Patriotic Sun Catcher
This patriotic décor can be made simply with polymer clay. While red white and blue clay could be used, I decided on white clay, framing clear liquid polymer clay tinted with alcohol inks for the red and blue areas. Using the clear clay allows light to shine through. This eagle project can be hung in a window during the day and at night, simply placed over a glass votive with a battery-operated light inside to illuminate a holiday table. Keep in mind the darker the ink, the more opaque the results which is evident in the dark blue area. The butterfly sun catchers I created are a good example of opacity differences achieved with alcohol ink. Butterfly “A” was created with mostly clear liquid polymer and very small amounts of ink. The result is a pastel look. Butterfly “B” was tinted with stronger concentrations of ink. Experiment with small samples to determine what works best for your project.
Before you begin, condition white clay and roll it out on the #2 setting of the conditioning machine.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
step 4 - Set the clay on parchment paper taped to a ceramic tile. If the paper is not secured to the tile, it could lift in places causing the liquid to shift. Press firmly on the clay to adhere it to the paper.
step 6 - Mix the blue ink with liquid polymer and fill the eagle cut out in the same way.
step 9 - Bake the clay in a 300-degree oven for 30minutes. Allow it to cool completely before handling.
- Clay conditioning machine
- Premo White Clay
- Tim Holtz alcohol ink - Poppy Field & Stream
- Tissue blades
- Craft knife
- Card stock
- Painters Tape
- Heat Gun
- Craft sticks
- Parchment paper
- Mini hole cutter and 1mm stretchy bracelet cord (optional)
- Small containers for mixing
- Ceramic tile