Stand out from the crowd with Ellen Kharade's monochrome jewellery
What you need...
- NECKLACE Chemset standard resin (ES 8102), Chemset hardener (ES 8203),White polymer clay, Lazertran inkjet decal paper, Crystal faceted jet glass rondelles, 10mm x 14mm x 18, Head pins, Jump rings, 5mm, Toggle clasp
- TOOLS Pliers, round-nosed, flat-nosed, snipe-nosed, Wire cutters, Clay roller, Tissue blade, Dremel hobby drill and fine drill bit, Bead piercing needles, Clear nail varnish (optional), Round cutters, small, large, Precision scales, Mixing cup, Plastic tub, Barrier cream, Laser photocopier
Necklace - 1. Download the flower motifs and photocopy onto the shiny side of a sheet of decal paper. Condition white polymer clay and roll out to a 1cm thickness. Cut out a large flower motif and place face down on the clay. Using the back of a teaspoon, rub gently over the reverse of the image and leave to set for 30 minutes.
2. Submerge the clay in water and agitate for a couple of minutes until the backing paper slides off. Place onto a piece of kitchen paper and leave to dry for an hour. Cut around the flower motif using a large round cutter. Make up another four flower motifs in the same way, this time using a smaller cutter, and bake all the pieces according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once cool, use a hobby drill to make holes through all of the beads.
3. Cover your work area with newspaper and apply barrier cream to your hands. Place a mixing cup on a set of precision scales and pour in 15g of resin and 7.5g of hardener, making 22.5g of resin in total. Stir the resin carefully until well combined. Leave for 15 minutes to thicken.
4. Carefully apply a small amount of resin to the top of a flower bead until the surface is well covered, taking care not to overfill. Add resin to the remaining beads in the same way. Cover with a plastic tub to protect from dust particles and leave overnight to cure completely.
5. Thread a flower bead onto a head pin, trim the wire to size and bend into a neat loop. Make a loop at the other end of the bead in the same way. Add looped head pins to the remaining four flower beads and 18 jet rondelles. Open up the loops and attach a jet rondelle between each flower bead, and then seven jet rondelles on each end. Attach jump rings to the necklace ends and finish with a toggle clasp and bar.
Make it yours - Make matching earrings by hanging flower and jet beads from earwires. You could use any leftover pieces to create an eye-catching brooch too.