Imitation Cloisonne Polymer Clay and Resin Pendants

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two pieces that have been painted with acrylic paint

two pieces that have been painted with acrylic paint


cloisonne

After seeing a post on Pinterest about making imitation cloisonne pieces from polymer clay, I decided to give it a try. The link to the page I used is here, it is in Espanol, but the pictures tell the story, or you can use translate.

It involves texturing a piece of black clay with a texture sheet. You then rub Pearl-Ex powder over the design to bring out the raised sections. You could leave it alone like that, or you could paint certain sections. I used simple acrylic paints. After baking and cooling, you then can add a layer of resin. I did two with only the pearl-ex powder, and two with some parts painted.

Imitation Cloisonne Polymer Clay.  Imprint with texture sheet, then brush with Pearl-Ex powder.  Paint sections with acrylic paint, then bake.

Imitation Cloisonne Polymer Clay. Imprint with texture sheet, then brush with Pearl-Ex powder. Paint sections with acrylic paint, then bake.

two pieces that have been painted with acrylic paint

two pieces that have been painted with acrylic paint

two pieces with only pearl-ex powder

two pieces with only pearl-ex powder

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Wednesday Beaded Project – Bracelet “Field of Forget-Me-Nots”

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Finished Bracelet - embellished flowers over a RAW base

Finished Bracelet – embellished flowers over a RAW base

Ah, another Wednesday and another day to make a beaded bracelet. This one DID actually take me all day, all those tiny flowers take time! Of course, I did alot more than just bead…as a matter of fact I made some cookies, which my family says are “the best I’ve ever made”….I had some blueberries in the fridge which were approaching the “use ’em or lose ’em” stage, so I found a recipe on Pinterest for Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies -they were super simple to make (they use Jiffy blueberry muffin mix!). Also since my cable has been having issues, and the Comcast guy wasn’t due to come until between 3 and 5, we put in a season of the Sopranos. It’s hard to pay attention to tiny beaded flowers and keep one eye on the TV at the same time 🙂

The RAW base, in my seed bead mix of "chocolates and blue"

The RAW base, in my seed bead mix of “chocolates and blue”


Anyhoo… the bracelet was from a pattern on the bead and button website, of which I am NOT a paid member, but last week they had a free pass access for everyone so I downloaded as many patterns as I could and this was one of them. For those of you who ARE paid members, the link is here. It is basically a base of a double row of right angle weave. I decided to be fancy and make my base out of 4 colors, I had a seed bead mix called “chocolates and blue”. Honestly, you can’t even really tell all that much in the finished project since the flowers cover everything up.
The blue end of the bracelet, with the beaded ball part of clasp.

The blue end of the bracelet, with the beaded ball part of clasp.



The "chocolate" end of the bracelet with the loop.

The “chocolate” end of the bracelet with the loop.

The embellishment is little X’s of 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads in cream, gold and turquoise blue, and every fifth flower is actually a 4mm turquoise blue bicone. The bracelet actually looks better ON THE WRIST than laying ON THE TABLE, because the curve of your wrist opens the flowers up and they look more like, well, flowers. The clasp is a beaded bead and a loop. All in all, I likes it!

On the wrist opens up the little flowers, so you can see them better!

On the wrist opens up the little flowers, so you can see them better!

More Resin over Polymer pieces

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Necklace and Earrings from blue and yellow swirl cane.  Coated in Resin.

Necklace and Earrings from blue and yellow swirl cane. Coated in Resin.

Here are a few more polymer clay cane slices that I attached to black clay. I usually run them through the pasta machine afterward to get an even top, as you can’t always slice each cane piece exactly the same thickness. I try to make the black sheet of clay a few notches down from the thickest, so that when I run it through (on the thickest) after adding the cane slices it doesn’t distort the cane pattern too much. I either cut random shapes out with a blade, like squares or triangles, or I use a cookie cutter. Right now I only have a set of flower shapes, but I hope to get other shapes soon. After baking, I had been setting them on deli paper to pour the resin on, but have been having problems lately with the resin dripping over the sides (even when I am trying to be SUPER careful) and then I have paper sticking to piece sometimes, which is a pain in the butt to get off without leaving a trace. So this time I set them on a wire rack, which worked better, but still not ideal. The ones that did drip and stick, they stuck to the metal wire and instead of having to try and pick paper off, I was forced to peel off the ENTIRE piece of resin, which did come off in one big piece.

