Work Powder Magic on Polymer Clay

You'll fetch compliments galore when you make these Lustrous Beads.

You’ll fetch compliments galore when you make these Lustrous Beads.

Powders such as Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments or Perfect Pearls not only add shimmering color and highlights, they even work Cinderella-like magic on humble scrap clay.

Scoop, don’t pour, powder onto scrap paper. Dip your finger in the powder, tap off loose particles, and lightly swab the clay. Use a paintbrush if you want to work powder into stamped crevices. This will send tiny particles afloat, so wear a dust mask. Also stay away from fans, air conditioners, and heat registers.

Apply one or two coats of varnish to seal Pearl-Ex embellished pieces after curing. Perfect Pearls powders do not require a seal, but the surface will feel gritty. A bit of ArmorAll will correct that.

See the Lustrous Beads tutorial on Etsy to make the fetching beads pictured above. Suitable for a beginner. No pasta machine required.

2 Comments on Work Powder Magic on Polymer Clay

  1. Suzanne
    June 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this post! Beautiful!

    Reply
  2. Leanna Englert
    June 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you, Suzanne. Tim, my severely underpaid photographer, deserves much of the credit.

    Reply

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