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A clay & metal marquee inspired name brooch with crystal pin lights!
I tried to dream up the fiddliest project I could think of to put the Embellie Gellie to the test and these marquee letters with crystal embellished pin heads was as simple as could be.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1115 projects »
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  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 1
    Step 1

    Lay the can flat under several books overnight to help flatten it out.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trace out your letters on paper and cut out.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Trace around the letters onto the back of your flat beer can, remembering to flip the letters to face the wrong way.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 4
    Step 4

    To get the metal for the necklace, carefully remove the top and bottom of a beer can with a can opener and then cut down the middle with a pair of scissors. Wash and clean the can before you start crafting with it - I used the Best Ever Cleaner to clean mine.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 5
    Step 5

    Carefully cut the letters out of the can. Using a cutting knife to remove the middle of any letters.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 6
    Step 6

    Punch holes around your letters with a hole punch.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 7
    Step 7

    Take a ball of fimo and roll into a flat disc a little larger than your letters.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 8
    Step 8

    Press the first letter into the clay and then cut thin strips of metal from the can and create a trim around the outline of your letters.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 9
    Step 9

    Outline the whole letter.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 10
    Step 10

    Then take more clay and mould it around the outside of the letter, to the same height as the metal outline, packing the letter in nice and tight.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut away the excess clay from the edges of the letters, leaving a small outline of clay.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 12
    Step 12

    Make the remaining letters and then mould together, sticking some extra clay to the back to hold them in place.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 13
    Step 13

    Neaten up your letters with a cutting knife until you're happy with your design.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 14
    Step 14

    To make the lights, I trimmed down some thick dressmaking pins with wire cutters.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 15
    Step 15

    Press a pin into each of the holes of the letters.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 16
    Step 16

    Bake in an oven until hard.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 17
    Step 17

    This is where the Embellie Gellie came in handy.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 18
    Step 18

    Coat each of the pin heads with a little glue. I used ScraPerfect's Best Ever Glue.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 19
    Step 19

    Use the Embellie Gellie to carefully place a crystal on top of each pin.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 20
    Step 20

    Leave to dry.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 21
    Step 21

    Glue a brooch back onto the back and leave to dry.

  • How to mold a clay brooch. Marquee Name Brooch - Step 22
    Step 22

    Put your new brooch on and sparkle away!

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MischievousRaven
MischievousRaven · Shrewsbury, England, GB · 51 projects
its almost steampunky Happy
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1398 projects
Yeah it is a little will all the metal. I should make something steampunk next time! x
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