Faux Metallic Vase – Polymer Clay Tutorials.

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By: Patti Kimle

Get the look of embossed and painted metal with this Faux Metallic Vase. Suitable to match almost any décor, this stunning vase could easily add artistic flair to your home. You could also give it as a gift for a housewarming party. Fill this beautiful vase with flowers, branches, or leave it as is for a striking piece of artwork that’s sure to spark up a conversation at your next dinner party.

 

Polymer Clay Tutorials
Polymer Clay Tutorials

 

Materials:

 1 block Premo! Accents: Antique Gold – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Accents: Gold – 2 oz
 3 blocks Premo! Sculpey®: Black – 2 oz
 Clay Conditioning Machine
 Sculpey® Super Slicer
 Acrylic rod
 Glass vase, approximately 6-8″ tall

Instructions:

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.
For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the
widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
2. With the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #2 setting create a sheet of Gold and Antique Gold. Using the Super
Slicer cut 2 right triangles and create a Skinner blend. (http://www.sculpey.com/how-tos/techniques/skinnerblend).

3. Roll the sheet into a Skinner blend cane, beginning with the Antique Gold edge first.
4. Cut the cane into 3 or 4 pieces and reduce the cane to different diameters, approximately ¾”, ½” , ¼”, and 1/8”.
5. Roll a sheet of Black clay on a #4 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Make the sheet large enough to
cover the vase if round, or one side of the vase if appropriate.
6. Cut several thin slices of the largest cane and place them randomly on the Black sheet.
7. Cut several thin slices of the smaller canes an place them, continuing until the smallest canes are used to fill the
space as much as possible. Layer a few cane slices on top of each other and on the larger ones.
8. Roll all the slices into the background with the acrylic rod.
9. Press the sheet to the glass, being careful not to allow air pockets between the clay and the glass. Trim the
edges and blend the seams.
10. Bake according to the directions above. Allow to cool.
11. Sand the surface if desired, beginning with 400 then 600 grit sandpaper rinsing the surface and the papers often.