Polymer Clay Tutorial | Faux Bone, Faux Ivory Technique

Polymer Clay Faux Bone and Faux Ivory

Vid #136: “There are always such wonderful learning opportunities to look forward to here.” ~Elizabeth-S

Polymer Clay has become very popular as an art medium, partially because of it’s ability to mimic almost any material. One thing it is excellent at copying, is Bone and Ivory.

So coming up on Friday December 18th in the polymer clay library (Volume-019-3), I will show you just how simple it is to create your own beads and pendants with the look of Faux Bone or Ivory.

Thank you. Thank you. As always there are always such wonderful learning opportunities to look forward to here. It’s getting so I count down the days in the week based on how many there are to go before Friday’s tutorial. ~Elizabeth-S

I am so looking forward to December for obvious reasons you have listed. I love faux ivory, have made it before but I know you are going to show me a new easier more understandable way. There isn’t a week in Dec. that won’t be full of fun and incredible talent. It is like having Christmas every weekend of the month. Thank you once again for all you have done for me. You have inspired my polymer clay talents to heights I never thought I would have. THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU!!!! ~Peggy-B

Supplies List: Video-019-3: Faux Bone or Ivory:

Polymer Clay:

  • Translucent Polymer Clay. I prefer Premo Sculpey’s Regular Translucent for it’s yellowish tone, but Premo Frost, Fimo Translucent or Kato Translucent will work too.
  • White Polymer Clay. I used Premo.
  • Ecru Polymer Clay. I used Premo. If using another brand you may have to adjust the formula to get the desired color

Supplies:

  • Brown Antiquing Medium, Brown Shoe Polish or Brown Acrylic Paint. I used Studio by Sculpey Antiquing Medium in Chocolate Brown.
  • Water to keep rubber stamp from sticking to clay.
  • Paper Towels.

The full version of the Vid-019-3 Faux Bone or Ivory Tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday December 18th, 2009. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “Faux Bone or Ivory” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-019 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

Cindy: There are no words to describe how much I love your videos! I have books and tapes but nothing can compare to your videos.  Each video is concise and clear. Even the camera angle is superb. Other videos are shot from the front and you see more of the teacher than what she or he is actually doing. I go back to your videos time and time again because no matter how much I watch, I still need to check out something once I actually begin the hands-on portion. The cost is more than fair. I don’t know if it is profitable for you but I intend to stay a member as long as you are available. Even in these difficult times the price is affordable. I wake up on Friday and think, Oh great! Today another video is available. You are the best and I am thrilled that I found you. On top of everything else you seem to be such a sweet and unassuming person so each video is like a visit with a good friend. I love you, Cindy! ~Beverle-S

The following topics are included in this week’s “Faux Ivory, Bone” video tutorial:

  • See examples of several different beads charms and pendants made with the Faux Bone Technique.
  • Discussion of the type of clay and mixtures to get the look of bone or ivory.
  • Demonstration on how to create the cane used in the faux bone technique as well as options for creating a faux ivory cane.
  • Learn how to ‘try not to be perfect’ in order for the technique to look more realistic.
  • Techniques for finishing your bone beads so that they have that time worn look.

The full version of the “Faux Bone or Ivory” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-019 Back Issue Package.


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Comments

  1. I am looking forward to this. I’ve seen the technique in a book but since I’ve been a member (1 week) I’ve discovered how much better it is to see a process actually demonstrated.

  2. @Elizabeth S.: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5…

    @Rose: Welcome to the library. I learn best by watching demonstrations too…. go figure :-)

    The video tutorial for this week is a perfect example of a technique that is so simple to do, but that will also give you stunning results.

  3. This sounds good! I did make a “bone” looking piece once and would like to see how you do it, Cindy. I’m sure it will be easier than how I did it!

  4. Looking forward to seeing this one for sure! I loooove the look of those beads in your intro video! Can’t wait to see how to do these…

  5. Cindy and all

    So excited for Friday and the faux bone lesson. For inspiration, I visited a website of an artist from NH, who specializes in creating prehistorical artifacts.

    Hope you all enjoy her site and work as much as I do! She also has a new etsy site.

    luannudell.com

    etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5271220

  6. I am new to these comments but I wanted to add my two cents! I wanted to tell you that when I am sanding my beads, I put a sponge under the sandpaper in the tub of water to cushion the bead while I am sanding the bead gets sanded more evenly. It works really well for me – I don’t know if anyone has thought of it before me – great minds think alike!

  7. Thanks everyone! I hope you love the tutorial! See you tomorrow…

    Thanks Jocelyn for the inspiration! Glad to see you back around. I trust you are feeling better?

    Hi Connie, thanks for the sanding tip! I love to hear people’s 2 cents…. Makes this a better site that way!

