Iridescent swan polymer clay tutorial – Use your scrap clay challenge – Day 7

Iridescent swan polymer clay tutorial – Use your scrap clay challenge – Day 7


Hello dear polymer clay enthusiasts!
I’m Mihaela from Learn Polymer Clay and I`m back with more inspiration for your work
with polymer clay. In today’s tutorial we are going to play with nail art foils, sticky
embossing powder and black embossing powder and put everything together into
a swan design. There are many ways in which you can apply nail art foils to
beautifully decorate polymer clay pieces. You can use Renaissance adhesive, Weldbond or Super glue but you don’t have much control over the decorated areas. Today’s
technique will inspire you, I hope, to use nail art foils and have more control in
the process of doing so. As always I hope you`ll like the tutorial and get inspired
to create and use up your scrap clay in the process. Let’s dive into the tutorial! In this tutorial I’m going to use the
scrap clay as a filler meaning I am going to place the scrap clay between
two sheets of black polymer clay. So I started by properly conditioning
the scrap clay, I mixed it into a solid color and then I passed it through the
largest setting of my past machine and then I used two sheets of black polymer
clay that I passed through a thinner setting of my pasta machine. I’m using
number four of my Atlas pasta machine and then I used a parchment paper on top
of the block of clay and my acrylic roller to roll all the layers together and then
using a swan silhouette that you can download from Learn Polymer Clay.com
and that is free to use for personal and commercial purposes.
I just cut around the silhouette, I used the craft knife to do so and I’m just
cutting an outline of the silhouette, I’m not really working on the details at
this point and in fact I’m going to use tools to make these details at a
later stage. So I’m using the craft knife to cut out
a swan design and I’m going to use the flexible blade in some areas because I
want to have neat cuts and as I’m not going to cover the margins because I
like this ice-cream sandwich look of the piece when you look it from the sides. It
is very important to have very nice borders, nice cuts and it is true that
when you’re you are using the blade you will have nicer cuts than when you
are using the craft knife but there are areas where it might be difficult to use
the blade so you`ll have to work with both In case you don’t like this sandwich
look of the piece you have the possibility to bake the piece and then
make a border using a thin sheet of black polymer clay and then you’ll
have to bake the clay again for 20 minutes or you can use black acrylic paint
or black ink to color the scrap clay I like this sandwich look so I am not
going to hide it I also encourage you to take the time
and smooth off the edges and work on the piece and make sure that the piece looks
nice before putting it into the oven of course and then I used my Etch`n`Pearl tool
to just push the polymer clay inwards to make a feather like design. You can use
a skewer, a toothpick, a needle tool to do this, it doesn’t have to be the etch`n`
pearl and then I’m just using my fingers to pull this polymer clay
feathers apart and then I will use a round Kamper
cutter to create that round hollow space in the middle of the piece and I like
having hollow negative spaces in my pieces and then after smoothing of the
edges and making sure that your piece looks as you want it to look 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 and then you are good
to go to the next step of the project. So as you can see I’m taking the time to
smooth off the borders and to make sure that the piece looks nice because I
don’t want to sand the piece after baking, it if possible of course and then
I am going to use an ink pen and sticky embossing powder to glue nail art foils in
the areas where I applied the sticky embossing powder :so I used the ink pen
to draw simple lines and then I applied sticky embossing powder on top and I did
this on top of a piece of paper because I want to be able to collect the excess
powder and put it back into the jar and then you’ll just have to use your heat
gun and the heat will melt the powder and the areas decorated with the sticky
powder will become sticky and then you’ll just have to apply the nail art
foils on top of the piece and for the nail art foils you have a lot of
colors, designs, effects, there are a lot of elements to play with and then you’ll just have to use the
foil press it into the sticky areas lift it off, press it again, until you
achieve the desired effect . When I said that you have more control with
this technique I meant that you have the possibility to decorate only certain
areas of the piece so you can use the ink pen and draw a design on the polymer
clay piece you can use the ink pen and doodle on top of the piece, you can
use a stamp and an ink pad and make a beautiful pattern. You can try these too and after finishing decorating the piece
with the nail art foils I decided to add a little bit of black embossing
powder because I’m working with a Black Swan idea and I thought this would work
well and again I’m using the same pen because I want to apply the black
embossing powder in some areas not all over the piece and then I used my blade
and I put, I applied black embossing powder in some areas and again I’m
working on top of a piece of paper because I want to be able to collect the
the excess powder and put it back in the jar. Don’t forget to tap off the excess
powder from the piece before using the heat gun and melting the powders and again you’ll just have to use the
heat gun and melt the powder and in order to finish the piece I applied
diamond glaze and it is a little bit difficult to apply diamond glaze or a
varnish on a piece that has a lot of negative spaces so I had to clean
the glaze diamond glaze that went into those areas but I like the resin
like effect of the diamond glaze and this is a product that works well for me.
You should test it to see if it works well for you as well.If you are used to
working with resin, resin is a very good option of course and if you prefer a
matte finish for your piece you can apply a thin layer of fimo liquid and
use your heat gun to cure the liquid polymer clay . So you have plenty of
options to finish your piece. I hope that you liked this tutorial, I hope that you
are inspired to use up your scrap clay Please press the like button if you
liked the tutorial, please share your impressions with me and stay tuned for
more inspiration for your work with polymer clay! Thank you!

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