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How to make Fimo feather earrings - Fimo Tutorial

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Designed by: Belinda Graham

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Learn how to make these Fimo feather earrings design by Belinda Graham. 

Additional tools:

  • Rolling pin (optional)
  • Scalpel or sharp knife
  • Needle or clay needle point tool
  • Old soft brush (optional)
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Satin varnish (optional)

Step 1

Begin by making the feathers. Prepare your surface. You can use baking paper on a flat surface, or I use an old ceramic tile that is glazed and smooth. Make sure your surface is clean and dust free.

Step 2

Cut off two bars from the polymer clay and squeeze and work the clay until it is smooth and supple. I find it easiest to repeatedly roll the clay with a heavy rolling pin, smoothing it out then bunching it back into a ball, over and over.

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When the clay is soft and shiny, shape into two balls and make them cone shaped. Then roll them flat with the rolling pin (if you don’t have a rolling pin, you can just use your hands) until they are about 2 mm thick.

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Using a needle or clay needle tool sketch on the shape of the feathers, roughly 5cm in length. Don’t worry if they aren’t identical, we’ll fix this next. The good thing about clay is that if you aren’t happy with the shape, you can smooth it out and redraw it. Cut out the shapes with a scalpel or sharp knife.

Step 5

Flip one feather onto the top of the other and see if they match. If not, trip the edges so they do. Flip the top feather back so they are side by side.

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Using your needle tool, begin by drawing a curving centre line down each feather, then diagonal “feathers” from the centre line. This looks best if you go over it several times at slightly different angles.

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Use an old soft brush or your fingers to sweep the excess clay off the feather. Turn the feathers over and repeat on the feathers on the back.

Step 8

Using a scalpel or knife, slice small triangles from the sides. I like these to be offset from each other, two on the inside of the feather and three on the outside.

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A final touch is to use your fingers to pinch around the edges of the feathers so that they are smooth. You can see the difference in the picture below. The one on the left has been pinched. Use your needle to add in extra lines if need be. Brush away excess clay

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Using your clay needle tool or a toothpick, add in attachment holes at the top of the feathers. Make sure it is close enough that you can later attach a jumpring, but not so close that you break the feather. 

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When you’re happy with the shape of the feathers, place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in the oven at 110°C for 30 minutes. Cool on the tray. Once cool, you can apply a thin layer of satin varnish if you want a semi-shiny appearance, however you can just leave it matte.

Step 12

Assemble the earring. Thread eye pins through the two pearl beads, and cut off excess with side cutters (leave about 1cm of wire).

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Make a loop. Use chain nose pliers to bend the wire to 90° then use round nose pliers to make the loop. This should be in the same direction as the bottom loop on the eye pin.

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Using chain nose pliers open one of the loops from the pearl bead and thread on the earring post loop. Close the loop.

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Using chain nose pliers open a jump ring and thread on a feather and the bottom loop of the pearl bead.  Close the jump ring.

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Admire your gorgeous new earrings.

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