One of the fun things about working on Jewelry Stringing is seeing the variety of materials jewelry designers are using these days. Inspired to create a polymer-clay piece for our mixed-media themed summer issue, I decided to try out Ranger Ink's crackle paint. I've seen this used before and thought it sounded simple, and like a fun alternative to my usual diluted acrylic-paint finishes!
I typically like to use a slightly off-white color of polymer clay in my jewelry, relying more on my finishing technique to give it some color. At the store, I spotted Premo's "translucent" color of clay, which quite honestly looked just like all of the other off-white varieties on the shelf.
Overall, I'm happy with how my experiments turned out! Next, I'd like to try my hand at some truly "translucent" pieces, inspired by the new book, Enlightened Polymer Clay, by Rie Nagumo. This stunning necklace of hers is made using Premo Translucent polymer clay, ultimately rolled through the thinnest setting on the pasta machine. Look closely and notice how you can actually see through some of the leaves! All of the pieces in her book are inspired by nature, and this piece exactly replicates the lunaria plant, or what we used to call a "money plant" as kids.
Have you ever created with translucent polymer clay? Or used crackle paint on anything jewelry-related? If so, I'd love to hear your tips and techniques!