Polymer Clay Tutorial

Translucent Polymer Clay and Alcohol Ink Flower Necklace Tutorial

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower necklace tutorial

I think we can all agree, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, we are all ready for the first signs of spring. With that in mind today’s polymer clay tutorial is a spring flower necklace.

To keep the flowers and leaves light and airy I have used translucent clay and tinted it with alcohol inks. I have raided my bead stash for seed beads, pearls and faceted beads in all sizes in pink and purple to help accent the flowers.

Translucent Polymer Clay and Alcohol Ink Flowers and Leaves Tutorial

You will need –

  • Fimo Translucent clay
  • Pinata Alcohol ink in –
    • Passion Purple
    • Senorita Magenta
    • Sunbright Yellow
    • Rainforest Green
  • Acrylic paint in beige
  • Fimo silver foil
  • Fimo gloss varnish
  • Selection of pink and purple beads (pearls, seed beads, faceted beads)
  • Silver plated head pins (I like the ones with the ball head)
  • Silver plated chain
  • Silver plated jump rings
  • Silver plated clasp

1) Soften about half a block of translucent clay. Roll out and split into 4 – two bigger, 1 medium and 1 small. Put a small dot of green and purple onto one each of the larger pieces, pink onto the medium size and yellow on the smallest. Leave the ink dry thoroughly before mixing.

Just add a small dot of colour. A little goes a long way and the colour will intensify once the clay in hardened.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / How to colour clay with alcohol inks.

2) Once the ink is dry mix the colour into the clay until you have an even colour.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / how to tint polymer clay with alcohol inks

3) Roll out on a number 4 on your clay/pasta machine and halve each colour. On one half of each colour put small dots of silver foil. This will add texture and a interest to the flowers and leaves but it is not essential if you do not have any foil to use.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / how to colour clay with alcohol inks

4) Put the other half of the clay on top and roll out on a number 3 on your clay/pasta machine.

Translcuent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / how to colour polymer clay with alcohol inks

5) Cut 10 purple circles and 11 pink cirlces from the clay. The purple cirlce is 2cm round and the pink in 1.5cm round.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / how to colour polymer clay with alcohol inks

6) Pinch the edges of the circles to make them less perfect and press into the palm of your hand, pressing a finger in the centre, to make the clay dome.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower necklace tutorial / how to colour polymer clay with alcohol inks

7) Cut the yellow with a cirlce measuring about 0.8cm round. I cut 13 circles. Repeat the process of pinching the edges of the clay and shape them into domes on your little finger.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower and leaves tutorial / how to colour clay with alcohol inks

8) Cut teardrops from the green clay to make the leaves using 2 different size cutters. 7 teardrops measuring 2.5cm long and 9 teardrops at 2cm long. Go around the edge of each one to smooth the crisp edges.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower and leaves tutorial / how to tint polymer clay with alcohol inks

9) Using a blunt tool, like a cocktail stick, add centres and veins to the leaves, poke a hole at the rounded end big enough to fit a jump ring and curve the teardrops to give them some movement.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / how to colour polymer clay with alcohol inks

10) Layer up the circles in size order, the largest circle on the bottom, and poke a hole through the middle of each one. Put the flowers and leaves in the oven according to the instructions on the packet and harden.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower and leaves necklace tutroial / How to tint polymer clay with alcohol inks

11) Once the leaves have cooled paint over the top with the beige paint, one at a time, making sure it gets into all the veins. Take a tissue and wipe over the top of the leaf. This will remove the paint from the top of the leaf but leave it in all the veins.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol inks flower necklace tutorial / how to tint polymer clay with alcohol inks

12) Give all the flowers and leaves two coats of fimo varnish.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink tutorial / how to colour polymer clay with alcohol inks

13) Put a size 8 seed bead on a head pins and put one flower per head pin. Turn a loop at the back of the flower.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower necklace tutorial

14) Cut two lengths of chain at 8.75″ long and another at 1.5″ long. Connect the lengths if chain with a jump ring with the shorter piece in the middle.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / How to colour polymer clay with alcohol inks

15) Start adding the flowers and leaves to the shorter length of chain. Attach the leaves with jump rings and the flowers by twisting to open the loops at the back.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / how to colour polymer clay with alcohol inks

16) Continue adding the flowers and leaves and add beads on head pins to fill in the gaps.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower necklace tutorial / how to tint polymer clay with alcohol inks

17) Start to build up one side of the chain with leaves and flowers.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower and leaf tutorial / how to tint polymer clay with alcohol inks

18) Build up the second side checking the balance of the beading as you go.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower tutorial / how to tint polymer clay with alcohol inks

19) Finish adding all the leaves and flowers.

Translucent polymer clay and alcohol inks flower necklace / how to colour polymer clay with alcohol inks

20) Add more beads along the both sides of the chain.

Translcuent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower neckalce

21) Add the clasp to the chain.

Translcent polymer clay and alcohol ink flower necklace tutorial / how to tint polymer clay with alcohol inks

22) Sit back to admire all your hard work 🙂

Honestly, this was such a fun necklace to make and it is great for using up odd and ends of beads in your stash.

What other colours would you make it in? I think it would look incredible in rich berry tones.

There is another polymer clay leaf tutorial here using the watercolour technique and more polymer clay tutorials here.

If you would like to see more tutorials from me don’t forget to sign up to my mailing list and then they will be emailed to you 🙂

As ever, if you make and share on social media don’t forget to tag me so I can see your work.

Hannah x

8 thoughts on “Translucent Polymer Clay and Alcohol Ink Flower Necklace Tutorial

  1. That is so pretty. Thank you for being so generous with your expertise and sharing your designs. I doubt if I will ever make them as I have too many hobbies already but that is not the point – I value the way some bloggers share freely when they could charge.

    1. Ah, thank you so much. I really enjoy putting the tutorials together. It is a great way to push myself to try new things. I too love seeing how things are made (I think programmes showing behind the scenes of factories etc so fascinating!) and I spent years looking at pretty pictures on pinterest of polymer clay and beadweaving wondering just how it was possible and struggling to find the answers.

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