  8. LOVE THE VIDEO – Another great lesson Cindy, you must of waited till the stroke of midnight then put your video up. I was awake and thought I would sneak into my husbands study just in case and there was the video waiting for me. I love the way you take a technique and simplify it. I have made these before and they are so much fun to work with. I can’t wait till next week the week after that and that and that. I simply love your lessons.
    THANKS!!

  9. Just getting ready to return to bed and remembered the first time I tried the faux bone. This kind of clay will work great with the metal leather stamps. Thanks to the video I’m going to try some more this weekend if I can find time. Will try to take some pictures and send you Cindy. I know someone had mentioned before or asked about using the leather stamps and I love using them on clay as much as rubber stamps only they offer so many small detailed stamps I prefer to work with on beads and pendants. If you haven’t tried them and have some this is the video they will work great with.

  10. This was very cool! To make cane so you can have even more control over it was a nice surprise. I think this will work when trying to make faux wood. Just use “wood” colors. I think this will be easier for me to make little tables and chairs for my doll house (which by the way was the first reason I got into polymer clay) I ended up becoming very distracted by your videos!! So many ideas so little time!!

  11. Cindy, thank you for the tutorial today about the faux bone. As always, you made it easier, better and more fun. I’ve seen a couple demos on this but they made it look difficult. I’ve tried it a couple times and was too precise on the stacking and cutting. I like your way “Very Real”.

    There just aren’t enough Fridays in the week.

    Thanks again, hope you have a great holiday.

    • @Kriss: Hi Kriss, did you end up making the pendants you mentioned in your comment? If so, I’ll bet the girls loved them!

      @Catalina: I think doing this with wood colors is a smart idea! It would definitely give a wood-grain look. Did you end up making the doll-house furniture? I’d love to see pics, if you have them… (hehehe – sounds so cute & fun!)

      • @Phaedrakat: Yes, I did make some doll furniture. It was the main reason why I got started in polymer clay. I’ll have to take some photos and share them. I think it was my husband who got me distracted and into beads. I just can’t seem to find the time to do more furniture. I even wanted to make my own dolls. Well, maybe when they come up with a way to make a 48 hour day I’ll be able to do it all!! LOL!! (How does Cindy do it? Because I have no clue!)

        • @Catalina: I know what you mean about Cindy — she really does a lot. She’s a mom & a wife, too! Yeah, a 48-hour day would be great for getting things done. On the other hand, people & life in general would find ways make more demands of our time, anyway. We’d still need more hours! We don’t really have a choice in the matter, anyway. Or do we? ;-0

          I’d love to see your doll furniture, it sounds so cute. When you get a chance, maybe you should make a couple of dolls, too. I bet you’d make them really adorable! (Unless your DH saw them, and tried to make some baseball players, instead ;-)) I know I’m not very good at sculpting, but you’ve already tried it, right? Whoops, change subject. I just looked at your Etsy store again, because I thought I’d seen some sculpted pieces there last time. Instead I saw some beautiful new things! Your Faux Dichroic heart pendant is gorgeous (with great wire-wrapping.) And that cute Maltese picture frame, with your baby in it… I can see why you need the longer days — you’ve been so busy! Not just claying, but creating, or at least practicing, new techniques. Your Catalina Turquoise is beautiful, too (wanna share your secret?)

          Anyway, if you get a chance, show us some pictures of your furniture, it sounds really pretty. And if do you feel like sharing, I’d love to know what kind of embossing powder you used for your dichroic. It’s soooo beautiful. It really does look like glass — did you tint the trans with clay, or inks or…? Okay, I’ll stop raving about your pretty things… 8-b

          In the mean time, good luck with your sales and fantastic creations! Have fun! :D And “Gooooo Tigers!” huh? lol

          • @Kat: Hi! You beat me to the punch. I just sent Cindy a photo of my doll table. Maybe she will post it. If she can’t get to it you can contact me thought my etsy site and I’ll email the photos! (Anyone else interested, as well!)

            Thank you for checking my etsy shop. Your comments made my day! I’m thinking of making the Heart pendant, the Faux Dichroic Glass, into the first item I will donate a percentage to Breast Cancer Awareness. I was very please with the outcome but I have a few “issues” to work out. One being the size of wire I’m using. Got to go down a size. It would be easier to work with.

            I have been meaning to share my “secret” to my “CATALINA” Turquoise. I thought I had lost the recipe BUT I did find it! Whew!! So, Now I have to write the process down and share!

            Yea! Go Tigers!!!! You really got my attention with that!!! Season is going to start soon so I will have time to do more CATALINA Indian bead jewelry! I love to work on that while listening to a game. Even though I love the “CAT STATION” (my basement office/clay-ground) I need a change of scenery now and then! LOL!!

