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Playing with Polymer Clay

Morning everyone,

I hope you’ve had a good weekend, I was away on a course this weekend for myself, had an amazing time, and been so lucky to do two courses in two weeks.  It was also brilliant as they both combined my love of polymer clay.

Kay got us to do a rather different project at the retreat last weekend, and I was in my element!

polymer frame

 

If you haven’t heard of polymer clay, it’s a type of clay that you can bake in a normal oven (but not with food!), and you need to use different tools etc.  But it’s easy to work with, roll out, and stamp into, and bakes at low temperatures.

The make of clay we used for this project is Cernit, which you can get from Indigoblu.

I decided to use a dark teal, chocolate brown, and beige colour to co-ordinate with each other.

polymer frame 1

First you condition your clay, by rolling it out, either with an acrylic roller, or using a dedicated pasta machine (yes, really), but obviously it can’t be used for food again once you turn it into a crafting tool.

The clay was then stamped into, all with IndigoBlu stamps in each colour, and the hand was cut around with a scalpel.  A nice straight blade for clay makes the squares easy to cut.

polymer frame whole

All the elements are baked in the oven on a low temperature for approx half an hour, and then brought out to cool.  Once cool, we chose a colour to highlight them in, from the Indigoblu Cottage Paints, I chose to use Goldfinger, to highlight my clay in gold.  Black adds dramatic boldness to your piece, and white makes it look beautiful and shabby chic (Gee Sso Good is great for this).

The whole picture was then laid out to fit a beautiful white deep box frame from Indigoblu, and then glued in place once I was happy with the layout.  I added a few personal touches, an old drawer handle, a piece of one of my mum’s old bracelets, and a paperclip that I added dictionary script and resin to.  The other items in the frame are mostly polymer clay, and molded into silicone molds, such as the face, and the feather.

Any little spaces were filled with either the bright blue or gold micro beads, or dark brown distress Glitter.  You end up with a lovely mosaic effect.  The beads are held in a suspension of Glossy accents.

Well I need a rest after my two fun packed weekends!  If you have never tried Polymer clay, and this has inspired you, feel free to ask any questions, myself or a colleague or Kay will be happy to help you start out.

Have a fab week,

Best Wishes,

 

Nikki K.

xxx

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments on Playing with Polymer Clay

  1. WOW! Amazing creation Nikki

    Looks like you had lots of fun!
    BRILLIANT!

    Gez B | March 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm () ()
  2. Fabulous work Nikki! Jenny x

    Jenny | March 17, 2015 at 6:39 am () ()
  3. Wow – what am amazing piece of work!

    Christina Doré | March 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm () ()
  4. A lovely project. So different. I haven’t work with clay jet but I will try it.

    Heidi Schleimer | March 17, 2015 at 8:51 pm () ()
  5. Wow this looks fab Nikki. I would not have thought of using polymer clay to create a picture. Brilliant idea from Kay. I am sure I have some Fimo somewhere but it is probably rock hard now!!! lol xxx

    Su Roberts | March 17, 2015 at 10:49 pm () ()