Thursday, May 1, 2014

Polymeri Online 1.5.14 | Ivana's secret polymer clay texture, Cracks with table spoon and acetone, Granulated homemade clay, Fantasy Prisme Pebeo paint magic and another IKAT interpretation

While our favourite bloggers are in Malta - PCD (Cynthia) and ThePolymerArts (Sage), I'd try to entertain you guys in the meantime with cyber polymer links.

Ivana's Litchi pendant
Ivana Brožová had a competition asking her Czech Republic friends & voters to guess which texture she used in her pendant. 
The voters tried their best and.... the right answer was - a Litchi fruit peel texture! 
Nature sure is pretty to capture in polymer! such a creative idea. The winner - Katka V. won the necklace!

Ivona's free IKAT tutorial
Ivana has also posted a fun tutorial for creating a kind of an IKAT plug using colours placed and rolled in clay sheets. check it out -

Desiree's cracks tutorial
Desiree is one of the artists I enjoyed learning from, in my first days as a polymer clay artist (then a hobbyist). These days she posted a tutorial for created cracked clay using a heating gun. 
In this technique you are half-curing a sheet of clay and then rolling it in the pasta machine to create hard, deep cracks.
Inspired by techniques she found online by several artists, Desiree is giving us her own tries, angle and tips on the technique, using concentrated heat in a specific shape (table spoon) or a perforated ladel. Very inspiring! 
Sometimes I truly think we are working in a chemistry lab and not a polymer clay art studio! :)

Sandra's cracks video tutorial
Sandrartes posted another fun idea for using a heating gun with cracks, in a cute lizard project. She uses acetone (!) to dry the clay and then uses a heating gun over it to half-cure it. The cracks were placed over an un-cured polymer clay sheet and stretched manually.
I love the cheerful music too!
Sandra also posted a video tip for using very dry polymer clay. She is baking the clay, breaking it into pieces and then placing it all in a food processor to receive a granulated powder. great!

Elsie's pebeo paint beautiful pendants
Another future chemistry pro is Elsie Smith, who is posting her beauties on Facebook. Although not the first using this material with polymer, she is definitely doing wonders with it.
French origin "Fantasy Prisme Pebeo paint" looks innocent at first sight but after you start blending it with additional colours or as a single colour,  it starts dividing like cells creating a beautiful 3D, deep effects of faux texture! 
The final look of this paint is very shiny which is another advantage!
I am not sure whether you should apply this colour on baked or raw clay but I would guess baked. Elsie mentioned in her Facebook that she is sealing her pendants with Varathane floor finish and then adding the paint so I am guessing again - baked clay.

Elena's liquid-pebeo-prisme paint wings tutorial
You can find several online sources for using this special paint -
Aniko posted a video for using this paint inside metal blanks; 
Janice Abarbanel posted Pebeo samples of her work in her blog (all sold out);
Loisirscreatifs also posted about this magical paint and included a video for showing a fast-forward version of the paint effect;
I found a master-class in a Russian blog by Elena Grebennikova demonstrating the steps of using this paint over baked liquid polymer clay;
and last for this post is "Craft Celler" Pinterest gallery showing many samples using this wonder-paint.
Are going to give it a try?

Have a great day!


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