Ever since this Fall, it seemed like every time I went into my local Michaels Craft Store, there were strings of mini LED Lights calling out to me. They were on display as Christmas decorations, in the Scrapbooking section (for making paper covered Marquee lights), with the floral supplies and even in the Wedding isle. So I started picking up different sets of these cute little lights, to see what I could come up with.
To me, they screamed flower fairy lights… flowers made of polymer clay of course!
So I got to thinking about what type of flower would look great on a string of lights… something we hadn’t made yet… something that would look lovely dangling… and something that could also be made into beads, should someone prefer to make jewelry out of them. In the end I went with Fuchsias… they are perfect for this type of project!
It took some figuring out to not only create this delicate and complex flower, but to also add them to a string of lights in a durable manner that looked natural… and so darn pretty that you’d want to hang these lights everywhere.
They look great hanging from the fireplace mantle… over a doorway… on a curtain rod… in your cubicle at work… decorating the bathroom mirror… or even draped around your computer monitor. Anywhere you need a little light and delight in your life!
So I truly hope you enjoy this pretty Spring/Summer project as your next Polymer Clay Tutorial!
Posted just below is a Sneak Peak and overview of my Polymer Clay Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights Tutorial. The rest of the 6 part video series will be posted tomorrow (Friday, May 1, 2015) in Vol-084 at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library.
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Vol-084-1: Video #655: Introduction: In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to mix your own custom polymer clay colors, cut and shape the most delicate and realistic fuchsias, torch your own flame dipped rosy headpins and string them all together on a strand of LED Fairy Lights to create a super pretty decor accent for your home or office space. You’ll also be able to create stunning fuchsia beads that can be used in jewelry projects such as earrings and pendants. There is a ton of great info in this tutorial that you are just going to love!
In this video, you will learn about the supplies and tools needed to create this fun project. You’ll find out just what kind of lights to purchase, the type of forms and tools required to create the flowers… and even the color recipes for creating your realistic looking fuchsia flowers. There is a lot of info packed into this video.
Although these delicate polymer clay fuchsia flowers are not difficult to make, others will be amazed when they see what you have created! In this video you’ll master the process of making the frilly layers of these fuchsia flowers. And you will also learn how to make them look natural and beautiful… just like the real thing. Once you start making these pretty little flowers, you’re not going to want to stop!
Now in this video, you will learn my secret tip for pre-curing the flowers so they can bake to a durable finish in the exact form that you intended. Get this wrong, and you could end up with misshapen, brittle and/or broken petals that will leave you sad and disappointed. But if you do it my way, you’ll have the perfect shaped fuchsia blossoms that will look like they were freshly picked from the garden. And they’ll be tough and durable too!
In this video, you will learn how to set up a safe metal torching station so that you can make your own, artisan torched copper head pins. You’ll learn about the important step in the process that creates that red rosy color which looks so nice on the tips of the headpins. And I’ll show you how to prevent your head pins from looking lopsided. Although caution and safety is required for this step, I think you will be surprised just how easy it is to make your own flame dipped head pins. Making your own custom head pins on demand, is definitely a good skill set to have in your tool box.
In this final video of this exciting series, you will learn my simple ideas for wiring your gorgeous fuchsia flowers to the string of lights, in a way that would delight any fairy. The technique works great… looks great, is simple to do… and can be ‘undone’ should you want to change or add different flowers to your string of twinkle lights. I’ll also explain how you can adapt these ideas to create jewelry items as well. This jam packed tutorial will light up your senses and is sure to delight. Do enjoy!
Other Suggested Supplies:
- Foil pan partially filled with cornstarch, with a foil lid.
- Small dowels or skewers.
- Masking tape or floral tape in the same color as the light strand.
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The full video series for the Fuchsia Flower Fairy Light tutorial described above, is available in Vol-084 at the Polymer Clay Library.