloth of sloths?

I’m not sure if Pinkysil is available in other places other than Australia, but there are very similar products on the market, so you can still make your own DIY Gummy Bear Necklace.

Claire

DIY – How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial

DIY - How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial Title PageDIY – How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial. Using a pendant tray, make your own marble necklaces!

You will need:

  • Polymer Clay. White, black and transparent (white). Fimo and Sculpey are a couple of brands. Use whatever you have or can get for this project.
  • Pendant Tray. Round, oval, whatever shape you’d like. Chain for the necklace if needed, in a contrasting or matching colour.
  • Oven & Baking Paper. To bake the polymer clay according to instructions.
  • Glue. For attaching the faux marble ‘coin’ to the pendant tray.
  • Workspace. Allow a clean area to roll and mould your polymer clay.
  • Modelling Paint. Optional if you want the trays painted. Pictures show metallic gold (with white marble) and copper finish (with black marble).
  • Sandpaper. Optional if you want a super smooth finish of the marble ‘slice’.  A sheet each of 240, 600 and 2000 grit sandpaper.
  • Carnauba Wax. Optional if you want to add a sheen to the finished piece.

How to :

DIY - How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial-Steps 1 - 81. Roll white with transparent and a little white in some black to make dark grey clay.

2. Wrap and twist the polymer clay ‘snakes’ together.

3. Start to form a flattened ball shape.

4. Flatten a little more. Don’t squish too much at this stage.

5. Roll into a snake again.

6. Squish together some more.

7. Form by hand into a shape similar to the pendant.

8. Keep moulding the clay as close as possible to the pendant shape and bake it!

After baking, you can simply glue in and you’re done!

If you want a smoother finish, like a slice of cut marble, the pieces will need to be sanded. First with 240 grit, then 600 and finally with 2000. Polymer clay sands very easily, so be careful that you don’t end up with a wafer thin piece that may break.

To add sheen and bring out the colours, use a tiny amount of carnauba wax. It brings a soft satin finish to the surface and finishes the polymer clay nicely for this project.

Depending on the method and colours used, some pieces look more like black and white jasper (stone) than marble. Vary each until you end up with the look you want!

DIY - How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial Finished PendantsDIY - How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay TutorialThis project will cost about $10 – $15 in materials. The piece(s) you make will unique!

Claire

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