Pastel Chameleon polymer clay tutorial – Use your scrap clay challenge – Day 7

Pastel Chameleon 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 I am going to work mainly with
a tool that I think I should use more often in my work and I also encourage you to
use it often in your work as well. I’m talking about the etch`n` pearl tool and
you can make amazing designs yet using this tool. In this tutorial I’m going to
use eyeshadow that have a matte effect You can achieve a similar effect using
chalk pastels, pan pastels, soft pastels You can go for shinier look and use the
mica powders to color the white clay or you can go for bright and vivid colors
and use alcohol inks on top of the foil decorated dots applied with the Etch`n`Pearl tool I’m working again with scrap clay that
I have previously conditioned and passed through a medium setting of my pasta
machine then I’m going to use the trial piece that I made to to see how this
idea would look in polymer clay not only in my mind so I’ve used this trial piece
to make a chameleon outline you can download a photo of a chameleon and then
use your scissors to cut out the chameleon and use this outline to draw
an outline on top of the polymer clay. Then I’ve made sure that I had a
second piece of scrap clay conditioned and passed from the medium setting and this
piece is going to be the back of the chameleon brooch and then I am going to
use white polymer clay properly conditioned and passed through a medium
setting as well , you can use a lower setting, even a lower setting, lower the
medium and then I’m just using matte eyeshadows to color the polymer clay
I’m putting shades of pink violet and green one next to the other I’m even mixing them a little bit then I
used gold foil could decorate a little bit of the scrap clay from the first
block of polymer clay and then I’m just using the largest Etch`n`Pearl tool with
the foil decorated polymer clay to make the eye of the chameleon so
it’s very easy to use the etch`n` pearl tool you just press it into the polymer
clay and then you’ll just have to make a rotary motion to go all the way through
the polymer clay sheet and then you put the tool on top of the polymer
clay base on which you want to apply the polymer clay dots and then you
you’ll have to make a rotary motion again and the polymer clay from the
etch`n`pearl will stick to the polymer clay base and I’m working with
raw polymer clay for the two sheets of polymer clay, for the scrap clay and
for the colored polymer clay , so I used the largest etch`n` pearl tool to make
the eye of the chameleon. I’m using a middle-sized etch`n` pearl tool to make
dots all over the chameleons body and I’m trying to use the etch`n` pearl tool in
between colors because I would prefer
these larger dots in several colors the best look that you’ll get is
when you’ll have several colors are on those dots then I’m going to use the
smallest etch`n` pearl tool and the foil decorated polymer clay sheet and I’m
going to make small dots decorated with gold foil and I’m going to apply them
randomly on top of the chameleon base I’ve used the medium size etch`n` pearl
tool for some dots so I’m trying to make an interesting design. I’m just playing
with the colors, I’m playing with the sizes, I’m playing with with the gold
foil effect and sometimes you get scrap clay on the
etch`n` pearl tool so you have to be very careful and remove this scrap clay
before applying the dots on top of the polymer clay and this is the let’s say a
time consuming project but it is so relaxing to to just play with this small
or I don’t know larger dots, to play with these pastel colors and with the foil
and of course you can turn this idea into any design. For me I thought that
the chameleon idea will go very well with these colored dots and then I I just took the time and I
decorated all over the piece. I tried to use more green dots to have a dominant color in the green shades so as you can see I decorated all the
chameleon design then I removed the scrap clay the part that I decorated
with gold foil and that I used to make the golden dots or pearls you can you
can call them pearls I think and then I’m just removing a part from them polymer clay sheet just above the
chameleon¨s back then I prepared the second sheet of paper clay
that I said I would use for the back of the piece so I used the makings texture
to texture the back then I applied the front the polymer sheet decorated
with the etch`n` pearl tool and the textured back one on top of the other and
then I’m going to use ball pins and I’m going to use the round
nose pliers to make a little loop so that I will be able to to secure these pearls inserted into findings and secure
them into the piece. So again I’m just inserting the pearl onto the ball eye pin
then I’ve made a simple small loop and for the moment I’m just checking them
against the design, I’m not pressing them into the polymer clay base yet, now I’m
just preparing them and checking to see how they would look on the final piece.
For the trial piece I’ve used four pearls, for this piece I think I’m going
to use five so I’m putting the pearl on top of the
ball eye pin, I’m trimming off the excess wire and then I’m using the round
nose pliers to make a little loop that I am going to press into the polymer clay
base and as you can see I’m just sandwiching those pearls between the two layers of polymer clay and I thought that these pearls would
look very nice with the pastel colors of the piece and I thought they would
enhance the beauty of the piece, at least I hope so and when you are inserting findings into
the polymer clay it is recommended to curl or I don’t know to make a loop
at the end of the wire not let it straight because this is more secure, you
are really sure that these the findings will stay inside your piece and I am
using as well fimo liquid to make sure that this pieces will stay in into this
piece and then I’m going to use the rigid blade and of course the flexible
blade to cut all around the design. It is very easy to see the lines that I that
I’ve drawn initially and I’m trying to use the flexible blade
because if possible it is better to use the flexible blade when you are
cutting through several layers because you will have a nicer look on the edges and
you’ll have less work to do for smoothing out the edges Of course in some areas you have will to use
your craft wire craft knife sorry and then you’ll just have to smooth off
the edges. In case you decide to turn this design into a brooch as I did you
can apply the brooch on top of the raw polymer clay so you’ll just have to
flip the piece which is not baked for the moment then I applied the brooch
finding on the back of the piece then I used the same texture plate to texture
the round cutout shape that I cut using a Kemper cutter and then I pressed these
pieces into the polymer clay base and I used a dotting tool to make a beautiful
design but in the same time I am making sure that these pieces are connected to
the base and I’ve used the Kemper cutter to cut out part of one of
the round pieces because they would not fit otherwise on top of the brooch
component so you will have to as I said bake your piece for 45 minutes at the
temperature recommanded by the polymer clay manufacturer and then you will have to
decide what kind of finish you would like for the piece. You can use
varnish in two layers, in two coats, you can use resin or diamond glaze for a glossy resin-like look , you can use a thin layer of fimo liquid or liquid paper clay and
cure this layer using a heat gun. So you have several possibilities to finish
your piece but don’t forget to seal it to make sure that the colors and the
foil are well-protected. Thank you for watching the tutorial! I hope that you
liked the tutorial. I hope that you found it interesting and 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 polymer clay tutorials! Thank you!

5 thoughts on “Pastel Chameleon polymer clay tutorial – Use your scrap clay challenge – Day 7

  1. What a fun project to start my day here in northeastern USA … thanks! Love the pretty pebbly effect the Etch n Pearl gives with the eyeshadow and foil…works great on yoir chameleon. I see many possibilities for this technique (i.e., river stone effect with browns, greys, metallics). Thanks for sharing your talents and creativity, Mihaela!

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