Unicorn polymer clay tutorial – Use your Scrap Clay Challenge – Day 5

Unicorn polymer clay tutorial – Use your Scrap Clay Challenge – Day 5


Hello dear polymer clay enthusiasts.
I`m Mihaela from LearnPolymerClay and I’m back with more inspiration for your
work with polymer clay. This is day five of the use your scrap clay challenge and
for today I have prepared a geometric technique that you can use to make
beautiful designs and you can use animal silhouettes or templates to cut around,
you can make easy mandalas or I don’t know you can decorate heart shapes,
butterflies and any other design that you like. You can tweak a little bit this
technique and use instead of mica powders you can use foils and you can
color these foils with alcohol inks and I’m sure you will you’ll have a great
result. So let’s dive into the tutorial I am working with scrap clay that I have
previously conditioned and passed through a medium setting of my pasta
machine. Then I used a Makin`s clay texture sheet to texture what is going
to be the back of the piece and then I am going to use a unicorn template /
silhouette to draw an outline on top of the polymer clay sheet.You can download
this template from learn polymer clay. com. You will find it in inside this
blog post and you can use this template for personal and commercial purposes as
well. This template is free for personal and commercial purposes. so I’m not
cutting around the template I’m just using the template to draw guiding lines
and they will eliminate the area where I am going to apply small triangles of
polymer clay decorated with mica and with gold foil in some areas. So then I
applied sapphire blue pearlEx mica powder and then I applied flamingo pink
Pearl Ex mica powder right a bit of violet and I finished by applying
flamingo pink mica powder. The colors are little bit muted, are a bit darker . I
would have had a different effect if I applied them on white polymer clay of
course but for this project I am happy with the look of the piece as it is and
then I passed another piece of scrap clay so through the past machine
in on the medium setting and I applied some gold foil on top of it then I’m
going to use a very small triangle cutter to cut triangle shapes. But before
I’m going to cut thin strips of polymer clay that I’m going to arrange like in the Bargello technique meaning I’m going to place
them one next to each other but slightly offset and I want to have the blue next
to the violet and thus I have higher chances to have several colors
inside that triangles, the small triangles that I am going to cut out to
decorate the piece and I’m cutting these thin strips of polymer clay because you
will see when when you will cut the small triangles you will have lines
inside these triangles and they will give the impression that there are even
more triangles inside the piece. You’ll understand this later I am Not sure I’m
very clear at this moment but you will understand this when we will use the
triangle cutter and cut the pieces so I’m just I’m just placing the strips one against the other. I’m using the
blade to press them together slightly offset as I said I’m mixing a little bit
the colors and then I will really press and use I
will use my hands to press them together I’m very careful not to leave
fingerprints on top of them on top of the polymer clay but I’m doing my best
to press them together and then I flipped the piece over and I will cut on the
back because I will use a dotting tool you can use also the back of the
handle of a brush and I will push the piece out of the cutter and while
doing so the piece might distort a little bit so I want this to
happen on the back of the piece and this is not going to be visible and if this
happens you can press gently on top of the piece on the front on the colored
part and you will remove such distortions. So I’m using a small
triangle cutter to cut a triangle shape but then I continue cutting even more
triangles and I am using also the gold foil decorated polymer clay to cut tiny
tiny triangles that I am going to use to decorate the piece to add accents to the
piece so when I cut the triangle in smaller
triangles you can see that I I have triangles with two parts so you see them
the dividing line and this is in fact the line created by the strips put one
next to the other and this will create a very interesting effect inside the
design. You will have the impression that there are even more small triangles in
the piece and then you’ll just have to press the pieces inside the polymer clay
and I don’t know arrange them like you do in a puzzle try to see how they fit
best and it is true that it takes a little
bit of time to decorate all around the design because we are working with small
pieces but I I think the result is interesting and I think it’s worth the
effort I’m trying to to use different colors to apply a violet piece next to a
blue piece and I’m also applying small triangles decorated with gold foil
in-between to add more interest to the piece and then you just have to flip the
pieces around and find the best place to put them and then press them into the
polymer clay if you if you think you might leave fingerprints on top of the
polymer clay you can use gloves or you can use the parchment paper on top of
the polymer clay and then press lightly on the clay to to really impress these
pieces into the base and also I’m pressing them into each other because I
don’t want to have gaps between the pieces or if there are gaps I want them
to be as smaller as possible and then you have to decorate all around
the piece like in a mosaic but I I really think this technique has great
potential and there are so many things that you can do with it
you can use as I said animal templates you can create a simple mandalas you can
decorate butterflies or heart shapes I don’t know. There are really
plenty of possibilities, you can do a search on the internet for I don’t know
geometric cat or geometric lion and you’ll see that you can get amazing
results with with such triangle pieces of course you can tweak a little bit
this technique and you can use foil decorated small triangles and you can
apply alcohol inks on top of them and I’m sure you will get
a great result as well so it is very important to press the
pieces into the base and then I will just use my craft knife to cut around
the unicorn shape. I tried to use the template but in some areas I can cut
without using the template it is easy to see the unicorn shape so in order to have great results with
this technique a I recommend you to press the pieces into the base and
before putting the piece into the oven before baking the piece you should press
them again very lightly maybe using parchment paper on top. It is very
important to smooth off the edges and to make sure that you have nice edges
and you might have to work a little bit on this part because in some areas these
pieces that we applied on top of the base might not look very nice If you
look at them from the sides so I have to find a solution to cut through or
smooth out the edges and then when you are when you are happy with the look of
the piece you can put it in the oven for 40 minutes and bake it at the
temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer I’d say for 40
minutes and then I wanted to have a resin like look on top so I applied
Diamond glaze. I applied a little bit too much it’s better to apply small
quantities and then see if you need to apply more even though when applying in in several steps you might get air
bubbles but you you just have to poke them out you just have to take them to
the sides so I hope that you like this tutorial I hope that you are inspired to
use your scrap clay and I hope that you will find many ideas to use this
geometric technique in your work. thank you.
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