One of my favorite techniques is Mokume Gane.  There are many ways to create a Mokume Gane stack in polymer clay.  This technique is called Distressed Mokume Gane:  You may begin with Shinner Blends or regular sheets of clay on a thin setting of you pasta machine.  Use three or four colors.  Light, Medium and Dark for contrast.  Cut and stack in about three inch by three inch sheets.  Run this stack thru Pasta Machine, cut and stack again.  Put thru the pasta machine again.  Cut and stack.  Poke different textures into the stack, such as the edge of a shell, comb, wavy blade, Phillips screwdriver, assorted small cutters, etc.  Now with a sharp, clean, thin blade, cut thin slices from your stack of clay.  Flip these pieces over and arrange onto a medium thin sheet of clay for a base.  Place on deli sheet with a second deli sheet on top of the arrangement on the base clay

Use a roller or teaspoon to smooth the surface of the clay sheet.  You may carefully put the decorated sheet thru the Pasta Machine, but be careful not to distort your design.  Cut into the shape of your choice for a pendant and bake.  Sand with 240, 400, 6,00 and 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper and hang on necklace of your choice.




Bullseye Cane

Choose three or four colors of polymer clay, cut the clay blocks into slices that will go thru your pasta machine.  Make a sheet from each color of  clay on #1, #3 and #5. Roll one of the colors of polymer clay into a small roll or snake about 1/4 " in diameter.  Trim the next sheet of polymer clay to fit around the first roll or snake, with the edges butting together.  Wrap the third polymer clay sheet around your roll, butting the edges together.  You may want to wrap a thin sheet of black, #5 or #6, around your cane.  You have now created a Bullseye cane!Techniques:

One of my favorite techniques is Mokume Gane.  There are many ways to create a Mokume Gane stack in polymer clay.  This technique is called Distressed Mokume Gane:  You may begin with Shinner Blends or regular sheets of clay on a thin setting of you pasta machine.  Use three or four colors.  Light, Medium and Dark for contrast.  Cut and stack in about three inch by three inch sheets.  Run this stack thru Pasta Machine, cut and stack again.  Put thru the pasta machine again.  Cut and stack.  Poke different textures into the stack, such as the edge of a shell, comb, wavy blade, Phillips screwdriver, assorted small cutters, etc.  Now with a sharp, clean, thin blade, cut thin slices from your stack of clay.  Flip these pieces over and arrange onto a medium thin sheet of clay for a base.  Place on deli sheet with a second deli sheet on top of the arrangement on the base clay

Use a roller or teaspoon to smooth the surface of the clay sheet.  You may carefully put the decorated sheet thru the Pasta Machine, but be careful not to distort your design.  Cut into the shape of your choice for a pendant and bake at Manufacturers directions.  Sand with 240, 400, 6,00 and 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper and place on chain or ribbon of your choice and your lovely design is ready to wear!



 

 

 

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Polymer Clay Techniques

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Don't have a kiln, no problem, metal clay can be fired with a small butane torch.  Create your piece of jewelry, not more than 1/4 " thick, let dry, refine and torch for 3 minutes, you now have a fired metal clay piece of jewelry!

  One of my favorite tools to use to smooth polymer clay mokume gane pieces to a sheet of clay between deli paper a common teaspoon.

  When applying cane slices to a bead, shape the bead into a cube then apply the six cane slices and your bead decoration will be even, after which you will return the shape to a round bead.

Use a spritz of water to apply texture.  Spritz the texture lightly and place on clay sheet and using brayer, impress by rolling the acrylic roller or brayer over the texture, while applying pressure to clay sheet or place clay sheet on #1 or widest setting on your pasta machine with texture sheet(after having applied or sprayed water) and roll thru. 

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