Hello dear friends!
I hope you’re having a great time wherever you are. For me, having a great time means exploring my creativity and enjoying the process.
So, I went into my art studio and I did my best to achieve a faux ceramic look using decoupage and Pebeo Prism and polymer clay.
I love poppies so you’ll find a lot of them in my work:) This time I’ve used a beautiful poppy napkin and I used cut outs of it to decorate the petals of a flower pendant.
I’ve made the face mold that is in fact the center of the piece using the technique that I teach in my free mini course 11 Ways to make and use Molds with Polymer Clay. You can enroll here www.LearnPolymerClay.com if you want to learn this techniques and other easy to apply ideas to use polymer clay to make tools for polymer clay and 3D effects on your clay pieces.
Back to the tutorial.
In this tutorial I want to show you an easy way to use a variation of the decoupage technique to decorate slightly curved pieces of polymer clay.
Back to the tutorial.
If you have napkins with beautiful patterns around the house, you might want to save them to embellish your polymer clay pieces.
You will only need liquid clay and an oven to make such decoupage decorated pieces. You can apply liquid polymer clay on top of the polymer clay (to glue the napkin to the clay) and you can also apply a thin coat of liquid clay on top of the napkin for a matte finish. And then bake the pieces for 40 minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer.
I preferred a glossy look for my pieces so I only used liquid clay to glue the napkin to the clay and, after baking the pieces, I applied Diamond Glaze (this is a product that works very well in the area where I live, but that could not be the best choice if you live in areas with high humidity).
Here’s the material list:
white polymer clay
a small round cutter
Fimo liquid / liquid polymer clay
an oven and an oven thermometer
a flexible blade
Pebeo Moon Blue Ash
Pebeo Prism Antique Gold
Pebeo Moon Apricot
A small statuette or a face component to mold
seed beads, glass beads, spike beads, chips, spacers
The description of the process:
I cut out 6 small round cut out shapes and I used one for the base of the flower and the other 5 for the petals. I started by creating an indentation in the base using a toothpick and this indentation will allow me to put a wire or thread through the focal piece.
I removed the back white layer of the napkin and then I just used my scissors to cut out the poppy flowers that I would use to decorate the petals of the polymer clay flower.
I apply a small quantity of Fimo liquid on top of the clay petal and I used a brush to spread it all over the petal.
I put the cut out poppy design on top of the Fimo liquid and I made sure that there were no air bubbles underneath the napkin.
I decorated all the 5 petals, then I press them one by one into the clay base (using a round ball tools) and slightly into each other.
Then I curved a little bit the petals to give them a more natural look. I used a toothpick to give them a nice organic shape.
I used a molded face (and you can learn how to make and how to use such molded faces in my free mini -course on 11 Ways to make and use Molds with Polymer Clay, in which I encourage you to enroll). I pressed this piece into the base and into the petals.
Then I baked the piece for 40 minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer.
I let it cool down and then I used Pebeo Paints (Fantasy Moon and Prism) to color the face mold to give it a faux ceramics look. I applied a little bit of Pebeo Moon Apricot all around the petals’ margins to give this piece an antiqued effect.
I used Diamond Glaze on top of the petals because I wanted to have a glossy look for the piece.
I decided to use all kind of beads (round beads, chips, spike beads, etc.). I’ve made a beaded clasp (using red seed beads) and a button.
I hope that you liked this tutorial and I hope that you are inspired to create more using polymer clay.
P.S. Tell me what you think of this way of decorating polymer clay 😍 Do you have beautiful napkins that you could use to give this technique a try?