Polymer Clay Faux Turquoise Tutorial
This faux technique is one of 3 faux techniques for the 2015 Pavelka Project in March.
Faux Cinnabar * Faux Ivory * Faux Turquoise
- Book Being Used: The Complete Book of Polymer Clay by Lisa Pavelka
- Project Page: 100 and following
- Project: Faux Techniques
- Project Due Date: March 31, 2015
- Polymer clay in Premo!: Turquoise & Ecru
- Acrylic paint in a dark brown (I used burnt sienna)
- Acrylic paint brush
- Baby wipes or soft sponge
- *Metal Craft Wire (I prefer 24-28gauge but any flexible soft wire will do) to make eye pins.
- Sculpting tools
- *Salt scrub to clean your hands (Get my recipe HERE)
* Denotes optional supplies
Feel free to use the recommended color recipes in Lisa’s book or you can use the recipe here below.
Remember that these tutorials are for the color recipes only … it is up to YOU to design & make your own project.
- Use the following proportions of clay to make approximately 2-4 pendants
- For the main color use the following ratio of Premo!:
- 1 part ecru
- 2 parts turquoise
- Thoroughly condition clay until fully combined.
- Roll the clay into a log.
- Thoroughly condition 1/8 block of Premo! turquoise clay.
- Roll it into a log.
- Chop the clay into bitty bits.
- Recombine into a log.
- Chop again and continue the above two steps until you are happy with the variation.
- Divide the clay bits into as many portions as you want to make beads.
- Gently press the clay together without smoothing all the pieces together.
- Leave large cracks & crevices to resemble real turquoise.
- Bake for 30 minutes covered in foil at 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once your items are baked use this technique to add burnt umber acrylic paint.
- Bake the pieces again at 200 degrees Fahrenheit to seal the paint onto the bead.
TIP: My clay was WAY TOO SOFT to do this technique well. My suggestion is to place your clay (covered) in the fridge for about 30-45 minutes before chopping. After chopping place back in the fridge for an additional 15 minutes before making your beads.
To be entered to WIN a prize you must:
- Using Lisa’s book as a guide create at least ONE pendant from polymer clay using one of her 5 faux techniques.
- You must either email me a photo of the item you created OR add the photo to the folder in our FaceBook group.
- Here’s the BONUS for this month: For each and EVERY pendant you post, you are eligible to win! So … make 4 pendants, post 4 pendants, get 4 entries to win!
- REMINDER: Your project is to make beads & pendants this month.
You can make MANY things from these faux techniques. But we will be using these as a model to incorporate into later projects if you’d like.
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