Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Faux turquoise tutorial...

Hi friends - we made it through Monday, Yay!
Today was the first time in over a year that I had the house all to myself.  It felt a little quiet and lonely, but perfect for crafting and just catching up on house work.  I also managed to put together a tutorial of a little project I did over the weekend. 

On our recent trip to Mexico, hubby bought
me some beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry.
Mexico is well known for its turquoise and silver, but as usual, you have to be careful of impostor jewelry.  

There are various ways to tell real turquoise from fake, but as technology advances so does the ability for manufacturers to make very realistic looking turquoise.  If you are looking to purchase some turquoise, you can find some very useful tips here.

But if you're okay with just the 'look', I hope you are going to love this very easy tutorial.

polymer clay: turquoise, ultra marine, white, gold, black
grater or blade
cabochon or ring blank

1. Mix clay together as indicated for:
    - Regular Turquoise: 2 parts turquoise + 1 part white +1 part ultra marine
    - Pale Turquoise: 1 part turquoise + 1 part cobalt + 3 parts white 
2. Knead together to make desired shade of turquoise; roll into a ball and place in the 
freezer to harden.  This will make the grating easier.
3. Depending on how much matrix (the veins found on the turquoise) you want in your stone,  knead the black and the gold clay and place in freezer to harden. 
4. Grate turquoise clay using the large holes on the grater or chop with a blade.  Do not press too hard and leave some as open curls. 
5. Using the small holes on the grater, grate the gold and the black clay.
6. Mix all the colours together.
7. Press them into a ball being careful not to press too hard or you will distort the matrix (you want to mix the clay but not blend to make a new colour) 
8. Cut with a blade 
9. Place the sliced interior onto ring blank, cabochon or make some beads by piercing a hole through it
10. Bake as per package instructions 
11. Allow clay to cool in the oven and polish 

The bracelet is the real thing and the ring is the brand new faux piece. Notice that  I took photos prior to the clay being cured and therefore, it does not have a lot of sheen. Once it's cooked you can polish polymer clay to give it a beautiful luster.  

Here are some other turquoise jewelry with
different types of matrix, all via Neiman Marcus

I love the way it turned out.  Turquoise is such a versatile gem that goes with almost everything. 

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.  On the next post, I'll show you some of the other polymer clay creations I made over the weekend. 

See you soon.

much love,

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  1. You are too much!!! Your pieces look so REAL! I love that you hd the house all to yourself and spent part of it crafting and creating a tutorial for us. Love ya to the moon and back...xo Diana

  2. wow what a great tutorial thankyou xxxx

  3. Lucy,
    WOW gorgeous.Just beautiful.How sweet of you husband to treat you to such lovely pieces too.

  4. Lovely

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It is just beautiful and I am just starting to play with clay so I will have to give it a try. I pinned this on my "Totally Rockin' Tutorial's" Board.

    have a great day

  5. Oh my gosh, this is amazing! Wow, I would have never guessed this isn't the real deal. You're brilliant! I'm definitely pinning this to make in the very near future.

  6. Really pretty but not something I usually see on crafty blogs…I love it. Nice to see a fresh take on crafting.

  7. polymer clay is one of my favorite mediums...

    love all things turquoise.


  8. AAAAAAAAAND you are a genius. LOL LOVE IT!

  9. totally brilliant and beautiful ~ this is a must try!

  10. Lucy this is fantastic! Again, you have blown me away with your creativity! I can't believe how much your turquoise looks like the real thing! Beautiful!

  11. what? that is incredible! love how the ring turned out! xoxo

  12. Whoa. So gorgeous, friend. You amaze me.

  13. LOVE it!! LOVE LOVE LOVE watching you make amazing things with clay. :)

  14. Lucy, these pieces are beautiful. Hugs, Laura

  15. Beautiful! You did an amazing job.

  16. I have never worked with clay because I've never seen anything that looked worth the effort to me That is Untill now! I've been wanting a chunky tourquoise necklace but the price was too dear. I will be trying this ASAP

  17. This was so clever Lucy! Super great idea!
    xo Becca

  18. What a great idea, can't believe how much it looks like the real thing!

  19. Wow! That's AWESOME! I have to try this. Your blog is amazing! Hopefully someday mine can look as good as yours. :o)

  20. You are stupendously amazing Lucy. This faux turquoise is lovely. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us. Can't wait to see your next pieces!

  21. Oh my goodness, I love this, what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing! I am stopping by fro the Funky Junk Interiors link party and glad I did! Think I'll have to do some snooping around now! :)

  22. You are just amazing at your craft! You can't tell a bit of difference and it is very pretty!

  23. Congrats on winning the CSI Project Accessories challenge! This is a wonderful project...thanks for sharing the "how to"s.

  24. Awesome!! What a neat project! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  25. I love this - simply lovely! I have never worked with polymer clay before, but this might be the inspiration to get me started.

    This might might a silly question, but how do you polish the cured clay?

  26. I hope you do try it..it's fun once you get started ..and it's not a silly question....you buff it with a cotton cloth,some people sand it with very fine sandpaper,usually wet sanding to avoid the dust and then polishing with a cotton rag or micron paper...
    When it's sanded and polish it can almost look glasslike....:)

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  28. wow! that is so cool!!!! I'm gonna have to try this! thanks! where do i get it? Awesome Tutorial!

  29. You really have a good handcraft. The jewellery is so beautiful,love the long hoop earrings

  30. I love turquoise jewelry but hate the price! This is such a fantastic idea and really opens up a multitude of possibilities for faux turquoise jewelry! I was wondering thought what you use as polish though?

  31. Oh I love this! What a great idea! I love that first necklace from Neiman with all the gold in the stones! I'd love to make something like that! Thank you so much for sharing this you talented creative lady you!! :D

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