Playing Outside the Lines- Freestyle LS Bezel

I’ve continued my friendship with the Sculpey Liquid clays (LS) while sheltering here at home. I figured it was time to experiment a little more with it – lol, EVERYTIME I use it is an experiment!

 

 

 

I really, really like the Greige Granite and I use a bottle up in a flash.  I created a (rather subtle for me!) hat band for my Summer hat, using several silicone molds for a beach theme. (The Sculpey mold and a mold from Create Along).

I created a sun for the back of the hat that sort of took me into a direction I had briefly played with that I call playing outside the lines – in this case, the lines of the mold. Making my own freestyle LS bezels.

 

 

So, let’s start from the top.  First, this is the Sculpey Whimsy mold that I’m using for the sun face and I’ve used Sculpey Greige Grey and Bronze LS.  I make sure that the mold is clean and then slowly pour in the Greige Grey LS.

Why slowly?  Because I’ve found that when I use LS in ANY mold that I need to let the LS settle into the mold.  Then I continue to add LS slowly to the mold and it check it from all sides to make sure that the LS is filled to the very lip of the mold.  Then I add a couple more drops LS right in the center – this creates a bulge on the top that the surface tension holds in the mold.  That’s how I bake my stuff.  THEN I don’t get that icky lip at the top of the mold where the LS sunk into the mold during baking!  This trick is great for when the top surface of the mold is going to be your front of your piece.

After baking and cooling, when I pop the piece out, I look at it critically for flaws.  I don’t sweat the little tiny bubble holes because I know how to fix them!  I use one of the Sculpey bead needles (it’s very slender and super sharp), dipped in my LS color and then I just fill the little bubble.  I already know that this piece is going to be baked again when I do the freestyle bezel, otherwise I would rebake it for about 10 minutes. I always seem to get tiny holes in both nostrils that look like nose piercings!  I’ve already filled them in this photo.

Now, I get my clean smooth tile and I create a puddle of color for my bezel.  The puddle should be roughly shaped like your piece and about the same size.

 

Just slowly press your baked clay into the puddle pressing firmly so that the LS pushes out from the sides.  Do NOT freak out if it isn’t a perfect circle around it!

 

 

Now, the fun part! You can just pull out your shapes for the bezel.  You can use a toothpick for this or I used the smallest Style n’ Detail tool so I wouldn’t get tiny, thin points. (See the one on my hat?  Those points are really to fine for my taste for a pendant)

 

Okay, now just bake it!  (double check that you have any bubble holes filed in the Griege portion! I usually get one on either side of the nostrils – looks like piercings!)

Once it is baked, it can be tricky to get those thin pieces to release from your tile. Let it cool completely! Use your blade to SLOWLY slide underneath the clay – but don’t keep the blade flat, tilt it up a bit and slide/push it behind the clay to release it without accidentally slicing the sun rays.  (They may bend a bit, but they pop right back!)

I’ve added a rich metallic gold to the first pendant here, taking care to get in the cracks and recesses of the eyes and cover the entire surface of the Greige portion.  Quickly wipe it with a damp towel to remove the excess paints.  Now I can get all Kardashian here, and do contouring and highlighting on the face (like I really know what I’m doing – NOT!).  A damp cotton swab will help to remove paint from from the details in the eyes.

I did add a little more of the paint around the edges to help blend it into the Bronze corona.  I even added little painted highlights out into the corona as well.

 

 

I made a Mr. Jan Montarse Easy Back for the chain/beads to hold the pendant.  Ya’ll know how to do those by now.  Circle of clay and I like to use the small teardrop from the Sculpey mini cutters Geometric to cut the notches at the top (they are narrower and deeper than just using a small circle cutter).

Then put it on the smallest bump on the Sculpey Hollow Bead Maker that it will fit on. (I preheat my HBM by leaving them on top of the oven while the oven preheats.  The clay likes to lay down nicely on warm metal..)

 

Then after it’s baked, I just glue it to the back.  This one is a little big for the pendant, but I like the way it makes it stand out from my skin or shirt! The chain or beads will pass through the two holes at top.

 

 

Then you KNOW I had to do a more grungy version!  I like the golden eyes though – and I did the little swipes of gold paint on the rays as well.  This is gonna be my pendant I think! See how the rays have softer points with the ball stylus?

 

 

 

Of course you can use bar clay to create the face as well.  I usually find the circle cutter that fits the mold the closest (without being actually bigger than the mold), then I cut out 2 circles on the widest setting of my pasta machine. I put the first one into the mold and then make a pointed ball with the second one and push it into the middle of the mold.  That *should* fill the point of the nose for me.