Silk Screen Clay and Reverse- Adjustable Cording

I really like Screen printing on Polymer Clay, but I’ve never tried a combo of coloring clay with inks first or making it into a Quilt, so heres how it went and lessons learned from my mistakes……

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White clay, Inks & pattern, cut & mark

 

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LC Cutters, I used the center one

 

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 Pattern pieces

 

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 silk screen with white craft paint

 

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Cut out pattern pieces and put together

 

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Back side showing the bail and cord technique

 

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Earrings have removable ear hooks
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Necklace completed

 

I guess for my first time trying this  it wasn’t to bad, but I did do a few mistakes. When I colored my clay I put too much ink ; it really dried the clay, so  I had to add more clay. I went with translucent and a tiny bit of a colored clay for each one. Next time. Less is better.   Mistake number 2, I was happy with my silkscreen job,  but smeared the ink on purple section a tiny bit.  and I really mess up cutting out the sections. Be careful to keep all pieces together and do 1 at a time, making sure the each pattern piece is right side up . Of course 2 of my weren’t and I couldn’t figure out why they would all fit back together.  Finally baked put scrap backing on texture& bake again.  I used PYMII for the finish.

The cording I used was light brown Suede, because I really didn’t want Black on this one. I should have used round leather or tubing in another color, but it worked out fine. I hate , hate, hate, putting Jewelry components together, which is why I always have buckets of beads.  I normally use adjustable cording. It has always  bothered me that the 2 knots always winded up in the front of my neck , and with double cording in the back. SO reverse it. Just make sure your hole (bail) is large enough to accept 2 strands of cording loosely .  I love this much better.

The earring are the partial remains of the other sheets which were almost all destroyed from cutting wrong, so I only had that much left to work with. I use ear wires with Lobster claw  clasp because I can take them off and use them on the next pair of earrings . I also do the same thing with my chain pendants.

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This one was Inks and stencils. Lots of fun!

Enjoy!! Have a Great Day

Theresa & Yari

 

 

 

 

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