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Faux Diachronic Glass

 

Supplies;

Polymer Clay - Color of Choice (I used Black)

Liquid Polymer Clay

Two Step Acrylic Nail Set

Mica Powders

Aluminum Foil

Toaster Oven

Polymer Clay Cutter - Shape of Choice

Alcohol Inks - I prefer to use Tim Holtz's - Adirondack Inks for this process. (They seem a bit more transparent)

Very Fine Glitter

Sand Papers in 300, 400, 600, 800 Grit

 

 

 

A selection of Mica Powders to choose from.

 

 

 

This shows the liquid polymer after it has been thinned with my finger tip. Think of spreading white glue with your finger and it is the same process.

 

 

Sprinkle an assortment of Mica Powders onto the surface of the wet Liquid Polymer.

 

 

Cure according to manufacturer's directions and allow to cool. Peal it off of the Aluminum Foil and you will wind up with a think transparent colored sheet of plastic to work with.

 

 

Condition and roll out the Polymer Clay on the number 3 setting on your pasta machine. Using your cutters cut out shapes of the clay. If you do not have cutters you of course can do it by free form.

Spread a small amount of the Liquid Polymer onto the surface of the cut shapes.

From the sheet of cure liquid polymer, cut out small pieces of the various colors created with the mica powders. And using the uncured liquid polymer as a glue apply them to the uncured clay. I found I preferred to use the edges of the cured clay to cut pieces from as it was extremely thin, compared to the naturally thicker center.

Place the cut out shapes, with liquid polymer and pieces of cured liquid polymer into your oven to cure for the recommended manufacturer's time. (I believe I cured mine for approx 10 minutes at 275 degrees)

Once the clay has been cured and completely cooled you can gently sand the edges and back off as you normally would.

Using the Acrylic Nail items you will cover the tops of the pieces with step one of the process and then add step two as directed. Then allow it to dry for at least ten minutes.

Apply the Acrylic Nail product again for a second layer, only this time drop a very small amount of an Alcohol ink into the mixture before adding step two. Again allow it to dry all the way.

Add another layer of Acrylic product and this time add a few pieces of glitter. Top it off with at least one final layer of the Acrylic Nail Material leaving it clear and no other materials added to it.

DO NOT APPLY THE ACRYLIC NAIL PRODUCT BEFORE PLACING INTO OVEN! IT CAN CAUSE A FIRE / HEALTH HAZARD!

Once they are completely dry, sand them as you normally would. You will find that sanding the tops can change the design you wind up with due to the layers.

I prefer to add a layer of Glossy Sculpy Glaze to finish it off. You can now use these as they are and wind wire around them, use them as a Cabochon for a beading project, or drill a hole through them with your Dremel and create an individual charm.

The first thing you will notice though is that photographs can not pick up the layers and colors that show up. There is nothing like seeing these first hand and even better yet creating them for yourself!