Thursday, February 10, 2011

Polymer Clay Bugs Tutorial: Butterflies!

For the last in the series on making making polymer clay bugs with heart shaped cookie cutters: butterflies!

SUPPLIES and TOOLS: *Heart shaped cookie cutter (I used the smaller one for these butterflies)  *Polymer clay in black and red (or whatever colors you would like your butterflies to be)  *Needle tool  *Rolling tool (pasta machine, acrylic roller, rolling pin, fondant roller)  *work surface and oven

Roll out the clay to the thickest setting on the pasta machine, or about 1/8" thick.  Cut out hearts with the heart shaped cutter.  Cut out four hearts for two butterflies. 

Place the corner of one heart over the corner of the other heart and gently press down to adhere the clay together. 

Gently smooth the seam with a roller (I used the end of a paintbrush)

Roll a small snake of the opposite color and press it down onto the middle of the hearts  for the body.

Use a needle tool to incise a line in the middle of each heart for wings.

Roll out small balls of the opposite color and press them down on the wings. 

Use a needle tool to gently press segments into the body.

Bake according to the clay manufacturer's directions! 

Now you can add magnets, pin backs, or hair clips to your ladybugs and butterflies!

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