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Gorgeous Polymer Clay Art Vase Tutorials

Polymer clay artists sometimes cover objects as foundations for their art work.  These two absolutely drop dead gorgeous polymer clay art vase (or candle holder) tutorials might just inspire you to do the same. Both are by the Russian artist on Kalinkapolinka. The first tutorial features the sgraffito (Italian for scratch) technique  used by ceramic artists.

This tutorial is so inspiring.  It is not that hard to cover a glass vase with polymer clay. Oil paints are applied with fingers and the excess dabbed off with paper towels.  The instructor made her own scratching tool using a bent piece of wire and and a pin vise. (This is a very handy wire tool for twisting wire together - see this post.).  The results are lovely.  She also showed  a number of ceramic sgraffito designs which inspired her.

The other art vase tutorial is one which mimics ceramic pots. It was fun to see what she used to make the patterns on the clay. Paint effects will be up to you. I also liked the fish which consisted of polymer clay molded around a stone.

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  1. Oh Wow! So easy really! And even if you aren't an artist with drawing capabilities - it doesn't matter. Some of her vases are simply little lines that end up looking stunning with the paints.

    I thought you could take this in many different ways. For instance - take an empty Tic Tac box and cover it and design it however you wish. Add your bail at the top as you bake it and you've got a great pendant! :0)

    There are so many plastic products that we throw away on a regular basis that would make a great base for pendants. All they need are a little imagination and wango-ze-tango!

    Most plastics will not melt at the temperature needed to cure polymer clay. A small pre-test in the oven is all that's needed to test that.

    1. I was also thinking of the cheap glass vessels at dollar stores.

      Great tip on testing out plastics too! Thanks!

  2. I did not see whether you needed to bake the polymer clay after the carving is done? I love the look of the carved designs, almost a 3D effect. I wonder about using colored clay for the base, as opposed to the neutral colored clay.
    Thank you for any guidance.

    1. Yes. But the temperature used for polymer clay is low. Best to test glass or plastic vases in the oven first before proceeding


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