Thoroughly condition a piece of pearl polymer clay about the size of a golf ball.
Roll it into a log about 3/8 inch in diameter.
Cut slices of varying thickness off the log -†these will form the pearls.† †
The rule is the smaller the pearl the thinner the slice, so
if needed cut the slices in half if you want even smaller pearls.
Roll the slices of clay between your hands to form a round ball.† †
Donít worry about the mica shift that happens at this stage because
that will give the tonal variations in the colour of the finished pearl.
Place a tiny bit of the pearlex or pearlescent powder into a small ziplock baggie.† †
If the base colour is too intense use a ratio of 1 part colour to 3 parts white
and mix thoroughly. That will make the colour a lot softer.
|Step 4: Drop the clay ball into the bag (do one at a time!) and shake thoroughly.†
Remove the "pearl" from the bag and roll on a flat surface to work the
pearlescent powder into the surface of the clay.
This is where you decide what shape your pearl is going to be.† If you want round
pearls, simply keep the coated clay balls round.† You can pierce holes beforehand
or drill them through afterwards.† I recommend you bake the pearls on a layer of
cornstarch if you want to keep the rounded shape perfect.† If you are making
mabe pearls, flatten the ball slightly, so that the top is rounded and the base
flat.† If needed tweak the shape of the pearl between your fingers.† Mabe
pearls are not perfectly round.
|Step 6: Using a flat blade lift the pearls onto a tile for baking.† Smooth the surface of
the pearl so there are no fingerprints or scratches to mar the lustre of the
pearl.† If needed use a piece of cling film or a soft brush.† A sheet of paper
under the pearls will eliminate† any shiny spots on the underside.
|Step 7: Once the cured pearls have cooled down LIGHTLY buff with a very soft cloth to
remove any excess powder from the surface.† Use in whatever setting you
desire and coat with one or two coats of a water based sealer such as
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss Sealer.
|Step 8: Finish your "pearls" with findings (real or clay) for a beautiful addition to your Jewelery Box!