Seahorse Pendant – Use your Scrap Clay Challenge – Day 2

Seahorse Pendant – Use your Scrap Clay Challenge – Day 2


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. This is day two of the Use your scrap clay challenge and I have
prepared a sweet and short tutorial for you and I hope that you will be inspired
to use your scrap clay and make beautiful jewelry pieces and in the same
time declutter your work area, your studio. Let’s dive into the tutorial. So
as always I started by properly conditioning the clay. I’m using scrap
clay that I have mixed and conditioned and passed through the largest setting
of my pasta machine. Then I applied silver foil on the back of the piece and
then I flipped the piece over and I applied the silver foil on top of the
piece as well. I’m using my fingers to gently burnish the foil into the polymer
clay and then I removed the excess foil and I will store it for other projects. I
will save it for other projects and then using StazOn black ink and a stamp I
impressed a seahorse pattern into the polymer clay and into the foil
as well and I pressed with with a lot of pressure on the stamp because I wanted to
have an embossed look on the piece and then using my craft
knife and in some areas a zigzag motion in other areas a straight line, I cut all
around the design. Of course you can use any stamp that you like with this
idea and there are so many stamps, so many themes, so many designs, so you will have
plenty of possibilities to play with this idea. Then I removed the scrap clay
and don’t forget that when you are using your craft knife to cut all around the
design it is very important to take the time and smooth off the edges if not you
are going to have a piece with rough edges and you’ll have to sand the piece
after baking the polymer clay piece but in order to avoid doing the sanding
part which I don’t particularly like I prefer to take the time and smooth off
the edges. I’m using my hands, I’m using the back of of my craft knife, the handle
of my craft knife and the handle of a needle tool and I’m doing my best to do
a good job when smoothing the edges Then I will apply Pinata alcohol inks on
top of the piece, but before doing so I will protect my working table so I’m
putting a piece of plastic sheet underneath the polymer clay piece and
you might even consider protecting your hands using gloves because working with
alcohol inks is a wonderful thing but it’s a messy thing in the same time I used the red pinata alcohol ink, yellow
and sapphire blue and in some areas I helped the colors to mix, to turn into
orange or green. You can use paintbrushes to paint your piece and I decided to
paint the borders of the piece in red where I had red on top, in green or
yellow when I had green or yellow on top and using blue for the tail of the
seahorse and I thought that this would make my piece look nice when finished
because I didn’t want the look of the piece with the color of the scrap clay
showing through and as you can see when when working with inks and applying them
straight from the bottle it is very difficult to control the quantity that
you are applying so I’ve got a mixture of inks underneath the piece which in
the same time will color the back of the piece and this is precisely why I
applied the silver foil underneath because I wanted to have on the back of
the piece the same effect that you get the same beautiful
effect that you get when putting together foils and alcoholic inks and don’t
forget to use varnish not dimensional varnish any kind of varnish in two
layers I’d say to protect the back of the piece because when you are using
foils you have to remember to apply varnish to protect the areas that you
decorated with the foils. Then I decided to use some montee beads and press them
into the polymer clay. First I wanted to decorate the belly of the seahorse but
then I changed my mind and I thought that it would look even nicer if I used
these Montee beads to decorate the spine of the seahorse so I’m just pressing
them into the polymer clay and I don’t worry about them going into the oven
because these Montee beads are in fact small crystals in a metal frame so
you can bake the piece with such beads inside and I’m not worried about them
coming off when wearing the design because after baking the piece for 40
minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay
manufacturer I will apply Diamond glaze which is a glaze and a glue
in the same time and this will help keeping these Montee beads in there
securely stuck in in their place. You’ll have to decide if you are going
to use this piece as a pendant so you’ll have to poke a hole or you if you are
going to use it as a brooch and add a brooch component and then I applied
Diamond glaze and this is a product that worked fine for me in the past but you
will have to check and see if this kind of product works well in the weather
conditions where you are living because there are mixed feelings about Diamond
glaze I like it very much personally I hope that you liked this short tutorial
short and sweet I hope and I hope that it will inspire you to use your scrap
clay and declutter your work area. 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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