Make your own
As promised in the video, today I’m going to share with you how to make your own clay cupcake brooch.
What you’ll Need
- Oven Bake Clay – 3 colors of your choice
- Blade – Exacto knife or Butter knife should be sufficient
- Optional Circular Cutter – You can use a small cookie cutter I used a coke bottle top
If you have access to some clay modeling tools that would be helpful, but not necessary. Also latex gloves help to keep your fingerprints off the clay.
I followed the steps from the tutorial making a few changes.
First I took my base color and rolled into a ball. Instead of hand pressing the clay into a circle I used my fondant rolling pin to flatten it out and used the coke bottle top to cut out a perfect circle.
Using a blade I cut away the left and right sides of the circle as instructed by the original tutorial. I then used the blade to make light indentations in the remaining circle to create a sort of cupcake paper look.
After making the indents I decided to trim the bottom of the circle to give it a more straight look.
Next I took my darker color, which I used for the cupcake top to and freehanded an oval shape. Then created a scalloped edge as directed in the original tutorial, however I used the clay tools I had to make the scalloped edges.
I placed the cupcake top on the bottom. To keep the back of the brooch smoother, I used one of my flat edged blades and spread the bottom half over the top. This made sure the depth on the back was equal.
Using a pink clay I made the little cherry/sprinkle on the top of the cupcake.
After making a few of these I found that they kind of tilt to one side when you glue on your pin backing. Therefor I later decided to create a cavity for the pin in the back of the brooch. This way the pin would set flatter in the back and the brooch would not turn on itself.
Lastly I used a fine blade to etch “Akram’s Ideas” into the back of the brooch.
I baked the brooch in the oven to the specified temperature and time as indicated on the clay directions.
Overall I’m really happy with my clay cupcake brooches, especially since this is only the second time I’ve played with clay. However, I wish I could somehow make them more uniform in scale. Still I like the ones I’ve made and plan to be placing a few in my Esty shop.