Post by Shirley Rufener
With the popularity of chalkboards this season I wanted to mimic the look with polymer clay for adding accents, and it worked! I was so excited when the first flower was finished that I put it right on a chalkboard.
Let me back up a bit and tell you when I learned this technique which is called “chalking” in the ceramic world. One of my very first crafts after I got married was ceramics. It was similar to the ‘paint your own pottery’ shops you see today, but it was a ceramic store with many bookshelves of ceramics in the dried slip stage. They would teach you how to clean up the seam edges with sharp tools (that I still have believe it or not) from where the halves went together. I used a moist sponge for smoothing I believe.
How to Replicate Chalk With Polymer Clay and Pastels
The basic ceramic technique was staining the piece, applying chalk, sealing the chalk with a matte spray and repeating to build up the chalk layers. It wasn’t too hard to translate what I had learned to a polymer clay application, although the materials used were different forPremo!polymerclay. The process isn’t hard so even beginners will be able to achieve the same results. And the best part…you don’t have to spray in between each color added for clay!
All of the flowers shown in the first two photos were made using only one mold, my “Double Flower” silicone mold design. I sort of challenged myself to see how many shapes I could create with a single mold and what you see is the results.
I am in the process of adding a complete step-by-step chalkboard technique to my “Polymer & Pastels” Craft E-Book which will be available in June on my Spumoni website athttp://www.shirleyrufener.com/craft-e-books.htmlYou can join my Facebook “Molds” group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/831290180222249/ or sign up for “The Spumoni Scoop” newsletter http://www.shirleyrufener.com/spumoni-scoop-subscribers.htmlfor the exciting release date!