How Do They Do That?

Techniques I really Want To Try – if I can figure out how they did it 🙂

The first technique on my list is Lisa Pavelka’s faux batik.

Second is Sarah Shrivers reverse inlay veneers.

And the third has me very intrigued. Sylvie Peraud’s faux denim which can be learned over at Craftedu.com

There is also a crackle technique I have seen around that looks different than the one I have done in the past using a crackle medium that was brushed on the clay. I have a tutorial at Polkadot Creations showing how I did it. This newer technique has a lot of depth and I love it. While searching for a picture example to share I found this tutorial 🙂 https://www.cottagefever.com/Crackled%20Polymer%20Clay.pdf A heat gun is the key !!!!

You can also do a really nice crackle effect using paints and inks that are brushed onto a raw sheet of clay, left to dry and then stretched to make the paint or ink crack.

using paint

using paint

Here is a tutorial using pearlescent ink by Daler Rowney http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/faux_ammolite1.html

And another using silver leaf and inks http://people.delphiforums.com/ananda37/pentutorial.html

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Give It A Swirl

Swirl beads have become all the rage and there are some artists that have it down to a science. A great example are the beads made by Laura Timmins. She has a diagram on her web site showing the process she uses the make swirl beads that look nearly identical each time.

From Lauras Etsy SHop

From Laura's Etsy SHop

Here a few links to get you going 🙂
http://www.desiredcreations.com/howTo_CALentilSwirl.htm
http://2goodclaymates.blogspot.com/2009/08/making-lentil-swirl.html
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/swirls.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9NAByUKqx4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E16yaysIDok
http://rubarbdesertdesigns.com/swirltute.html
http://www.covenantsanctuarystudio.com/Polymer_Clay_Lentil_Bead.htm
http://www.poly-tools.com/bead-from-a-bi-cone-bead.html

Injet Printable Freezer Paper For Transfers ?

A while back I wrote a post about unusual ways to do transfers onto clay. I found another product that has possibilities. I just purchased a pack of C. Jenkins Freezer Paper Sheets (50 – 8.5 X 11 Sheets) and am so excited to experiment with this paper when it arrives.

Pricing for this type of paper has quite a large range. I saw it as low as $6.95 for 50 sheets of the C. Jenkins brand and as high as $12.99 for 10 sheets of the June Taylor brand. Between these 2 is Quilter’s Freezer Paper Sheets by C&T which costs $8.95 for 30 sheets.

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