green pixelated retro cane and an orange and blue cane (from FL Gator football season last year)

green pixelated retro cane and an orange and blue cane (from FL Gator football season last year)

Resin over polymer clay Earrings with dangles

Resin over polymer clay Earrings with dangles

I bought some colored foil paper from a company called “Little Windows”, they have these special foils that you put inside of resin and they are the closest thing I have found to making a piece of resin that looks like dichroic glass. Super Cool! Anyway, they sell a doming tray which is made exactly for drying resin pieces on, and it is only like 3 or 5 dollars, so I am going to order that. If you like dichroic looking pieces, I highly recommend checking out Fran’s Little Windows website. Everything is priced very reasonably.

pink, white and green circles from a failed flower attempt, and blue and yellow swirly cane.

pink, white and green circles from a failed flower attempt, and blue and yellow swirly cane.


Some leftover cane scraps from other projects mounted on black clay base

Some leftover cane scraps from other projects mounted on black clay base

Shades of Red / Gold Leaf ‘Mokume Gane’ Polymer Clay Pendants

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After baking, before resin

After baking, before resin

Tonight when I got home from work, I was psyched to see a box sitting on my bed from Hobby Lobby (free shipping last week, plus 30% off all resin bezels!). Included was a package of gold leaf, which I have been dying to try out.

The first thing I thought of was a mokume gane-ish cane that I saw last week on the internet which can be found here that involves mixing 4 pieces of transluscent clay with varying size pieces of another color to make 4 shades of a color, then layering them all with pieces of gold leaf between each sheet.

run through pasta machine on thickest setting

run through pasta machine on thickest setting

So here are the baked pieces, I will probably resin them later tonight so they can dry tomorrow. The shades of clay did NOT look all that different when I was layering them, but they did actually come out where you can tell them apart in the final product. The cane in the tutorial that I linked to came out so much nicer than mine! I think it’s because I absolutely hate, and suck, at sanding. The resin will bring out all the details in the pieces, it acts like a magnifying glass I have found. So can’t wait to see them after the resin!

I put resin on both sides

I put resin on both sides

And here is the final product…well, I haven’t drilled the hole in it yet but I like them alot!

Wednesday Project – Beaded Bracelet “Rikku”

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Finished Bracelet

Finished Bracelet

Wednesday is one of my two days off, so I usually try to make some sort of all-day beaded item. Today, from my usual hunting grounds of Pinterest, I chose the beaded bracelet “Rikku”. It used 3, 4, and 6mm beads, 4mm crystal bicones, and 11/0 seed beads. You make a bunch of squares, which take about ten to fifteen minutes each, and then link them all together with more bicones. This bracelet actually used 6 squares.

The tutorial that I used was from the LiveJournal account of “BeeJang”, who makes lovely picture tutorials that are so easy to follow, even for someone who has never beaded before in their lives. The tutorial can be found here.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Finished Bracelet

Finished Bracelet

Resin over Polymer Clay

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Resin over Polymer Clay

Lately I have been attempting resin over polymer clay pendants. I make a polymer clay cane, cut thin slices and lay them on a sheet of medium thickness black clay.

I cut out shapes and bake. Once they are cooled, I pour a thin layer of epoxy resin over them, using a toothpick, skewer, or popsicle stick to get the resin into the oddly shaped corners of the piece. Let them dry for about a day or two.

The last step is drilling a hole in the piece with the dremel, and adding a bail and a cord. I ordered bulk black rubber cords that have a chain and lobster clasp already attached from E-Bay. They come out super cute and are pretty easy! There are alot of steps – making the cane, making the cane slices sheet and cutting out, baking, resining, waiting, drilling….but you can make a bunch at one time, and they are truly one of a kind and unique!

finished pendants on 18" black rubber cords

finished pendants on 18″ black rubber cords