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Textures of nature: a great free tutorial for polymer clay artists

flower pendant

It appears she has used alcohol inks in this pendant.

I love the textures that nature offers and am often inspired by them so when I found this tutorial by Russian artist Julia Titova I just had to share.

air dried clay for molding

The best I can tell (using google translate since originally it was written in Russian) is that she is using air dry clay to make the relief of the flowers both fresh and dried and then makes the pendants reinforcing it with resin. You could also use polymer clay or silicone mold making kits for a more stable longer lasting mold.

relief molds

relief molds

After the mold base has been made she then makes the relief imprint, and adds color  in the form of, my personal favorites,  alcohol inks or thinned acrylic paints.

colored

And finally she then adds a layer of resin to offer a tremendous depth to the piece. My personal favorite resins are Lisa Pavelkas’ Magic Glos, and Ice Resin.

stages

For me, this is just another excuse to play with nature and of course alcohol inks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making miniature polymer clay bowls.

You can make polymer clay bowls using a variety of forms like these mini bowl forms or these small and  medium bowls.

Mini bowl by Linda Prais

Mini bowl by Linda Prais

bowl2

Miniature bowl by Linda Prais

miniature footed bowls by Linda Prais

miniature footed bowls by Linda Prais

I love making miniature polymer clay bowls and it seems I have tons of ideas and techniques I want to try.  Unfortunately, before I get to them I end up seeing another cane I want to use and I’m off again!

Miniature coil spring bowl by Linda Prais

Miniature coil spring bowl by Linda Prais

I’ve never taken the time to make a tutorial on how I make them but my process  was full of trial and error. When Carol Simmons finished making 26 tiny bowls using a lightbulb for a challenge, she was kind enough to post a tutorial on the process she uses.

Retro mini bowl by Linda Prais

Retro mini bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

flat bowl by Linda Prais

Although the process she uses in not exactly the same as mine, it should get you started on ways to make your own mini bowls. Maybe one day I will get around to photoing my process using laminated sheets.

Here is a sampling of the bowls that Carol made for her challenge, aren’t they gorgeous!

25 bowls by Carol Simmons

25 bowls by Carol Simmons

Be sure to check out the process Carol  uses on Carols blog.

And as always you can find polymer clay tools and supplies or follow my blog at Linda’s Art Spot.

 

Happy Claying !