Tag Archives: Sculpey

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

Some times we just need a field trip to open our minds and creative ideas.  And this tutorial is giving me a perfect excuse to take a walk and pick a few weeds. LOL!

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.

Now let me back up and say, I believe that to be the artist’s name.  Since the entire blog is in Russian and the site, the best I can tel,l is a forum of artists in the region I can’t be sure. So hopefully I have given the proper credit.

air dried clay for molding

The best I can tell (using google translate) is that she is using air dry clay to make the relief of the flowers both fresh and dried and 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 had 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 adds a layer of resin to offer a tremendous depth to the piece.  My favorite is ProTec Powder Paint.

stages

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

If you would like to see the full tutorial follow this link

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Have a happy crafting weekend!

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Sculpey Souffle Clay for Hat Bands and More

Photo credit: Syndee Holt

Souffle by Sculpey is a lightweight clay that is perfect for jewelry making but what about hat bands?  Summer is in full swing and that sun can be strong.  Take shade under a hat adorned with a homemade hat band.  Why not?

Photo credit: Syndee Holt

Hat bands not your style?  Not to worry.  Souffle clay is strong and self-supporting and doesn’t crack in large pieces, which makes it great for larger clay projects as well.  It features a beautiful suede finish when baked and works great for popular techniques such as mokume gane, bargello and caning.

Sculpey Souffle clay is available at Linda’s Art Spot.

Souffle clay at Linda’s Art Spot