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  1. Using Paints on Polymer Clay

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    There is such a wide variety of paints and surface treatments for polymer clay and as clayers we never have enough ! I recently bought some colour changing paints which are luscious metallics with an undertone. The paints used are Color Shift by Folk Art Color Shift Paints

    I initially made a necklace to which I added the paints prior to curing and there was a substantial change in the colours, so I decided to do some test pieces and experiment. I made squares of black and white clay (I used Premo), covered one set of squares in the four paint colours I had. I cured these squares together with some unpainted squares for 30 minutes

    Once out of the oven I added paint to the previously unpainted squares and now I had a good indication of changes in colour. If paint is added and cured, the luminosity disappears somewhat and we get  more subtle colours, which I rather like. If you add to blank cured clay, you get more true colours.. Dont forget that you can increase intensity of colour by letting one layer of clay dry and adding another.

    Test Tiles Color shift PaintsPremo Paint Testing

    Making Jewellery with Polymer Clay and Paints

    This pendant was made by adding paints before curing and provides a mini tutorial for you (intermediate clayers) Please ask questions or leave comments if you like

    Supplies Black polymer clay, liquid clay, clay knife, cutters and blades, silk screen of choice (mine was from Tonja Lenderman) paint brush, pan pastels (not essential) white acrylic paint, Color Shift Paints (available in the UK from Clayaround)

    • Silk screen your black polymer clay with the white paint (if you wish to paint your piece before curing)
    • Paint the gaps in the design with your colour change paints, once the white clay has dried
    • Once fully dried, cut out your jewellery shape over a further pice of black clay which will give you the required thickness for your piece. NB I have not specified settings on pasta machine as all machines are different and if comes down to personal preference
    • Add Pan Pastels to background and burnish in, you can also add a bail at this stage if required. I then distressed my background by adding texture and scoring
    • Place piece in oven for a 30 minute cure at recommended temperature. If you havent added a bail previously, you can do this now or add more backing. Cover the piece in liquid clay as this enhances the colours and cure for another 30 minutes

    Color Change Paints-Folk Art-Bedecked BeadsSilk screen with polymer clayJapan Inspired Necklace

  2. Making Polymer Clay Jewellery

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    Currently in the lockdown we have more creative time. Okay I know I should do more housework but life is too short, hey?

    I love making polymer clay veneers as you can acheive such different loots with them Veneers can be textured and a blank canvas for mixed media finishes. I occasionally make polymer clay canes but I dont have a knack for them.

    Polymer Clay Veneers-Bedecked Beads

     

    On the left you can see some of the recent veneers I have made with stencils and texture plates. The veneers were painted with both Deco Art interference and Plaid colour changing acrylics

     

     

    Making Polymer Clay Jewellery-BedeckedBeadsI decided to combine some of the veneers to create a small range of vibrant jewellery, piecing them together like a patchwork. Once I had cured the pieces I coated them in resin to protect the surface.

     

     

     So here we have some lovely vibrant jewellery including a brooch, necklace and a pair of earrings. 

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  3. Sharing the Love of Polymer Clay

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    You may be aware that I try to get to one polymer clay workshop a year. Sometimes you want company of other clayers. One way to find other polymer clay artists in your area is to first check the British Polymer Clay Guild website which is run voluntarily by polymer clay obsessed people ! I run the Scottish group, who meet in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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    I recently visited my clay mate Debby of Debby Wakely Jewellery. We have known each other a number of years now and have attended Polymania together. Believe it or now we met on Facebook through the 52 weekly cane group. It is great to have a claymate like Deb as we can bounce ideas off each other and create something different. I have posted a few pics below of my makes and the lovely pendant Debbie made me, which I still have string. Love this Debby, thank you!20190827_092725

     Something new for me is this pretty orange flower pindant, which is a really versatile piece of jewellery. You can wear it as a brooch/pin or pendant as shown

    Floral Brooch Pendant

    Orange Yellow Flower pendant

    I have lots more to show you, so keep your eyes peeled over the next few days