Liquid Clay And Alcohol Ink Bracelet
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:
More samples of this technique
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.
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.
• 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.
- Clay conditioning machine
- Translucent Liquid Polymer
- 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
- Parchment paper
- small disposable container
- Pure alcohol
- Ceramic tile