Polymer Clay “Autumn Imagined” Brooch

DSCN7072 I rarely wear brooches, but come Fall, I plan to sport my “Autumn Imagined” brooch on a denim jacket.

I was inspired to make this brooch by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever’s bracelet, “Summer’s Opulence.”

The brooch is a project in my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class. The piece took some time and experimenting to develop, due to the pods. I had to create molds that the clay could be cured on. Then after curing, the mold had to removed without breaking the clay. Among the “molds” I tried were thawed, frozen pearl onions–too squishy; flour/water dough balls–I couldn’t get them to hold a round shape; and, most successfully (don’t laugh), canned garbanzo beans. If you have a better idea, please post it here.

4 Comments on Polymer Clay “Autumn Imagined” Brooch

  1. Zan
    September 5, 2016 at 4:21 pm (11 months ago)

    Love, love it! The garbanzo bean is perfect. It is organic and earth friendly.

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    • Leanna
      September 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks, Zan. Just bought a thrift store denim jacket to put the brooch on.

      Reply
  2. Trish Hodgens
    September 6, 2016 at 10:19 am (11 months ago)

    Have you tried a cornstarch and water paste? It dries hard enough to mold over and then you can wash it out after baking.

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    • Leanna
      September 6, 2016 at 7:02 pm (11 months ago)

      That sounds like a good idea. I’ll give it a try.

      Reply

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