Hello my dearest and beloved craft & DIY lovers and welcome to another weekly episode of creativity and craziness, all carefully packed into a juicy article. Or something like that 😛
Today we are going to learn how to create a simple, yet extremely adorable and cute photo frame ideal for someone’s wedding. Are you up for it?
All you need is a photo frame, some polymer clay and a lot of imagination, so let’s get started shall we?
- photo frame
- polymer clay (I chose FIMO, but you are free to try something different)
- glue or superglue
- polymer clay utensils (optional)
What you need to do:
The first step into creating a wedding photo frame is to think of the couple that you want to gift the frame to.
Think of their personality, of they are young, if they are not so young, of they like something in particular, if they have a more traditional, conservator or on the contrary a more funky style.
Once you’ve done that you know where to start. In my case I know that the bride (and groom), but especially the bride loves elephants. Also, the couple is young, really funny and extremely active, full of life and always with a smile on their beautiful faces.
As for creating the actual figurines there is no general rule or pattern. Just take the clay in your hands, press it until it gets softer and then mold it with your fingers or using the aforementioned utensils into any shape you want.
You can always go over the internet and get inspired from something that someone else did. I always do that and end up with an entire different version, which is better haha.
So, as you can see I have created my elephants. He has a bow tie and a little black hat, while she has long eyelashes and two flowers in her hair.
The next step is to bake the bride and groom figurines! Sounds a bit drastic, but that’s how the polymer clay will get stiffed.
Tip: Please read the instructions written on your polymer clay label and follow them 100%. If you don’t have an oven that has a temperature setter, then be sure to check the figurines from time to time.
I for one, don’t have a temperature setter, but I bake them for about 20 minutes at the lower level of gas. Bare in mind though, that that’s just me 😛
So, after the figurines are all baked and yummy you need to allow them between 5 to 10 minutes to cool off before gluing the pieces together (you know, glue the bow tie, the flowers etc.)
Let the glue dry for a few minutes and then you are ready to place them on the photo frame using glue (again). I went for the upper side of the photo frame, but you can choose any other part.
Tip: I decided to add a little FIMO heart just between the two elephants to symbolize their love, but also a veil for the bride. Nothing too fancy, it’s actually made from a piece of lace.
The last step is optional: you can leave the frame empty, or you can add a personal message for the newly weds.
I decided to print a few lines on a piece of paper and use an engagement ring photo (png) to form the word love.
And what do you know? Your wedding present is ready to be gifted to the lucky couple!
Personally I was very nervous about how it will turn out because although I have been making figurines and jewelry from polymer clay for years , I have never tried elephants nor something as delicate as a wedding frame.
In the end though, I think it looks adorable and the couple likes it which is the most important part.
This was it for today my dears, so please be sure to tell me your impressions in the comment section below or stalk me on social media and share your creations.
See ya all next week! Much love x