Products made of polymer clay - beads, brooches, medallions and dozens of other ornaments - are easy to make by themselves at home. Here are three unusual ways to work with polymer clay to create special effects.

Imitation ivory

  • polymer clay in two colors: white (translucent) and beige (there is a special color of clay, ivory, but to take it is not recommended – the result is too pale)
  • machine for rolling out polymer clay or a rolling pin and a hard, smooth surface
  • knife
  • nail brush.

If you often do something from polymer clay, then the machine for rolling it can be bought in a hobby shop - it is small, two to three times smaller than a home printer, it does not have any electronics and it is very simple to use.

  • Roll two pieces of clay are white and beige with the aid of a machine or rolling pin. The resulting sheets should be in the thickness about 3 mm.

  • Cut each sheet 1/4 part. A large part of roll into a tube, and the remaining quarter a different color wrap like a candy in a wrapper.

  • Cut both rolls in half, fold again.

  • Put the next tube in both colors. They should get 2 pairs. Then fold one pair to another.

  • Again cut into two parts of the resulting workpiece.
  • Continue to cut and fold – it should be repeated 20-25 times. Procurement will acquire a relatively uniform color interspersed with stripes of darker and lighter shade, and the texture is similar to wood long fibers or to the natural texture of ivory.

  • Cut the workpiece into pieces of the desired size, skaityti of them beads or roll for flat panels.

  • Optional swipe 1-2 times on clay with a nail brush to highlight the texture.

    Coloring marker

    It is not always possible to find the right color for clay, especially if it's dark shades, but it's very easy to color it yourself. The pieces, painted with a marker, will get pleasant dullness.

    For this, take:

    • polymer clay light shade

  • big permanenty marker with a thick, wide rod (preferably dark colors)
  • thin gloves (to not stain marker hands).
  • Let's get to work:

    • Put the gloves on.
    • Roll a piece of clay.
  • Start painting it with a marker, like a sheet of paper.

  • Every time after the surface will be fully painted, knead the clay over and repeat the entire procedure until the resulting shade does not suit you.

    It is possible to paint a product made of clay of any color with a special metallic paint, but the same effect can be produced by a simple foil.

    For this you will need:

    • edible silver foil
    • slightly transparent glue;
    • tissue paper and pencil
    • Scotch
    • scissors and a thin stick or an empty ballpoint pen.
    • Roll a piece of clay and give it the shape you need. Best of all, this method is ideal for flat beads and medallions.

  • Drip a little glue on top.
  • Carefully glue a layer of foil, smoothing it so that there is not one crease. Let the workpiece dry.

  • Draw a sketch of the picture you want to see the product on tissue paper. Remember that it must be extremely graphic and is not very complicated, colors and very fine details to transfer will be impossible.
  • Place the tissue paper with the pattern on the workpiece, fix it with adhesive tape, pasting the edges to the table, and then start translating the pattern, pushing the clay through the foil and the paper directly along the pencil lines. To do this, use a stick and / or an empty ballpoint pen.

    Do not press too hard otherwise you may break and paper, and foil.

  • Remove the paper and bake the product right together with the foil – baking foil designed for high temperatures.
  • Now you can make a frame, add some details from clay of a different color and, if necessary, to bake again.