Floral Stickpin

Materials

  • Darice Nickle Hat Pin, 6”
  • Polyform Sculpey Premo! Accents: Peacock Pearl Bright, Green Pearl, Blue Pearl
  • Connie Crystal Raindrop, 20mm
  • Swarovski Flat Back Peridot Rhinestones, 4mm
  • Silver jump rings, two
  • Felt scrap

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Flowers and Leaves Push Mold
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Jacquard Lumiere Paints: Citrine, Pearlescent Turquoise
  • Polyform Sculpey Bake & Bond
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin or pasta machine, parchment-lined baking sheet, oven
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

cornstarch, aluminum foil, toothpick, scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

  • Condition clay on clean work surface. Roll 4” clay ball with five parts Peacock Pearl Bright and one part Blue Pearl, blending clay until partially mixed.

STEP 2

  • Lightly dust mold with cornstarch. Press clay ball completely into mold. Remove excess clay so clay is flush with top of mold.

STEP 3

  • To release, gently push clay away from edge of mold toward center of molded piece. Repeat this step for each petal. Dust cornstarch in between molding each piece.

STEP 4

  • For base, cut 1” circle from clay. Position base on parchment-lined baking sheet. Apply Bake & Bond around edges of base; press flower petals onto base. Add small dollop of Bake & Bond on center of base; press flower securely onto base.

STEP 5

  • Roll thin Green Pearl rope; cut into five small lengths. Press lengths (stammen) onto center of flower.

STEP 6

  • Use toothpick to poke hole on bottom petal (for crystal attachment).

STEP 7

  • Roll small aluminum foil balls; position balls under petals for support when baking. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake flower in oven on parchment-lined baking sheet. Let cool completely.

STEP 8

  • Use toothpick with gem glue to adhere Peridot rhinestones onto ends of stammen and randomly onto petals. Let dry.

STEP 9

  • On covered work surface, use paintbrush to lightly brush Citrine and Pearlescent Turquoise randomly onto petals. Let dry.

STEP 10

  • Attach jump ring onto finding onto raindrop crystal using needle-nose pliers. Attach other jump ring through hole on bottom petal; thread raindrop crystal jump ring onto jump ring and squeeze closed.

STEP 11

  • Cut felt circle same-size as back of flower. Position hat pin onto center of felt circle. Apply gem glue onto felt circle; press flower on felt over hat pin. Let set before wearing.

Tip

  • 1. Using a mold helps to create a consistent petal shape. Do not overfill the molds or you will have a lot of sanding to do after baking. Dust the mold with cornstarch for easier release.
by Niki Meiners
Floral Stickpin
Floral Stickpin