Vid #106: Gorgeous Colors and Metal Crackles Protected Beneath a Glassy Smooth Layer of Translucent:
The diversity of polymer clay never ceases to amaze me. Last week in the members library I demonstrated how to make rough and organic looking faux pebble beads. But this week’s library video project (to be released on Friday May 15th), can be described as classy, elegant and refined. Two extremes, same medium. Don’t you just love it!
In this Vol-012-2 tutorial you will learn how to create a stunning sheet of polymer clay suitable for pendants, earrings and wrapping around beads.
I use black clay for the base, copper metal leaf, Stream Green + Wild Plum colored alcohol inks, and translucent clay. However for your project, you could use any of the metal leafs (gold, silver, copper, etc.) and any combination of ink and clay colors. It’s up to you.
One of the cool tricks you’ll learn in this week’s tutorial video, is how to use translucent clay in a way that allows you to buff and polish your creations to a super glossy finish. Most crackled polymer clay projects are not finished like this, because the surface effects are not protected well enough to allow for sanding.
This cool translucent layering technique can also be used to protect other projects as well… like image transfers. You are going to absolutely love knowing how to do this.
The full version of the video will be available in the library on Friday (May 15). But further down on this page is a little sneak peak clip for you to watch right now if you like.
Here’s That “Link Below” Referred To at End of the Video
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The full version of the “Crackled Leaf” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-012 Back Issue Package.
The following topics are covered in this “Ink on Crackled Leaf” video:
- Tips for adding metal leaf to a sheet of raw polymer clay.
- Tricks for adding alcohol ink to the metal leaf to get vibrant color bleeding effects.
- How to use your pasta machine so that your crackle pattern crackles the way you want it to.
- Ways to repair the crackled leaf sections should some come off on the pasta machine rollers.
- Sealing everything up with an ultra thin layer of translucent which can then be sanded, buffed and polished to a very glossy finish.
- Ideas for using this translucent trick to protect other delicate surfaces as well… like image transfers.
- How to avoid trapping those nasty bubbles and air pockets so they don’t show up during the baking process.
- Using cutters to make matching pendant and earring jewelry sets.
- Discussion of how to use the tile sandwich baking technique.
- Future floor finish, varathane, resins and liquid clay options.