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Creating a design in a polymer clay

Hi All,

I've had three or four goes at this. I want to put a design onto a background (shield) that I have sculpted. The design is quite large (a tree about 6cm high) but very thin (about 3-4mm). Of course the design has to be flat and even throughout.

Is there an easy way to do this. The branches on the tree design are quite delicate and I am finding it hard to get it the same as the printout I am using as a reference. I thought surely there is a way to create a template or something.

I have access to super sculpey, kneadatite (green and brown) and a local art supplie so could get a hold of most other mediums.

Thanks for your help,


Re: Creating a design in a polymer clay

Took me a while, but I found a tutorial that illustrates how I would creatre such a pattern. I'd work in the negative using techniques almost identical to those described here,,sculpting.php?id=571
I'd also add a few tricks of my own. Transfering the pattern to the clay in order to make the mold is the first hurdle and there are multiple solutions:
1. I could trace the pattern with a ball point pen on vellum and then place that drawing ink side down on the clay, burnish well so that the ink transfers to the clay, and then use a ball stylus or needle tool to scribe the lines in the clay.
2. Because I have a dye based inket printer, I could print the image to size on medium weight glossy paper, shake embossing powder onto the slow drying ink, shake off the excess powder and then use a heat gun to melt the powder, leaving a raised image. Using talc as a mold release I would then press the embossed pattern onto the clay and again use a ball stylus or needle tool to refine the mold.
Hope this helps,

Re: Creating a design in a polymer clay

Perfect. Thank you for those ideas. They are great!!!

Re: Creating a design in a polymer clay

Katherine, i am always amazed with your suggestions!

Thanks for posting this.