FILIGREE CAT  POLYMER CLAY TUTORIAL– DAY 3 – USE YOUR SCRAP CLAY CHALLENGE

FILIGREE CAT POLYMER CLAY TUTORIAL– DAY 3 – USE YOUR SCRAP CLAY CHALLENGE


Hello dear polymer clay enthusiasts. I’m
Mihaela from LearnPolymerClay.com and I’m back with fresh inspiration for your
work with polymer clay. This is day three of the Use your scrap clay challenge and
in this tutorial we are not going to fully cover or fully color the scrap
clay instead we are going to use the color of the scrap clay that we are
going to combine it with elements that will make it beautiful. So let’s dive
into the tutorial. So I’m working with scrap clay that I have previously
conditioned and passed through a medium setting of my pasta machine then I cut
the polymer clay sheet in two. On one part I am going to impress a
silkscreen design. I’m using a silkscreen I’m using 3d pink paint and a metallic
applicator and I’m going to lay down the paint on top of the silkscreen and
then you just have to lift off the silkscreen clean the silkscreen
immediately using warm water and a little bit of liquid soap and then you
just have to let it dry. Then for the second piece that I cut out I will use a
technique that is inspired by the mica shift technique and this
technique is inspired by the way you make the mica shift when using
metallic polymer clay and a texture. So you apply a texture on top of the
polymer clay, you press it into the metallic polymer clay and then you shave
off the raised areas and you’ll have the same pattern impressed into the polymer
clay because of the mica shifting inside. So we are going to create a filigree,
a faux filigree effect on top of gold foil by shaving raised areas
that I colored using eye-shadows matte colors of eyeshadows but let’s say
that they are a lot like soft pastels. So sometimes when I don’t want to shave and shave the soft pastels and take out all the box with
chalk pastels, I might prefer to take out this box with matte eye-shadows and and I have a large array of colors and
shades and they are very beautiful so as I said I’m shaving the raised areas of
the design. I have to practice a little bit to get it right but I think
this filigree is very beautiful so it’s worth taking the time and mastering
this technique. So as you can see this filigree technique plays on the
fact that you have the color of the scrap clay showing through, we have the
green but this color is enhanced now is more attractive because we have
applied a darker color, a purple color to enhance the beauty of the green color
and the negative spaces, the areas where the gold foil is showing through. They
add to the beauty of the final design. This is the filigree. So I will
continue to texture the polymer clay and I used a Lisa Pavelka textured
sheet and I will use the shavings to decorate all over the piece and you will
just have to place them where you want them to be and then press them lightly
into the base try not to overlap the designs. I think
you have a more beautiful look if you don’t overlap the pieces and as a piece of advice if you
notice that you have a lot of scrap clay in the shaving this
means you are cutting too deep you should cut more to the surface and keep
in mind that it’s better to do to keep your blade, your sharp blade parallel to
the polymer clay sheet that you textured using a texture plate. I’m not
using a release agent and normally it worked for me to use this texture sheet
without any release agent, but if you know that a texture sheet works well
without any release agent but in some moments you notice that the
polymer clay got stuck into the texture sheet, this means that you had polymer
clay trapped inside the pattern so if you have to to clean the polymer clay texture
sheet and it will work again just as fine. So I had to train a little bit to
get this cutting right but I think this filigree effect is very beautiful Of course you have to be very
careful when cutting and I will continue to do these steps
until I have an area decorated with the faux filigree that will allow me to –
go to the next step in the process This process is a little bit like
assembling, putting together the pieces of a puzzle. You turn them
around a little bit, you place them and then you decide if they fit and then you
you place them there. And sometimes you might have to start
again. I couldn’t manage to have all the shavings perfectly fine. Then
I put the scrap clay through the pasta machine so I removed the excess clay
from around the piece on which I used the silkscreen technique with the paint
and then with other pieces of green scrap clay that I put them into
the pasta machine on the largest setting of my past machine and then I
will use a cat template and I will cut out a cat silhouette. So I used the
template, the cat silhouette to make sure that – to see where I need to
decorate on top of the base.So I cut a part out of the silkscreen decorated piece, for the upper part, then I cut a part of the faux filigree piece and
this will be the lower part of the cat and then I’m just cutting strips,
irregular strips out of the two blocks and I will alternate
a strip from the silkscreen decorated screen decorated piece with a strip from
the faux filigree piece and you can use your blade to press the polymer clay
strips into each other and then when you are happy with the way they
are arranged, you can use parchment paper and press lightly on top of these
pieces to really press them into the base. You can add more color to the faux
filigree piece and then as I said I’m using the cat silhouette, the cat
template and this is a cat template that I drew, but you can download free
templates, free cat templates from Learn Polymer Clay.com, from this blog post and
you’ll have several silhouettes to choose from So using my craft knife. I just cut
around I’m very careful not to press too hard on the design, I don’t want to
distort the design then I’m modeling a little bit the shape
of the cat’s silhouette. I’m using the flexible blade to remove the excess clay
and to make sure that I have nice borders for the piece. As always I’m
using tools to smooth off sorry
smooth off the edges I’m using the rigid blade to cut all
around and make sure that I have nice and professional-looking edges
for the piece and then I took some green scrap clay I put it through the pasta
machine on the largest setting and I decorated this piece with a cut out piece from the silk-screened polymer clay piece and I’m cutting a thin
trapeze shape I don’t know to make the tail of the cat I’m trying to shape the tail and to give
it a beautiful shape and then I pressed the tail into the body of the
cat and then using parchment paper I connected all
the layers together Then when you are happy with the look of
the piece you can put the polymer clay piece into the oven and bake it for 40
minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer. You
should decide how you are going to use this piece in your design. So if you
intend to use it as as a pendant, you should poke a hole, if you intend to make
a brooch of it you should think of applying a brooch component and then
I let the polymer clay cool down and then I used a silkscreen and gold
metallic wax to to create an embossed texture on the back of the bead. So
normally I texture the back upfront to make sure that I don’t forget to do so
but in this tutorial because we were already using silkscreens I wanted to
show you that in case you ever forget to texture the back and you make your piece
and then you finally realize that you don’t have a beautiful back for
your piece, you have a flat uninteresting back for the piece, you have the
possibility to use silkscreens and metallic wax and create a
beautiful embossed pattern on the back of the piece but keep in mind that it is
recommended to use varnish, maybe two coats of varnish, to protect this
textured back because you are going to use the piece and you want it to be
durable and to look well in time as well and then I just flipped the piece and I
applied Diamond Glaze on top of the piece. I had some bubbles in some areas
but I just used a needle tool and I took them to the side. So
you should be very careful when you are using Diamond glaze and watch out for
air bubbles and in case you notice you have air bubbles you should use a
toothpick and take them to the sides and get rid of any air bubbles. So in case
your scrap, the color of your scrap clay is not a nice color, you don’t like the
color , you don’t have any idea of any combination with soft pastels
or other coloring agents to to make it look beautiful, you have the possibility
to apply foil on top of the scrap clay and then use silk screens to
decorate the foils and you will have an interesting effect as well and I
wanted to show you that I’ve made a piece
Yin Yang and I used a part that I decorated with gold foil and silkscreens and the same -pink’s 3d paint and you will get an interesting effect so it’s up to you to design if you want
to hide your scrap clay or if you want to use the color of the scrap clay and
add other elements to make a beautiful piece of jewelry, I hope you
liked this tutorial. I hope it was interesting.
Please share your impressions with me Please press the like button if you
liked the tutorial and stay tuned for more inspiration for your work with
polymer clay. Thank you!

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