DUSTY POLYMER • Del Roussel

Del Roussel started out as a teacher before launching her own polymer clay business Ribambelle, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary, soon. Creating from polymer clay was a love at first sight for her and still lasts!


This tutorial was born completely by chance. A little piece of white polymer clay was lying on the corner of her desk while she was sanding black and gold beads. She tried to combine the dust and the clay and really liked the result. Depending on how you apply the dust from sanding to the raw clay, you will get different results. We look forward to seeing your attempts and creations!


TOOLS AND MATERIALS

black and white polymer clay

stencil

sanding paper, strong glue

baked pieces of polymer to make a dust

ball stylus

silver wax

rigid card and baking paper

liquid clay

scalpel

hard resin UV

toothpicks

hand drill

earrings components, tassels






1.

Condition the white or black clay on a medium-thin setting of your machine.













2.

Place a stencil on the raw sheet of clay. Prepare the dust from the contrast colour of the cured clay. Apply the dust on the sheet with stencil, distributing the colours evenly.











3.

I used navy blue, turquoise and purple shades of dust.













4.

Place the baking paper on the top and smooth the surface with a card.











5.

The dust creates a fluffy, slightly velvety effect on the raw clay. Bake this sheet according to the manufacturer’s instructions.











6.

Prepare a sheet of grey clay on the middle setting and cover it with a silver wax using your fingertip. Make dots all over the surface with the ball stylus. Bake.











7.

Cover the baked patterned sheet with a very thin layer of liquid clay and bake again.












8.

Cut out two half circles from the patterned sheet and one oval from the grey sheet. Sand slightly the surface of the grey sheet to get the metal look texture.











9.

Cut the oval piece into two halves. Glue all the elements together as per picture and glue them on the back of the remaining grey textured sheet of clay to create a back of the earrings. Cut out the excess clay with a scalpel and sand all the edges carefully.










10.

Apply a resin with a toothpick, but only on the grey part.












11.

When the resin is hard, drill holes for components and connect with tassels. Earrings are ready to wear!