This DIY project is fairly easy but a bit time consuming. Also, please make sure you constantly wash/clean your hands/fingers every now and then to avoid mixing the different colors of clay together — eew multicolored floral petals :o
• Sunnies ! Make sure you have enough room for the flowers on the upper rim —or lower if you’re planning to make a full floral rim~ Don’t use rimless / thin rimmed sunglasses :)
• Some pearls in different sizes. Optional but it gives a nice dainty effect; plus it’s a nice filler!
• Sculpey or Polymer Clay. You can find this in Hobbes and Landes (Philippines)
• Oven — a small oven toaster will do.
• Sharp scissors / cutter
• Mighty Bond
• Glue Gun
• PATIENCE !!!
This DIY basically just requires you to learn how to make a flower/rose out of clay — oh and leaves too! This illustrated guide is pretty much self explanatory:
* Don’t make it too long!
* repeat steps 1-3 and add another layer to your initial one until you get something like this:
PS: Don’t grip the bottom part of the rose too hard. We will cut any excess clay afterwards as we want a more blunt/flat end tip — pointed / excessive end tips will cause the flowers to look too popped out once you glue them on the glasses. It’ll also be harder for it to maintain it’s position if the end tip is not flat (flat on flat surface)
Now make random not-so-circular pieces and layer them over each other until you achieve something like this:
The more petals, the bigger your rose will get. Make your rose sizes vary. Make tiny ones for filling in small empty spaces too!
Tada~! Easy, right? :)
This is where patience comes in — time to make MORE! :D Probably around 5-6 per color in different sizes. It’s better to make a lot of tiny ones so you won’t have to worry about having small empty spaces on your glasses later on.
Please be very careful when moving/holding your roses. Sculpey clay is very soft and too much pressure will ruin the petals. Once you finish with a rose, I suggest you place it immediately on your oven tray to avoid any unnecessary damages/distortion.
Once you’ve finished all your roses, it’s time to bake them— don’t forget the leaves! Just make tiny pieces (shaped like a teardrop)
TRIM OFF ANY EXCESS CLAY ON THE BOTTOM PART OF YOUR ROSES. MAKE THE ENDS AS FLAT/BLUNT AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT RUINING THE FORM.
Baking time varies depending on the oven you’re using. Don’t risk ruining all your hard work by not testing it beforehand. Mine takes around 5 minutes so I think it’s safe to start testing on 3 minutes first (Just one rose or a small chunk of clay~ Don’t put everything in yet!). Perfectly baked clay won’t be too hard — it will still be a bit soft, only difference is it doesn’t get deformed when you apply pressure on it anymore (but not too much it might break). Over cooked clay will have air bubbles and dark/brown portions.
When you’re done with baking. Allow your roses to cool off for about 10 minutes or so. Then you can start gluing on some leaves (not on all just the bigger ones)
Now for the fun part ! Use your glue gun to glue in your roses and pearls. Make it very random but don’t place roses of the same color beside or too close to each other. Use your tiny roses and pearls as fillers whenever there’s a small empty space in between your roses.
PS: Don’t put the large ones on the middle as they might cover the lenses.
I’m so proud of myself ! (LOL at self gratification)
Pretty! Now I want to go to the beach heehee
Show me yours if ever you make one for yourself :) Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it <3 Ciao!
Yes, I am still very much alive :D I’m so sorry I haven’t been updating my blog recently ~ I’ve been so busy with things I haven’t had the time to even open my tumblr account #boohoo
Anyway, I met up with my good friend Keita for lunch today! We haven’t seen each other since forever (cue sad music)~! Sadly, Val and Jade couldn’t join us (we miss you!) Since I felt so bad for not updating my blog (IKR, I should just quit), I asked him to help me take photos; vice versa.
Decided to wear my DIY floral sunnies since the weather has been terribly hot these past few weeks (ugh) — I promise to post a DIY Floral Tutorial later when I get back home :)
Thanks so much to Anna of Vanity Treasures for sending me this lovely cat print dress — with a cute peter pan collar ! *giggles*
Decided to go all out with the kitty theme and wore my kitty flats from The Berry Lush — Thanks Bela! Hmm, I should’ve worn my kitty ears straw hat but that’d be pushing it already! LOL Maybe next time!
Being the fickle person that I am, I dyed my hair a shade lighter ! I tried a new bubble dye from Watsons (Golden Blonde) ~ Not bad, not bad! Plus it’s cheaper than most bubble dyes out there ! *happy seal clap and dolphin laugh*
Flowers, flowers, flowers! Can’t wait to show you how I made it! It’s really very easy~!
Yay! Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing this entry! :)
Thank you Keita for taking my photos! :D
I was dying to buy this panda sweater from Miss Selfridge because it was on sale for 30% off a few months ago (December?) but the last one wasn’t my size! boohoohoo ~ So I decided to make one myself :D
New motto in life : If you can’t have / buy it, make it yourself!
Luckily, I got this pretty knitted sweater at 50% off from Forever21 ! :D It only cost me around P600.
You’ll also need a needle (preferably the one you use for cross stitching or the next smaller size)
…and some knitting / crochet thread.
Oh, and a roll of double sided tape.
I replicated the panda face using Adobe Illustrator and printed it out on an A4 paper since my sweater size is XS.
* Note that this is not the exact placement of the panda features. You can print out the ears, eyes, and mouth separately if you want a bigger face / using a bigger sweater size.
Here’s the template you can print out :)
Cut out as carefully as you can !
You can use a craft knife for the hard to cut parts~ (National Bookstore)
After cutting, place them on your sweater making sure they’re all aligned. Use a measuring tape (I used a shoelace cause I’m too lazy to look for my measuring tape~heehee).
Once you’re satisfied with your placements, use double sided tape to secure them in place.
Now you can start stitching the outlines using the basic back stitch~
Image and description from Maurer Stroh
“Bring the thread out at the right-hand side. Take a backward stitch over the required number of threads, bringing the needle out the same number of stitches in front of the place where the thread first emerged. Continue in this way, working from right to left in the required direction.
Remember that odd numbers come from the back of the fabric to the front and even numbers are inserted into the fabric. The actual positions of these numbers will vary from projec to project. This is just an example.”
Surprise, surprise! I’m not exactly brilliant at sewing. Good enough! Please be very careful not to pull the string too tight because your cloth will get all wrinkly and distorted.
Outlines done! :)
If you want an easier way out of this, you can use fabric paint to fill in the insides. If not, then proceed to the next step :D
Now you have to sew more! ahhhh!
Image from Maurer Stroh
Sew/embroider using the satin stitch. This will take a while so you have to be very patient. Rest every once in a while to avoid back pains hehe :)
This literally took me 30 minutes! I thought I was dying /O.A
FINAL PRODUCT!!! Not the best at sewing but…close enough! :)
Tell me what you think :) Comments, likes, and re-blogs are always appreciated!
PS: If you want black sleeves, you can dye it using fabric dye (powder) but it’ll be quite risky :) Just be careful not to spill over :o
Kitty face sweater tutorial & template soon!!! :) Hope you enjoyed this tutorial !
• Bead wire (not too thick)
• Pearls — you can add other beads if you want (Like sparkly crystal beads perhaps?)
• Flowers (You can buy it per yard at Carolinas / bead / craft shops)
• Thin Headband