Condition some black Fimo Classic or
other strong polymer clay. This is way too much really, but who wants to be
a bean-counter today? I don't!
Roll the conditioned clay into a
sheet, make it 2-3 mm thick or use the thickest setting if using a pasta
Smooth the clay sheet out onto a ceramic tile
Lay the Easy-Transfer Holographic
Foil over the clay sheet, shiny side UP! Rub down hard all over the
foil with an old credit card to burnish the foil well onto the clay. I find
my membership card for the Bead Society of Great Britain is ideal for this
When the foil is rubbed down really
well, hold a corner of the foil tightly and rip it quickly away from the
clay, as if you were removing a band-aid. Remember to hold the tile still as
you do this. Otherwise you may just flick the tile across the room and look
As you can see, the holographic effect foil has come away from its plastic
backing and been left on
the surface of the polymer clay sheet. If you have areas where the foil has
not transferred completely, lay the foil sheet back over the clay, and
repeat the process to fill in the blanks. However, you should have no
problems - they are not called Easy Transfer for nothing!
Using a heart-shaped canapé cutter,
cut two heart shapes in the foiled clay sheet. But don't move them - leave
them in place on the tile.
Leave the hearts in place on the tile
and carefully remove the surplus surrounding clay. We want to bake the
hearts in situ directly on the tile so that they will bake nice and
flat. Put the surplus clay aside to use later.
Use a clay-extruder fitted with a round-holed disc to make a string of black Fimo Classic
or other strong polymer clay. The string needs to be approx. 2 mm thick.
most extruders will come with a suitable disc. Carefully edge the clay around the
cut-out heart to form a nice border.
Ok, let's take a closer look at that.
As I work around the heart, I am carefully pushing the clay string onto the
cut clay edge. The clay should stick to itself fine and bond in baking, but
if you are worried you could brush a little Fimo Gel around the clay heart
to act as a bonding agent between the heart and string border.
When you get all the way around, trim off the excess clay string with a blade or craft knife.
Butt the cut ends of the string border neatly together and carefully smooth
away the seam with your finger tip. Repeat the process for the second heart.
Use a wooden toothpick to
pierce a hanging hole at the top of each heart. Be sure to place the hole at least 3
mm away from the edge, so there is enough clay around the hole to keep your
earrings nice and strong!
Remember that surplus foiled clay we
had leftover? Cut yourself two little rectangles from it, making them
approximately 6 mm by 20 mm or thereabouts.