Polymer Clay Tile Box

Materials used:

Cricut exploreWooden boxBlack and translucent polymer clayAlcohol inksAlcohol ink blotterGold foil/leafExacto knife The finished product:

First, I found a free stained glass pattern that I liked. I uploaded it to Adobe Illustrator and used the Image Trace option. I had to trace the lines because Cricut's design space didn't recognize the image when I tried to upload it as is. I kept ending up with a blank upload. 

Then you can go to Cricut's design space to upload it.

Make sure to save it as soon as you upload it. Cricut's design space seems a little error prone, and if you don't save it, you lose all your work.

I customized it to the size of the box I had.

But when I went to cut it, the elements of the image had all separated.

The box wasn't quite squared off, so that's why there are gaps around the edge.

I used gold foil on black polymer clay with different colored alcohol inks.

I covered it with translucent clay and used the cut-outs from …

Tutorial: Make Your Own Stencils for Polymer Clay

Materials used:
Stencil materialStencil cutterBlack polymer clayAcrylic rollerPearl Ex powders305 Authentic Art Nouveau Jewelry DesignsTiffany MasterworksGold acrylic paintNail brushesResin I started with a book of Art Nouveau jewelry designs for inspiration. 
I traced the design on the stencil material with a sharpie and then went over it with the stencil cutter. 
I used an acrylic roller to imprint the stencil on the clay,and then I painted it with the pearl ex powders and nail brushes. 
I went over the lines with gold acrylic paint. 
And then I put a layer of resin on top to protect it. 
I made a second stencil using a Tiffany stained glass window as inspiration. 
It had a lot of small pieces, which kept falling out of the stencil, so I glued it to a piece of card stock. 

Here it is imprinted on the clay:

             Again, I painted it with the pearl ex powders. Here's the inspiration, the final piece, the drawing I started with, and the stencil.

My oven recently died, and I t…

Polymer Clay Cane with Ripple Blade Tutorial

Materials used:
AMACO Craft Clay MachineSculpey Acrylic Clay Roller, 8-InchSculpey Polymer Clay, 2-Ounce, TranslucentSculpey Polymer Clay 2 Ounces-SilverMartha Stewart Pearl & Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint Set-10 ColorsSilver Leaf Sheets Sculpey Super SlicerKemper Klay Kutters Circle Set Jewelry setting of your choiceBead Baking RackKato Liquid Polyclay 8 Oz clearJacquard Pearl EX Powder Pigments (32-Color Set)Resin

The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide: A Directory of Mixes, Colors, Textures, Faux Finishes, and Surface Effects contains a wealth of information about polymer clay techniques. I adapted one of the techniques found here to create the following cane, although mine doesn't look as nice as the one in the book. I'll have to play around with this technique.
First, I rolled out some sheets of translucent Sculpey and silver Sculpey using the pasta machine. I applied the pearl acrylic paints to the translucent sheets and the silver leaf to the silver sheets. Be sure to let…