Sculpt Miniature Mushroom Earrings from Polymer Clay | Stephanie Kilgast | Skillshare

Sculpt Miniature Mushroom Earrings from Polymer Clay

Stephanie Kilgast, Contemporary artist.

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8 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Mushroom Cap

    • 4. Mushroom Into Earrings

    • 5. Mushroom Stems

    • 6. Highlighting

    • 7. Sealing

    • 8. Outro


About This Class


A fun project based class where I'll guide you through making your own mushroom earrings using polymer clay.
These could also make a fun gift for your loved ones!

I am a professional sculpter who has been sculpting since 2008, and I will guide you through easy to follow steps with simple tools so you can make your very own pair of mushroom earrings.

The class is built as follows :
- Introduction
- Supplies
- Making the Mushroom Cap
- Mushrooms into Earrings
- Making the Mushroom Stems
- Highlighting
- Sealing
- Final Words

Once you have finished your project, please share it with the class!
If you want to share it on social media, tag me @petitplat and use the hashtag #petitplatclasses

Have fun!
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All music by Amarante
Ultraviolet (Instrumental), Elapsed Euphoria (Instrumental), Good Morning Fire Eater (I AM Somebody vs Copeland - Amarante Cover), My Dark Side (Instrumental), Enchanting the Enchanterer (Instrumental)


