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Easy-Transfer Holographic Foils Earrings - Beginner Project

This project shows how simple the EJR Beads Easy Transfer Holographic Foils are to use.  The foil is attached to a plastic carrier sheet. By using the "rub and rip" method shown below, you can transfer the shimmering holographic effects onto sheets of unbaked polymer clay. Then you can use the patterned clay in different projects.

Even if you have never worked with polymer clay or made jewellery before - these earrings are seriously easy-peasy to make and I will walk you through every single step - So no excuses now - Lets get claying!

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph

 

You will need:

 

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 1

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!

 

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 2

Roll the conditioned clay into a sheet, make it 2-3 mm thick or use the thickest setting if using a pasta machine. Smooth the clay sheet out onto a ceramic tile

 

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 3

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 purpose!

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 4

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 stupid.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 5

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!

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 6

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.

 

 

 

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 7

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.

 

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 8

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.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 9

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 edge to act as a bonding agent between the heart and string border.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 10

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.

 

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph

Step 11

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!

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 12

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.

 

 

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