Faux Opal Kindness – What Goes Around Comes Around [Spotlight]

Polymer Clay Faux Opal Heart by Carole Holt “I am sending this
copper wire wrapped
opal heart to Peggy-B
in appreciation of
her generosity.”

These “Spot” features are for you guys to display your accomplishments, share stories of inspiration and even ask for assistance with challenges that you may be experiencing. The projects are based on techniques learned from articles here at the blog, as well as from tutorials at the Polymer Clay Video Library. My hope is for these “Show and Tell” features to help everyone get to know each other a bit better, thanks to this wonderfully artistic medium of polymer clay. And… by participating, you can win some beads too!

Polymer Clay Purse Faux Opal Heart by Carol Holt


I want to say a big thank you for offering to send me some of your buffalo snow for the faux opal tutorial. I have sent my address to you and will look forward to receiving your envelope. If I manage to do this tutorial I’ll send you a few beads in appreciation for your enabling me to participate in this lovely technique.



Now that I have had a go at these faux opals, I am sending the copper wire wrapped opal heart pictured above, to Peggy Barnes in appreciation of her generosity.

When I made this Faux Opal, I did not have the Bake and Bond, so I used Fimo Decorating Gel… a bit messy but not too bad. When they were cooked, I put into iced water. Then decided to save on sanding by putting them in my tumbler overnight. WHAT A MESS! There was sticky goo over all my pebbles and a milky sticky residue on the beads.

So now I did what I was supposed to do in the first place… SAND, SAND, SAND. I now quite like them. But before I try again, I will have to find some B&B. As after reading all of the comments again, I realize there is no substitute.


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  1. Hobokenmary, 24 April, 2010

    Carole, that opal and wire sculpter is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Linda K., 24 April, 2010

    Wow, Carole, did you do a great job on that opal! It looks absolutley real. I like how you wrapped it in copper, too.

  3. Lisa Whitham, 24 April, 2010

    Lovely “opal” Carole… It does look real..! And I love the color of seed beads you chose to go with the pendant. You did a beautiful job all the way around.

    ~Lisa :)

  4. Cheryl V., 24 April, 2010

    Carole ~ Your faux opal took my breath away! It actually looks like a real opal! I am so impressed by what you made that I can’t stop talking about it to everyone that will listen. Not only is your opal breathtaking but your copper wire wrap and beaded necklace are AMAZING! What an inspiration you are, especially to someone like me who is struggling with this opal technique. I’m so happy to see that it really, really does come out right in the end.
    How wonderful of you to send your beautiful necklace to Peggy. I’m sure her heart will be filled with joy to receive it. It is so uplifting to see the outpouring of generosity that is the spirit of this wonderful community. Thank you so much for sharing your spectacular artistry with us. You have certainly enriched my day and given me hope for my clay journey. Keep on letting your light shine with your inspiring creations.

  5. Lupe Meter, 24 April, 2010

    Your faux opal is gorgeous! A beautiful creation! Very sweet of you to send the necklace off to Peggy…she will enjoy it!

  6. pollyanna, 24 April, 2010

    Carole, I love this opal and the wire wrapping. It’s just spectacular !!!

  7. Phaedrakat, 24 April, 2010

    Amazing! Carole, I feel like crying, your “heart” is so beautiful. Both hearts—yours and the one on its way to Peggy! I’m very moved, and impressed! The opal looks so real. The wire wrap & seed-bead necklace go perfectly with the opal to make a stunning piece. Brilliant!

    Carole Questions: How are the seed beads done here? Are they threaded on wire & then coiled, or something more elaborate? I can’t tell for sure. All I know is, it looks great, and they bring out the colors in the F’opal! Re: those colors, are they merely from the inked snow, or did you use colored clay for the core of the bead, as well?

    It’s good to know there are kind, thoughtful people like Peggy who will do whatever they can to get supplies to members so they can participate in the projects. She went way beyond what even Santa would do—her bag of snow vs.his bag of toys! This wire-wrapped faux opal heart necklace is such a fantastic reward for a generous offering. This makes me feel really happy. I’m so glad to ‘know’ both of you!

  8. Carole Holt, 25 April, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: the pendant is just put on four strands of thin cord then i put lots of seed beads onto thin wire then i got a wooden skewer and then held it over the cord putting the pendant in the middle then wound the wire and beads over and over .I then removed the skewer job done.

  9. Phaedrakat, 26 April, 2010

    @Carole Holt: Turned out gorgeous — awesome technique!

  10. Peggy Barnes, 03 May, 2010

    @Carole Holt: Oh how I wish everyone could see this fopal heart up close. The picture just did not do it justice. The colors shine and the wire work is awesome. The beading in the necklace just tops it off perfectly. Carole if you are not selling you work you definitely should be. I just can’t express how truly honored and thrilled I am that you have done this for me. I can not thank you enough for your kindness and generosity. May God Bless you and yours.
    Love and Uuuuuggggs, Peggy

  11. Cindy Lietz, 04 May, 2010

    @Peggy Barnes: Oh Peggy I am so pleased to hear about your wonderful gift. You deserve all the beauty and kindness that can be bestowed upon you. It was so giving to send Carole the Buffalo Snow Flakes from your own supply… and that she would so lovingly send back a gift made with them, is only fitting! What goes around, comes around.

