Faux turquoise “Darling Darlene” – polymer clay tutorial

Faux turquoise “Darling Darlene” – polymer clay tutorial


for this turquoise tutorial I’m using
the Cernit brand of polymer clay and I am actually tinting the Opaline white
with some colored translucent even if turquoise is essentially an
opaque stone adding a bit of translucent to your mix will give it more of a
realistic stone look. getting each of my mixes rolled in a sausage I make the
darker blue one thinner and longer so that I can cut it in two pieces equal to
the length of the other two colors. using one piece of the darker blue and each of
the other colors I will make two skinner blends. I am hurrying the gradient
formation by getting the skinner blend through the machine then rolling it up
in a cylindrical plug that also allows me to keep my skinner blend narrow. you
will have to repeat this process at least five or six times when I consider my gradient developed
enough I first make my cylinder plug into a cube then I flatten it into a
sheet that has one side of one color and the other side of the second color of
the gradient. I do this to imitate the subtle color changes in the turquoise
stone. remember that Cernit and especially colored translucent darkens
quite a bit after its baked and cooled Then to make the process look more
natural I ripped small pieces of each sheet and created a new sheet. try to keep
the sheet newly created at least approximately rectangular. it’s very
important that the darker blue side has to be up for both sheets once I’ve used all the pieces I flatten
my sheet of clay then passed through the pasta machine on the thickest
setting. then I will cut it in half, stack the halves and pass it through the
Machine one more time through the thickest setting. now it’s time to make
the matrix I am using Cernit again the same proportions as before one part
hematite from the metallics line half a part of regular translucent and half a
part of silver from the metallics line make very thin strings out of each
color of course you will have more hematite strings then pluck them and put them together
in a random fashion and thus you obtain a new sausage. you will have to reduce
this sausage, cut it in four and stack the quarters laterally to form a
new cane reduce it again cut it in fourth and stack again laterally squeeze the stack to be a little bit
more rectangular than square. on a piece of wax paper cut slices of the cane as
thin as you can and arrange them to form a rectangle. first burnish then roll the
sheet as thin as you can continue thinning the sheet by gently
pulling with your fingers. do that until you feel the sheet very thin start pulling pieces from the matrix
sheet and place them on the turquoise sheet, taking care to not have
any overlaps and leaving a few spots turquoise uncovered here and there.
important again the darker blue side has to be up roll the sheet again through the
thickest setting on the pasta machine I will be using to texture sheets for the
next step Dahlias and Crackle from CoolTools link
in the video description below. I’m going to cut my sheet in two so I can show you
the difference between the two texture sheets. if you don’t have these textures
you can use the matrix texture I showed you how to make in the turquoise
matrix tutorial link in the video description below simply roll the
texture on the clay or you can run the clay on the texture and then shave the
raised areas in such a way that you will uncover the turquoise underneath the
matrix in places you can shave the matrix completely in
spots or leave a very thin layer of matrix in other spots do not shave too
much remember some of that will come off when you sand the finished cabochons once you are happy with how your
turquoise slab looks burnish the surface very thoroughly using paper wax prepare a sheet of scrap clay that would
be on a medium thin setting, place your turquoise sheet that by now should be
fairly thin on top of it. the total thickness shouldn’t be thicker than your
thickest setting on the pasta machine time to cut our cabochons
I’m using cling wrap over the clay careful not to wrinkle it and then cut
some cabochons using the newest sculpey cutters link in the description below. I
intend to make some Native American inspired jewelry so I want my cabochons to be fairly flat and relatively random shapes if you want to make other shapes you can feel free to use whatever cutters you like the pieces I will use for earrings or
necklaces I will bake on a tile covered with paper the pieces I will use on a
bracelet cuff I bake on the cuff blank that way the pieces will be baked on a
rounded shape and not stick out when placed on the cuff clay base and there we go some pretty faux Darling Darlene blue turquoise with pyrite matrix I will show you in a few next
tutorials how to make some pieces using these pretty cabochons

17 thoughts on “Faux turquoise “Darling Darlene” – polymer clay tutorial

  1. This is so exciting. These are beyond gorgeous! I'm headed to load up on supplies to make these. This is the prettiest faux turquoise made with polymer clay I've ever seen. Thank you so very much!

  2. Gracias Day!!!! Beautifull stone, sad story πŸ˜”. This tutorial is perfect, the stone, the background music, the story, your mΓ‘gic and your nailsπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

  3. Awsome Day,love this an the Overall feeling video With the Drum beat in the back ground, I can onlyhope my streams are as kewl as yours, I'm not even finished watching your video yet,I am so impressed Beautiful work ,Day,You are an amazing artist.

  4. This is a beautiful faux turquoise very Unique, Genuine looking, Thank you. As always very Informative,Definitely an excellent teacher,Thank you. For Sharing.

  5. Wow blows me away,Sorry I'm long-winded,But I think this is the best turquoise video ever done,Again thank you Day, You never fail To amaze me.<3

  6. There are several more faux gemstone tutorials I have on my list (both in polymer clay and in resin). This is just the first one.

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