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Making miniature polymer clay bowls.

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

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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 idea and techniques I want to try, but 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. It 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 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 !

Free tutorial, Flower power, batik like color on polymer clay with alcohol inks and pastels

Flower power full of color polymer clay pendant

Flower power full of color polymer clay pendant by Linda Prais

 

Supplies:

Directions

1.  start by conditioning your clay about 1/4 to 1/2 block is plenty.                       Then roll out to the thickness you desire for this project mine is about 1/4″

2.  Using the your pastels in this case I used stick pastels that I had to scrape to get my pastel powder. BE SURE TO USE A HIGH QUALITY pastel that insures intense colors.

scraping pastel chalks

scraping pastel chalks

3.     Using the powders you created rub the colors into the clay. I like to keep the colors separate these will be the colors that peek through.

rub pastels into clay

rub pastels into clay

4. press your stamp into the clay being sure you have good depth of the design.

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5. Squirt lightly with blending solution, also apply blending solution to your applicator pad. Next add a couple of drops of the ink colors you choose to the applicator pad. keep them separate and use sparingly.20150805_150305

6. Lightly apply on top of the chalk in a few places.20150805_150238

7. Now using a clean applicator pad, add a small about of blending solution if necessary. Gently wipe some of the top ridges of the design clean (ish) of the pastels.20150805_150246

batik

notice in this piece that I have used cranberry and blue sparingly in a few places.

8. Now drop a couple of drops of you alcohol ink onto container or plate. *see below for hint. Spritz your clay piece again with the blending solution this will allow the ink to move. Don’t over saturate the clay. Using your fine tip paint brush lightly touch a small tip of alcohol ink into the recesses of the design to accent. Don’t over do just a bit here and there. notice in this piece that I have used cranberry and blue sparingly in a few places.

9.  Let it dry to the touch then cut your shapes I used the smallest teardrop from the premo set. Arrange the design into a flower. I used the inside of my hollow bead maker to hold the cupped shape I wanted and pinched and curved the petals to my liking. Press together add the center, gently press to be sure all areas are touching well, and cure according to manufacture directions.

10.  Now notice on my finished piece the light green highlights that was achieved after the piece was cured and I very lightly dry brushed some green acrylic paint in just a few places adding yet another dimension.

11.  On occasion the bond will not hold after it is cured because of the layer of chalks and inks. DO NOT PANIC all is not lost. I almost prefer it to show any weakness. After it is cured I just give my best kept secret Kato Poly Paste a bit of a  stir to be sure its nice and sticky and using my finger rub a bit onto the piece to be secured like glue and then cure again. Don’t forget to tent your piece to keep it from scorching.  This is also what I use to attach my clay bails.

 

Enjoy and have fun Remember some times you just have to make a mess to find the beauty within!

Happy Claying,

Linda

*HINT for alcohol inks

Use a discarded candy tray to hold drops of alcohol ink. Let it dry out before storing, it can be reconstituted by adding blending solutions and stiring with your paint brush or tooth pick

Use a discarded candy tray to hold drops of alcohol ink. Let it dry out before storing, it can be reconstituted by adding blending solutions and stirring with your paint brush or tooth pick No mess, or waisting of ink.