Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Polymer clay egg specimen tutorial

Hello friends ! I hope your week is going great so far. 
It's Tuesday evening and I'm trying to type this as quick as possible because I promised myself that I would go to bed early this week. Sleep is so important for your health and yet a lot of us tend to neglect our sleep. 
I've also started to work out and eat right again, this after almost an entire winter of being sedentary and eating comfort foods. Eek. 
Earlier this week, I shared with you our Spring mantel and promised I would share how to make the little egg specimen display. It's super simple, here we go...

Materials
Polymer clay
Paint 
Paint brush
Palette Knife 
Tray, shadow box or frame to display
 ( I used the Solo Shadowbox Tray by 7 Gypsies found here)
Instructions
1. Roll polymer clay to form a ball 
2. Form ball into tear shape 
3. Place in microwave safe bowl and cover eggs with water 
4. Place in the microwave for 3 minutes (curing time in microwave varies according to thickness of clay)
5. Carefully take bowl out of the microwave and allow water to cool 
6. Dry eggs with paper towel
7. Paint a solid color of choice 
8. Using a palette knife and brush make some markings on the egg with brown and black paint
9. Allow paint to dry thoroughly and using paper towel or cloth buff eggs until shiny .

NOTES: 
- I found that using a palette knife gave me more realistic markings on the eggs
- I have been working with polymer clay for many years and have found that curing it in the microwave yields great results when curing items which are thicker and don't have many attachments. 
  
I'm pretty in love with the way they look in this display tray .
Of course every idea has a beginning and here is mine. 

Thank you so much for visiting me today. 

I will be sharing this craft over at my sweet friends :


where you can also link your own Spring craft as part of Swing into Spring tour.  



See you there ! 
much love,

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Love the idea of putting the eggs in a shadow box and making them look so special!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  2. Your Egg display is wonderful. ou are so clever to think up such a great idea.
    Hugs

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  3. Wow, Lucy! Those are fabulous!

    I, too, have been working with polymer clay for years but I've NEVER done the microwave curing. I didn't even know that was an option! What a great tip; that'll save me so much time! Thanks :)

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  4. they look so real i love your mantel xxx

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  5. WOW! they look so real, I can hardly believe they were made from clay. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. I LOVE these. Gorgeous. I'm on my way to pick up some polymer clay. But what if I can't paint as good as you? Actually that is a stupid question, because I absolutely cannot paint as good as you....

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  7. That is just the coolest thing ever! Your eggs look amazing!

    Jeanine

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  8. Beautiful! I've never cured polymer clay in the microwave, will definitely experiment with it.

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  9. beautiful! these are perfect for spring splashes of color!

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  10. I love how real these eggs look! I would love to try and make some of my own. Great job!

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  11. Perfect! I would love to try this :)

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  12. Love the mantel with the clay egg display. Polymer clay in the microwave? HMMM - may have to try that.

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  13. How cute! I adore these sooooo much! Everything you make is just plain gorgeous!

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