Hydrangea earrings inspired by a recent Martha Stewart TV craft show episode:
The other day, Martha Stewart had clay artist Diane Phillips of DK Designs demonstrating how to make faux hydrangea flowers. The clay she was using was a 24 hour air-dry polymer clay called ClayCraft by Deco. I have not tried this product yet, but it looks to have a papery texture and does not require baking.
The method Diane used to make the Hydrangea blossoms was very simple. First she rolled the clay into a teardrop shape and snipped the rounded end with scissors to form the 4 petals. Each petal was then flattened and shaped with a round toothpick. Finally a little white piece of clay was added to accentuate the flower’s center.
She combined a whole bunch of these little individual polymer clay flowers to create a brilliant blue, faux Hydrangea blossom. Beautiful! Complete details for making this polymer clay flower arrangement are in the book: Clay Art for All Seasons
Although I have not held the book in my hands yet, it looks like there are some gorgeous projects in it… many of which would be adaptable to polymer clay jewelry making projects.
Of course after seeing the technique demonstrated on Martha’s television show, I had to try it out. Using Premo Sculpey instead of the air dry ClayCraft product, I ended up making the set of blue flower dangle earrings shown in the above photo.
For more flower jewelry inspiration, tips and ideas, here’s some links to other project photos and instructions:
- Flower Beads from Polymer Clay Canes
- Rose Pendant Necklace
- Flower Pendant Necklace with Vintage Glass Beads
And now a question… I’m curious to hear some opinions on whether you feel it’s OK to copy a technique you see demonstrated on TV, and then use it create your own stuff… like what I did with my Blue Flower Earrings? Is it copying? What about if I sold this jewelry project on Etsy? Be honest… I’d really like to hear your opinions!!