“You’ve inspired me to order some alcohol inks. Had to get clay anyway so I figured what the heck.” ~Silverleaf
One of my favorite craft supplies to use with polymer clay, is alcohol ink. It is deeply pigmented and in my opinion, has unlimited uses for all kinds of techniques. Here are a few of them:
1) Tint Liquid Polymer Clay: Just a few drops mixed into some Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS), Bake and Bond, Fimo Gel or Kato Liquid can give you a tinted translucent clay that can be painted on clay or used as tinted washes for techniques such as faux ceramic and antiquing. Mix in some mica powder for a metallic look.
2) Tint Solid Translucent Clay: A drop of alcohol ink will also tint your solid translucent polymer clay without affecting its opacity. Let the alcohol evaporate before mixing into clay.
3) Use As An Exciting Colorant: You can see examples of projects at these links…
- Alcohol Ink Effects on Crackled Gold Leaf
- Faux Raku Beads for Bead Jewelry Projects
- Faux Pebbles – Beach Jewelry Projects
- Anjou Pear Beads for Summer Jewelry
4) Use To Color Non-Porous Items: Alcohol ink will color metal, glass and acrylic surfaces that you may include in your jewelry pieces. I find if you make sure the ink is applied to clean, oil free items and then heat set with an embossing gun, the ink will adhere best.
5) Other Ideas: You can also use alcohol ink in many faux techniques such as faux opal, faux jade, faux ceramic, faux stained glass and faux enamel… all of which I plan to teach you in time. So much to do, so little time :)
Hopefully you can see there are lots of creative uses for alcohol ink. Pick up a bottle or two and start playing with it. Here’s some info about the Tim Holtz Adirondack inks that I have been using quite a bit lately: Using Alcohol Ink with Polymer Clay
You can even make a reasonable homemade version with the recipe at this link: Alcohol Ink Techniques for Polymer Clay Artists
So what else do you want to know about alcohol inks and polymer clay. Comments, questions, ideas? Post them below.
By the way, the Spotlight article scheduled for this coming Friday (September 4th), will feature Sliverleaf’s (she’s a member here) beautifully crackled leaf pendants colored with… you guessed it… alcohol inks! In her write up she will be discussing challenges, solutions and selling successes. You won’t want to miss it!