    Carole you should be very proud right now. Not only did you do a beautiful job on the technique, but you made Peggy so happy by sending her your Faux Opal. You must be grinning from ear to ear to see how pleased she is!

  12. Lawrence, 24 April, 2010

    Great faux opal heart bead Carole. I haven’t got around to trying that technique yet but stocked up on the Buffalo Snow at Michael’s after Christmas sale.
    So generous of you to send this copper wire wrapped opal to Peggy Barnes. I am sure she will forever cherish the gift and the very kind thoughts that go with it.

  13. Joyce M, 24 April, 2010

    Carole, Hearts of Inspiration…Brenda’s giving heart, the beautiful opal heart and your appreciative heart, doesn’t get any better than this. Thanks for sharing, I hope to be as successful as you are when I work this technique.

  14. Silverleaf, 24 April, 2010

    How lovely, wish I could wire wrap like that! Beautiful piece. ;)

  15. Kerri Crawford, 24 April, 2010

    Carole, your opal is beautiful! The wire work is amazing. I would also love to see a full picture of the necklace it is on.
    It is such a treasure to see what creative people there are on this list and what a fantastic teacher we get to learn from. Every friday monday, computer is on early to see what exciting thing I get to learn!

  16. Jill, 24 April, 2010

    Carole H: This is a gorgeous overall necklace. The wire is out of control great. This piece made me brave the faux opal technique today for the first time. It’s cooking as we speak. And what a nice gesture as a thank you.

  17. Kerri Crawford, 24 April, 2010

    BTW, I purchased some Faux Snow at my local Robertscrafts. I believe it’s the same as the Buffalo snow I hope. This is the link to it online if anyone needs it: artglitter.com/retail/glitterpages/rfauxsnow.html

    I have not had the chance to work with it yet but hopefully this weekend I will.

  18. Cindy Graveline, 24 April, 2010

    Beautiful pendant! I have not yet tried the faux-opal because I cant find Buffalo Snow(I looked everywhere around Christmas with no luck), and with your story I think I will not try it with Fimo gel when I find Buffalo Snow, I rather wait to buy Bake and Bond…

  19. Peggy Barnes, 24 April, 2010

    @Cindy Graveline: Cindy I have purchased more of the snow and have some I would be pleased to send you. As I said I just want everyone to have a chance to do this tute. I am on facebook under Peggy Barnes or you can leave your address here at the blog one of the others I sent to did it this way. If needed you can also have Cindy get us together with our email addresses. I have plenty and bought the extra so I could share with others. Let me know and I will send some to you asap.
    Uuuuuugggs, Peggy

  20. Cheryl Hodges, 24 April, 2010

    Carole, your opal is gorgeous. The colors in it are so real. I love the way you have wrapped it in copper too. But most of all its wonderful to see the generosity in this ocmmunity. It was so good of Peggy to send you the buffalo snow and I’m sure she will cherish this pendant made by you.The beaded necklace really does go well with the pendant. Is it a beaded necklace tubular peyote? Does the heart have a flat underside or is it complete rounded?

  21. Peggy Barnes, 24 April, 2010

    I told you Carole everyone would love can I say MY fopal. I am so very blessed to received such a beautiful gift from a friend like Carole. I did not expect a gift in return for my snow I just wanted everyone to get a chance to do Cindy’s tute. Let me tell you I am so trilled and honored that Carole is sending me this heart. I will wear it with much pride and tell everyone about how I got it. I wish I could of got on the blog earlier today but we have had bad weather till about an hour ago. Lots of rain some of it needed to get all those fields of corn and our garden of course going. Corn is important here in Iowa and the farmers have been very busy preparing and planting. Thank God for the rain and Thank God for slowing it down enough so I could comment on this now my favorite subject in this blog. I hadn’t seen the necklace part of the opal until today and it is the perfect companion to this gorgeous opal. I love the bead-work Carole. I will never be able to express how grateful I am for this heart touching gift.
    God Bless you and your thoughtfulness.
    Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugggggggggs, Peggy

  22. Brenda, 24 April, 2010

    Carol, Your Fopal is Fab!!!! What ever you used done the job, because it looks so real! Congratulations on the spotlight :)

  23. Catalina, 25 April, 2010

    You mastered this technique! I love it! The depth you got is amazing! The wire wrapping is very unique and I would like to attempt this.

  24. Brenda, 25 April, 2010

    Carole, What type of Flakes did you use? It looks like tiny flakes unlike the ones that I used. I had trouble with the flakes wanting to hang out of the B&B.

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