  12. Okay, so I broke my promise to myself & watched another one. Couldn’t help it – your videos are too good. I just love how you make your cane with small amounts. You can always make them bigger if needed, but the way you do it is awesome, you can just grab some clay and get started. If for some reason (none I can think of, I’m just sayin’) it doesn’t work out, you’ve only used a little bit of clay. It’s also nice because if you only have a bit of time, you don’t have to set aside a big chunk of time to condition a whole bunch of clay. With your method, before you know it, you’ve got a faux bone/ivory cane & ready to make some beads! Incredible, Cindy. You really know how to inspire a gal (or guy!) Thanks again!

  13. I’m the lucky one because I get to see everyone’s pictures first :-)

    Catalina, your miniature doll stuff is adorable. Whey don’t you send me a close up f the table and maybe of a couple of the other items and I’ll put together a spotlight feature article to make sure everyone gets a chance to see your work.

      • @Catalina: Can’t wait to see them, Catalina! I need to come visit your etsy shop, and message you, so I can I get that sneak peak – I’m eager to see! Thank goodness you found your secret Catalina Turquoise recipe, that would have been horrible to lose it! It’s really pretty. I think it’s admirable that you give part of your sales to charities, besides breast cancer, I think I remember seeing something about your doggie barrettes going to an animal charity, right? You’re awesome! I remember the CAT station, I wasn’t around when you posted it, but I ran across the article later. Your studio is amazing! I had the beginnings of a nice setup when I had my own place, but now that I live with family, space is beyond limited. (It really messes with creativity when you have to put everything right away each time. Luckily, I’m working on a new setup that’s more forgiving.) Anyway, I’ll mosey over to your etsy & leave a message later. Hopefully, you’re still in a sharing mood (plus, I need to catch you before Tigers’ opening day ;~D ) Talk to ya soon!

  14. @Phaedrakat: Cindy has the photos in line to post so, if you can’t wait let me know. Thanks for all the nice comments about my shop and my “Cat Station!” It is hard to be creative when you have to set up and clean up everytime. Believe me my space gets pretty trashed at times. Well, I’m working on the Catalina Turquoise to share with you all. So, I gotta run for now.

  15. NEW PHOTOS JUST ADDED:

    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Faux Bone), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Melinda Herron. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

    BTW: Thanks to everyone above, who took the time to comment in this thread. Your feedback, support and fun conversations are always such a wonderful part of my day. Although I don’t get a chance to address everyone individually, please know that I do read everything. ~Cindy

  16. NEW PHOTOS JUST ADDED:

    Turquoise Polymer Clay

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to a topic on this page (Catalina’s Turquoise Secret), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Catalina (of course). The link by my name will take you to where you can see the pictures and the write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  17. NEW PHOTOS JUST ADDED:

    Polymer Clay Tribal Purse Bead Project by Lisa Whitham

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Faux Bone Beads), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Lisa-W. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  18. NEW PHOTOS ADDED:

    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to a topic discussed on this page (Miniature Dollhouse Furniture), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Catalina. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up about her other pics.

  19. JUST POSTED… Member project photos that relate to the theme of this page… Polymer Clay Faux Bone Technique.

    Polymer Clay Art Faux Bone Jewelry

    You can view the larger images by clicking on the link by my name.

    BTW: Thanks to everyone above, who took the time to comment in this thread. Your feedback, support and engaging conversations are always such a wonderful part of my day. Although I don’t get a chance to address everyone individually, please know that I do read and give consideration to everything that is said here. ~Cindy

  20. Hi Cindy,

    I made some beads following your faux bone tutorial and I’m quite pleased with the outcome. They are far from perfect but for a first try I’m happy :)

    The reason I’m sending these pictures is not to boast (we Swedes are a modest people ;) ) but to genuinely thank you for helping me feel it was doable. I always think too much when I want to make something and it always stops there. But your teaching inspires me to stop analyzing so much and dive in and do it. So thank you, Cindy! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a wonderful tutor and bubbly person (you always make me smile).

    Much love,
    Cecilia
    Polymer Clay Faux Bone by Cecilia Kirketerp

    • Thank you so much for saying these words Cecilia! You are right about people often over analyzing something and getting stuck by it. Sometimes the best thing to do is just jump! It is not like you’re actually jumping off a cliff when you try something new in polymer clay… you’re just squishing a lump of soft plastic clay. The worst thing that can happen is you have a lump of muddy colored clay to put on the inside of a bead. So go for it! It feels great when you do!

      I love the design of your bone beads. The stamp designs you chose are perfectly suited to the scrim show look. Just keep doing what you’re doing and you will see improvement every day. Glad you are getting out of your own way and are enjoying the process. Great job!

  21. “It is not like you’re actually jumping off a cliff when you try something new in polymer clay… you’re just squishing a lump of soft plastic clay.”

    I should print those words and put up above my work place. ;D

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