wire cut to size
beads size 11
beads for the Bead tips
Liquid Sculpey (TLS)
Pearl Ex Powders
length of wire the size
of the wing you want to make plus about 1/8th of an inch.
wire in a lazy S shape, elongating the curves so the beads will still
the wire. It should look like this:
the large bead and place it at the end of the wire. This will act as
stopper. If the wire does not hold the bead in place, take the bead
and put a little Super Glue gel on the wire (don’t use too much;
the glue to damage the bead or show when the wing is finished).
large bead back on the tip, hold in place until the glue sets (watch
fingers!). String the beads onto the wire and reshape as necessary.
beaded wire on the pane of glass, pressing down so that the beaded wire
right next to the pane of glass. The number of wires you will cut and
depends upon the style of wing that you want. On my bigger fairies I
use three for the larger wing and two for the lower wing.
next wire will be slightly shorter or longer, again
depending upon how you want your wing to look. Bend gently following
of your first beaded wire and follow the instructions for the first
this wire next to the first wire on the pane of glass, spacing it about
inch from the first one. It should look like this:
look like either of these:
third wire will be shorter
than the second wire and either bent the opposite way or in the same
depending again on the look you want.
the third wire is in place
next to the pane of glass, you can add more, depending upon what you
wing to look like.
you have the wires beaded and the shape you want, outline the beaded
the TLS. Apply the TLS right next to the beaded wire so the TLS
under the beads. Try not to get much or any at all on the top part of
This requires a steady hand!
wires are outlined, put a few large dots of TLS in the middle of the
brush to spread it inside the whole wing. I usually drag and shape the
form the edges of the wings with the brush. You want the TLS to be
not so much that it fills up to the top of the beaded wires. Take the
up to where the wires join but leave 1/8th of an inch to place in
the holes you have made on the fairy body.
Bake in a
300-degree oven for 20 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to see if
clear. If not, wait a few more minutes. When the wings are clear,
of glass out of the oven. You can lift the edges of the wires straight
should be able to release the wings from the glass immediately. If the
stick, wait until the wings cool. The wires will be heavy and want to
from the TLS, so lift up the three wires where the TLS ends, if this
like to lift them immediately only to shape the inside part of the
sometimes the beaded wires do not want to lift off immediately. So do
slowly. If you can lift them gently, squeeze the beaded wires together
to form a
fold in the TLS. It will cool with a fold.
wings have cooled, it's time for color. I use Pearl Ex powders because of the
product gives the wings. Using a brush, apply a tiny amount of Pearl Ex powder
surface of the TLS. Try not to get any on the beaded wires. When you
spread on the wing, gently tap the wing on the Pearl Ex powder bottle to release any
and return that to the bottle. Take your finger and rub the powder
that it adheres to the clay. I usually do this on the backside of the
You can use more than one color of Pearl Ex, depending upon the
wings are created in the same way the upper wings are, just a smaller
same way I make the wings without the beaded wires except I use the
wire (florist wire) and I buy the thinnest gauge.