Speaking of Stencils

Stenciled aspen pendant 6074 I never would have thought a stenciled image could look subtle until I played with a biscotti colored powder to get a translucent effect. Usually my play is an end in itself, but in this case I just had to make a pendant.
Scrap-stenciled aspen pendant 6076The clay was a hunk of scrap mixed with a little “mud”–scrap blended beyond recognition. Mud is useful for toning down colors–perfect for the Fall look I wanted. The stencil is “Aspen Trees,” by The Crafter’s Workshop. I lightly applied Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder to just a portion of the 6 x 6″ stencil and blotted excess powder off the stencil and clay with a piece of scrap before lifting the stencil. As with anything I embellish with Perfect Pearls powders, I applied a bit of ArmorAll after curing to smooth the otherwise grainy feel.
Stenciled reindeer 6077 There’s another stencil trick I discovered recently. I’d had disappointing results with the “Whimsical Christmas” stencils from Americana Gloss Enamels. The problem with using these stencils on raw polymer clay is that they’re adhesive-backed and tend to mar the clay. I found that dusting the back with a little cornstarch solved the problem.

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