How to Make a Bridal Barrette

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FriendyWendy Wendy Sloneker, contributor
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The finished barrette: fit for a bridal costume or the real deal.
Texture your clay with joyful abandon!
Lightly apply Rub n Buff by swiping your finger across the surface of the baked clay.
The finished barrette: fit for a bridal costume or the real deal.

The finished barrette: fit for a bridal costume or the real deal.

Photo: Wendy Sloneker

This versatile and beautiful barrette can be so many things: costume piece, hair accessory, gift, or bridal accoutrement. Simple and quick, you can work up the tulle netting while the clay is baking . . . or skip the netting and make a barrage of barrettes!


  • 2 ounces Fimo color of choice (glitter white here)
  • Acrylic slab or plate (or use wax paper)
  • Acrylic roller
  • Cornstarch (just a pinch)
  • Texture item to stamp into clay (anything that will work; I used a rubber stamp)
  • Blade
  • Toaster oven (with oven thermometer)
  • Metal barrette form
  • Rub 'n Buff (gold leaf here)
  • Soft cloth
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Tulle netting
  • Needle and thread
  • Optional: ribbons, buttons, glitter, crystals, pearls, sprays of bridal-looking flowers, birds, clear nail polish or high gloss finish

Preheat the oven to 265˚F. Check your thermometer! It is your friend!

Keep It Clean
In using a white or light-colored clay, you'll want to be sure to start with a clean workspace and clean tools—including your hands! Traces of Cheetos powder in the final product may not be the way you'd like to go here.

Roll It
Warm up half of the package of Fimo in your hands by rolling and pinching it into a malleable consistency. Roll out the clay on the acrylic pad with the roller to about a 1/2-inch thickness. Make sure the length and width of the rolled-out clay is longer than the barrette base. Take a pinch of cornstarch and smooth it over the face of the rolled-out clay to prevent stickiness. Stamp into the clay with joyful abandon—wahoo!

A pinch of cornstarch smoothed across the surface of the warm clay will prevent stickiness.


Trim the clay to the shape you'd like, and slide the blade under the clay and drape it over the barrette form.

Bake the clay on the form for 30 minutes at 265˚F, then let it cool. I mean it. Let it cool, please.

Make Mine Metallic
Separate the clay from the metal barrette form.

Metallic makes a serious difference! Don't forget the sides of the clay piece.

Lightly apply the Rub 'n Buff to the raised surfaces of the baked clay. Buff with a soft cloth until the metallic shines. You may add more shine with a clear nail polish or high-gloss finish.

Attach Tulle Netting
I worked with three netting strips that were about 6 inches wide and 3 feet long. Fold the netting in half lengthwise, and sew a running stitch along the width of the folded netting. Run the same needle through all three lengths of tulle. Gather the netting and attach it with a whipstitch to the barrette form.

Gather the tulle with a running stitch before you whipstitch the tulle to the barrette form. Almost done now!

Glue the clay to the top of the barrette and wear with pride! Continue to embellish to your heart's desire.

After the big day, you could remove the netting with a few snips and keep the barrette for everyday wear.

Polymer clay and tulle netting jump to life in a quick and simple hair dec.
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