Faux Plique a Jour Polymer Clay Tutorial

Faux Plique-A-Jour [Polymer Clay Video Tutorial]

How to paint on polymer clay and get a faux enamel effect. Great inspiration for your work with polymer clay!

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!

Using Oyumaru to make a mold after a stamp - I am going to use the mold to create polymer clay jewelry pieces

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.

Using cutters to make the base of the polymer clay earring

I used the mold, gilding foil and translucent polymer clay and the craft knife to create a polymer clay golden butterfly.

Making the polymer clay butterfly (using an Oyumaru mold, gilding foil and translucent polymer clay)

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).

Using shiny eyeshadows and Triple Thick Glossy Glaze to make a gel-like mixture and I used it to color the baked pieces

I made  gel-like mixtures using different colors and Triple Thick Glossy Varnish and I used them to color the baked pieces.

I used Triple Thick Glossy glaze and rhinestones to decorate the polymer clay butterflies

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)

– Oyumaru

–  a stamp

– Gold gilding foil

– Fimo gold mica powder

– Triple thick glossy glaze

– Eye shadows or mica powders

– A needle tool

– Paintbrushes

– Jump rings

– Earring findings

– Transparent varnish

– Kato liquid clay

–  Rhinestones

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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Explore the possibilities of painting onto polymer clay! Achieve a faux enamel look using eyeshadows, Triple Thick varnish and polymer clay! Take this inspiration and make amazing polymer clay jewelry pieces!


    1. Thank you, my dear friend, for encouraging me so much, for your appreciation and support and for reblogging my post. I am truly grateful for your friendship! Have a wonderful week-end! Hugs! Mihaela

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