Do You Raku? Well Now You Can Faux Your Way To Success With These Polymer Clay Instructions:
A cool thing about polymer clay is how you can combine different crafting materials to get one stunning effect. The bead in the picture is a smooth version of a faux raku bead created with white Premo clay, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments, rubbing alcohol and water.
Inspired by the many techniques of Tim Holtz, I thought it would be fun to get a splotchy effect on my beads with three different colors of alcohol ink.
I dripped small dots of each color randomly on a sheet of glass and spritzed it with a 50:50 mix of water and rubbing alcohol. The water and alcohol mix causes the ink to spread in cool little droplets and swirl and mix together.
I then dipped the edges of a square bead, shaped from white Premo Sculpey clay until all the clay was covered. You do have to move fairly quickly since alcohol ink dries very fast, though the water does help slow it down.
Once the bead was inked, I dabbed a few different colors of Pearl Ex powders to bring a raku effect to the bead.
Since creating this bead I have created a more realistic version of a crackled raku which I will show you in a future post but I still very much love the style of this one and will make many more of them.
If you guys are interested, I will make some videos on this faux raku bead technique as well as the new crackled version. Let me know if the topic interests you by leaving a comment below. Your comments act like votes to let me know what you find most interesting.