Faux Marble Technique for Polymer Clay!
Hello everyone! Fall is finally here in Arkansas. We had a teaser a couple of weeks ago, but the heat came back. Now the temps have dropped again and hopefully will stay around for a while.
I am posting today about a fun and easy polymer clay technique. The Faux Marble Technique for polymer clay uses minimal tools and you can choose any colors. For my demo I chose three bright colors which I mixed with translucent clay to add some depth.
What You Need:
Polymer clay in three colors or more.
An acrylic roller
Pasta machine for conditioning your clay.
Cutters for cutting out the pendants.
Jump rings for the dangle pendant.
Let’s Get Started!
I chose a bright green, fuchsia and bright orange. I decided to mix my bright colors with some translucent clay. It softened the colors and makes the baked items have a little more depth.
First off, you will need to condition your clay. Roll it out several times on your pasta machine or use your acrylic roller. Avoid air bubbles when you are conditioning the clay. If you get bubbles, pop them with a toothpick and keep going until you have nice, smooth sheets. Here I have my mixed sheets and one sheet of pure translucent clay.
Roll your sheets into logs and cut in half.
You are now going to stack the logs in random order. Try to keep the like colors separated.
Now can create a log by squeezing gently in the middle and working your way to the ends to push the air out as you go.
Roll this into a log. You can trim uneven ends if you like.
We will now begin to twist the log.
Keep twisting and as the log gets longer you can fold it in half and twist some more.
How much you twist is up to you. You will find that if you keep twisting over and over, your colors may start to mix. You can stop when you like the variations you see. When you feel good about your log, you will want to squish the log into a shorter, fatter log.
You will now use your acrylic roller to roll the log into a sheet.
Pass it once through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. I suggest inserting the sheet with lines going perpendicular to the rollers so they stretch longer instead of getting wider.
We now have a marbled sheet of polymer clay. There are many things you can do with it, but we are going to make a couple of easy pendants.
Pendants From the Faux Marble Polymer Clay Technique
I like my pendants to be a little thicker than the sheets made by the pasta machine. I usually use one of the colors used in the technique but sometimes I just use black or white as the backing of the pendant. For this demo, I rolled out some green and fuschia sheets for the backs.
I am also going to use some of the fuschia for the front of the pendant to add some interest. I thought I would make some tiny green dots and put them on the fuschia sheet.
I then gently rolled this sheet to flatten the dots. I also cut a straight edge which I will butt up against the marble sheet.
I then cut a straight edge of the marble sheet. I placed these pieces together on top of the green sheet. I lightly rolled the sheets to stick them together.
Now, I will decide where to cut my circle.
I cut the circle out and also used a small teardrop shaped cutter for the hole I will attach the cord to.
To add a dangle piece to your pendant, keep the teardrop shape that you just cut out and place it at the bottom. Make a hole with a needle tool or toothpick to each piece. You attach these later with a jump ring.
Bake these items thoroughly. I am using Premo polymer clay. The directions say to bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes per 1/4″ thickness of clay. I personally bake it longer, anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour.
Try Another Fun Pendant!
Here is another piece of the faux marble sheet we made. Again I decided on cute green dots, this time I put them directly on the marble sheet.
I lightly rolled the sheet to flatten the dots and placed a fuschia sheet for the backing.
This time I placed some plastic wrap over the clay. By doing this, when you use the cutter the plastic wrap will round off the edges. This is just an option.
I cut a small circle at the top of the pendant for the cord.
Finish It Up!
You can lightly sand any rough edges on the pendants and add a glaze for shine. I have used Dura Clear on these pieces. Decide what cord you would like and attach findings if needed and you are done! Here are some pictures of the finished products. Comment if you have a question or if you like them!
I hope you like this Faux Marble Technique for Polymer Clay!
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