If intricate designs with metallic paints are the creative flourishes you need to make your projects extraordinary, our Silk Screens stencils for polymer clay are perfect for you, and our kit provides everything you need to make them shine. These highly ... Read More
If intricate designs with metallic paints are the creative flourishes you need to make your projects extraordinary, our Silk Screens stencils for polymer clay are perfect for you, and our kit provides everything you need to make them shine. These highly detailed Silk Screens are a fun and easy way to personalize projects. The Sculpey® Silk Screen Kit includes everything you need to create custom designs and projects in minutes!
With beautiful metallic paint, a squeegee for smoothing, two large patterns and a plethora of smaller patterns in geometric, floral, animal print and other designs, there are so many possibilities for your projects.
Wondering how to put all these products to use to perfect your project? We’ll help you through the process. Start by washing your hands and conditioning or rolling the clay to the thickness you desire on a clean surface — use our Sculpey® Work n' Bake Clay Mat which allows you to work directly on it and then it can go right into the oven!
Each Silk Screen has a matte and a shiny side. Create your patterns with the shiny side face down in the clay. Line up the Silk Screen with the clay and press firmly, smoothing and applying pressure with your fingers. When the sheet is properly pressed into the clay, choose your metallic paint and squeeze a thin line onto the , just above the pattern you’re embossing. Placing the squeegee in front of the paint line at a 45-degree angle, drag the paint smoothly across your pattern, smoothing the color back and forth until it fills in the pattern completely.
Gently peel off the silk screen and admire the detailed beauty of your decadent design before applying the clay to your projects and baking in your home oven for fantastic finished products. To add detailed designs to your clay creations, try our Sculpey® Silk Screen Kit today.Show less
One of the coolest trends to hit the polymer clay community in recent years is silkscreens. They allow you to create your own printed “fabric” of clay and are a really neat way to make a design that can then be used in your projects in an infinite number of ways. You might have seen the Sculpey Silkscreen Kit in craft stores or noticed one of the fantastic silkscreen artists producing unique artisan designs. And while the basic principle is simple, there’s really quite a bit to know about using silkscreens on polymer clay.
There’s so much to know, in fact, that I realized there was just too much to put into an article here on this website. I started writing and it blossomed to 30 pages before I was done. And it includes 55 photographs that I took while working with silkscreens. Yeah. A website article wasn’t going to work.
Isn’t it funny how little ideas turn to bigger ideas that quickly get out of hand? Well next thing you know I’d planned an entire series of Knowledge Base eBooks to offer in addition to my not-exactly-small tutorials. Silkscreens are just the beginning, but for now, let me announce release of my All About Silkscreens on Polymer Clay eBook.
I spent several weeks trying everything I could think of with silkscreens on polymer clay. I used runny paints, thick paints, mica powders, PanPastels, chalks, inks, and mediums. I ruined silkscreens. I bugged the silkscreen makers asking for advice and suggestions. I tried products, and most of all I had fun. Because let me assure you, using silkscreens is fun.
Ultimately, the All About Silkscreens on Polymer Clay ebook, by the time I added all the pictures and formatted it, was over 30 pages. Of course there’s a table of contents. Plus a resources section giving you even more information. And there’s a gallery section where I tell you exactly what silkscreens, paints, and processes I used to get the samples that you will see in the photos. While I do take you through the steps, in detail, of how to make a silkscreen print on polymer clay, I don’t include a project in this ebook as it’s designed to be an informational work and part of my new Knowledge Base series. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of colorful fun to be had as I’ve also released a new project tutorial.
After you learn about silkscreens, you’ll be eager to make a project with them. The Opulent Tapestry Tutorial is an easy project tutorial that takes you through every step of making a richly colored, silkscreened pair of earrings. Perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time and want to have a satisfying, completed project, the 42 steps of this tutorial don’t leave you hanging and wondering what to do next. The clear pictures and text make the process very easy, from start to finish. And you’ll learn lots of little tips along the way, too.
The Opulent Tapestry Tutorial shows how to make a pair of earrings, but there are also pointers explaining how to make pendants or a brooch instead. The basic design could be used in lots of ways beyond jewelry, too. Your imagination can take this so many ways.
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You may have already seen, or even may have purchased, the Sculpey Silkscreen kit. While it’s a really neat little kit and has a lot of silkscreens to play with, it’s just the beginning. There are several artisan silkscreen makers around the world who use their own designs to hand-make silkscreens for their customers. These silkscreen artisans have distinctive designs and bring an incredible variety to the marketplace.
