DIY: Stamped Relief Jewelry





If you are a baker, you probably have everything you need to make this craft on-hand. The only special material is the paper clay, which is amazingly easy to work with and does not require baking or any other treatment.

Level: easy
Cost: minimal
Use: holiday/gift/self

Materials:
Wax Paper
Paper Clay
Rolling Pin
Acrylic Craft Paint
Biscuit Cutter
Baking Sheet
Spatula
Skewer
Butterfly/Nature-shaped Stamps
Plant Stamps
Alphabet Stamps
Earring or Necklace Jump-rings
Cording
Gel Pens
Plant Sprigs from Your Garden (like rosemary)

Step 1: On a sheet of wax paper, Take a section of paper clay and roll it out like a cookie dough. 

Step 2: Cut out circles with biscuit cutters. (For the smaller, earring-size circles we used a bottle cap.)


Step 3: Punch a hole at the top of the circle with the flat end of a skewer.

Step 4: Press in designs on the circles with plant sprigs or craft stamps. This may take a bit of practice to perfect as you don’t want to press too hard and leave an impression from the edge of the stamps. (See tips below.)


Step 5: Carefully move the circles on the wax paper to a baking sheet and put another piece of waxed paper on top.  Then layer on a few books.

Step 6: Let dry for a week or so. 

Step 7: Paint or decorate as desired. We used gel pens, which helped with precision.

Step 8: String cord through the hole and tie the ends to wear as a necklace. Use a jewelry kit to put a jump-ring through the hole and create earrings. 

Tip 1: If you press in a sprig, use the skewer to gently lift it up so you don’t damage your design. 

Tip 2: Each circle has two sides, so you can practice on one side and do your final design on the other. 

Tip 3: If you really dislike your design, just ball up the clay and re-roll it and start again at step 1.

Tip 4: The weight prevents warping as the circles dry, but don’t make it too heavy as to squash your designs!

Optional: If you want color in your dough, add in a few drops of acrylic craft paint and knead it into the dough well. Note that this may take 5-10 minutes of kneading to thoroughly distribute the color.

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