Faux Turquoise and Crackled Gold Leaf Polymer Clay Inlay Technique

Faux Bone Polymer Clay Inlay “I love the versatility of all the projects you have shown us throughout the year… so much clay so little time.” ~Sam-M

Polymer clay is just so cool, it’s hard not to get excited about all the many possibilities! At least that’s how I felt after finishing the project pictured above. It’s Faux Turquoise and Crackled Gold Leaf, inlayed into a Faux Bone covered container.

This project ended up as a Christmas gift for my Dad, and I just love how it looks (so did he).

I’ll be making some Faux Inlay Pendants soon… and would be happy to demonstrate how to make them for you guys, in an upcoming library video.

I’ve seen techniques in a book but since I’ve been a member, I’ve discovered how much better it is to see a process actually demonstrated. ~Rose-M

If you’re interested in learning how to do polymer clay inlay work, please cast your vote in comments section at the end of this article. Your feedback, whether positive or negative, is what helps to determine which tutorials get filmed next.

Inlay with polymer clay is a fun thing to learn. You can embed pretty much anything into a polymer clay base.  But the faux techniques such as faux turquoise, faux bone, faux wood, faux amber, faux stone and even crackled gold leaf with ink… all suit this technique especially well.

The faux bone container in the photo above looks so real, that it is a bit of a shock to feel how light it actually is. There is no glossy finish on the container. All the shine comes from a very thorough hand sanding and buffing with a Dremel rotary tool. It feels so smooth and timeworn in your hands, you’d swear it had been around for generations.

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  1. Sharon, 03 January, 2010

    Cindy, I’d love to see the inlay technique. The box is wonderful, too, and hope you will plan to show us how to make that as well. The instruction in your videos is very clear and easy to follow.

  2. Elizabeth S., 03 January, 2010

    Oh, be still my heart! Cindy, if you lined up a hundred people I’ll bet none would recognize that this is not wood. It’s so beautiful with the inlays. I sure hope the votes are for an inlay video. Mine sure is!

  3. JoyceM, 03 January, 2010

    Hi Cindy,
    My vote is a great big YES, please give us a tutorial on this technique.
    OH, 2010 is going to be beautiful. This will be a great gift giver and we can start early. Something for everyone and anyone with our imaginations to guide us. Love it, can you tell?


  4. DJ, 03 January, 2010

    I’m in….inlays can be used in so many different ways. The container not only looks great, but the finish seems as though it would feel nice just to hold.What a nice gift for your dad Cindy, lucky guy!

  5. Anna Sabina, 03 January, 2010

    I love it. Way Cool. I would LOVE to see a Tut on Inlay work. I wish i could have been a mouse in the corner as gifts you made were opened. how did you nephew like his book? ow did you top that for Fisher?

    Glad you took time off for the Holidays. welcome back.

  6. Cindy Graveline, 03 January, 2010

    I would love to see video!

  7. Ken H., 03 January, 2010

    that is beautiful, count me in for learning the inlay technique.

  8. Jocelyn, 03 January, 2010

    Vote yes! More Dremel!

  9. Lisa Whitham, 03 January, 2010

    Gorgeous! I would be interested in learning the inlay technique too…

  10. Ritzs, 03 January, 2010

    OH; yes please Cindy I think your gift for your Dad is so nice you are so clever, talented, genius, and generous, for sharing it all with us a masive thank you.

  11. Carole Anne holt, 03 January, 2010

    yes please a video would be grate thanks, it seems to be an overwhelming yes vote so far

  12. Lawrence, 03 January, 2010

    Cindy, your dad is so lucky to have such a talented daughter. How can he not appreciate such a beautiful gift, The inlay box is exceptional. I can hardly wait to try your method.

  13. Maureen, 03 January, 2010

    You know me Cindy…I say yes to everything you want to show us!!

  14. ATLMicki, 03 January, 2010

    Please teach the technique. I would love to learn it!

  15. Claycass, 03 January, 2010

    Love your container. I am sure your dad loved the gift. May I ask – what did you cover? – Was it tin, paper, wood, or other?

  16. aims, 03 January, 2010

    Count me in of course!

  17. sam miller, 03 January, 2010

    I would love to learn the inlay technique. I have tried it but would love to see Cindy’s “take” on it.

  18. Peggy, 03 January, 2010

    I’m in the YES line also. Have you ever had a no line???
    Watch out 2010 her comes Cindy and her followers!
    Thanks again Cindy!
    Uuuuuuuuuugggggggggs to all.

  19. Lupe Meter, 03 January, 2010

    I would also love to learn how to inlay with polymer clay. I bet your dad loved his gift…a beautiful container! It really does look like bone!

  20. Catalina, 03 January, 2010

    Yes, count me in too! You beat me to the punch. I have been thinking about this type of faux. Can’t wait to see how you simplify it.

  21. Cindy Lietz, 03 January, 2010

    Thank you everyone for your great feedback! I had it on my list to teach you guys this technique in July but since you all seem to want it real bad, I will bump it forward.

    @Claycass: The container was actually an aluminum tin with a lid that originally held a scented candle in it. It had that ancient look to it and was the perfect size for covering. And Yes, he really did like it. Thanks!

  22. illaya, 04 January, 2010

    I also am in for this inlay technique. I have a feel for it but have not been able to completely master it. I know that I will see what I am doing wrong by watching your demo Cindy. Bring it on!!!!! I have a nice bone sheet ready to go. Thanks to your Vol-019-3 Faux Bone Video.

  23. Linda K., 05 January, 2010

    What a beautiful technique, Cindy. I never had any interest in this type of inlay design before, but now that I see what you’ve done, I need to know how!

  24. SANDRA G, 08 January, 2010

    yes! yes! yes! I would love to see how it’s made. Your videos help me to go where this woman has never gone before. Thanks and happy new year.

  25. carolyn, 10 January, 2010

    Cindy – I would really like to learn how to inlay. On my solo motorhome trip this past fall I met up with a gal and we went rock hunting on BLM land on the border of NM and AZ and found some really great fire agates. Some are small and would probably lend themselves to this technique.

  26. Phaedrakat, 31 January, 2010

    What a beautiful technique! That does look incredibly real–so glossy and gorgeous! I can’t wait to learn it. I have quite a few polymer clay books that show various inlays & fauxs, but I never tackled them. I’m so happy this will be in the February videos. I know Cindy will simplify this so that I will actually do it!

    But first, Kaleidoscope Canes. Hehehe…

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