1. Intro: Hello. My name is Stephanie Gille gassed and I am a contemporary artist and I mostly sculpt with politically. I have pretty sculpting since 2000 and eight and have run a successful Etsy shop where I would sell miniature for jewelry and I have made over 6000 sales. I also wrote a book where explain how to Skopje Natural food around team off holidays. So about Christmas, Easter, Halloween, but also birthdays and weddings. You can find my book on my websites. More recently, I have focused on my artistic research, and right now I am interested in the dialogue between human made objects like tin cans or found objects onto which I grow very colorful, erratic and often is realistic natural rules like mushrooms and crystals. I'm also exploring the same theme in water collars. If you're interested in following my work and seeing what I do on a daily basis, I use most social media and I always use the same Monica, which is pretty for the record particular means little plate in French because at the beginning I was sculpting solidly miniature so you can find me on Instagram, where I have more than 100,000 bolivars on Facebook, where more than 32,000 followers but also on Twitter, which I don't really use. It's just sink with the other accounts. But if you really like Twitter, that might be an option for you. And I also have a YouTube channel. Today. I want to share with you a perfect based clowns, and I decided to explain how to make mushroom rings mushrooms on the heart off my artwork. Lee stays, so I have sculpted tons of them and there so many out there that it's easy to play around with shapes and colors of the natural world. I am going to guide you through easy steps with simple tools that you probably have a tomb already to create this fund and trendy hearings. These would also make a great gift for someone he loved. Once you've made the project on your own earrings, I would love to see them. So if you happen to post them on social media, police stabbed me and use the hashtag particular classes. I really hope you will take this class, and if you do, you grab your clay achieves think an Exacto knife wire and a cutting flyer, and let's dive in 2. Supplies: These are the supplies we're going to need for this class. I am using some translucent son it off female, some female whites and some red. So I brought out different shades off threat and some liquid clay. We are also going to need some acrylic paint, so these are all going to work out and not bleed into your clay. If you have one acrylic paint are not in our Notre about it. I would recommend it to try them out first. To these are all tested soon. No problem. All of them. But if you have something else tested before to see if it bleeds. As for the tools we're going to need blade brush, a toothpick or a needle pin, a clay shaper, although you could go away with using just the toothpick. And then we're also going to need an Exacto knife, a diamond fi alert. You filed the earrings at the end and some sandpaper. And for the hearing findings, I'm using some silver wire cutting plier and around knows, player 3. Mushroom Cap: now for the mushroom caps. We're going to start with two bulls off clay used red boots. You can use whatever color you like, and you are going to push all the sites down to form a doom. Then you are going to texture it with some sandpaper all around, and it also helps to shape the dome a little bit better. He just another angle to see how I go from around bowl to a do. So I pushed all around, and then I used the sandpaper to give it some texture and just you readjust the shape. I don't know if it's not perfect. We are making something that is natural and organic, so a little bit off imperfections. Fine. And then I'm simply adding some in dens into the mushroom cap. As usually in real life. Mushroom caps tend to break, and I readjust with the san favor if needed. I repeat the same on the other mushroom cap. Then I'm adding the tiny bits off white onto the amanita mushroom because this is what we're doing here. And for that I use some white clay, So I mixed white and translucent in equal parts. I did the same for the red, so I always makes half translucence to half a color. That way, it doesn't look as plastic he than if youth, the color by itself. And so far, these mushrooms, I simply and little bits off play using a needle tool. However, if you don't have any tool until a toothpick will do the job just fine or even a needle or open, it is good to use reference pictures for these. So you know what you place your dots and repeat on the other one. He just a difference angle of you to see how it's done and simply repeat the same process on the other mushroom cap. 4. Mushroom Into Earrings: now to transform your mushrooms into earrings, we're going to need some wire and a ruler and also a cutting player. I am using sterling silver wire simply because it is one of the most Rick rested wire from customers. So I use that, and I cut out two pieces off six centimeters that I am going to use for the earrings. Now. I used the's pieces off wire to punch holes into the mushroom caps before baking, so simply push it down, move it a little bit around. So this enough space, like so I placed the mushroom caps on to tiny mosaic tiles on, and I baked them into my E F color stuf, which is a candle Alvin and is really handy. So it's a candle oven that is for animal baking, and it is from the brand E F color. 5. Mushroom Stems: After baking the mushroom caps, you're going to put the wire through the hole you did previously, so simply push it through, and sometimes it's a little bit tighter, so you might need apply or to push it through and then create a loop on the downside of the mushroom cap. This will ensure that the hearing finding will stay in place after baking. And so you want to lose three earing filing, or it will get out of the mushroom hearing. Theo. Same on the other mushroom cap. Then brush some liquid clay on the bottom of the mushroom cap for the gills. I make a tiny roll off white clay, and I simply push it onto a camp. I smoothed down on all sides for the stem. I roll out a cylinder off white clay. I cut one side. I brushed some liquid clay onto the stem, and then I push it onto what is going to be the gills, then, using any kind of tool you have at home. So even a toothpick gently pushed the clay from the stem down onto the gills. So here I am, using a clay shaper. But again, you can use any kind of tool. I often use metallic tools for that now for the gills themselves. What we're going to do is to push lines into the clay. So you need a Truell or something that can draw very thin lines. So here I got a little creative. Usually I use a spatula. Tula hands made tool, but it's not away well anymore. So I used the back often Exacto knife to make those fine lines, however, it might be a ruler, or you could also draw the lines with the pin or needle. So just get a little creative and find what's what could suit you need if you don't always have the exact tool that I have. Sculpting usually is a lot about finding the right tool. And once you have something you like, you tend to use just that one. Yeah, I am using a needle pin just to show you what you could do with thinks you have lying around the house. So again, no need to buy tools if you don't have them here early with a bit of creativity. And if you open your eyes, you can find a lot off non generic tools at home to work with for the mushroom ring, also called the analysts. What I do is to sink very thin tool. So here I am using my Exacto knife. But I usually use a spatula life, and I think the true under the skin, so to speak of the mushroom creates that kind of skirt looking like rings. I hope the video is live with more clear than what I'm trying to say here, but it's really a simple way of doing it, and then I textural sides. But it always moguls kind of leading from shot repeat everything on the other mushroom hearing. Basically, what you want to keep in mind is to take your time if you want a very realistic results, as realism comes with a lot of details and details usually take time. So this is kind of the key to making good looking mushrooms. If you want a realistic look, so just take your time and finish sculpting you mushrooms. I will get back to you after baking. Good. If you could have, you know I get it back still first, but it always goes when you need it. Most kind of slow still bleeding from last shot because for the baking, I recommend putting your mushrooms onto some papers so they stay Matt after baking. 6. Highlighting: after baking and cooling off, I am adding some paints, so I use acrylic panes from various brands that I have all tested before. So I know they're not going to bleed into my clay. And he I am using brown post lane pain from Pegu, which is a really good brand. I have never had issues with bleeding into the clay, so it's a craft paints, craft, acrylic panes. It's not too expensive, and it's easily found in France. But I also heard it's easy to find in the U. S. A. And what I do is simply to brush over all the gills as to you highlight all the details. You just want to be sure to be dry brushing so you don't use any kind of water. You dip your brush your dry brush into the acrylic paint, and then you remove most of the pains from the brush by simply brushing it over the tile before applying it to the politically. Otherwise, we're going to end up with too much paint, and you're not going to be able to move it and brush over all the imperfections that you sculpted before. True highlight, um, - to form the hearing findings. What I use is a pen or a tool, and I am simply going to push both wire around the tool to round it up, and then this is really important. You want to file the tips off the wire so the ends are smooth because if you don't do that , you might hurt your ears when wearing them. 7. Sealing: When using acrylic paint, all drivers tales onto polymer clay. I highly suggest to seal everything and the best way off ceiling, some kind of medium onto the polymer clay is to use a layer of liquid. Politically polymer clay itself doesn't need any kind of sealer. You might want to use varnishes if he wants a shiny. I did not look, but it's not a necessity. However, Sealing the acrylic paint is necessity. So what I am doing is simply cheese. I use a brush that is, I always use with liquid play, and I simply brush a thin layer of liquid clay onto all mushrooms. And then I bake again after baking. You might want to varnish. If you want a glass, you look and that's pretty much it. 8. Outro: Now for the final tips, you might find it difficult to get the right amount of detail if this is your first sculpting clowns, so I would suggest to try and reduce the hearings before baking. It's clay, so if it looks ugly, just smoosh it down and redo it over and over again. That being said, you don't want to get crazy about it, either. I think it's really crucial to finish a project and not to just be disappointed and never finish it. You have to remember we all have to start somewhere, and it's OK if your project is not as good as you want it to be, because the next one is going to be better. And the more you practice, the better you will become. You can also play around with colors, acrylic panes, and Dreyfuss tells to color you must from camps. I have another class about more from sculptures that really dives into those specific at its mediums, so I would highly suggest that you take the class well, and once you've made your earrings and if you ask sharing it's on social media, don't forget to tell me that's pretty plan and to use the hashtag pretty Platt classes so you won't miss my new classes. Don't forget to follow me here on skill share. Right now I am posting about two classes per month. And once you subscribe to my channel, you will get instant notifications every time I post the class. Thank you so much for taking this class. Why you're here. Maybe check out my other skill share classes and I really hope to see you in my next one by