Vid #89: A Messy And Fun Technique For Creating Authentic Looking Turquoise Beads:
Last week I wrote about how a food processor can come in real handy for making imitation turquoise beads. I also provided references to some video tutorials in the library about how to use a food processor as a polymer clay tool. If you missed that article, here is the link: Faux Turquoise Bead Bracelet
The video posted further down on this page will allow you to see my turquoise bead bracelet project in more detail. It is a short introduction clip for the full tutorial video that will be posted in the members library later this week.
In the full video, I walk you step by step through the process of combining paint, beach sand and polymer clay to make imitation turquoise beads that look very much like natural stones.
The full video features a recipe for mixing your own custom turquoise color, as well as ways to use the standard Premo turquoise color right out of the package.
The full video also goes into detail about making a faux turquoise cane. Slices from this cane cane be used for wrapping around larger beads and other projects. Or you can pre-bake the cane slices and embed them into other faux stone beads like amber and coral. You can even make the cane slices into one flat sheet for making bookmarks or wrapping around pens and tins. So many uses!
Other techniques discussed in the full tutorial video include: (1) Adding tiny nuggets of Gold or Copper colored clay into the turquoise mix, like what you might see in natural stone. (2) Customizing the color of the stone “veining” by using different black, brown or dark green paints.
If you like to make polymer clay beads, then making faux turquoise beads is a must on your list of techniques to learn. Just think of the possibilities for your jewelry designs!
Here’s That “Link Below” Referred To at End of the Video
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The full version of the “Turquoise Beads“ preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-007 Back Issue Package.
In this “Faux Turquoise Beads” video I demonstrate how to make realistic looking “stone” beads in three different shapes: round, square and nugget. I also show you how to make a faux turquoise cane, perfect for any project where you would use cane slices. Other topics include:
- A custom turquoise color recipe.
- Using standard prepackaged clay colors.
- What to do if you don’t have a food processor.
- Adding tiny nuggets of clay to simulate gold or copper deposits.
- Using different paint colors to different veining effects.