I Will Shine Free Necklace Tutorial

by anna on July 16, 2012

in Anna's Blog

Hello, my dear readers! I have another free tutorial for you. No one can say I don’t spoil you, can they? 🙂 But there is always a nice award for being loyal to somebody; unless the one to whom they’re loyal has no brains :D. So, thank you for staying with us and reading our blog. I think I will continue to create and teach free and paid tutorials until I am 6 feet under. Maybe even after that :).

I Will Shine necklace tutorial will teach you not only how to shine when you wear your creation, but also how to do simple sculpting and texturing (not to be confused with texting! :D). The idea for the necklace was born out of a digital graphic I created (see the picture on the right). The graphic was to celebrate our getting into finals with our small business grant application. I want to take this chance and once again thank everyone who voted for us. Thank you very much!

The name for the piece comes from the note I made for myself in my loose-leaf diary. I have always tried very hard to stay positive. Being in pain and despair, I got up and wrote on an orange piece of paper:

“THRU THE PAIN I WILL SHINE. I WILL SPREAD MY WINGS AND FLY AGAIN. WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME, MAKES ME STRONGER. NOTHING CAN KILL ME. I’VE GOT A LOT TO BECOME. THRU THE PAIN I WILL SHINE. AND THE PAIN WILL GO AWAY.”

So it did.

Notes to the tutorial:

* Print template in 3 1/2″ x 5″ size at 100% or in smaller/bigger size, if desired.

* Roll black clay on the 2nd thickest setting and fold it in half.

* Texture pendant with a thin knitting needle, laying the needle from the center out to receive triangular rays.

* Keep pendant on a piece of white typing paper while texturing and coloring it, so it doesn’t stick to your work surface.

* Use paper templates as your molds, checking hearts’ sizes against them, or sculpt free-hand.

* If you don’t have a clay extruder, use your tissue blade to cut a long ribbon of clay which you will then wrap around the pendant. Likewise, the bail can be rolled by hand.

* Run gold-colored copper wire inside your hand for a few times to soften it and make it more malleable and easy to work with.

* Use twisting, rather than pulling, motion to remove knitting needle from the baked bail. If the needle still doesn’t move, grasp it with your pliers and then twist. Please note that pliers will most likely leave a dent on your needle.

* Using a toothpick, rather than a brush, will let you achieve firm, 3D-like letters. Start writing from the middle, to have letters be evenly spaced.

* Check heart button’s fit before finishing the clasp’s loop off.

Watch the tutorial right here:

You can also watch it on our YouTube channel here

or on our Vimeo channel here.

And, of course, you can buy the necklace, too! 🙂 here.

For those of you familiar with the Vimeo issue – yes, they did restore public access to our channel. Still, cases like this do really kill the friendship. So, as planned, we’re going to have our own video hosting service soon and ditch both of the user-unfriendly channels :).

This past week I’ve working on a special challenge I set up for myself – Art Week, or Project a Day. Here’s a picture of one of the projects. I will give you more details in the next blog post, so stay tuned!

For now – happy creating! and as always, share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

Bye for now!

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