How to get the look of stained glass….with polymer clay? A product as malleable as polymer clay, as you well know, is easily transformed when a translucent substance is involved. There are several ways to accomplish this. One way is through the use of liquid clay. You could use clear or any of the other colors available.
The second way is through the use of transluscent clay itself No surprise there huh? After all, it pretty much does what its name says! Of course, you’ll notice it’s usually only a flesh or white color. So how do you get one of those pretty vibrant colors or blends from it?
Two ways….One is through alcohol ink. Now if you’ve read one of my previous posts, you know I have a high opinion of alcohol ink, so I would definitely go this route.
Another way is with a substance like Rit dye, although I’ve heard pro and con here. It’s definitely cheaper than alcohol ink…as of lately, a box in one color will probably run you about $4, and you wouldn’t have to use the whole package to get good results.
There are several rules to follow here regardless of which medium you use…
- Work the color in uniformly. Although if you want to go for color swirls or gradations, a little color dithering isn’t a bad way to go.
- Let the liquid dry air out for a little while before baking. Dampened polymer clay can be prone to air bubbles showing, which doesn’t bode well.
- Color depth may vary depending on how much dye you use
This is a great approach to take for window suncatchers, ornaments, and jewelry. Your finished product may be fully, partially, or slightly translucent, and a little more opaque.
By practice and experimentation, you should be able to come up with some spectacular color blends. Good luck!