FIMO leather-effect gold leaf necklace & earrings DIY*

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial


*This blog post is sponsored by FIMO 

Make your very own necklace and earrings set, ideal for jazzing up a plain tee or evening combo. It’s easy to make and looks fantastic, using FIMO leather-effect modelling clay for a similar look and feel to leather. This amazing new product can be used to mix colours, create textures, cut, emboss, braid, pierce, sew and personalise – the opportunities are endless!

Materials

Additional items for necklace:

Additional items for earrings:

Instructions

1. FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

For both the necklace and earrings, roll out half a block of FIMO leather-effect to approximately 8mm in depth. Use a tile or a piece of baking parchment on a baking tray as a work surface. Lay a sheet of Leaf Metal over the surface, then smooth it down with your fingers.

2.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Roll the FIMO and Leaf Metal in a clay machine on settings 1, 2, 3, and 4, or use the rolling pin to roll it to a depth of 2mm. Enhance the leather effect of the FIMO by pressing a ‘Leather’ FIMO Texture Sheet on top, then use a 5cm shaped cutter to make two matching shapes.

3.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Gather up the leftover FIMO and Metal Leaf from around the cut out shapes and roll into a ball. Roll out to a depth of 2mm again, or in a clay machine on settings 1-4. This will disperse the Metal Leaf for a more fragmented effect.

4.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Roll out half a block of another FIMO leather-effect colour to a depth of 2mm, or in a clay machine on settings 1-4. Again, enhance the leather effect of both FIMO pieces by pressing a ‘Leather’ FIMO Texture Sheet onto the surface.

 

For the necklace

1.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Use a smaller 4cm cutter to make two matching shapes from the FIMO with the Metal Leaf flakes.

2.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Cut a single 5cm shape for the middle of the necklace, then place all five shapes onto a piece of baking parchment on a tile, or onto a piece of thick card.

3.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Cut one more 4cm shape and fold it in half along the length. Press the ends together, leaving a space in the middle for a chain to be threaded. Place the folded piece with the other FIMO shapes ready for baking.

For the earrings

1. Use a 4cm cutter and a larger 5cm cutter to make two pairs of matching shapes from the rolled FIMO in two colours.

2. Place all six shapes onto a piece of baking parchment on a tile, or onto a piece of thick card.

 

For both

1.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Bake the FIMO shapes following the instructions on the packet, using an oven thermometer to check the temperature is consistently at 130°C for 30 minutes. Allow the FIMO to cool completely before handling.

2.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Use fine sandpaper to smooth the edges of each shape. Seal the surface of the metallic shapes with FIMO Varnish for Leaf Metal, then leave to dry.

For the necklace

4.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Glue the three larger shapes together so they overlap, as shown, then glue the two smaller shapes on either side. For safety, when using superglue wear disposable gloves, a mask and eye protection.

5.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

When the glue has dried, turn the leaves over. Glue the folded piece onto the back and thread a fine chain through the hole in the middle to finish.

For the earrings

3.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

For each earring, glue two shapes together so they overlap, as shown. For safety, when using superglue wear disposable gloves, a mask and eye protection.

4.

FIMO leather effect jewellery tutorial

Carefully make a hole through the top of each piece using a thick needle or a sharp tool. Glue the final FIMO leather-effect shape onto each earring, taking care not to cover the hole. Using pliers, fix the jump rings to the earrings through the hole, then attach the earring wires onto each piece. Close the ends with pliers securely to finish.

Tips

  • Use a cocktail stick to apply and spread small amounts of superglue onto the FIMO leather-effect shapes.
  • The surface of baked FIMO leather-effect can be sealed with FIMO Varnish for Leaf Metal.

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