In today’s video I demonstrate some new Silk Screen Stencils (CreateAlong Brand), that Ilysa Ginsburg and Kira Sly from Polymer Clay TV, sent over to me.
If you are not familiar with silkscreens, they are fine decorative mesh stencils, with a polymer that is infused into the screen. They were originally created from silk, but are now made with nylon.
You can push paint through the open areas of the mesh stencil patterns, that will leave beautifully intricate designs on the surface of flat sheets of polymer clay.
I received six stencil designs that came packaged in a large organza bag (a nice touch). They are 100 mesh screens (100 threads per inch), which makes them relatively fine. The fine mica paints from Lumiere by Jacquard, work nicely with these stencils. I wouldn’t recommend using thicker texture pastes or glitter paints.
In the video I also show some examples of other silkscreens on the market, the Sculpey Silk Screens and the Art Screens by Heidi Swapp, both of which are much smaller than the Create Along Screens.
The patterns I received include… Lacey Vines, Squidley, Triple Tapestry, Dotty Stitches, Leaf Cyclone and Hex Flowers. There are some links to these products below the video.
I show samples of each of the designs printed onto different colors of raw Souffle Clay, as well as some completed projects using the sampler sheets.
You usually print silkscreen designs onto raw polymer clay with acrylic paints/inks. I used several different Jacquard paints including, Lumiere, Versatex Screen Printing Ink, Professional Screen Printing Ink and NeoOpaque. Let the paint dry before cutting, forming and baking into you finished pieces. This method will heat set the paint and make it permanent bond with the polymer clay for a very durable finish.
You can also rub dry products through the screen such as PearlEx Powders, Chalk Pastels, etc. Just be sure that the product is water based, so as to not damage the screen.
In the video I demo how to use the silk screens properly and show tips for taking care of your screens and not damaging them.
What I really like about these silkscreens is the variety of designs (around 40 right now). I believe Ilysa and/or Kira are actually drawing the designs themselves. I also like that the screens are quite large so you can use them on larger sheets of polymer clay if you wish. They are reasonably priced at around $15 US each.
- Related Resource: CreateAlong Lacey Vines Silkscreen on Amazon
- Related Resource: CreateAlong Squidley Silkscreen on Amazon
- Related Resource: CreateAlong Leaf Cyclone Silkscreen on Amazon
- Related Resource: CreateAlong Hex Flowers Silkscreen on Amazon
- Related Resource: CreateAlong Web Site
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