Sunday, August 22, 2010

Super Swirled Polymer Clay Technique

I have no doubt this is already out there somewhere, but I haven’t seen it, and if I haven’t seen then that means others haven’t seen it! Right? So here’s my super simple way to get a fine swirl of colors like in the hearts below.
Swirled Polymer Clay Hearts
First pick your colors and condition the clay. I’m not going to tell you how much to use, that’s a matter of personal tastes I would say. Now roll the clay out or run through the pasta machine on a thick setting  Then cut into similar sized slices and stack while alternating colors…we’re making a basic  multicolored log.The pic shows an example…and how it does not need to be perfect, so just relax :)
Mutlticolored Polymer Clay Log
Polymer Clay Log
Go ahead and roll your log out and make a long skinny log. Once you have that fold the log in half and twist. Repeat that last step of rolling and twisting. Roll it out again but this time we’re not looking for a long skinny log. Make your log as short or long as you want, you can shorten it by squishing and rolling alternatively…this is what I love about polymer clay, it’s so much like rocket science ;P
Twisted Polymer Clay Log
Twisted Polymer Clay Log
Multicolored Polymer Clay log
Multicolored Polymer Clay log
I think I may have even done the rolling and twisting once in that last pic. Now you have your log, slice it in half lengthwise and see what’s inside!
inside of polymer clay log
inside of polymer clay log
Here’s what you get when you repeat that rolling and twisting even more, some very fine striations.
Inside of polymer clay log
Inside of polymer clay log
Now I turn the 2 halves around so the insides are facing out and I make a new log.
making new polymer clay log from halves
making new polymer clay log from halves
Smoosh the edges together to form a seam and roll out your new log. At this point it helps if you know what you want to do with the swirled clay. For this log I made hearts. So I went ahead and rolled the clay out, then cut the log into equal lengths. One half I twisted one way, the other half I twisted the other way. Then I matched my pieces up as closely as I could like in the pic below.
twisted polymer clay logs
twisted polymer clay logs
Now I cut off short pieces and rolled out balls which I then used to make ‘bookmatched’ hearts.
polymer clay balls
polymer clay balls
BookMatched Polymer Clay Hearts
BookMatched Polymer Clay Hearts
This is just a way that I found easy to keep that fine swirl of colors while you mixing them together…without actually losing the swirl of colors. I hope someone finds this helpful! Don’t forget to stop by my shop or follow me on Facebook :) This post is linked to some link parties! http://www.skiptomylou.org/ http://craftingreallyawesomefreethings.blogspot.com/ http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-11/  http://www.thegypsyscorner.com/ http://todayscreativeblog.net/ http://www.sillylittlesparrow.com/ http://itssoverycheri.com/   http://www.nikkisniftyknacks.blogspot.com/  http://www.creationsbykara.com/  http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/ http://www.lifeinthepitts.com/?   http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/  http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com/

10 comments:

  1. Lynn!! That was great!! Thank you...off to the craft store!!

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  2. Great little tutorial! I've been thinking about trying to learn how to make things with polymer clay!

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  3. Thanks both of you! I warn you...once you pick this clay up, you won't want to put it down :) It's wonderful stuff!

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  4. I do pretty much the same thing when I want a faux ivory. It's quicker and easier than doing all the layers, and I don't need it perfect anyway!

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  5. Thanks Kays :)

    Yes Andrea, it is so easy. Another thing is you don't ahve to worry about working it too much and losing your swirls, they're all there, on the inside :)

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  6. Those are super cute! I wish I was talented enough to work with clay!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day :)

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  7. It's so pretty. I need to experiment this at home!

    Caroliine
    http://ateliercaroline.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi! How cool, thanks for sharing that!

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    Have a great week!

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  9. Hi Lynn,

    Thank-you for stopping by my site. Your creations are so pretty and unique. Great tutorial as well.

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