Handmade in polymer clay, these wedding cufflinks are personalised for the Groom with his wedding date in Roman numerals.
Step 1: Plan it out on paper. Making Roman Numerals in polymer clay involves a bit of thinking. There were lots of lines nad cuts to make so I planned it all out first and took it very slowly so I didnt make mistakes.
Step 2: Make the cuts….you have to be brave, but one you start adding your black sheets to create your lines it gives you such a buzz.
Step 3: Make the colour blends for the ribbon design of the cufflink. I used a maroon coloured clay and blended it with black and white by rolling i through my pasta machine, a tchnique known as a ‘Skinner blend’.
Step 4: Make a long strip of blended clay into a ‘blended stack’ by carefully folding it back and forth.
Step 5: Cut and recombine the blended stack to create a block that blends to white in the middle and dark at the edges.
Step 6: Line the long edges with thin layers of white and black clay to give more definition and an illution of dimention to the final piece.
Step 7: Reduse the size of the Romal numeral blocks so that they fit snugly within the arranged ‘ribbon’ blocks.
Step 8: When your blocks are all the right sizes and positioned correctly, gently squeeze the square cane to confirm the pattern.
Step 9: I wrapped the cane in a thin sheet of black to give a smarter look, then reduce to cufflink size whilst taking care to maintain the srqight edges and square corners.
Step 10: Slice, bake, sand and buff. Then use Epoxy glue to fix the silver plated cufflink backs in place and allow to se for at least 48 hours.