Polymer clay is a great medium for creating miniature fairy sculptures with charming, detailed features and realistic skin texture. However, while polymer clay is hardened in a conventional oven, the best materials for making delicate, translucent fairy wings won't survive this treatment. In order to make wings for your fairy sculpture, you must design the wings and unbaked sculpture so that both can be joined together after baking.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Paper and pencil
- Sheet cellophane
- Permanent marker
- Nail polish remover
- Spray adhesive
- Craft glue
- Polymer clay fairy sculpture, unbaked
Create a pattern for the wings. Sketch a wing shape on paper, or trace a pattern from a clipart directory, such as a butterfly wing or set of dragonfly wings. Add an extra rectangular section to the inside edge of the wing at the point where you want it to attach to the fairy's back in order to form a "tab" for insertion. Cut out the outline when you're satisfied with it.
Use the pattern to cut two mirror-image wings from the cellophane. Trace the wing pattern in permanent marker, then flip the pattern over and trace a second outline.
Cut out the two shapes, trimming off the marker line as you do so. If any trace of marker ink remains, wipe it away with nail polish remover.
Apply glitter to the cellophane, if desired. Lay the wings on scrap paper, then lightly spray them with a coat of spray glitter, or use spray adhesive and then lightly dust the wings with glitter. Let the wings dry, then flip them over and do the same to the opposite sides.
Add small rhinestones to the wings, if desired. Apply a small dot of craft glue to each stone, then attach the stones to the wings. Use a cotton swab to remove any excess glue. Let dry.
Insert the "tab" portions of the wings into the back of your fairy sculpture. Press the rectangular sections into the soft clay at the sculpture's back, then slide the cellophane out again, leaving slits of the right shape and size.
Bake the fairy without the wings. Make sure that the sculpture is not lying on its back during the baking process to ensure that the holes for the wing tabs don't become misshapen.
Glue the wings to the fairy. Once the baked fairy has fully cooled, apply a small amount of glue to the wings on the "tab" section and insert them into the back slots on the sculpture.