Hello dear friends!
As you can see, I’m still immersed in the faux techniques and this time I decided to go for the faux fused glass idea.
I’m using nail art foils and Weldbond adhesive to achieve the vivid colors of fused glass. I can tell you that I’m fascinated with these foils – there are so many colors, effects and holographic effects available that this will certainly open up new possibilities for you to decorate your polymer clay pieces, by nail art foil transfer.
This is not my first attempt to put together nail art foils and polymer clay. The first time I tried to press them into the clay and then bake the clay (as I would do when using metallic foils and polymer clay), but this did not work (for me). I didn’t want to give up on them, so I tried baking the polymer clay and transfer the holographic / metallic pattern using E6000 glue. Again it didn’t work. And finally I decided to give it another try and I used Weldbond and it worked. I can’t tell you how happy I was…
I used Jacquard Neopaque black acrylic paint to enhance the faux glass look and I used a generous layer of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze to have a glass like finish on the pieces. For the trial pieces I added a second thin layer on top of the first layer and they look wonderfully).
As a piece of advice: try to clean the Weldbond from the recessed areas. If you notice that you have whitesh areas underneath the Triple Thick Gloss Glaze, don’t worry though- they will disappear in 12 -36 hours.
I hope you’ll enjoy watching this tutorial and I hope that you’ll take this inspiration and use it in your work with polymer clay.
A quick description of the process:
I conditioned the black polymer clay. I passed it through the medium setting of my pasta machine and I cut this sheet of polymer clay in half.
I used a texture plate to texture the polymer clay (I will use this part for the back of the piece).
I cut out the desired shape using a square cutter.
I used head pins and the rose nose pliers to make an attaching systems with two loops.
I sandwiched the layers together and then I used a stamp to impress a pattern on top of the bead.
I made two more beads (using the same steps but different cutters and different stamps) and then I baked the pieces of 30 minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer (you can bake them for 45 minutes if you are using a different brand of polymer clay).
I used Neopaque black acrylic paint to enhance the faux fused glass look (especially all around the bead) – but this step is optional.
I let the paint dry and then I used Weldbond and a brush (or you can use your fingers, but in this case use gloves to protect your skin) to transfer the holographic / metallic patterns (of the nail art foils) onto the polymer clay.
I decorated the three pieces and then I let the Weldbond dry.
I applied a generous coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.
I waited for the Weldbond to dry and then I assembled the pieces together into a neck piece.
I hope you’ll take this inspiration and use it in your work with polymer clay!
My best to you!
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