Yay we’re back to tutorials again today it’s how to DIY your own flatback pearls!

Still no real internet but dong my best. Thanks for sticking with me and I promise that all comments will be replied to very soon *fingers crossed*

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Do you guys ever get to the end of a gigantic deco project and realize you don’t have enough jewels or pearls to finish? I HATE that feeling. I hate having unfinished projects too! Especially if I’ve ordered from overseas it takes forever to get another order ;_;

So this is a stop gap solution I’ve found to avoid having to wait for an order from overseas!

What you need to DIY your own flatback pearls:

  • String of cheap pearls or something round and the right size
  • Fimo or Sculpy clay
  • Sharp knife
  • White nail polish
  • Pearl nail polish (I’m using a Sally Hansen)

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Ok first thing is first. Get your Fimo/Sculpey and using a colour you don’t like make a blob.

Using your string of pearls press in over half way to create a nice round dent.

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Like this:

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If you’re doing it with a loose pearl/bead then use a piece of thread to fish it out of the mold like this:

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Now cook your mold according to the packet instructions.

Using the mold you’ve just created start making pearls. Do this by taking a large chunk of some Fimo/Sculpey pressing it into the mold, pulling it out and slicing it off the round part with a sharp knife. It will take some practice before you get the technique down ^_^

Now cook your pearls and let them cool. It doesn’t matter what colour you made them because it’s time to paint!

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Lay your pearls out on paper or something you don’t mind getting polish on. Paint them white.

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It will most likely take you a few coats of white if you started with a dark colour. You can see I was experimenting with a few other pearls shapes below too ^_^

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This is roughly what you want to end up with:

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Now lets turn them into pearls!

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This takes a few coats too. Make sure you let them dry completely before each new coat or they will never dry properly!

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Peel them off the paper and you will end up with something like this:

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If you made them with a dark colour you might want to paint the bottoms too but it might effect how well they stick for deco projects.

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So they are not perfect and they aren’t as good as store bought ones buuuuut they are perfect space fillers in deco projects and once they are surrounded by other jewels you will never tell the difference ^_^

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So yay for tutorials again! Let me know if any of you diy your own flatback pearls, I’d love to see how they turn out!