Hello dear friends!
Well, I haven’t finished yet the journey into exploring the faux enamel possibilities and for this tutorial I am attacking the Plique -a -Jour enameling technique. This is a fascinating technique and it revolves around transparency and translucence. This I why I thought that this beautiful technique would be a great inspiration for our work with polymer clay.
This technique is great to make use of your old or inexpensive shiny eyeshadows. I love working with eyeshadows for certain projects because you’ll have a wider palette of colors (that you can apply as such or mix them to get new shades) and so your coloring possibilities expand.
The rhinestones are totally optional, yet I use them a lot in my work with polymer clay for the extra plus of sparkle!
A short description of the process:
I used two old Oyumaru molds (that I wasn’t using anymore) and I put them into hot water. I waited for the molding compound to soften and then I used it to create a mold of a butterfly stamp. These molding techniques work well with larger and smaller stamps alike. Just try it!
I used the translucent clay, a Fimo Art nouveau texture plate and two cutters (a larger and a smaller one) to create a base for my earring.
I used the mold, gilding foil and translucent polymer clay and the craft knife to create a polymer clay golden butterfly.
I assembled the pieces into an earring (I made a pair, of course) and I baked them at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer for 30 minutes (I am working with Cernit, if you are using a different brand of clay, you should bake it for longer, maybe 45 minutes).
I made gel-like mixtures using different colors and Triple Thick Glossy Varnish and I used them to color the baked pieces.
After waiting for the glaze to dry, I assembled the pieces into earrings (of course you could make pendants, brooches, etc.)
Here’s the extensive list of what I used in this tutorial:
– Cernit translucent polymer clay
– Fimo Art nouveau texture plate
– Two cutters (one large and a smaller one)
– a stamp
– Gold gilding foil
– Fimo gold mica powder
– Triple thick glossy glaze
– Eye shadows or mica powders
– A needle tool
– Jump rings
– Earring findings
– Transparent varnish
– Kato liquid clay
I hope you’ll like the result of this faux technique and I hope that you’ll take this inspiration and these techniques and implement them in your work with polymer clay!
My best to you!
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