Faux Wood Jewelry Made With Custom Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Wood Grain

How To Make Sculpey and Fimo Clay Look Like Real Wooden Beads, Boards or Even Dollhouse Furniture:

Natural looking jewelry made of wood, stone and shell are quite popular right now in the fashion magazines. Did you know you can quite easily imitate the look of wood using polymer clay?

One way of imitating wood is to layer several shades of browns, creams, grays and pearls, depending on the species of wood you want to create. Then compress the layers into a thin sheet. If you cut, stack and re-roll this block a few times you will be able create thin stripes in the clay that mimic the grain of the wood.

Once you have reached the desired fineness of the grain you can roll this sheet into a jelly roll cane from the side so that the stripes go the length of the cane and the spiral is at the ends. Much like a real log.

If you now cut this ‘log’ into ‘boards’ and lay them side by side you will have a sheet of wood, which you can cut into pendants, wrap around beads or whatever you like.

With some creativity you can use the end slices of the log to create knots in your wood pieces. You can even add ‘nails’ to the ‘boards’ for a more realistic look, like in the photo above.

In the Polymer Clay Tutor Library (Volume-007) are some recipes for making the following four different species of faux wood colors:

  • Blonde Wood (Library Volume-007-1A)
  • Barn Wood (Library Volume-007-2A)
  • Cherry Wood (Library Volume-007-3A)
  • Walnut Wood (Library Volume-007-4A)
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  1. Cindy Erickson, 27 November, 2008

    Cindy, I’m looking forward as always!!! :)

  2. Cindy Erickson, 27 November, 2008


  3. Cindy Lietz, 27 November, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too Cindy E.!

  4. Lupe Meter, 28 November, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving, Cindy!
    I am so looking forward to seeing the upcoming recipes for the different shades of wood. It looks so authentic. I am definitely going to give it a try.


  5. Cindy Lietz, 29 November, 2008

    Thanks Lupe! The picture is of real barn wood, but you can get something pretty close with the polymer clay though. Hope you enjoy the recipes!

  6. Silverleaf, 30 November, 2008

    Great idea! I really like the wood look. It would be really good to have recipes for different types of wood.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 20 March, 2010


    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Polymer Clay Faux Wood), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Carolyn-F. 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.

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