I was recently gearing up for a craft fair, and needed a fixture to display bangle-type bracelets. I find the fixtures sold at craft stores to be pricey, and I wanted something with a unique flair, so I built my own using a paper towel roll, a toilet paper roll, and scrap clay.
Here's the finished product:
Read on to learn how YOU can make one too!
1 paper towel roll, 1 toilet paper roll
scissors and tape
about 1/3 LARGE pkg of Sculpey (the white or terra cotta style--the cheaper stuff)
random scrap clay
clay softener (diluent)
liquid polymer clay or glue
parchment paper work surface
First, cut the toilet paper roll so that it sits around the paper towel roll--you are cutting two half circles out of the toilet paper roll to accommodate the shape of the other roll--the picture makes it clearer than words!
Secure with tape once you've cut the shape:
Next, roll out some polymer clay sheets on the thickest setting of your pasta machine, or by hand (about 1/8 in thick). Apply a little glue or liquid clay to the paper rolls for grip, and start wrapping the sheets around the armature, working in neat edges. When you have to overlap a join, smooth with fingers:
As you work, use some Clay Softener ("diluent") on your finger to really smooth the joins...only use a DOT...it's greasy and it goes a long way:
****Once you have the T-shaped armature basically wrapped, BAKE your item as directed (u can underbake *slightly* as item will bake again once or twice more)*******BAKE!
After baking and cooling, you need to construct your base: I used scrap clay, and a little plastic "tray" thing that was part of some discarded packaging as a mold...u don't really need a mold tho, the shape of the base is just a thick rectangle:
Using a little liquid clay or glue to aid the strength of the piece, run glue around bottom of T-shaped piece, and press gently into the base you created--do NOT press all the way thru to the worksurface underneath...press 3/4 of the way down into the base.
Again using a bit of liquid clay or glue, cut circles of scrap clay and press onto outer ends of the T-shape; blend with your finger, making flush with the baked T:
Add any finishing touches: I rolled out a snake with tapered ends and wrapped that around the join between the T and the base: both for style and strength.
******BAKE entire display. After baking and cooling, paint with acrylic paint if desired, and then BAKE again for just a few minutes to heat-set the paint.
Here is your finished display:
And HERE it is being used a craft event! Yay!
Thanks for looking...message me with any questions!