In my first blog I walked you through how I enjoy using natural stones and crystals in my polymer clay projects. For this demonstration, I’ll continue incorporating natural materials into my clay work by working on top of wood slices. If you’d like to follow along (and I think you might), you’ll need a few simple supplies:
- Wood Slices
- Polymer clay
- Sculpey Bake n’ Bond
- Tacky Glue
Step 1: Grab Some Wood In this instance I actually did purchase these wood slices from my local craft store. I suppose foraging in the forest could be pretty inspiring, so maybe consider that instead when collecting your wood pieces for your polymer clay project. However you gather them, decide if you want a level project or a double decker one. The double decker one sounded fun to me, so I grabbed two wood slices, one smaller than the other. After conditioning the clay, I flattened two pieces to mimic the size and shape of each slice.
Step 2: Let’s Get Together Time to adhere the raw clay to the wood slices, starting with the larger slice. Applying alternating dots of tacky glue and bake and bond, cover one side of the larger piece of raw clay. Attach the piece of raw clay to the larger wood slice, wiping any excess adhesive away with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. Allow the glue to set for several minutes.
Step 3: Stack it Up At this stage the glue is set enough for the clay to be sculpted on without moving around. Feel free to continue on with your project from here. BUT if you want a double decker wood slice base (and, again, I feel like you might) add bake and bond/ tacky glue dots directly to the bottom of the smaller of the two wood slices and attach to the top of the larger wood slice, pressing it down into the raw clay slightly. Wipe away any excess glue, then add the smaller piece of clay to the top of the smaller wood slice. Allow the attached wood slices to set for several minutes.
Step 4: Time to Play As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I prefer pre-baking the focal pieces of my projects because polymer clay can be cured multiple times. It keeps me from smooshing it up, ya know? Since the clay is firmly attached to the wood slice, I have lots of sculpting freedom. In this case, I’m building another fairy cottage scene. I added bushes around the cottage and added shiny crystals and geode fragments. Refer to part one of this blog to learn how I add crystals to my projects, because it’s super fun and I think you’ll want to try that pretty soon.
Step 4: Just Imagine it Working with wood and introducing natural elements to your polymer clay art can bring a lovely dimension to your creative world. Explore and experiment with different materials to see how they inspire you. You never know what might happen!
‘Til Next Time, Well Wishes,