Cute Polymer Clay Strawberry Charms

These charms look yummy enough to eat and they are simple to make too!

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What you need:

  • Red Polymer Clay
  • Green Polymer Clay
  • Jewelry wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pen or butter knife

How to make:

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  1. Condition your clay by kneading it in between your fingers (this really does make it so much easier to use).
  2. Cut your wire into a loop and carefully twist the open ends together  with your pliers (they are sharp)
  3. Separate both the red and the green into two small balls (for the red make them about the size of a marble, and for the green about the size of a pea).
  4. Fashion all four balls into a teardrop shape.
  5. Flatten the green teardrops slightly. The goal is more to have a flat top and bottom while keeping the thickness (See image above).
  6. Flatten the top of the red teardrops slightly.
  7. Attach the green teardrops by slowly twisting the wire through them and into the red.
  8. Using your pen or knife press the ‘veins’ into the leaves.
  9. If you want to, use a pen to press some indentations into the strawberry for the ‘seeds’.
  10. Bake! I put them in for 20 minutes at 275 degrees.

When they are done, you can glaze them or paint them. I’d really recommend putting some glue, glaze, or liquid polymer clay where the wire is attached to give it some extra strength. SANY0029SANY0035

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To Finish Them:

Strawberry Charms DryingFor certain projects a shiny finish looks fantastic. While one could go crazy finding the perfect (and likely expensive) finish, I’ve just used the glaze mentioned here before. It’s the 3-D Glass Craft Paint (which I do still love, and considering I like it enough to do a full review I think that’s saying something).

The process really is easy, and depending on what you use, it can double as a way to keep the metal loops in place better as well. I personally prefer a painted on approach because it’s easier to control the thickness and the application of the ‘glaze’.
This is far from being the only method, so if you have another that you prefer- comment about it!

What you need:

  • Crafting Glaze or Finish
  • Paintbrush
  • A stand of some sort

What to do:

  1. Squeeze a small amount of the glaze out onto a paper plate.
  2. Paint a thin coat over your project.
  3. Allow to dry fully.
  4. Repeat above until you are satisfied with the result.
  5. When you are finished if your project (like the strawberry charms) has a metal loop or another attachment, squeeze a small amount around it to seal it. This gives it a bit of extra strength.

Tips:

  • When you are done, wash your paintbrush immediately.
  • It’s better to apply more lighter coats than less heavy ones.
  • If possible, find a way to suspend the project over something, it helps with drips.

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