Faux Cameo Bracelet
By Patty Barnes
Amate Studios Deep Welled Oval Bracelet
1 package of Alabaster Pardo Jewelry Clay
1 package of Tanslucent Pardo Jewelry Clay
1 Tube of Viva Decor Silver Pearl Pen
1 Translucent Liquid Sculpey Bottle
1 3mm Swarovski Crystallized Flat Back Clear Crystal
Walnut Hollow Oil Color Pencils
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in Color
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in Black
Light Brown Permanent Ink Pad
"Victoria" Rubber Stamp by PenniBears
Soft Bristle Paint Brush
- Clean your hands well with the alcohol wipes so that the clay doesn't become discolored. Condition 1/4 block of translucent clan and a pea size ball of alabaster clay and mix well together until well blended.
- Form the clay into a ball and press into the Amate Studios Deep Welled Oval Bracelet and dome the top surface by cupping the clay in the palm of your hand and rotating it. If there is too much of as dome, remove the clay and cut some of the clay off. Reshape the clay into a ball and repeat the doming process. Once the clay cabochon satisfies you, bake according to manufactures directions. Let cool. Pop out cabochon and glue the clay back into the Amate Studios Deep Welled Oval Bracelet.
- Use the rubber stamp mounted on a small acrylic block, load with the brown ink and stamp the cabochon. You will need to gently rock the stamp from side to side and up and down to get the image on the curved surface. Let the ink dry or heat set if needed either with an embossing gun or by placing it into the oven for a few minutes. The image will be very light.
- Use the colored pencils to color in the parts of the face. If you make a mistake, gently scrape the color away with the blade of a craft knife. I began with he light brown to establish some of the shadows.
- Add white to the inner and outer corners of the eyes and then fill in the eye color. I found that using the Pitt colored pen more useful for this small area. Next use the black Pitt pin in the XS or S to apply the pupils. add tiny eye lashes with the black XS pen. Lightly sketch in the eyebrow and color with the pencils as desired.
- Establish the shape of the mouth with the color of your choice. I found that the red pencil and red Pitt pen worked well for me.
- Shade the cheeks with the pencils. A soft tissue on a finger tip can be used to feather it out.
- Highlight the centre of the forehead, chin and nose with white and light flesh pencil. Add a little shadow around the nostrils and under the bottom lip with the brown pencil. Also, add some shadows under the chin and at the outside of the neck.
- Use the pencils to lightly sketch in the hair. I chose black and then used the pens to add strands and curls
- Use a pointed craft knife to gently scrape away part of the eye color to add a high light to each eye. Make sure they are int he same place on each eye. If you make a mistake, re-color the eye and try again.
- Use the black pen to draw in the ribbon band for the necklace, but leave an opening for the crystal.
- After all the drawing is complete, use the silver pearl pen to place a small drop in the center of the ribbon band and press the crystal into it. Allow to dry.
- Once all drawing is complete, heat set the colors and ink in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool.
- Brush a thin coat of Translucent Liquid Scupley over the drawing and prop the Amate Studios Deep Welled Oval Bracelet on crumpled aluminum foil to keep the cameo in a level position. Bake according to directions on Translucent Liquid Scupley. Let Cool.
Black & White Victorian Merman Pendant
by Sam Katz
•Amate Studios Designer Collection Deep Welled Wide Rectangle Pendant #60990192 in silver (or other finish)
•About 1/8 block of white polymer clay. Any brand will do for this project. I chose Fimo Soft for this project.
•Either a clay dedicated pasta machine or acrylic roller
•A tissue or clay blade (or an X-Acto knife will do)
•8 silver tone head pins
• a clear plastic ruler-optional
•A Lisa Pavelka “Tiny Tat” coming soon! or any waterslide transfer, fingernail rub ons or stickers or fake tattoo.
•Lisa Pavelka’s Magic Glos (either sunshine or a UV nail light) & heat gun - optional
•1 small smooth ceramic tile to use as a work surface. (These are actually smooth white bathroom or kitchen tiles & can be found inexpensively at places like Home Depot).
1. Condition your clay.(If you are not familiar with conditioning polymer clay, you can go to:
for a short video.(You will need to create a free acount, but it is fast & easy)
2. Place your clay near the edge of your work surface & press the pendant tray, face down into the clay.
•Allowing the bail at the top to hang over the edge of your work
surface will allow you to get an even impression.
•Push almost all the way through the clay.
•Gently remove the pendant tray.
3. Using your clay blade (or X-Acto knife), trim around your piece, following the indentations made by pressing the tray into the clay as a guide. (If you are new to clay blades, be sure to hold it by the dull side!)
4. Gently fit your raw clay piece into the pendant tray.
•It should be an exact fit so you may have to bend & cajole it a bit to get it in -be patient.
•Once you have the clay in the pendant tray, gently press with your fingers to ease out any air bubbles that may becaugth under the clay.
5. Using your wire cutters, trim the headpins to a length just shorter than the thickness of your clay
(save one of the long cut of ends to mark your spacing)
6. Set your ruler on top of your bezel & measuring 8 even spaces in a horizontal row about 2-3/16” from the bottom on the bezel, use the long end from one of your headpins to press into the
clay, almost all the way through. (or you can eyeball it & skip to the next step)
7. Place each trimmed headpin into a premeasured hole & press gently into the clay.
8. Place on a ceramic tile, piece of cardboard or a cookie sheet & bake, at the temperature reccomended by the manufacturerof the clay brand that you are using, for 20-30 minutes. Let cool.
9. Trim aroound your Tiny Tat with scissors
10 . Wet the paper on the back of the tiny tat with just enough water to soak through & wait about 10 seconds, then place face down on your cooked clay, pressing gently straight down, then gently slide the paper parallel across the clay to removethe paper backing. (if it doesn’t slide easily, add a bit more
water) --Alternately follow the directions for any other transfer, sticker or tattoo that you may want to use.
11. This next step should be done indoors, away from direct sunlight. Place your peice with the loop of the pendant tray over the edge of the ceramic tile, so that it lays flat.
12. Directly from the bottle, slowly squeeze in a layer of of Magic- Glos up almost up to the top of your pendant. It will self-level, but you can “help” it by tipping the pendant in different directions to help it flow to the edge.If you have any air bubbles, hit them briefly with the heat gun (not TOO close, or the pressure of the airflow will blow your Glos over the edge of the pendant) & they will pop. Once the Glos is level & there are no air bubbles, prepare a place outside, either flat on the ground or a table in direct sunlight.
13. Take your pendant out in the sunlight. The Glos will begin to harden rapidly, so don’t touch it
Keep in the sun for about 10 minutes. If the sun is not directly above (noon-ish), you may want to turn the pendant & cure for another 10 minutes, if one side of the pendant was casting a shadow into the “well” of the pendant, to be sure that all edges are fully cured (you can also use a UV light to cure the Magic-Glos indoors, so you can work at night or in bad weather)