Mosaic Table Light

bastelfanatiker Window Colour Mosaic

I found an instruction on how to make glass table lights with translucent mosaic. They are made in an interesting and easy way with Window Colours*, but of course you can do this with translucent polymer clay as well.

* Window Colours are those glass paints that come in plastic bottles and can be used on acetate, I don’t know the exact English name.

 

That’s how they do it:
(see images on instruction site for better understanding)

  • You make from the glass paint a layer of about 1 mm on plastic foil and let it dry thoroughly.
  • When dry and not sticky anymore (after about 3 days), you cut it in mosaic pieces.
  • You can glue now the pieces on glass (with Modpodge e.g.).
  • Fill the little gaps between the mosaic tile with tile filler (follow the instructions).
  • Afterwards you can cover your glass with varnish to make it shine.

One day then… Sigh.
;-))


Links:
Mosaik mit WindowColour (German)
votive

Pillow Beads

bighugelabs Pillow Beads

I once tried to make such hollow pillow beads, but they collapsed. One day I will try it again, but I think I’ll better make filled beads, they seem to be easier ;-)

 

Links:

Hollow Beads:
clayfulmingles: Pillow Bead Lesson
Polymer Clay Polyzine: Pillow Beads by Carissa Nichols

Filled Beads:
Polymer Clay Central: Barb’s Pillowbeads
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads: Creating Pillow Beads – scroll down

Google image search result for ‘polymer clay pillow bead’

I made the mosaic with the Mosaic Maker of Big Huge Labs.
The images are:
First row:
Polymer clay Mokume Gane Pillow Beads by Beadazzle Me
Polymer Clay Pillow Beads * Winter Garden by Kellee’s Beaded and Clay…

Second row:
Polymer Clay Grape/Lime Pillow Beads by Beadazzle Me
Polymer Clay Teal Damask Pillow Beads by Beadazzle Me

flickr: search result for ‘pillow beads’

Here at unikatissima: entries with the tag ‘fimo’ – with some of them you can make beautiful pillow beads

Cold Porcelaine

espritcabane Cold Porcelaine

With the recipe for cold porcelaine you can mix an air-drying clay with which you can make jewelry, beads and similar things.
I find air-drying a big advantage against fimo and similar polymer clays which have to be baked. I always need a good ventilation for the baking which I find hard to realize with cold weather.
And you can put the jewelry or the beads i.e. into the advent calendar boxes :)


Links:
Cold Porcelaine
Cold Porcelaine (Porcelaine froide) (French)

Here at unikatissima:
Boxes not only for the advent calendar
Entries with the tag ‘advent calendar’
Entries with the tag ‘fimo’
Entries with the tag ‘polymerclay’
Entries with the tag ‘jewelry’
Entries with the tag ‘beads’

Polymer Clay Ikat Cane

unikatissima Polymer Clay Ikat Cane

Another wonderful technique when working with polymer clay is the simulation of Ikat, a weaving technique. The tutorial on how to make Ikat canes describes superb, how it works.
On the photo you see a bracelet which beads I made with the Ikat technique.
Even though it is long ago I still like it ;-))


Links:
At Polymer Clay Central: Polymer Clay Ikat Canes

Polymer Clay Faux Ivory

Polymer Clay Faux Ivory

One of the beautiful applications of polymer clay is the imitation of precious materials. Therefore I loved the tutorial on how to make faux ivory.
On the photo you see a pendant with faux ivory I made quite a time ago and I still like the combination of this matte shining black and the pale ivory.


Links:
Polymer Clay Faux Ivory

Transparent Polymer Clay

Transparent Polymer Clay

Transparent polymer clay gives you wonderful possibilities as you can see on the photo: this is an egg I covered in polymer clay.
First I took several polymer clay colours (greens, blues and yellows) and rolled them together in a snake. Then I passed it through my pasta machine and wrapped the egg with, decorating it with some red spots.
Transparent Polymer Clay Afterwards I took my translucent flower cane translucent flower cane and covered the polmer clay-ed egg with it. I smoothed out the surface and then baked the polymer clay covered egg.
In the end I sanded and polished thoroughly so that it got a beautiful matte shine.

 

Links:
Translucent Flower Cane

Tutorial moved to: Translucent Flower Cane

Faux Polymer Clay Agate

Faux Polymer Clay Agate

The tutorial on how to make a faux fossilized agatized coral tutorial on how to make a faux fossilized agatized coral was one of the reasons I began to work with polymer clay – and it became one of the first polymer clay canes I ever made.
As seen on the 2nd photo I decorated a jar with this cane which holds a lot of my often needed tools ;-))

Faux Polymer Clay Agate
Links:
Faux Fossilized Agatized Coral from polymer clay
Tutorial moved to: Faux Fossilized Agatized Coral from polymer clay

Polymer ClayCyclopedia: Polymer clay canes description

 

Wrap a Rock

Wrap a Rock

Embellishing rocks seems to be quite popular. Some people paint them, some people embroider them, some people felt them, some people wrap them in lace, some people wrap them in polymer clay, some people crochet them and some people bead them.
And if you want them to be fragrant, check back the previous mentioned Fragrant Rocks.
I never did anything with rocks, because I’m living on sandy ground ;-)
But all those rocks rock ;-)


Links:
Painted rocks (via CraftZine)
Embroidered rocks
Felted rocks
Lace wrapped rocks (via CraftZine)
Polymer clay covered rocks
Crocheted rocks
Beaded rocks

At unikatissima’s:
Fragrant Rocks

Polymer Clay Mica Shift

Polymer Clay Mica Shift

As I saw the wonderful Mica Shift Pendant (which is totally flat!) at craftster.org I felt so inspired.
It is a long time ago that I worked with polymer clay, but I think that I will go back to it soon ;-)
Then I also tried the mica shift technique (links see below), but it didn’t work out satisfactory for any reason.
Perhaps next time? ;-)

Links:
Mica Shift Pendant

Tutorials:
At Polymer Clay Central:
Satin Swirl EggTwisted Rope Mica ShiftTexture Sheet Mica Shift

At pcPolyzine Tutorials:
3-D ImagesMica Shift Jellyroll

At Glassattic:
Lots of additional information about Mica effects