Now, this is kind of cheating, since I made these in December of last year, before I got pregnant. But as soon as the subject of T.P. came up---I remembered my "T.P. and glue gun glue" earrings! Yes, you read that right.
First, I took a sheet of tinfoil to protect my work surface, then I laid out one square of toilet paper (brand new package--had never been in a bathroom yet!).
Next, I squirted out a big glob of hot glue, then placed another square of toilet paper over it. Then, I carefully laid a brass casting on top of that, and pressed down firmly with a pencil that had a good-sized eraser on the end of it.
You do not
want to touch the brass piece with your fingers until it cools down---ouch!!!
I used toilet paper, because it is a little thicker than facial tissues. Some glue will eventually come though the paper, and coat your casting with a light residue, so you would not want to try this with a casting you also like to use for polymer clay! I used some flatter castings that really would not have worked well for polyclay anyhow.
After the glue was cooled off, alls I had to do was cut the molded shape out with a scissors, then I painted it with acrylic paint. The purplish sheen it has is from a wash of "interference violet" paint. The T.P. really makes a good painting surface, and it does not peel off of the glue at all! It looks like some kind of fancy art paper when it is done---no signs of its humble origins!
Then I varnished it, and later wired some czech glass beads on, and they were done!
Here is a link to the interference paint I like to use:http://www.liquitex.com/Products/paintinterference.cfm
I would make a tut on this, with pictures, but I can't handle the smell of my glue gun right now, because I have had morning sickness since February... bleargh!
Here are some castings I have used for this craft. You'll recognize the one I used for these earrings. Flatter castings work better.
Now, I need to think up something BIG and UNUSUAL to make for the craftalong--but I just had to share these!