Liquid Clay And Alcohol Ink Bracelet

 1" wide

 1" wide

What a fun way to create colorful clay jewelry! The technique for adding alcohol ink to Liquid Polymer Clay is simple and results in stunning designs. After a summer of coloring shirts with shaving cream and ink, it dawned on me that similar steps could be used with clay. Try this on any kind of clay project like earrings, pendants or even home decor. Using the Pearl LPC as a base for this bracelet gave it a rich shimmer. While I love the abstract look of this piece, there are also ways to "paint" with LPC to create definitive images like the watercolor palm tree and garden art below. Liquid polymer can be mixed with alcohol inks as well as LPCs in other colors, allowing you to create a custom palette. As is always the case with all polymer clay, the possibilities for this technique are endless! Here are some ideas:

measures 1.50" x 1.75" Brush technique

measures 1.50" x 1.75" Brush technique

measures 2" x 1.75" Brush Technique

measures 2" x 1.75"
Brush Technique

measures 1.75"

measures 1.75"

measures 1.50" glass dome over clay

measures 1.50" glass dome over clay


More samples of this technique
White LPC swirled with alcohol inks.

White LPC swirled with alcohol inks.

White LPC and alcohol inks were used on the three bracelets below. Instead of swirls, a plastic card is dragged vertically through the project creating a very different effect. Drag only the very top surface or the finished clay will be sliced into pieces.

 
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Alcohol ink applied to Clear Transparent LPC is backed with a thin layer of white clay then baked onto the metal bracelet form. The vertical drag technique was used here.

Alcohol ink applied to Clear Transparent LPC is backed with a thin layer of white clay then baked onto the metal bracelet form. The vertical drag technique was used here.


Before you begin, condition raw clay. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.

Directions

step 1 - Measure length and width of your bracelet form. The forms come in a couple of sizes. Mine was 6" x 1". Draw a rectangle on parchment paper slightly larger than your form. Tape the paper to a ceramic tile.

step 1 - Measure length and width of your bracelet form. The forms come in a couple of sizes. Mine was 6" x 1". Draw a rectangle on parchment paper slightly larger than your form. Tape the paper to a ceramic tile.

step 2 - Using Pearl LPC, fill the rectangle.

step 2 - Using Pearl LPC, fill the rectangle.

step 3 -  You will need tiny brushes for this project. I found mine at my local Daiso store. You will also need a small container of pure alcohol.

step 3 -  You will need tiny brushes for this project. I found mine at my local Daiso store. You will also need a small container of pure alcohol.

step 4 - Dot the very outside edges of the pearl liquid with Poppy Field Red, Botanical Green, and Stream Blue alcohol ink. With a light touch, pull the brush through the colors with swirling strokes. Be sure to wipe off or rinse the brush when working with different colors.

step 4 - Dot the very outside edges of the pearl liquid with Poppy Field Red, Botanical Green, and Stream Blue alcohol ink. With a light touch, pull the brush through the colors with swirling strokes. Be sure to wipe off or rinse the brush when working with different colors.

step 5 - Squeeze dots of Gold LPC onto the design straight from the container. Pull your brush through the gold color using smaller strokes.

step 5 - Squeeze dots of Gold LPC onto the design straight from the container. Pull your brush through the gold color using smaller strokes.

step 6 - Add Black LPC to a small container. Dip your brush and pull a fine black line across the center of the design.

step 6 - Add Black LPC to a small container. Dip your brush and pull a fine black line across the center of the design.

step 7 - Use your brush to pull fine, black, spiky lines outward from the center black line. When you're happy with your design, place it in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes.

step 7 - Use your brush to pull fine, black, spiky lines outward from the center black line. When you're happy with your design, place it in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes.

step 8 - Roll out a sheet of raw Cadmium Red clay to fit the bracelet form. Roll the clay on #2 setting of the conditioning machine. Place one straight clay edge against the channel on one side of the form. With a blade, trim the other side of the clay to fit the space.

step 8 - Roll out a sheet of raw Cadmium Red clay to fit the bracelet form. Roll the clay on #2 setting of the conditioning machine. Place one straight clay edge against the channel on one side of the form. With a blade, trim the other side of the clay to fit the space.

step 9 - Remove the baked clay from the oven and allow it to cool completely.

step 9 - Remove the baked clay from the oven and allow it to cool completely.

step 10 - Wedge a tissue blade under the clay to peel it off the parchment paper. Place it face down on the work surface.

step 10 - Wedge a tissue blade under the clay to peel it off the parchment paper. Place it face down on the work surface.

step 11 - Carefully remove the raw red clay from the form.

step 11 - Carefully remove the raw red clay from the form.

step 12 - Coat the wrong side of the baked clay with Translucent LPC. Place the raw clay on top.

step 12 - Coat the wrong side of the baked clay with Translucent LPC. Place the raw clay on top.

step 13 - Cut the baked clay to match the size the raw clay, adding approximately .25" to the total length.

step 13 - Cut the baked clay to match the size the raw clay, adding approximately .25" to the total length.

step 14 - Apply Translucent LPC to the form.

step 14 - Apply Translucent LPC to the form.

step 15 - Adhere the two clay layers to the form. Bake the bracelet in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes. Buff it to a shine.

step 15 - Adhere the two clay layers to the form. Bake the bracelet in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes. Buff it to a shine.

TIPS

• LPC can be applied directly to a ceramic tile and it will peel off perfectly. I worked on parchment paper because I wanted to create several projects one after another, and didn't want to wait for the tile to cool before starting the next bracelet.

• Baked LPC will result in a glossy finish when buffed by hand or machine.

• Fun fact! Baked LPC can be used as clings and will stick to many surfaces.

 

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Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay conditioning machine
  • Translucent Liquid Polymer

Michaels

  • Premo Clay - Cadmium Red
  • Sculpey Liquid Polymer Clay: Pearl, Gold, Black
  • Tissue blades
  • Craft knife
  • Painters tape
  • Small paint brushes
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Botanical, Stream, Poppy Field

Jan's Jewelry Supplies

Miscellaneous

  • Parchment paper
  • small disposable container
  • Pure alcohol
  • Ceramic tile

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