How to Add a Patina to a Polymer Clay Item
Posted on January 15, 2013 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks, Tutorials by Katie Oskin
Sometimes your polymer clay pieces need an extra something, just a touch of something special to bring out the details that you have embedded into the clay. When you have carved or engraved your clay, you will often want to accent those pieces after they have finished baking. Many artists call this adding a patina to polymer clay. Other artists call it antiquing an item. For today’s mini-tutorial, we’re going to call it an “antique finish.” There are many ways to do this, but this is the way that I find the easiest…
As with any project, the first thing that you will need to do it to gather your materials. The most important piece being the one that you want to give the antique finish to. Be sure that your pieces is well cooled before applying your antique finish. If your piece is not completely cooled, the paint will dry too quickly and could ruin your piece.
Grab your materials and let’s get started. First, you are going to pick your paint colors. If your piece is dark, go for a lighter color, if your piece is light, go for a darker color. When you pick your colors, put little dabs of them out on a piece of paper or in a paint tray. Then it’s time to begin!
HOW TO APPLY THE PAINT:
Just coat your brush in a light coat of paint and jam the paint down into the nooks and crannies. Push kind of hard to make sure it gets in the crevices. Work in one small area at a time. When you are done with an area, simply take your baby wipe and wipe off the excess paint. (See the photo at right where my dragon’s eye is completely covered in paint). Many people also suggest doing this with a damp/dry sponge. I prefer to remove the paint with the baby wipe as it’s easier to maneuver and easier to clean up after. You’re going to do this until your entire piece has been coated and wiped clean.
FINISH YOUR PIECE:
That’s it! Your piece is now completed! All you have to do now is varnish your item. I recommend using Varathane Varnish to seal your pieces. You can see the finished pieces, with antique finish at left.
Thanks for joining me today,