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« on: November 29, 2012 09:51:57 PM »

my sister in law asked me if i could preserve leaves in polymer clay. i was thinking either coating the whole thing (one side at a time) in liquid clay or sandwiching it between two very thin sheets of translucent clay. does anyone know how well polymer clay would preserve the colour (she particularly wants a red Canadian maple leaf ) or even if it would preserve the leaf?  Undecided
any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated

« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2012 12:35:25 PM »

experiment! that's what I'd do....I would imagine the leaf might have to be slightly dried out before layering but as I say...experiment!
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012 07:51:33 PM »

I know there is alot of moisture in leaves so it might not work too well unless you hang it to dry first, kinda like you do flowers. Im thinking that if you hang it to dry, then coat it in liquid clay it would kind soak into the leaf making it almost rubbery. If it all soaks in, you might want a second layer of liquid clay just to protect it more but I think this would work well.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012 10:28:17 PM »

thank you Smiley hmmm...guess im just going to have to experiment a bit with this.

« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2013 09:12:09 AM »

I would experiment but you could preserve it in resin too, that may actually work better.

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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2013 02:15:04 PM »

Did you try playing with maple leaves and clay? I'd be interested in your results!
I like the idea of trying translucent and/or liquid polymer. I think I would press a couple of leaves for a week or two and then play around with mediums and see what kind of results you get.
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2013 03:59:58 PM »

you can press the green leaf directly into the clay with a release agent on the leaf or clay.  I've made a wreath using mica powders and pressings of real leaves.  Very fun to do Smiley
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2013 09:34:41 PM »

encasing organic materials will cause bubbling or cracking. make sure stuff is completely dry! i am trying out some brick translucent premo sculpy accents. dont know how clear it will be after baking. we will see!

speaking of which, man that stuff is hard clay!

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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2014 12:45:10 AM »

I don't think it works. I used some dried flower petals coated in liquid clay (teeny bubbles) then the sandwich of translucent clay was murky and unless you shine a light through not very visible. Could have just been my technique though!

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