Malgorzata Wawrzynczak makes the most wonderful crisply detailed silkscreens in all kinds of designs. There are op-art designs, art deco, art nouveau, mandalas, texture-type backgounds, and even whimsical cartoon styles. You’re sure to find one you like. You can buy them through her Etsy shop or from your favorite clay supplier such as Clayaround in the UK and 2Wards Polymer Clay in Australia.
Alison and Paul Gallant are based in England and they sell their screens through their own website, their Etsy shop, and through suppliers such as Clayaround, 2Wards Polymer Clay, Happy Things, and PolymerClay.de.
Helen Breil is a well-known polymer clay artist and teacher who has a small line of silkscreens made in her very distinctive designs. These are really nicely made silkscreens with each one being a uniform size and I love that the name of the design is included at the edge of each silkscreen. You can find Helen’s silkscreens in many online shops including PolyClayPlay, ClayAround, 2Wards Polymer Clay, and HappyThings.
Tonja Lenderman has a HUGE array of silkscreens, many of which coordinate with her equally huge line of clear texture stamps. You can find her screens in her Etsy and Zibbet shops.
Tina Holden is a Canadian silkscreen artisan who also sells a really impressive line of tutorials. So do make sure that you check them out as well. Several of them do use silkscreens. Tina’s Paisley silkscreen is the one that I used to illustrate the project in the Opulent Tapestry Tutorial. You can find Tina’s silkscreens and tutorials in her Artfire and Zibbet shops.
Ilysa Ginsburg and Kyra Slye of Polymer Clay TV fame have their own supply shop where you can get their line of silkscreens.
Wash and dry your t-shirt before screen printing. It's best to print on clean, dry and wrinkle-free material. Prepare your screen by taping the stencil front-side.
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I find that the matrix trays are my favorite tools of all that I’ve used with polymer clay, and I use them more than the rubber stamps–although those are great too! Using rubber stamps with polymer clay is a wonderful way to add interesting design elements, either by making an impression, or by using the stamps to apply inks, powders, or paints. My books “Create A Polymer Clay Impression” and “Celebrations With Polymer Clay” focus on the wide range of uses for polymer clay and rubber stamps, and feature stamps made at Ready-Stamps. You can see their use in textures all over this web site, including art in the banner at the top of each page.
Here’s how it works:
In this step you will be creating the design for what you will silk screen onto your article of clothing or paper.
This is where a Cricut machine comes in handy, but you will see that you can draw and cut any design you want.
Note: This is also the point where you would start using expensive and messy photo emulsion paste. Basically this stuff, while very versatile, will shorten the life of, if not completely render useless, your screens. The idea here is that I can use these screens many times and I never have to use photo emulsion paste, or remover, or any of that.
In this example I am using vinyl adhesive sheet, cut as a stencil, in the Cricut. You can also use shelf liner contact paper, which is cheaper. Since it is sticky on only one side I had to use the "flip" setting on my Cricut to cut it out in reverse. Then I stick the design to the flat side of the frame, the side where the screen will be touching the project.
I then use the painter's tape to block off the rest of the screen area. In case you haven't guessed yet. The paint or ink will only come through the area that is not blocked off. If you are careful when you ink and scrape, you do not have to block the whole screen off like I did. But alas, I am a klutz...
The second photo shows the side that you will be working on; and as you can see, the image is now reading in the proper direction.
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10 Deli sheets 11 x 14 cm (color green or white following delivery)
- working surface, on which clay doesn't stick. You can pull off your pièces without distortion.
- baking surface. Your creations can be baked on these sheets, the back won't become shiny (as when baked on a ceramic or glass tile)
- smoothing medium. Put the sheet on the surface to be smoothed (cane slices, mica shift, etc.) and smooth with your fingers or a roller. The coated paper allows a perfect smoothing without creasing marking the clay and without removal issue.
- non porous paper which doesn't absorb clay plastiifer and allows to keep the clay qualities of your unbaked projects.
- thinning paper. To obtain thinner clay sheets than the thinnest setting of your pasta machine, put a sheet of clay already rolled at the last setting between two Deli papers and roll it through the pasta machine at the slimest setting. Deli sheet won't crease (unlike usual baking paper)
There many ways to transfer images onto polymer clay and there are different --silk screening & PhotoEz (using a fine, stretched mesh, then forcing paint off onto baked clay surface squeegee off excess water & remove any wrinkles.
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