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« on: August 24, 2012 10:55:42 AM »




The tools: I used two contrasting colors of polymer clay, a pencil and a linoleum cutter (but you can use any cutter you are comfortable with)



shaping the cabochon: condition your clay so that is soft enough to shape. Start by rolling your clay into a ball- shape the ball into an oval, then flattened the back and thin out the  sides, being mindful of the shape- you want to maintain the oval shape. Keep the center of your cabochon higher than the edges to create a dome.







Once you have the shape you desired your cabochon needs to be fully cured before going on. follow the directions the back of your polymer clay for time and temperature (it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer)

Now we wait.....

Go pour yourself a cup tea, do a load of laundry, mop the floors. go ahead, you have time, it will take 30-45 minutes (depending on thickness) to cure your cabochon.



Carving the cabochon:
After your cabochon has cooled completely Lightly sketch your design directly onto the cabochon using a pencil



you can see my pencil lines very faintly if you look closely-

Take your cutting implement and carefully go over the lines you have drawn



I made two to three passes with my cutter to insure my grooves were deep enough for the next step.

Creating the inlaid:
Taking small bits of your contrasting polymer clay, use your fingers to smoosh the clay (Yes it is the technical term for this technique) into your carved lines



once your grooves are filled you will have polymer clay all over your cabochon. Using a cloth carefully remove the excess clay from the raised parts of your cabochon, work carefully to avoid removing clay from your carved lines. you may need to work more clay into your carved lines- you want your carved lines to be even with the rest of your cabochon

Once you are satisfied with your cabochon it's back to the oven to cure the contrasting color I suggest at least 30 minutes to ensure it has hardened properly.

There you have it- Happy Crafting!
Tesa



 
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012 11:53:52 PM »

Thank you for the tutorial. The spider webs look great, but I can think of lots of designs that I would like to try. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012 03:37:10 PM »

Thanks for posting this tutorial, I have always wondered how to do that. I am definitely going to try this!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2012 08:18:31 PM »

You make it look so easy!! Thank you for sharing Smiley
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