Vid #042: Shavings From Crayola Crayons Can be Mixed Into Polymer Clay For A Very Cool Effect:
The basic definition of a polymer clay inclusion is actually pretty self explanatory. Simply put, you just add or include creative things into your clay mixes and recipes. The resulting beads you make with these inclusions can turn out to be very stunning and gorgeous.
I often mix shavings from crayola crayons into translucent clay. For a greater depth of color in the finished beads, use several shades of the same crayon color, as well as a variety of sizes of shavings. Fine shavings melt first and bleed into the translucent polymer clay. Courser shavings on the other hand, leave behind stronger or more dominant flecks and distinguished markings.
I know you will have tons of fun experimenting with all kinds of polymer clay inclusions. The unlimited number of creative possibilities will keep you going for a long long time.
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The full version of the “Crayon Shaving Inclusion” preview video shown above, is part of a free bonus package that I give away as a special promotion with the purchase of my Polymer Clay Bead Making Fundamentals Course. In this video I demonstrate how to use various sizes of crayon shavings to achieve different effects. I also discuss:
- What brands of polymer clay work best for inclusion projects.
- How the melting point of the crayon wax affects your beads.
- Tips on how to protect your bead rack during the baking process.
- And much more.